Woohoo! Finished last night. Knit using Berroco Vintage on US 8 needles (US 6 for brim). I knit the Women's size which is listed at 7" in depth. I ended up at 7-1/2". Good learning oppty for me - I learned how to cable w/o a cable needle.
When I saw the poll I decided to knit the Koolhaas for my son whether or not it was chosen. I bought a skein of Berroco Cuzco and got started right away and finished on November 12. I'll try to get a photo posted soon. It is a fun pattern, but since it is still in the upper 70's here in north Florida I'm not sure when it will get worn.
Oh my! That is really super looking! I feel very slow, as I have cast on and knitted through half of the first chart with three different wools... I had a very hard time finding one that works for me! Now I'm knitting with Patons Angora bamboo in a color called Low Tide. Finally one that works! I have struggled with getting the pattern to come out properly; I was doing funky things with the yarn that meant that the twist would be going in the wrong direction– stuff like that. I don't know how people have knitted this thing so quickly–it takes me forever, fiddling with the cable needle and so on. But seeing the finished product gives me hope that eventually there will be a hat!
WOW!!! Every body's hats are looking great! I, too, can't believe how quickly everyone is finishing, but am hopeful now that I'll finish mine afterall. We were super busy at work all weekend so I didn't get a chance to work on my hat, but I have a day off today and am hoping to make some real progress.
RicaWil, yours looks like mine is supposed to! I too have a bright red. I think something went wrong after the ribbing, on my row 1 of the lattice. I've done 5 lattice rows. I think I have to frog it. That row 1 is really getting to me, with switching the needle size, doing the cable. Uggg!!
I agree about that first row after the ribbing... it's very tricky to juggle the two needles, cable needle and starting the chart!! Next time (if I'm ever nutty enough to do another), I'll change needles in the last row of the ribbing and go from there. I think that last row will blend with the pattern and it won't be noticeable that it's a different size stitch...
I have only gotten partway through the first pattern, and I notice that there's one ray shooting off in the wrong direction. I'm ignoring it... it'll just be a funny little glitch. A girl can only frog so many times...
I'm casting on a second hat today. I got some Red Soft worsted anti pill to see how it does. I highlighted the last places I made mistakes on the pattern.
Golly— I'm impressed!! But I thought it was a "knit along", not some sort of race!! Of course, all of you who are finished at least one hat can certainly offer advice to the slowpokes like me. I like the highlighting of danger areas on the pattern!
I was so excited once I started I had to finish :)
And it's so beautiful!!! I know... "one more row... maybe just one more row..."
I just found out the KAL had started! I thought the Koolhaas hat would win so I started and finished it about a week ago. I used some yarn from my stash that I didn't have any plans for. The yarn is Baby Alpaca Twist from Alpaca with a Twist, so it is 100% alpaca and a DK weight. To make the hat slightly larger than the 16" one in the pattern, I used the yarn double stranded on size 8 needles. The hat is thicker than it would be for a single worsted weight and, hopefully, almost wind-proof. The hat came out to about 20.5 inches un-stretched so it fits without smashing my hair!
P.S. Thanks to my wonderful soccer ball, Wilson, for modeling the hat!
Vermontmary:A girl can only frog so many times...
I haven't figured out yet how many times is too many, lol. . .I might have a hat by 2013!
OK, so this is my first KAL. I'm looking forward to it. I've knit past my first pattern repeat with Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red. So far, so good, but I'm finding the cable rows difficult. I really have to pay attention. It's fun, though! I'll post a picture soon, I hope.
2013 is my estimated finish date also, sadly.
I feel like a kindergardner. . .I have to keep a lifeline in my work, and move it up every single round. . .there is nothing like thinking you've "got it," only to discover that 6 rounds into the pattern repeat (and 6 rounds up from the lifeline) you've goofed, and further to discover that once you've frogged down to the lifeline that somehow there is a dropped stitch from one of the cables that escaped the lifeline and you have not a clue how to rescue it. So, off to cast on for the umpteenth time. The upside is I'm getting very familiar with this pattern, at least until I get to the decreases. . .lol :) Color me embarrassed!