At the start of the month, I cast on for the December Lights Tam from IK‘s Holiday issue. I was feeling quite clever, as I’d reduced the pattern from eight yarns to two by pairing a skein of Koigu KPPPM with a skein of solid black.
I was a bit fretful about gauge. Not that I actually measured my gaugeâ€”just that I worried about not knitting the piece too tightly, as I have been known to do with stranded projects.
So I knit and knit and just tried to keep things loose. Nice and loose. Loosey-goosey.
The pattern looked lovely in the colors I’d chosen. The hat did seem a trifle large, but I kept telling myself that would work out in the blocking.
Note to self: blocking does not make things smaller.
I dipped the finished hat into a sink of cool water, and it grew and grew and grew like some 50s mutant exposed to radioactive waste.
Here you see the result: an absolutey lovely hat that is big enough to eatâ€”well, maybe not New York, but at least one or two of the boroughs.
I’ve worked my story out, and feel I’m dealng with this set-back rather well. I wasn’t knitting a hat; I was knitting a reticule. A pretty, pretty reticule. Now all I need to do is line it and add a drawstring.
And before you ask, no, it’s not felt-able: the black yarn is superwash.