Look at this artwork- the way the solid black conveys movement through the lines, the texture and shape of the piece.
The way the separate components create the whole.
What a beautiful hat…
Wait! What? You thought I was talking about the sculpture in the background? Nope! Just a hat I am crazy proud of having completed!
A friend kept borrowing another friend’s black, ribbed knit hat and I decided I would make her one. I used the brimster hat pattern but needed to alter the decrease. I swatched and the aran weight yarn I was using was perfect but the number of stitches cast on were going to make the hat too large for the recipient. Instead of casting on the original 112, I used 108 and just knit the tube to the stated length.
Then, since I wanted to make sure I used the same sort of decrease (using the same number of rows as the original pattern so I didn’t make it too tall), I counted how many stitches I needed to lose each row. The answer, in this case, was six. If I only decreased by six as stated, however, I would have to decrease for much longer and the hat would be taller. Since the hat was knit in the round, I couldn’t simply cut out a few stitches on the ends when calculating how to decrease with less stitches. The pattern asked that I lose “96” stitches by the end and end up with 16. It knit a few stitches and then began the decrease pattern, knitting a few at the end of the round as well. Excluding the knit at the beginning and end, it was a pattern repeat of 94 each row but I only had 92 to work with after subtracting the 16 that needed to remain. In order to lose a total of 96 stitches without lengthening it, I decreased by 8 stitches each round and it worked perfectly. The recipient loves it and has worn it constantly!