Finished Object: Great White Pompom Hat

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Cast On: September 2007

Finished: January 13, 2008

Pattern: It started out as the Snowball Hat from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. But after completing the ribbing and starting the cabled section of the hat, I decided it looked ugly and frogged the almost completed hat in favor of simple stockinette. The main thing I liked about the Snowball Hat was the enormous pompom sitting on top of it, so the cables weren’t that important to my final product.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, purchased from Sophie’s Fine Yarn Shoppe. There is so much wrong with this yarn- it’s expensive, it pills terribly, and the balls absolutely disintegrate at the slightest provocation. So why do I keep coming back? Because it’s so deliciously soft! I think of it as the yarn equivalent of melted butter. Which doesn’t make all that much sense, because melted butter is greasy and not really soft at all. But whatever! It’s my metaphor and I’ll have it any way I want!

Metaphors aside, the hat took exactly three balls. At least half of one of those balls went straight to the pompom.

Needles: Brittany wooden DPNs, size 8. Because I was too cheap to buy a 16" size 8 circular needle. It always amazes me that after 6 years of knitting, I am still missing a lot of needles. I guess it’s because I would so much rather spend my yarn budget on… well, yarn! In retrospect, if the hat would have been on a circular, I probably would have finished it a lot sooner because I find DPNs fussy and annoying. Lesson: the right needle is just as important to a project as the yarn. Next time, I will buy the needles I want instead of making due. Needles are an investment anyway, right? (But I’m kind of hoping that someone will buy me the Knit Picks Options needle set for my upcoming birthday (February 5th!!), making situations like this less likely.)

Modifications: None, since after I ditched the Snowball Hat idea I simply used my knowledge of basic hat construction to make it up as I went. I made the ribbing super duper long so that my ears would be doubly covered, and I think it was a great decision. The hat is a tiny bit longer than I would like, but not enough of a problem for me to even think about ripping back.

Final Thoughts: I cast this hat on in September 2007, and now that it’s finished I have no idea why it took me so long. I’m looking forward to rocking my pompom for the rest of this winter, and many winters to come. Now I’m thinking that what I really need is a matching scarf….

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1 Comment »

  1. Colleen said

    Love the hat with the background of snow. it looks great. Thanks for the garter stitch square pattern. I just have to fine some orange yarn. Colleen

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