Project – Brioche Stitch Hat
Patons Pattern Book #500880 – Anti Freeze
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool Roving in Dark Grey
Blogger – JDknits
So, when last we spoke, I was about to embark on the odd task of turning this:
I wasn't as daunted as I probably should have been, and you shouldn't be either.
Folding the hat into shape was not tough, but I feel the pattern could have used a few more sewing instructions than just "sew A & B together", when A & B fold under each other and require a twisting of both your brain and the fabric to figure out. But now that I've done it, I'm sure you can too.
Basically, the long piece is folded into something that resembles an envelope -- or it would if the envelope had been invented by Mr. Moebius:
After stitching a few inches in one direction, you then have to grab the last two piece in the instructions and grip them firmly, imagining that it is a simple, flat edge seam, even though the pieces of fabric falling away under your hands are anything but flat. Forget about them, and sew the two edges indicated in the instructions, as if they were a normal seam in a nice long line.
At that point, I still wasn't sure I had done it right (or how to put it on!) but then I looked at the picture and saw the long 'headband' going across the model's head and suddenly it made sense.
I popped it on et voila! What do you think?
It's certainly very comfortable. I don't really suit a beanie that flattens my hair and makes my big face look bigger. I like a hat with a bit of personality, to balance things out, and I think this fits that bill nicely.
My verdict: Easy knit, easy wearing, could use a little more hand-holding in the sewing instructions in my opinion, but utterly delightful once you're finished.