Thanks for checking in - I'm out of a cast, and into a splint after surgery Friday, with just enough wiggle room for some garter stitch. The splint stays for about a week, and then it's up to the gadget the surgeons put in place to hold things steady for 5 weeks more, while the bones heal. Needless to say, I'm benched from winter sports (skiing, skating, snow shoveling) for the season.
Waiting in the wings: a short row garter stitch hat, which I learned from a hockey mom at practice a few weeks ago, who was working on one - her daughter was wearing another - both in Kureyon. The yarn's stripes suited the hat perfectly. It's worked side to side, with one seam at the end to finish. From memory:
Short row hockey-watching hat:
Cast on 40 stitches, do a set of short rows over the top 10 stitches to make one segment/wedge of the crown*; repeat the segments until the hat is large enough to go around its intended head (anywhere from 7 to 10 or more depending on your gauge and the recipient). Bind off and then seam the cast on and bound off edges together; invent something to close any gap at the top. It can be worn cuffed or not.
(*i.e. knit 30 + 1, turn (leaving the remaining stitches alone for the instant) and knit back to the bottom, turn, knit 30 + 2, turn, knit back to the bottom, etc, until you're back up to a 40-stitch row.)
Has anyone seen this before? It has a very Elizabeth Zimmerman feel to it.
I picked up this yarn just a few hours before the skating party, with the hat in mind: