Breaking the Hat Curse
I have knitted a few hats since I got back into knitting. But each one suffered from the Hat Curse: I could not seem to knit a hat that fit me.
I could knit hats that would fit apples and oranges. I could knit hats that would fit watermelons. I could knit hats that sort of fit me, but made my head look like a mushroom.
So when I started knitting a top-down hat out of the Jo Sharp Silk Road April sent me, it felt like a risk. What if this was yet another cursèd non-fitting hat?
But it looks like this yarn has finally helped me break the hat curse.
It's a plain, ribbed, top-down hat with about three rounds knit plain so the brim turns up automagically and doubles over my ears. I've worn it a couple of times when the temperatures dropped into the teens, and it's just right: not a brain-squeezer, not floppy and loose, just soft and warm and comfortable.
Someone asked me about the weight of the Elegant Yarns' Daphne I'm using to knit the Stargate.
In my project notes on Ravelry, I listed four other yarns that looked to be identical to Daphne.
They said, "Three of the yarns you list say cobweb/1 ply, and the other says lace/2 ply. Can you tell me which it is, please."
From left to right:
- white DMC 80 tatting thread
- gray Habu 1/12 silk mohair
- blue Crystal Palace Kid Merino
- Elegant Yarns Daphne (looks gray, but click on the photo: that's the optical blending of a green and a lavender ply)
- cream Misti Alpaca Lace
- pink DMC 10 Cébélia
- bottle green Jaggerspun Zephyr
- purple Malabrigo Lace
Both Daphne and the Jojoland Harmony I bought to use when the Daphne runs out are two-ply yarns, but as I hope you can see from my dark-day picture, at 800+ yards per 50 gram ball, they are closer to a cobweb weight.
Yarn weights are confusing! When you enter a fine yarn on Ravelry, your choice is between "thread", "cobweb/1 ply" and "lace/2 ply". But how fine a yarn looks doesn't match up by ply or even by yards/meters per gram. The fiber and how it was spun makes a huge difference.
I put the yarns in the photo in order of how thick they appeared to me. And looking at the photo, I'd probably reverse the Misti Alpaca and the pink Cébélia. But check out the yards/meters per gram:
|DMC size 80 tatting thread||21||19|
|Habu 1/12 silk mohair||13.3||12.1|
|Crystal Palace Kid Merino||9.6||8.8|
|Elegant Yarns Daphne||17.5||16|
|Misti Alpaca Lace||8.7||8|
|DMC 10 Cébélia||5.7||5.2|
Were you surprised? I was!
I won't even put ply in this table, because then it just gets silly. DMC 80 is 6-ply, and Cébélia is 3-ply. I think the Malabrigo is a single, and the rest are 2-ply.
Like I said. Silly.