I started Toasty Topper last night and knit away until my hands were sore and creaky. No good. I only made it past the the crown shaping. Turns out that Cascade 220 is not a good substitute for me for this pattern. It’s made on US 8 with yarn held doubled. I can control my tension somewhat, but even with an effort at knitting more loosely, the fabric was stiff and my hands hurt. There was much indecision and denial but I finally faced the music and ripped it out.
Part of my indecision stemmed from the question: “If not Toasty Topper, then what?” Because my kid needs a hat. Knit by me. That wasn’t one of the other hats we already had in the closet. I bought this lovely yarn last December for HIM and it was going to go on his head, OKAY?
Okay then. I switched to making a small Thorpe.
(It is more blue that this picture shows. I played with all my camera settings but it is a cold, gray day so what’s a gal to do?)
It was in the forefront of my brain for various reasons and I had to laugh when I started because it is incredibly similar in the beginning to Toasty Topper. (I am holding the yarn doubled instead of using a chunky weight yarn.) There was one crucial difference: it is knit on a US 9. So the fabric is now dense and I am still consciously knitting loosely but my hands don’t hurt and it’s smiles all around.
I still hope to have enough leftovers for mittens, for which I will probably use Anne Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns. And I wonder if I can finish it all before school on Monday (today’s school day has already begun and Friday is a field trip to an indoor destination). . . . because it is not like I don’t have, oh at least four other projects on the needles/hooks.