I am one of those knitters who rarely does the work of acutally knitting up a gauge swatch. Especially for a small project like a hat. Usually I’m doing something of my own design, and I have a good enough feel for my yarn and needles to get away with it. But every now and again I want to try something new, and this is where not checking your gauge gets you into trouble.
When I saw this adorable hat in the Winter ’08 Twist Collective, I thought it would be a fun introduction to knitting entrelac, something I admire but had never done before. I was using a store bought wool-cashmere blend and a handspun as my two colors. I used the ball band gauge and skipped the handspun – it felt about the same.
Well, it turned out enormous – Ellison said I looked like this:
So I tossed it in the washer and felted it up. Not sure it’s what I’d hoped for but it got lots of love from my knitting group. What do you think?