Tuesday, October 30, 2007

In which I discover balance and admit a deep dark secret.

A follow up post to the second slouchy hat. (because I am in no way concise, or together, or any of those things that would be conducive to posting clear, together blog posts. I really do apologize.)

I took the hat out for a spin around New Cross this morning. The hat and I are going places. I do like this hat.

It has balance, a balance I did not think I would achieve with this *coughcraptasticacryliccough* yarn. There is something about the marriage of seed stitch and simple cables that makes my inner muse sing, my fashion sense smile, and my...oh you get it. I like the hat.

When it comes to knitting, especially garments for myself, I often find that less is more. I wear the simple things, the ones I can throw on when I'm late for class or stressed out from studying. If there is too much going on, too many cables or patterns or color, I often find myself wondering why the object in question seems to have migrated father away from the light of day and taken up permanent residence in the back of my closet.

No closet for this hat though. It's pretty much perfect, even if it is acrylic.*

So, for those who asked, here is a pattern! It should be fairly straightforward, like I said earlier there is something beautifully simplistic about this hat. It flew off my needles faster than a knitter at Rhinebeck.

Update! (27/01/08)

I have moved this pattern over to Ravelry.com as a free ravelry pdf download. I also rewrote it so it is "new and improved!"

If you are not on Ravelry, feel free to email me or leave a note in the comments and I will email you the pattern.

Thanks to everyone who pointed out my mistakes, typos, and errors. It made rewriting the pattern much easier, and it should now be simpler to follow.

Please go to http://www.ravelry.com/designers/little-miss-muffet if you would like to download a new version, or click the link in the sidebar.


*A girl has her needs, okay? I found it at a market. It was cheap. I needed yarn. I was sick. Need I go on with the excuses? (not much of a secret, I know)


Samm said...

i love the pattern :D, but what length size 5 circs did u use? i can't wait to get the materials to start.

Catherine said...

Ah! I think I used 24". I used my Denise's, and i'm missing so many cords I never remember what one I'm using. My bad.

But 24" should work okay. Let me know if that works out.


donnac368 said...

Love it! Did you cast on with the 4s, then switch to 5s?

Catherine said...

Oops! you found another error! Yep, I did the ribbing with the US size 4 needles and then switched to the 5. I'll correct the pattern.


The Happy College Knitter said...

I'm always looking for new beret patterns...I saw yours on Ravely last night. It'll be in my queue for when I'm done with finals!

Catherine said...

Yay! It was a lot of fun to knit, so I hope you enjoy it! make sure to post pictures, and good luck with finals! I'm enjoying just having essays to write, it's the biggest relief ever!

Dagny said...


Meg said...

Must be I'm blind in one eye & can't see out of the other . . . can't find the gauge. ?

Catherine said...

Dagny and Meg,

sorry for the delayed response. I've been away from the computer. I will definitely change the pattern! Thanks for catching that oversite - the gauge is 5st/inch.



Rich said...

Absolutely loved making this hat but dd found my version a bit too slouchy - I warned her... Now I've cut back from 8" to 5" before the decrease, and I am wondering where your decreases go since I did my hat completely on dpns and no markers.

Catherine said...


Thanks for stopping by! Sorry it took me so long to respond, I've been traveling, and internet is expeeeensive in Italy!

I am glad you made the slouchiness work for you...I agree, i may have been a little excessive with the amount of slouch, especially since mine has stretched out a bit. It's a fashion statement, right?

As far as the decreases go, I think I was too vague, as I tend to be. It makes perfect sense in my head, but not elsewhere. So, as soon as I am home, (later this week) i am going to rewrite the pattern, and hopefully that will make it clearer.


Catherine (in Italy, hence the crap typing. I am sorry.)