For some time now I have wanted to make something for Husband, but, save a very time-consuming HUGE project of a Norwegian sweater (my eventual goal), I could come up with nothing. Until I found a pattern for a Peruvian hat.
Armed with all my scraps of leftover wool, the project began. It knitted up quickly, largely due to the fact that I couldn't wait to see the addition of the next color, and the next and the next. (Multi-color knitting is addicting!)
In no time, the hat was done, and I dropped it in the washing machine to shrink it.
Now, previously, I have had mostly great success with shrinking things. The patterns seem to be written well, and items decrease to their appropriate size, albeit with a little stretching afterward on occasion. This time, though, no amount of stretching was EVER going to get this hat over Husband's head! I was so disappointed. Upon tugging, it will go over Son's head, but he is convinced it is Daddy's hat, and not his, so he absolutely will NOT wear it. When Husband and I mentioned putting some of my pompoms and tassles on it (in Daughter's presence), the hat quickly found an owner. Amazingly, it fits her head better than anyone else's. Her only request, though, is that I make another one, "with pink". Of course!
Once I put the pom-poms and braided tassels on, though, Indian Giver Son soon became a willing receiver of the new hat! Daughter agreed to share until she receives her pink one.
Incidentally, Hat #2 is in the works currently, with the pattern vastly enlarged to take into account the shrinking. (Don't you think I could have guessed, by looking at the "before" pictures, that shrinking would make it deemed appropriate for someone with a smaller head?) Clearly, the pattern did not take shrinking into account, although the directions for shrinking are included. Hmmm . . . Not all patterns are created equally, it seems.