Monday, October 12, 2009

Another Beanie Hat

I'm really enjoying knitting these cute beanie hats. BUT...

I need HELP!

The hat looks cute in the pic up top, right? look at this...

Not so cute -- the hat, not the girl. The girl is always cute ;) --

I altered the pattern a little, I used smaller needles and a thinner yarn (sportweight rather than worsted weight that the pattern calls for) and, I measured Taylor's head from crown to brow. The finished hat from crown to brow is eight inches when the pattern is followed as it's written. Taylor's head is 5 inches from crown to brow, so I figured her hat should be 5 inches when finished. It is, indeed 5 inches, but it is clearly too small.

Is there any way I can salvage this without starting all over again?

As I said, I'm really loving knitting the hats and knitting in general, but I like it better when my project turns out the way it's supposed to.

On a good note, she got the sticker on her chest from her teacher because she ate all of her carrots at lunchtime. Way to Go, Baby! We need to celebrate the small victories! :)

So, anyone have any advice on how to fix the hat?


Cristi said...

Do you know how to crochet? I guess you could crochet a lace border on the bottom edge that will extend it so that its long enough. I think the problem with it being to small is partly because the bottom edge will curl up quite a bit (and it looks like its supposed to). It may also be too small because you did what I have a bad habit of doing -- not making sure the fabric is lying completely relaxed when you measure the length.

I'm never a big fan of fixing a project that didn't turn out well. You have my permission to go find some equally cute yarn and star over again.

Crafty Mom said...

Well, I actually started knitting because I liked yarn crafts but tended to crochet too tightly and holding the hook and the yarn felt really awkward to me. I feel much more comfortable working with 2 needles.

So, since you've given me permission, I think I'll just start over. I still have plenty of the same yarn. It was a really big skein. :) Thanks, Cristi!

Jen said...

Um, yeah, I don't have any great suggestions for you. Other than to give the hat to a baby. Or let Taylor use it for one of her babies. ;)