When you need a break from tiny needles, what do you do??
Use size 11 needles! I had this all finished except for the garter stitch grafting. Which, call me weird, but I don't mind grafting. (no throwing of objects or words now!) It was the first time I've ever done garter stitch grafting and it was ok. Saved again by my Knitter's Companion book, the step by step photos made is super easy.
Once you measure yourself or other victim to receive hat, just plug in the numbers and print your copy of the pattern. Just remember....it tells you just how many short rows you should have, plus the CS stitch.
I used Rowan Scottish Tweed Chunky in the Lobster Colorway. Another color view here which shows it's true darker color.
109 yards and 3 sts to the inch, which I got when I swatched. (hat pattern suggests, heck you really need to swatch to do the calculations for the pattern). I used up all but about 1-2 yards. Now I did frog the swatch and then start the hat. If I hadn't I would have had to break into the second skein.
Hehe...loving the lobster colorway, wonder why? Luckily I have 1 more skein of this which will be cast on size 13 needles for a garter stitch lengthwise scarf. Stayed tuned for that and more sockage knitting!
Oh and there are a few Needle cases available FYI! ;)