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24 May 2010 @ 02:20 pm
Hat: Blocking help  
So, just over a week ago, I posted here to ask about double-layered hats and double-pointed needles. Over the past week, I've been following this double-layer hat pattern from Ravelry (http://webhome.idirect.com/~quanah/patdoublehat.html) and I've got my gauge same as the person's. Just today I finally tied up my final loose end and tried fitting the hat on my head... but it's too small. Not just too small, but "squeeze my head till I feel dizzy" small. o_o

I've stuffed a towel into the hat at the moment and it measures roughly 19 inches around, but my head would optimally like a hat that's 23 inches around. Is there any way I can do blocking and still achieve that result, or would I have to redo the hat entirely? (I'm still too inexperienced to take a part of the stitches out and put more stitches in... if that works for this case.)

I'm not too upset about the hat being too small, as it's a test run for another hat I'm making, but it'd be useful if I could put this hat to some use rather than toss it aside 'cause it's too small. At the moment it seems suitable for the casing of some vase. o_O



ETA: the yarn I used was 4.5mm pure wool, if that's any help!
Kellyaeliakirith on May 24th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
I've never done a hat before, but if you wet-block it over something round, and approximately the diameter you want, stretching it like that might get it to hold that shape. I'm not sure you can finagle 4" of stretch, but you might get it to where it's wearable.

Very spiffy hat, by the way. I like it.
Aquarius Galuxyaquarius_galuxy on May 25th, 2010 08:53 am (UTC)
I've tried stuffing a towel into the hat while it's dry, and it seems to work somewhat, though I'm not sure if the shape will hold. Will be repeating that if it doesn't.

Thank you!