As the flowerbasket hat approached six heartbreaking weeks overdue (and by “overdue” I mean “later than I had hoped it would be”) I realized it remained undone because I had some sort of finishing anxiety. I would have to get over it tout de suite. Either the hat and mittens fit, or they don’t, but as God is my witness, I have made a good faith effort to ensure they do, and knitting slower will not help (unless by “help” I mean “save me from being crushed under the weight of the guilt”).
So, my third finished object of 2007 is the flowerbasket hat and accompanying mittens for my friend Bran’s daughter in exchange for the recently unveiled redesign of this here site. This hat was loosely based on this baby hat pattern and sizing information from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns; I later discovered (too late!) that TKHBP sometimes underestimates the amount of negative ease necessary, so I made a length of 2-stitch i-cord to thread through the brim to tighten the fit (and add to the cuteness). As I mentioned before, the flowers are from this pattern, and were not only easy but fun. If I were to do this over again, I’d cast on 88 stitches instead of 100 (or 352 rather than 400, because the brim ruffle involves a serious amount of decreasing). I’d also have the recipient’s mom trace her hands and mail the paper to me so I’d have the next best thing to an actual nine-year-old-girl as a reference point.
Whew! I’m glad that’s done, and I’m frankly shocked that it turned out just about as I envisioned it. Say it with me: is knitting cool, or what? Next up, Paws that pop, and maybe even some double-thick mittens made out of sock yarn. And there’s always good old Cable and Rib….