Since Autumn seems to have definitely said goodbye to my corner of the world, I decided I needed a new beanie hat to keep my head warm. I did a search on Ravelry to find the perfect project for my yarn, and settled on the Graham Beanie Hat, a free pattern by Jennifer Adams.
I used Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in the Carmine colourway, which is a lovely deep, rich red. I love the fact that you can go on Ravelry and just type in the yarn you have, go to the Advanced Search option and look for possible projects. You can even read what other people have blogged about those patterns, which is very helpful if you’re wondering if anyone has run into any glitches (it happens sometimes, particularly with free patterns.)
The hat is done from the bottom up, with a 1×1 ribbing and then changes to a broken rib pattern. I’d never tried it before, but had no trouble at all making it as the instructions were very clear. Another thing I liked a lot about this hat is that it’s reversible, so I can wear it as a “normal” ribbed hat if I want.
I did run into some trouble when I had to begin decreasing, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. The pattern just didn’t make sense to me. I finally realised it was (of course) my mistake – I’d messed up right on the first decrease row, and since I wasn’t ripping back far enough, I couldn’t understand what was wrong. Note to self: don’t knit when when you’re tired.
I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. It took me ten days to complete it, on and off, but if I ever knit it again (and I just might) I’m sure it’ll take me less, since I vow not to mess it up on the decreases again. I hope.