Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bucket Head

This is ChicKnits Bottoms Up Bucket Hat.

It's cute. I loved knitting it. Except my hands were not so happy. It was knit with Sugar 'n Cream in the Creme Du Beurre (Buttercream) colorway. Hard on los manos.

I think it's time that I come forward with a serious problem I have. I can never achieve gauge with my knits. I'm a beginning knitter, I'm not so good yet. I know how to read directions and I'm pretty good at following the rules. I swatch...I do...I swear.

I figured since I was knitting one of her creations, that I should take Bonne Marie's advice and try to "Boss My Knitting Around."

In the end it all comes out larger/smaller than I intended. So far this hasn't been a huge problem. My knits have either been poncho type garments, sizeless accessories, or for small babies who were meant to "grow into" my project.

This hat was the first time I produced something very cute that may be unwearable for the intended. My best friend
Juli has an abnormally small head (albeit a cute one). I intended to make the size small (18") knowing that it would probably be too big. I swatched. Good to go. Size 7 needles, about 1 1/2 skeins, and two days later what do I have? A 24" hat.

Like I said, I have a serious problem.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just stopping by when I noticed that you shouldn't be so frustrated with this pattern: The ChicKnits Bucket is meant to be fulled/felted down. Of course, that requires a yarn that can be felted in the first place (I don't think Sugar and Spice qualifies).
I made this hat for myself a few months ago, and I heard that some were turning out small, so I used a needle sized slightly larger and got one that managed to fit my head.
In any case, good luck.

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