I like sets of knitwear. I’m sure there’s such a thing as too much matching, but a little matchiness makes me a happy knitter.
So over the weekend I finished my green thumb mittens:
And dove right into a matching Dindy Beret. It seemed like it’d make a great set. But there was one small problem. The hat pattern said I’d need 165 yards of yarn. I had one 109 yard skein, and about 5 yards leftover from the skein I used for the mitts. Somehow I thought I’d make it work. And I did – well, sort of. I knit the brim just as described. I decided I’d knit the crown of the hat on larger needles. This would give more poof for fewer stitches, right? I went down a size for my stitch count and worked away. I also thought, for some reason, that I could get away with knitting the crown to only 4.5 inches, instead of the 5.5 inches directed for my size.
I did, in fact make a hat. It even fits on my head. What I can’t decide is if it looks ok, or if it looks like I’m wearing a freakishly small hat. I may be blinded by my desire for a matching set.
The worst part is I only have 20 or 30 yards of yarn leftover. Not enough to convince myself to tear it out and try and make the hat bigger. So should I wear the hat? Or wait until I find a young girl for whom I need a present?