Remember how I had to reknit the blue hat? Well, I finally finished the second attempt (no pictures yet). So, yesterday I started a second hat out of this lovely Malabrigo Rios in piedras. I’m using the Barley pattern from Tin Can Knits. It’s a simple pattern, so how could I go wrong, right?
I was about two inches into the body of the hat when I decided to check my gauge. It was too small, so I ran the numbers. I figured out I was making a hat a few sizes too small because my gauge was off. So, I ran more numbers to sort out what size I should make instead. I pulled out the needle and looked at it. I was using one two sizes smaller than I thought I was – so a US6 for the ribbing (correct) and a US6 for the body (incorrect). I had switched needles and everything (from a nickel one for the ribbing to a bamboo one for the body). Argh.
I’ve got the ribbing back on the needle. I only have one US8 needle that’s 16″ long, and it’s being used on a Minecraft square. So, I’ll need to put that on something else. I think I have a longer US8, so I’ll move the square onto that since that’s just flat knitting.
On the plus side, I really like this yarn, so I don’t mind getting to use it again.
Have you made a silly mistake with your crafting?