Saturday, January 17, 2009

better bucket hat surgery

A few weeks ago I posted about my wonderful malabrigo velvet grapes bucket hat.

It didn't take long before I realized that I hadn't knit this hat long enough -- the wind she was a'blowin here by the ocean and my ears just weren't cozy enough. I had plenty of yarn left over; ripping back from the brim was not an option, and frogging back from the top to before the decreases started would just result in super fuzzy yarn and a whole lot of extra work.

I had to perform surgery.

Luckily I love kitchener stitch. I used a smaller cable needle (size 3, I think) to pick up a row of stitches all the way around the hat, in the straight knitting section somewhere in the middle of the length.

I made a quick snip in one stitch and pulled out a single row of knitting one stitch at a time, picking up the lower row of stitches as I went along, with a size 7 cable needle, the same as used for the actual hat knitting in the first place.

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My favorite wee crochet hook helped to pull out the row I wanted to undo:
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In case you can't see the gap that is forming...
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It took a bit of patience, which totally paid off in the end. I basically cut the hat into two pieces and then knit up another inch or so on the straight lower part, before grafting it back together with the top.

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It took an evening's work but it is much more practical now, and as it was 23 below CELSIUS yesterday, well worth the trouble.

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If I were to knit this pattern again, which I would, because it's well written, I would pay attention when told to knit 6.5 inches straight - because I tried it on as I was working on it and thought it was long enough at about 5.5 inches - and I was wrong.

3 comments:

  1. scary!!! looks great but - fear-inducing, i tell ya!

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  2. Dr. Lara in the house! Great job. Remember the Norwegian saying "det er ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær" and the preferred remedey: wool, wool, wool.

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  3. Brilliant! I have a hat knit in the so-called stitch pattern with the same problem (knit from brim up in handspun and about an inch too short) I wonder if I could pick up and graft in that pattern without screwing it up...

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