I’m working up a second version of my Winter Foliage hat.
The original pattern is published with Ennea Collective and is designed to use little samples of handspun fiber, or scraps of sock yarn. After all, who DOESN’T have scraps of sock yarn?
Well, the answer to that question might be: people who don’t knit socks. So if that’s you I have good news. This new version uses worsted weight yarn.
Each stripe is just about 9 yards, so it’s a great way to get rid of scraps. Or it will be once I’m finished. So far this has been an exercise in “why row gauge matters.” Of course I changed the stitches cast on (obviously) but it takes far fewer worsted rows to make the length of the hat compared to those fingering weight rows.
And then in the fingering version I decreased once every six rounds. In the worsted version I’m decreasing once every THREE rounds. This is something to keep in mind if you’re ever drastically changing yarn weights in a pattern. As you go up in yarn weight you don’t just change how many stitches go into the width, but you need to pay attention to how many rows between decreases. At the center of this hat I CLEARLY need to decrease even faster:
Because right now I have a very odd looking tip on this hat. Can you imagine how not-changing your row gauge would affect the curve of an arm opening?