I finished my Pi Topper last night. I bound off, tucked the end in, tried it on, and it fell down over my eyes and swallowed my head.
I suspected 2 days ago that this was the case but in the beginning I thought it was going to be too small so I ignored my instinct. Besides the pattern instructions say that gauge is not that important and really my 1 inch by 2 inch swatch was on the money.
So when the hat began to seem a bit big I wasn’t worried. I thought, Ok well, it’s going to turn out fine, it won’t be too small.
The pattern also says to knit until the hat will stretch over your head from ear to ear. My granddaughter’s head is bigger than mine so I ignored this too and knitted the same number of rows as the designer even though this about 2 1/2 inches longer than any hat I have ever knitted that wasn’t going to be felted. That was before the band added another 2 inches.
It’s the right shape to be a beret, I told myself. It wouldn’t, however, arrange itself on my head into any semblance of French Chic. It was too floppy. It was more like those oversized caps people used to wear in the 70’s… like on Soul Train.
I’ll felt it, I thought. A quick check of the ball band informed me that it was superwash and therefore un-feltable.
I have frogged it back to a row count that hopefully will be a better size and have less flop. Then I’m going to decrease a bit before starting the band. The stitches of my 1st band also seemed very loose so I’m going to go down a needle size and see if that gives me a denser fabric as well as something that might actually work on a real head.
Note to self: Pay attention to your inner voices even if you think they’re crazy.