Still cursed, but…

Quick question! Is anyone doing a Stash Flash on April 1 again this year?

I’m still battling the sock curse. Meanwhile, I’ve got an almost FO and a FO to show you all!!

I’m frogging the Mad Cows again. There were fit issues and stripe issues. I definitely like the color combination (boysenberry sorbet and blue raspberry icee), so I will keep that and restart them soon! They were a good distraction for me while the wintery socks were being punished resting. I’ve switched back to these socks now and I think the heels will fit.


Yup! The Cropped Cardigan pieces are all finished. Now the seaming begins. I’m using DMC embroidery floss in white for the seams. I thought using the same yarn would bulk up the seams too much.


I also finished up the Short-Row Hat. It was a really cute project. The short-rows were a lot of fun to knit, and although it looks complicated, it’s not. Once I had knit through the repeat twice, I could look at where I was and figure out what I needed to do next.

It’s also a relatively quick knit. Yes, I realize it took me all month to knit, but I think I spent only 1-2 hours on it each week.

After a quick Google search, I found other knitters who knit this hat with the dictated yarn (Ami-Ami Faith); however I have never seen, much less used that brand (is it available anywhere locally?). The Patons SWS worked out well, and you could probably use Noro Kureyon or another self-striping yarn, or even a solid. I think variegated yarns might look too busy.


I knit mine at a slightly tighter gauge because the SWS is a very loosely spun one-ply yarn, and I didn’t like the almost-too-loose fabric I got with a US 7 needle. The circumference is 18″—unfortunately too small for me to model.

Someday I’d like to knit this again, possibly with two additional diamond sections for added height, and with enough repeats (two?) to fit. I hoped to have an i-cord stem but ran out of yarn. This whole hat took just one skein of the SWS.


I didn’t use the three-needle bind off as the pattern directs, but grafted both ends together.

I still need to trim off the fuzzy halo and block the hat, but the quilted pincushion appearance is very cool.

Pattern: “Short-Row Hat” by Véronik Avery, Interweave Knits Winter 2005 (previously available as a free download pdf at Knitting Daily) Size: 18? circumference Yarn: Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes), 70128 Natural Blue Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver US 6 24? circulars Started: March 1, 2007 Completed: March 28, 2007

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15 Responses to “Still cursed, but…”

  1. Amy Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Oh,I love that hat! It’s darling!

    No flashing of stash for me. It’s too embarrassing.

  2. Rina Rahardjo Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    The hat is very cool indeed.

  3. Dave Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    As much as I like to see other people’s stash, I’m not flashing mine …. my camera’s not big enough. :-)

  4. Chris Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Love the hat!! You show those socks who’s boss. ;)

    Nope, not doing the stash flash this year. Lots of work – plus I’ll have company.

  5. Sassy Says:
    March 30th, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    I’ll flash if you flash!

    And I’m sure that hat looks very cute when worn!

  6. Sydney Says:
    March 31st, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Cute hat! I’m not flashing my stash. I’m going to try to do some actual knitting instead. :)

  7. lisa Says:
    March 31st, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Yeah, that’s a great hat. I didn’t know about the flash your stash…maybe I will too.

  8. meg Says:
    March 31st, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    love the hat!

  9. beth Says:
    March 31st, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Great job on the hat, the pooling is cool!

  10. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 9:58 am

    That hat looks beautiful! It seems the perfect use for that yarn too. I am attracted to their colors of yarn but scared of pilling and such, but a hat doesn’t doesn’t get the wear that the sleeves of a sweater or that does.

  11. mrspao Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    I forgot!

  12. Opal Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Great hat! I’ve been battling a sock curse as well. Argh!

  13. Jeanne Says:
    April 2nd, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Great hat! No sock curse here, unless you consider that they are the only things I can seem to knit right now.

  14. Nicole Says:
    April 15th, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    I love the hat! I’m definitely saving this pattern to make – especially since I’m on a hat kick.

  15. Linda Says:
    September 14th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I love the hat, unfortunately I can’t download it, seems Interweave has removed it! Anyone else have a link to a free short row diamond motif hat?


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