Pattern? I loosely based it on Vogue Knitting’s Ribbed Cap, except I knitted it in the round instead of flat. 104 sts instead of 106, and the shaping had to change to accommodate the new stitch count and working in the round.
I made it 8″ long instead of 6″ before starting the crown, so I can have enough length to turn a cuff.Â I have a big head and I’m not that fond of the beanie look. But because I have such a big head and so much hair, I barely have enough to turn. Sigh. 9″ or even 10″ would have been better.
Size 6 needles instead of the size 8 because I’m such a loose knitter.
Yarn? 2 oz of a 2 ply handspun rambouillet (purchased the roving at SOAR) instead of Noro.Â Much softer on the ears. I like the soft lavender blue variegated color.Â Very much like a well worn pair of jeans.
So, I guess it wasn’t really much like the original pattern.
A little about the yarn.Â I arrived at SOAR with plenty of vests, scarves and shawls, but absolutely nothing to cover my head with. It rained. It snowed. It was frigid. As soon as the market opened, I went in search of something that could be spun up quickly and turned into head coverings. I bought 4oz of Rambouillet rovings (I can’t remember which vendor). How long could it take to spin a hundred yards of yarn for a quick hat?
I didn’t factor in all the distractions. Nor the fact that I decided to use a drop spindle (Forrester, also purchased at SOAR) instead of one of the 2 spinning wheels.Â I didn’t finish spinning and plying the yarn until the week after SOAR.
It wasn’t until the weather turned arctic in California that my mind went back to the hat.Â Of course, now that the hat is finished, the weather has turned a nice balmy 60F…
I have 2 oz left. I think there’s enough for a neck scarf or a pair of fingerless mitts to keep me warm while walking.