I couldn’t resist taking a picture with my latest edition of The Prisoner of Azkaban since the purple of the hat totally reminds me of the Knight Bus!
I used the Bon Bon Toque pattern from Tin Can Knits. I started knitting these on square DPNs. I’ve had them for a while but only used them once before and I didn’t exactly like the experience. However, that first time was a very slippery bamboo yarn so I thought it was worth trying them out again – after all, I was making this hat with Wool of the Andes which I already know I enjoy working with. Nope. My hands actually hurt after knitting with these needles, and I was only knitting for about an hour or so before the pain started. Not only that, the pain lasted more than an entire day after.
Needless to say I quickly switched over to circular needles so that I could finish this hat with Magic Loop. Now, I knit the pattern as written; it’s supposed to have some normal cables at the top and bottom and then an elongated one in the middle, but it’s not really that noticeable. I guess my row gauge was off or something because I can hardly tell the difference between that row of cables and all the others.
I debated lengthening that section a bit but that would result in a more slouchy hat. This hat is a gift for someone with a more conservative style and I didn’t think the slouchy look would work. I feel like this is one of those design features that only I would notice anyway so I’m just leaving it as is and calling it a day.