Some actual knitting

By Megan Goodacre

Some actual knitting

I haven't been showing a lot of knitting on the blog. I've been a little cagey about what I'm up to; that's because it's classified. (We've been watching Homeland, where everything is classified but somehow someone always blabs. Actually, have you noticed how they just walk around the office with folders that say Top Secret? What if the papers fall out of the folder? It's just not good secret management.)

Anyways, I still can't reveal too much. I can say that I'm working on another book! Yes, it's true. The first one (Idiot's Guides to Knitting) was a blast. This will be another guide, but a little more advanced, and it may or may not involve sweaters. But I've said too much.

In the meantime, when I need to knock something off, I've been working on hats. I like hats. With a little effort, I can knit a hat in two nights and get some closure. And they use up those single skeins and odds and ends.

Here's one I was tinkering with. It doesn't look too fancy, but that's because this hat wasn't about the hat; it was all about the edge. At first I thought I would use a tubular cast on, but I didn't love it in the heavy yarn. A tubular cast on looks beautiful with fine yarn (in my opinion) but a little jiggedy-jaggedy in heavier yarn.

So here's what I came up with: start with a provisional cast on, work 6 rounds of stocking stitch, then fold the 6 rounds up and join the provisional stitches to the live stitches, as you would for a hem. Except, and this is my favourite part, join the hem in the same rib pattern that you are using for the hat. This makes a smooth, reversible, edge that flows in to the hat.

Well, it was an experiment. Pros: great looking, stretchy edge. Cons: the edge bells out a little. But I think blocking will take care of that.

So the hat isn't destined for a pattern or anything, but I'll try to write up the recipe and post it here so you can try it out if you like. This one is in worsted weight, took 64 grams. (Knit Picks WOTA Merlot Heather).

PS. In a class I was teaching a couple of weeks ago, we were discussing blocking, (and you know how I feel about blocking, I do like to proselytize), and someone asked me if I had a special way to block hats. Nope. They get the same treatment as most other things. Soak, blot, shape, pin, dry. I do massage the crown into a nice curve, but then lay it flat to dry.

Knitted Hat Pattern on Tricksy Knitter