I started out to follow the great pattern that I found at this website: Annie Cholewa: Downtown Hat
It took me a couple of starts to get it going because I first had trouble with picking up the stitches on the crown. I've never done that before. I ripped it out at least twice and started over. The switch over from the straight needles to the circular needle went just fine. I wish I could say as much about my memory!
I forgot where I was in the stitch pattern so many times that I had no idea what I would end up with. I definitely couldn't do it exactly the same again. It is a one of a kind original, as they say. I gave up trying to follow the pattern once the stitch pattern changed itself because I knitted once (or maybe three times) where I should have knitted twice. Either way, it was off. I ended up with a diagonal pattern for a few rows until I forgot again how many knit stitches I had done and set it back on course for the way the pattern started out.
|Brim and side|
|Diagonals - Oops!|
So, what do you think? Do you think this one turned out okay? Do you think that I should try, once again, to do the original pattern? Let me know in the comment section, please. I'd love to hear your thoughts!