I’m so glad you liked my Melon Scarf. I want to add that this project is very practical, especially during a warm winter like the one we’re currently having.

I wore the scarf all day Monday, looped around my neck and tucked under my coat – not too bulky, very soft, just the right amount of “pop” under a black coat.


As I worked the last few rounds of the Kristen hat, I eyed the dwindling skeins of yarn nervously. I was certain that white, the contrast color, would last to the end, but the red skein seemed to be set on giving me a small heart attack.

Imagine my relief when I reached the end of the chart and didn’t run out of yarn! Good thing I wasn’t planning on adding pompoms, tassels, or braids. Wheww!

All along I kept in mind that Ashley had to go down several needle sizes to get gauge when knitting her Bea Ellis hat. In my case, I ended up using the recommended US 5s, and my tension is actually a bit tighter than what’s specified in the pattern; my hat, more snug than expected.

But while worrying about getting the right number of stitches per inch and a reasonable hat circumference, I didn’t pay attention to how deep my hat was coming out. It seemed kind of long, but I noted the fast rate of decreases at the crown and kept on knitting.


Is it just me, or do I look like the Guy with the really big hat?

As you may have noted, I like my hats more shallow. Even so, this puppy is so high, I could stash a few skeins of yarn in there!

I’ve already frogged this project way too many times to go through it again (all trying to get gauge… stupid gauge), so I did the only reasonable thing – cut off the bit that was too long!

Yeah. Reasonable.

Stockinette fabric, especially one worked in the round, looks the same when knit from either direction. I figured that this hat was “stockinette” too, just a two-color stockinette.

We live, we try, we learn.

Now I know that the complexities of stranded knitting result in all kinds of weird loops at the starting edge. I think I know how to deal with it, though. And anything is better than looking like the Pope.


38 thoughts on “Pope

  1. Zarah

    Yowza. You are braver than me! I think I would have just donated it to the Coneheads Society or something. I have no doubt you will manage to make it turn out beautifully.

  2. Elinor

    I just finished the Traditional Bea Ellis hat and had the same problems (near yarn shortage, sizing). I cut it short an inch and it’s still a little too big but not enough to rip. Ick. Too bad about the rip job.

  3. Rosemary

    I know the feeling you have, I also completed a hat this year that I don’t like the fit. Mine has also been felted, but the brim and the crown are both too deep, I have pushed and prodded, added more steam, tried in on inside out, had the brim going up and down. There it sits on a shelf, waiting. I am tempted to try cutting it with scissors and taking it to the machine.

  4. Kristen

    Are you concerned with the colors bleeding when you wash/block it? I made a sweater for my husband out of similarly contrasting colors and I’m afraid to wash it.

  5. Stephanie

    Heehee. I’m sorry, but that hat is really funny. I can’t believe you actually cut it. Well, I can believe it, but how much did you stress before you could actually cut? Good luck getting things back on track.

  6. Marie

    Why didn’t you just send it to the Pope since you know he loves big hats. Well, high hats, big hats, small caps. I’m going to hell for this, I just know it!

  7. Helene

    So you’re now knitting from the top DOWN??? I’m pretty sure that won’t turn out good. Now you get your stitches upside down. One thing you can do is knit the bottom part again, and then graft it to this part. But even grafting isn’t that easy with two colours.

    Anyway – good luck, hope it turns out good in the end.

  8. A

    Tee hee. I always knew you were infallible!

    I stopped knitting mine well before the instructions wanted me to, and it still could be just a bit shorter. Maybe Bea Ellis herself has a giant noggin?

  9. Carol

    The Melon Scarf is gorgeous! And so is the Pope hat! A shame it’s “your” thing, but it does look nice on you and it is beautifully knit. IMHO

  10. Tijm

    I read your blog every day! I like it very much. The knittingstuff you make and the storys you tell about it! It’s very inspirational.

    How sweet you make stuff for your grandmother and the lovely scarf for your father.

    And the nice things for yourself.

    I think that you’r one of the best in knittingblogger world!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Greetings from Tijm


  11. Fríða

    hmm, I would just like to point out that that´s exactly the way Norwegian skiing caps are worn, down to the ears and rising high into the air. so it probably was supposed to look like that, seeing that it´s a Norwegian pattern, although I know the author isn´t, but she´s imitating that style, isn´t she?

    best from Iceland


  12. Kim

    You know, really. It doesn’t look THAT bad! I think you are just used to really close-fitting hats. But honestly, it does not look Pope-ish to me. It looks kind of Scandinavian to me!!! I think you look cute in it! Well… DID look cute. I’m sure it will look cute on you when you’re finished as well.

  13. Katy

    I made a hat with a similar shape for my Dad for Xmas, feared that he would hate it and laugh (it wasn’t what I was trying for), and he loved it. And all my relatives loved it. Everyone except me thought that it was the perfect shape. Especially the Norwegian ones. Therefore, I am knitting that hat, as designed, for my mother, who thinks that is the perfect hat shape.

    Thanks for the inspiration, even if it isn’t the shape that a modern young woman desires.

  14. Alison

    You are a braver woman than I. I also just found out I made a hat too big, which is hilarious given that at first I did not think it would be large enough to fit the giant noggin it was intended for. D’oh!

  15. kristen

    I made the Kristen hat last year (I had to; it’s my name) and ended up coneheady as well (pictures in this post). My solutions? First, I wore it with the facing folded up. Second, I conveniently misplaced the hat when we moved in August and now that it’s -17C I have no idea where it is.

  16. TracyKM

    Isn’t it humbling, how you can go from creating your own project that turns out awesome, then make someone else’s project–a kit, no less–and have so many problems? LOL. Maybe that’s why I’m not a kit type person.

    Before cutting off the bottom of a project, you can try threading a long strand of thinner yarn through what you think is one row (sometimes eyes can play tricks). Then cut a row above. It’s easier to get the sts back on the needle then. I call these, projects with no beginning, but two ends, LOL.

    I really need a black or brown coat so I can get me some colourful lace yarn and make a scarf too. I still don’t think I’m a shawl person, but a nice lacey scarf like that might fill my lace needs.

    And thanks for the great comment on my blog 🙂 Although it’s my own design, I don’t think that I ‘designed it’. I just pick out neat patterns from the stitch dictionaries and put it all together 🙂

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