Friday, February 24, 2012

Hat Challenge WIP #3: Pashmina Sockhead Hat


I needed a new brainless project to knit while carpooling and in lecture class, so I cast on for my third Hat Challenge project.  Yay!  This is the Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure, and it's a super cute little slouchy hat that can be knit in a variety of different yarns.  Pashmina is just barely a sportweight, so it's a little heavy, but the fabric it's making is very squishy and nice.

It's funny, when I bought this yarn, I thought it was a silvery grey, but now that I'm knitting with it, it's abundantly clear that it's a very, very, very pale blue - especially when it's put up next to true greys. 


 I was actually bad with this hat, and didn't swatch.  Well, that's not strictly true: I did try to swatch.  I started with a US 2.5 (3.0 mm) and after about two inches of fabric, I was getting about 7 stitches per inch instead of the suggested 8.  So I ripped that out and switched to a US 2 (2.75 mm), thinking that should definitely fix it.  Nope.  I got 7.5 stitches per inch, and my hands hurt from knitting that teeny gauge with biggish yarn.

So I said screw it and cast on without getting gauge.  I'm using the smaller needles for the ribbing, since I  invariably wish the ribbing of all my hats were smaller.  I think I'm going to switch to the larger needles for the stockinette portion.  It's been a great project to throw in my purse - it's so much easier to finish in the middle of a round of 2x2 ribbed hat than in the middle of a lace row!

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