Pattern: Helm by Stephen West
Cast on: Can't remember...a few months ago
Finished: August 22, 2012
Yarn: 2 ply handspun from Fiber Optic superwash merino fiber, "Peacock"
I cast on this hat when I needed a break from a cabled sweater I was working on. Note to self: when taking a break from a sweater because you are tired of the cables, don't cast on a cabled hat. A few rows into the cable pattern I realized my mistake, and Helm was tucked into the bottom of the knitting bag for awhile. A few rows here and there over the last few months and ta-da, finished hat. In general, a cool pattern (but really what Stephen West hat pattern isn't?), and it's perfect for showing off nice squishy semi-solid yarns. I can see making this one again. When my hands recover from the cables that is.
The only issue I have with the pattern is the sort-of earflaps, which are both my favorite and least favorite parts of the hat. The earflaps are awesome because they create a shape that completely covers ears, but they are shaped with short rows. Everyone says not to pick up the wraps when you use short rows in garter stitch, and while this worked on one side, on the other, not so much.
Uh, yeah, the wraps always disappear in garter stitch and never leave holes. Sure.
But whatever, nothing a few stitches can't tighten up and with Helm, another skein of handspun bites the dust. This was my third attempt at knitting this particular skein. I was about to declare it cursed after knitting almost the entire skein twice only to not like the pattern on attempt 1 and to run out of yarn on attempt 2. Helm to the rescue!
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