Non knitters will just have to forgive me for speaking Greek today. If you read this though, it's a story about folly, not a pattern.
Can you tell me what's wrong with the following hat pattern?
Join and knit one round — place stitch marker at beginning of round. Next round: KFB of each stitch (16 sts.). Increase rows — you will increase two stitches on each needle, every other row until you have 112 stitches.
The answer is nothing unless
Can you guess which row I was at when I thought this is simply wrong and will never, ever work like this? Answer: Row 4
Can you guess how many rows I knit before I thought I should listen to myself and look at the pattern again because this simply wasn't working? Answer: 16
Do you know how many rows I knit while calling the pattern "stupid"? Answer: 12
I'll admit that I blamed the needle size called for in the pattern. I kept thinking size 5 was way too small for Cascade 220 and a tight knitter like me. I kept saying to myself if I bump it up to a size 7, all will be well. I also thought the pattern stupid because doubling my stitches every other row was making for a very small crown. The increases were coming too fast. There was, finally, the dawn of understanding that no human has a head small enough for this hat. It could only fit a doll. A small doll. Denial can be a slippery slope leading to knitting ruin.
The problem is I did the increases in every stitch just like the set up row and then knit a row plain. The result was fabric so dense it hurt my hands to work it. I went at this for at least an hour before I threw in the towel and read the pattern all the way through. Doh! Here is the line of instruction my brain missed: you will increase two stitches on each needle, every other row until you have 112 stitches. Here is how: Yarn over (YO), knit to end of first needle and YO again. Hello? Those increases make lace. Ugh! I'm an idiot!
I thought I would take on this relatively easy pattern before I take on a different one. I've never done mosaic knitting which looks very pretty and simple to do. I am smitten with Romi's hat so I really want to learn the technique and put it to use. Besides, I've lost 2 hats this winter and it seems I'm going to continue to need a hat for awhile.
Today's forecast is for another 4 to 8 inches of new snow. The good news with the weather is the heat wave that's coming with the snow. We're going to a high of 22F. Yippee. Right now, the temp is around 4 degrees.