Saturday, February 03, 2007

If At First You Don't Succeed, Punt!

Modified Player capMy brother came by yesterday. It was the perfect opportunity for a test run of his Chicago Bears hat.

At first, I was hopeful that it would fit. He stretched it over his not insignificant head (he's 6'3"), but it fell short of his ears - more like a Muslim kufi than a full "cover-yer-head-it's-freakin'-cold" knit cap. I was momentarily crestfallen but undaunted, for I had a plan. I reached up to the bottom of the hat with my thumb and forefinger to get an idea of the amount of ribbing I'd need to reach mid-earlobe. I asked him to give me a day and I'd make it right.

The white arrow in the picture indicates where the original hat ended. I needed an extra 1.5 or so inches on that puppy, so I picked up all the edge stitches and did a K1, P1 rib. Initially, I knit the extension ribbing completely in navy, then pulled it out part way because it just read blah to me. Introducing the orange as the purl stitch made it more of a proper banding with just the right pop of contrast to make it feel complete. I bound off loosely with the navy yarn, gave it a quick bath, then blocked it overnight, sure that K (yes, my brother and I have names that begin with the same letter) would like it.

Please understand that my brother is a rather taciturn fellow, not given to anything effusive. I had a tough time gauging his reaction to my effort. All he would say was, "I like it OK. It's fine."

Thanks, K. You shouldn't have.



Anonymous Knit Mongrel said...

He might say "fine", but I think it's genius. It's a design feature, right? Way to figure out how to fix a short hat - my husband has a HUGE head and I knit him three hats before I got it right. Eh. Men. :)

2/03/2007 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Amy Artisan said...

What a great extension of the cap! :)

2/03/2007 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

If at first you don't succeed, rib again! Good job on the creative save.

Knitting for those who knit not is not always very rewarding. DH is about the same level of thrilled that your brother was...

Oh well, I think it's GREAT!

2/03/2007 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger Janine said...

It wouldn't have even occurred to me that K would have a melon of such size... so, at least he's got the "in proportion" thing going for him. As for his effusive praise, well... if his head was turned away from ESPN at the time he said it, then it just doesn't get any better than that.

Nicely done! You continue to give me goals to which I can aspire.

2/03/2007 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous knitting bandit said...

I really like that hat. My youngest son has requested a hat knit with sock weight for his b-day--hard to find aa good pattern. Maybe I'll try yours! Love the impromptu ribbing!

2/04/2007 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

I love the pic. That bear looks like he is ready to punt that hat...that's what I thought the direction arrow meant before I read the post.

2/04/2007 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hahaha, the bear holding the Bears hat. I had added ribbing to half a dozen hats to cover ears.

I had such a nice time Thursday! I'll reply to your email with all about the interviews.

2/04/2007 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous knitdds said...

Happy Hats, K! Sorry about the team, but that was much further beyond anyone's control. 8-)

Pretty impressive that you extended the ribbing that way. And as for brothers, tell me about it! I did get a big hug from mine when he got his hat. You should at least demand the same.

2/04/2007 11:40:00 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

nice way to extend the hat! i hope your brother wasn't too disappointed yesterday with the game (not the hat of course)

2/05/2007 11:06:00 AM  

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