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In Robert Frost’s poem Mending Wall a partial line reads “Something there is that doesn’t like a wall,…” and the poem goes on to ponder the “something.”  Change the word wall to hat and that’s my experience with hat knitting.

I wanted to knit two hats using a stranded design. One for me and one for The Skipper. The pattern could not have been better written. Everything was perfectly clear. I got the yarns, I got the needles. And so I knitted.

It was the first time using the yarn I chose. The weight matched what the design called for and the needle sizes matched too. And so I knitted.

The stranded design was lovely and the designer had worked it out so the jog that usually occurs between the end and beginning of a round was part of the pattern. And so I knitted.

The first hat looked a little big on the needles. I ignored the voice that kept saying “It’s a bit big, don’t ya think? Better try it on his head.” And on I knitted.

I blocked the hat while the voice said, “That hat is larger than a watermelon.” When it dried I tried it on The Skipper’s head. The hat was too big. I could slap a big bowl over his head and get the same effect.

Take two: Same yarn, same pattern, smaller needle size. I knit. Then I blocked. The second hat was smaller, but it was still too large. Naturally, my knitter’s response to this was to ask The Skipper what he had done to his head. In my eyes it wasn’t that this second hat was too big, it was that his head had suddenly become too small. “Stop messing with your head,” I told him.

Take three: Different yarn as I had run out of the original, same pattern, same size needles. Smaller needles wouldn’t work with the yarn weight I was using. I knit. I blocked. The Skipper tried it on. It wasn’t as large as the first, nor was it as big as the second, but he had room to grow.I suggested he stop cutting his hair and let it fill out a bit, the hat would fit better.

He’s wearing the third hat, convinced that his head is such that a knitted hat fitting properly can never be.

Yes, there is something that doesn’t like a hat nor me knitting it.

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