FO: houseguest handspun seaman’s cap

For those of you who’ve been following along, last month I finished the handspun seaman’s cap for P., our October houseguest. He was kind enough to send along this shot of the hat in action AND to let me put his face on the internet:


Pretty sure this picture comes from some ice caves in the Apostle Islands. (P. works remotely, and is adventuring westward. Right now, I think he’s in Montana.)

This was a super fun project to work on, especially because P. gave me extensive feedback on the fit, both during and after the knitting. (And he picked out the fiber.)

Sounds like this time around the fit in the crown is just right, but the ribbing could be more snug. (Snugger? That can’t be right.) I wonder if the issue is the sproinginess (to continue making up words) of my handspun? (I am a little rusty in the spinning department these days.) I couldn’t have knit the ribbing on needles that were any smaller, and the stitch count seems to be right for the rest of the hat. Would a 1×1 rib be tighter than a 1×2 rib? You know, for next time.

Alright. Time to stop writing on the blog and get back to writing the dissertation. Happy Monday, folks.


4 thoughts on “FO: houseguest handspun seaman’s cap

  1. Happy Monday! The hat looks fantastic! I do think that 1×1 ribbing is a little tighter than ribbings with more knits between the purls (sometimes my 1×1 ribbing shrinks to half its length). I think having a longer brim (for a longer fold) might also make things a little tighter. But that’s an awesome hat as is!

  2. What happy blue eyes! That’s a great hat. I usually decrease my number of stitches before I get to the band if it’s a particularly springy yarn up to ten stitches. I have gone down to a smaller size needle also. Both were successes with 1×1 ribbing. I like it when someone gives feedback on their hand knits. I think it’s a sign they’d like another. :-)

  3. Aw, I love it! BTW, the Apostle Islands… that’s my neck of the woods.

    Smaller needles for the ribbing usually does the trick for me.

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