I have only been knitting for two years or so and, as many of you know, I couldn’t knit when I bought the wool shop.
It was a steep learning curve, to say the least.
Over the past two years, I have noticed how structured many knitters are. Take Wendy – our onsite knitting expert – for instance. She will pull knitting back (undo all her hard work) if she finds she has made a mistake.
I, on the other hand, will carry on and brand my mistake as a “creative interpretation”.
Over the Christmas period, I have been working on a hat pattern – it’s easy and simple.
My pattern is knitted on circular needles with a 40cm cord. I cast on 90 stitches, did garter stitch for 10 rows, then felt like a change so I did a further 10 rows using a purl stitch.
I quite liked how the purl stood out from the curly garter stitch, so I did another 10 rows garter stitch, 10 purl, 10 garter, 10 purl and then began to cast off for the crown of the hat.
I had a couple of different hat patterns in front of me for ideas of how to cast off the crown. But, as usual, I couldn’t find them at the casting off point.
I wondered what it would look like if I just began knitting 2 tog to the end, so I did.
What I ended up with was a beautifully, wibbly-wobbly look, which I loved.
On my second attempt, I used contrasting colours for the garter and purl stitches. When I got to the crown, I tried K4 K2tog for the first round, K3 K2tog for the second. The third, K2 K2tog and so on, until finally finishing with K2tog to the end.
It gave me a lovely stalk, which was just calling out for a tassel – any excuse.
I am now on my 4th hat and I have put the patterns away.
Maybe that’s what we do this year; we put the patterns away and use any stitch we like and any yarn we like.
Who says there isn’t beauty in imperfection?
Download the pattern for free, here.