December 10th, 2006 | View Comments

Completed Shedir, in the obligatory top-of-head shot

Pattern: Shedir, from the breast cancer awareness mini-issue of Knitty by Jenna Wilson
Yarn: Gedifra Cashmerino, #1446, 2 skeins
Needles: Addi Turbos, US 3 (3.25mm)

Yay, I have a new hat that fits my head! Getting it to fit my head took some serious blocking, though.

First, the pattern is for a snug-fitting hat to begin with. Second, I was getting a smaller gauge than the pattern called for; I probably should have knit it on US 4s instead of 3s. So I took a page from the lace handbook and stretched it way, way out during blocking. I think I stretched it to a 20″ circumference instead of the 17″ or 18″ in the pattern. And now it fits my head perfectly.

The pattern was a joy to knit. I did one extra row of ribbing, but otherwise followed it to the letter. If I were to do it again, I’d use a thicker yarn—the Rowan Calmer the pattern calls for is a bit thicker than the Gedifra Cashmerino—and a larger needle. In that case, I’d probably also do one less vertical repeat of the saxon braid, as the hat is plenty long enough, even for my big ears.

Me, wearing the finished Shedir

This is me, wearing the finished Shedir. That’s my squinting-into-the-sun face.

And that’s a wee bit of the finished Achernar poking out of my jacket.

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CogKnition posted this on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:30pm in Finished Objects, Hats & Mittens | Permalink to "Shedir"

1 Comment

  1. Krista says:

    I just cast on the shedir and found yours. Gorgeous! How did it hold up?