Last week, while embracing the idea of non-head shaped hats, I may have said something sort of like ‘Almost only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and hat shaping’. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that my next hat was as perfectly head shaped as a hat can get.
It’s perfect (except for the whole pink, angora part…go figure that it would fit perfectly but I’ll certainly never wear it.) Once again, the shape is due to short rows. This time, I’ve stacked the short rows directly on top of each other instead of staggering them around the hat. The result is a more spacious forehead and a flatter back.
The garter ridges are my short rows. I’ve done two short rows, the first one is 90% of the row, the second one is 70% of the row, followed by 3 rounds of stockinette stitch. I repeated the short row-stockinette sequence over and over, until I got the length I wanted, then closed the top up…Viola! Perfect Pink Hat! <- Click for details on Ravelry
Of course, all these short row hats have had one common theme, stacking deep or long wedges to build a hat. What happens when the shorts rows are short and shallow? Here’s one possibility…
This is the most conventional hat in terms of shaping. It’s essentially a stockinette beanie with stripes. As I was knitting the stripes, I threw in single short rows of 4-6 stitches at regular intervals. I was able to close the hat with standard decreases, (K8, K2tog followed by K7, K2tog, followed by K6, K2tog…etc)
For anyone looking to attempt a short row hat, this one is a great place to start. You can adapt any basic stockinette beanie. Whenever you feel like it, just do a wrap and turn, knit as few or as many stitches as you feel, place another wrap and turn, and you’re back on the right side of the hat, continuing along as though your row had never been interrupted!
I did several short rows per stripe, but maybe you only want one short row. Maybe you want to stack your little short rows or maybe you want to stagger them so they bias across the hat. Maybe you want them to be completely random.
Rest assured, I’ve got all these options on my list! The urge to make hats is finally waning though. For the first time in over a week, I finished a hat and did not cast on the next one right away. Who knows, I might not do any hat knitting today?!?