First there was the Turkey Viking Hat:
Then there was the fish hat:
And this year, for my nephew’s birthday, I’m working on a big green striped stocking hat:
The pattern says the finished hat “should hit a 6’4″ man at his rump,” and that’s how tall my nephew is. I expect to be able to put the brim of the hat on the floor and touch my nose with the tassel. His dad used to wear stocking caps (not such long ones) when he was a kid. The nephew will be 18 this year so I think we’re all feeling a bit maudlin.
I knew there had to be a way to figure out how many rows the hat would have, but I felt like a cat hunting an emu*: it’s a bird…gotta be a way to bring it down….but… so I posted the question on Twitter and Facebook: I have to decrease 96 stitches by 2 stitches every 6 rows til I get to 6 stitches. How many rows do I knit?
Drude came up with the answer and made it look easy: 270. I posed the same question to a poet and he had to go away and think about it for a bit, but came back with “270! You’re taking 45 steps down!” As I write I have decreased to about 80 stitches, so I have a ways to go.
*This was actually witnessed by some friends of mine: they lived in the country and a wandering emu** stopped by for a couple of days. Their cat was intrigued.
**When I first moved to Georgia there was a news story about a guy who tried and failed at emu farming, so he let all his emus go in the woods because he thought they would make good game animals. The EPA objected. I do not know if this emu was related to that incident.