As soon as I report that my Shining Star has a weird cone shape at the crown, everyone chimes in, “oh yeah, mine had that, too.” Where were you guys before? πŸ™‚

I’m not entirely innocent, either – I did see this FO photo by Ms. Domesticat way back when, but chose to attribute the funny shape to her use of two colors (or something).

All of us want to see the hat off the needles and on the melon, of course, since the needles give the thing a very artificial shape. Ask, and you shall receive.


For comparison, the lilac number is Sarit’s hat which, in my opinion, fits remarkably well.

Dare I say, nipply? Hehe…

My friends, here’s the thing:

I have no doubt that blocking will help the cone shape at the crown.

I have no doubt that the cone shape will be lessened when there’s more fabric to pull the hat down.

Those two things considered, I probably don’t need to change a thing, just keep on knittin’ like no one’s watching. BUT…

But I’m a peculiar person – if I know there’s a better way, a more clever and elegant way, I have to give it a try. At the very least! And here we are talking about a little hat, something that takes a day or two to knit.

Well, I haven’t ripped yet, I just put the hattus-in-progress on some scrap yarn and cast on using the skein’s other end. A few hours later…




55 thoughts on “Conehead

  1. baast

    Much better! What change did you make to make the crown so much smoother? From the pictures you have the same number of stitches in the petals and below, and there is still only 5 petals, so I cannot tell what it is with which you did your magic.

  2. Becky

    Wow, much different. I sure hope someday I’ll actually be able to fix problems instead of changing things and messing it up. hehe

  3. Michelle

    I have been having a heck of a time with this pattern – first, trying to work with one stitch on each of 5 needles, and each one beginning with a YO… I nearly had a fit. I put it aside. probably forever now, especially after seeing all of these nipples – NSFW!

  4. CatBookMom

    So, how did you do that? Having sold copies of the pattern to many of your loyal readers because you found it and it IS a cool hat, how are we going to be rounded instead of pointy? It’s your obligation, right? You are an amazing knitter!

  5. Deborah Silver

    Thanks for taking the time to figure this out – please don’t keep us in suspense! I too have this pattern from Kate and have been looking at others’ photos of their efforts which have made me hesitant to knit it (Kate’s images of the hat don’t show the nipple/cone effect.)

  6. Lori

    Wow – you truly are amazing. I too think it’s something in the increases, but I can’t figure it out. Please do tell.

  7. Mari

    I keep staring the two photos trying to spot the differences. But I just can’t figure out exactly what you did. You are one intelligent lady! I really apreciate you perfectionism. One can never aim too high. πŸ™‚

  8. Scout

    Oh that looks great!

    So…ummm…..anyway you will have that pattern up by the Opening Ceremonies?!? I have my supplies and am patiently waiting! πŸ˜‰

  9. Risa

    Looks so much better your way. One of the beauties of knitting hats… ripping it out doesn’t waste too much precious knitting time!

  10. Teresa C

    Wonderful fix, whatever it was. I have to say, most of the time I feel like a real knitter. Until I knit next to you or visit your blog. Then I know I have too much to learn to be a real knitter yet.

  11. amanda

    Big change! I much prefer the NOT nipply version. I’ve had that pattern hanging about for ages but had the nipple problem and just abandoned ship. Bad knitter, I know. I look forward to seeing what magic you worked on it.

  12. li

    damnit i will gladly admit that i am no perfectionist and was willing to live with the nipple, but now i’m wondering why. why am i so lazy? so what changes did you make – please reveal!

  13. nona

    Your creative and ingenuity are an inspiration! What did you do differently? Hopefully you’ll reveal the answer in a later post.

  14. Erica

    Wow, the second hat looks so much better. I’d love to hear how you did it. I’m thinking something you said about increasing more frequently in the beginning rounds? Great job!

  15. julia fc

    Kate would probably be happy to know about this (actually, she already does), and if you emailed her the mods, she’d love you forever, I’d be willing to bet.

  16. Cindy D

    It’s going to be a crowning glory on your head or anyone else’s for that matter. I’m so glad I got to feel the wonderful yarn you used!

  17. Carrie

    SOOOOoooooo pretty! I think my one little niece is gonna end up with a zillion hats – she’ll have to change them periodically throughout the day just to wear them all at least once…

  18. Sheila

    Did I not read somewhere you considered being a Doctor? Well – you are!! You “fix” patterns and make them well again. Awaiting the latest fix adendums and your own swirly – pearly hat pattern!!

  19. Lee Ann

    Dude. Share, please. I have that pattern, and if there’s a modification that would make life better knitting that hat, I’d sure like to know about it. Cause yours looks gawgeous πŸ™‚

  20. Mary-Heather

    Wow, I feel like I discovered your blog SO LATE. I’ve been lurking for a while, and now I’m compelled to say: you rock! I totally admire your dedication, truly. You’re an inspiring knitter. Why settle?

  21. Jennifer

    I have such knitting envy! I just blast through things and fudge. But every time I read your blog, a little voice in my head (my conscience, perhaps?) says “See what happens when you slow down and think things out?”

    My new years resolution for 2006 is to take the time to think patterns through and be more exacting with my knitting! I’m a Grumperina-wannabe!

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