December 22, 2010
Day two of my vacation
I created a chart using Excel for a skull and decided I would try super hard to try to get my tension the same when using both hands to knit. I designed it thinking I could put two sets of skulls across the hat but apparently I did too much of the stripes plus I used a fluffy yarn.
I work for the Public Defenders office and I designed this hat with a special Attorney in mind who I call the Devil's Pawn sometimes. He really is a cool Attorney who always has me in stitches laughing but he has a dark side sometimes when he comes back from court. He'll walk past me and sorta growl because of the hard day he's had. I call the hat Skull Hat For A Cool Guy. The more I stare at those skulls all I needed to do was put two horns on each skull and it would definately have been the devil.
I wasn't sure how many stitches around a hat for a man should be. This hat is going to be a tight squeeze for him. If he can't wear it, I'll give it to a teenage kid son of one of my co-workers who will love it I'll bet.
I learned the following:
1. Each of my hands knits with a different tension.
2. I can design a chart that can be used to knit a hat.
3. I have never used alternating colors when doing the decreases in the top of a hat. I still haven't mastered how to make it look pretty. When you K2tog and there are 2 colors of yarns, I didn't know which I should work the stitch with
If anyone is interested, I wrote the pattern down and you can test it by sending me an email for the pattern called Skull Hat For A Cool Guy.