Completely and totally obsessed. Which, when I think about it, is really crazy, given the fact that I rarely wear them. But Erin posted this tutorial, see, and I loved the way hers looked. And every other one I saw, for that matter. And I got to thinking, me being needle-challenged and all, maybe I could make that same pattern on a loom! I knew that it would be a chunkier knit, just by virtue of the fact that the pegs on the loom were larger than the #7 needles Erin used, but I was ok with that.
That thought consumed me for the better part of a month, I’ll admit, and I’d periodically cast on to one Knifty Knitter or another, trying one yarn or another, but always unraveling it part of the way through for one reason or another. I had to keep setting the project aside to work on Christmas gifts, but I kept coming back to it.
Finally, last week, I thought I had it figured out. I’d bought the 48-peg Purple Knifty Knitter because it had a smaller gauge than the other looms I had, and I switched from using worsted weight Malabrigo to the chunky weight (color: Mariposa). I learned how to make bobbles, and I figured out how to shape the crown (although I clearly could use some more practice with that technique). And with that, I finished my first Chunky Rose Hill Hat and took it off the loom.
In general, I was very happy, and after at least a dozen failed attempts I’d probably call this particular hat a success if not for one thing:
My head is not the size of a five-year-old’s. Ack.
The way I see it, my experience with this pattern has taught me a few different things. First, I think it needs to be worked in a solid color. And second, I either need to splurge on the 96-peg hat loom from Decor Accents (thereby giving me pretty much the same gauge as the original pattern), or I need to just suck it up and learn to knit the big girl way, LOL!
It’s funny, though. I’ve invested so much energy into the loom-knitting thing these past few months, I feel like I’m cheating, or giving up, if I learn to needle-knit. Instead I want to spend $36 on a new custom-made loom and prove that I don’t have to know how to use needles to make the cool knit patterns work, darnit! Is that weird?! I think I have an illness…