On Saturday night I returned from a relaxing trip to the Pacific Ocean south of Santa Cruz, relaxed and sunburnt after walking the nearly deserted sandy beach in balmy weather, having enjoyed the sight of the hugest and most menacing bird of prey I've ever watched (a Red-Tailed Hawk, maybe? This was BIG!) and stopping for a photo op with the giant artichoke in Castroville. Oh, and the green grassy hills spotted with oak trees. Too lovely.
Ah, California. I miss the Pacific Northwest and the Feral Knitters, the lovely dampness, the mountains, the green. But I have to say that northern California can be pretty darn beautiful!
Half-Assed Hat a la Norma
- Begin as you would if you were knitting Norma's
ButthoPinwheel Hat, except you must cast on loosely. The hat in the photo was knit using Lamb's Pride Worsted held double and one strand of Cleakheaton Tapestry DK multicolor. Knit along until you realize that you don't have enough yarn to complete the hat.
- Stop when you realize that you have just enough yarn to make a shaped top.
- Fold the knitting in half to the inside. Knit the next round by knitting the stitch together with the loop in the cast on. Start this right by marking the first stitch of the round at top and bottom, so you don't twist the knitting by mistake.
- Now begin decreasing by K3 K2tog around hat. Knit next row.
- K2 K2tog around hat. Knit next row.
- K1 K2tog around hat. Knit next row.
- K2tog around hat.
- Break the yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Run this tail through the stitches and pull closed (this makes a much tighter hole than the original pattern--no jokes here).
- Darn in ends.
- This would have looked really cute if I had done 2 or 3 purl rounds before the decreasing! I'm guessing it is a child's medium, but I'm not sure.
There you go--double-thick very warm hat around the head with a neat top.
Shadow trying to tell me it's too warm for a hat.