Poor Hamlet, always getting his soliloquy wantonly garbled by bloggers. Mmmmm, wontons. Anyway, this weekend I spun 50 more yards of my deep roots yarn and finished the hat for my climbing friend. And it looks nothing like a dead animal, I might add.
It might be just a touch too big. I measured climbing guy’s head, and was surprised to find that it’s exactly the same size as mine. I had guessed his head would be unusually large, but it turns out that’s mostly attitude 😛
So I think I’m going to block it. Honestly, I seldom go through the trouble of blocking my knitting, but it’ll help. Blocking is basically just washing, with a little bit of agitation that evens out the stitches, and then drying on a form that is roughly the same size and shape as a head. I think a balloon will approximate his head quite nicely. Snicker.
I did something a bit different so the hat will fit nicely under climbing guy’s helmet. Normally, loom-knit hats are just tubes with one end cinched shut. The number of stitches is the same from the bottom to the top. I was afraid that the gathered material at the top would be uncomfortable under a helmet, so I actually decreased my stitches as I finished up the hat.
Wouldn’t want climbing guy’s surprisingly average sized noggin to get bonked by a rock because his helmet wasn’t fitting right, now would we? I doubt it would even knock any sense into him.