I finished my Laurel hat and I’m trying to determine whether I like it. Here’s why… I read on Ravelry that the bobbles as written in the pattern turn out too puny. So, like many knitters, I decided to substitute my own. I tested a few different versions and opted for the most bobble-icious. Well, that may have been a mistake. Pre-blocking, here is what my Laurel looked like:
See those bobbles? Don’t they look like…warts…or…cysts…or…boils…or…something? Maybe it was the green color, but it just looked like I had lizard scales or something coming out of my head. I decided to take drastic measures:
Yes, my Laurel hat is under there — blocking. Unlike most knitters of this hat, I tried to squish DOWN my bobbles. Here’s what I ended up with:
I am mostly happy with it now. The Dream in Color Classy is a terrific yarn, with rich color and great stitch definition. Oh, and here’s another funny thing about this hat. I worked extremely hard to preserve my work, inserting lifelines every 8 or 10 rows. Believe me, if you spend nearly 20 minutes on one cable-crossing, bobble-making round, you do not want to undo that sucker. However, at the very end of the hat, as I am cinching up the last 6 stitches, I notice a tiny hole developing. When I look closer, I spot A STITCH ON THE LOOSE. I have no idea how that happened. Amazingly, while my heart did skip a beat or two, I did not panic and was able to snatch up the stitch quickly. And even more amazingly, it happened on a long string of purely stockinette stitches so I was able to just thread it back up and secure it without much fuss. You can’t tell at all. But it was really WEIRD!