Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Zut Alors!

Oooh boy. Young knitters, take this tale as a lesson as to why you should always check for gauge. So, I decided that I'd knit my Grandma a tam for Xmas. Berets seem to be a hat often favoured by older women and I figured if I purchased a fleece scarf in a similar colour it would make for a great gift. So, I printed off the handy beret tutorial from Petulant Feminine (thanks P! It's an excellent pattern and I highly recommend it -- any problems were created soley by myself) and grabbed some barely labeled yarn that I got for Christmas last year. It's beautiful hand-dyed wool that Aaron's sister picked up from an independent merchant and I had no idea what weight it was classified at or anything. So I started knitting. And knitting and knitting and knitting.

As you can see, the thing is freakin' huge and looks more like a big poofy chef's hat than a chic beret. Unless my Grandma suddenly sprouts a head full of dreadlocks or develops an affinity for the music of the islands it just isn't going to work for her. But somehow, I like it. It's super warm (though kinda itchy) and I like that it totally covers my hair. It did slip over my eyes at one point while I was driving today and I should probably rip back the ribbing and reknit it on a smaller needle, but since I hate the feeling of tight winter hats, I think I'm going to keep it as is. I have a month to reattempt or I can always buy a felt tam at The Bay.


Ramona said...

It may be a little big but it is a beautiful color.

Veronique said...

I think it's cute!

P said...

you want to know a secret?

I knitted another beret in alpaca silk and, yup, it's come out exactly the same as yours. So it may well be the pattern's fault :)

I've not sewn mine up yet, but am planning to try a bit of elastic through the ribbing and/or some sort of wrap-over at the back (I figured no one would ever know it was a mistake and I could take the kudos for inventing a new style... don't tell anyone!)

And I agree, you look pretty ace in it :)