I have a confession to make. I don’t swatch hats. I already hear the collective gasp from friends of mine who are teachers and designers. You…must…always…swatch.
I make so many hats each year that I can usually tell fairly quickly if the hat is going to be too small or too large for Halos of Hope use (we encourage 15-22” in circumference). I can also tell quickly if the yarn isn’t going to be chemo cap appropriate. It’s in my knitting/crocheting DNA.
I was making my first hat of the year for our Stripe It Up Season
and getting close to the transition from my 16” circular needle to DPNs. The hat seemed a little ‘long’ to me, and I knew it was supposed to be a beanie.
Odd, says I.
I’ve made dozens of these hats, and I always use a size 6 needle for the ribbing and a size 7 for the rest. Pushing back the stitches from the needle, I realized I had a size 8, not a 7. Guess I didn’t have my glasses on when I pulled the needles from my needle keeper.
So I have a toque or slouch instead of a beanie, which is fine, but just goes to show ya, pay attention, even if you think to yourself: “I’ve done this a dozen times. I’ve got this.”
Yarn: Berroco Weekend
(75% acrylic, 25% cotton)
by Jared Flood