Size made: One size fits all
Needle used: US 4 circular, US 3 dpns
Yarn used: Naturallycaron.com
Color: White: Naturally 0007; Blue: Ocean Spray 0005; Yellow: Soft Sunshine 0003; Green: Green Sheen 0004
Use yarn again? Yep
Project Details and Feedback
Duration of Project: October10th to October 15th, 2010
Modifications: I followed the pattern completely the first time. I was very happy with the hat part but the ribbed hem just didn't cut it for me. The ribbing poofed out and it wasn't fitted so I tried to at a single crochet border. That modification kept the hat on the head more snuggly but the ribbing was still poofing. So, I wasn't happy with it still. So I took the hem out and tried to change the ribbing to 3x3 and decreased a bit. This ended up being so tight that it couldn't even get on my head when I finished it. (I think I decreased too enthusiastically!) However I was trying to stop the ribbing from poofing and it was stilll poofing.
So I said...enough ribbing! I looked at patterns on Ravelry and found numerous hats with garter stitch border. So I tried that and ended up adding about 2 or 3 more rows of than pattern called for to make up for the stretchiness lost in from the ribbing. (I also did not do the increases, I just kept it at the number for the body of the hat.)
The garter stitch was such a success! I really, REALLY love how it turned out and I think it is even better than the ribbing looked. Much cleaner and sleeker looking. It also fits wonderfully: snug but not tight. This is a Christmas gift to my future sister-in-law and I think she'll really be happy with the final results! Horray!
(P.S. To change the hem I picked up the stitches above the hem -in the body- and then knit the opposite way to make the new hem[s]. That is why I added no increases -which are decreases in the hem part of the pattern. If you do try it with the ribbing I would just CO the amount of stitches in the body and ignore the decreases.)
Make this pattern again? If I make this again I will make it with the garter stitch border. I really like how beautiful the color-work is and how simple it is. I also think it is very feminine without being icky girly. I hope to make one for myself one day. Oh, this was also a satisfyingly fast knit and interestingly most of the way through.
What I learned in this pattern: Stranded color work.
....hmmm.... looks like I might block it to see if the stitches will smooth out a bit.