So in keeping with my school year resolution, I cast on for my first Sockhead using a limited edition color of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Fraser.
I love the color orange and I debated whether or not to knit up a pair of socks or cast on for something else, and I don’t know why, but a hat using yarn named after Jamie seemed most appealing. I’m a late arrival to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and when I saw all the publicity for the Starz television show this summer, I knew I had to check out the book. I was not disappointed.
This is my first time making a hat with fingering weight yarn, so my patience and WIP commitment is being tested. Plus, I’m a bit unsure over the fit. I’ve read through a lot of modifications on Ravelry and I’ve cast on fewer stitches as well and have knit only 2 ¾ of the ribbing instead of 4. I will probably shorten the body of the hat from 9 to 6 inches too.
I have a really small head – so much so that I’ve been known to purchase children’s hats because they fit better. I do like the slouch look of the hat, but last year when I knit a SupahSlouch, I stayed true to the pattern and was disappointed with the excess fabric that pooled at the crown; it cascaded down my head and almost to my ears (which are also freakishly small in case you were wondering). It’s a fine line between Slouch and Elf, that’s all I’m saying.
While I’m digging my yarn, I’m still apprehensive about the final product. I’m using size 3 needles, although I think the pattern said 2.5. I feel like the fabric isn’t dense enough for a hat but before I make that decision I think I have to see it through. This may be another to frog or not to frog, I’m not sure. But regardless of how the FO turns out, I’m committing Fraser to a hat…
Since Jamie will be keeping my small head and even smaller ears warm, maybe Claire should keep my hands, um also kind of small, dry and toasty. I really want to be able to wear them together, and I prefer contrasting accessories rather than matchy-matchy (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Yes, I think mitts may be the thing. But until then…bon tricot!