No Bells

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
– Shakespeare


Yep, I didn’t add the bells but I’m considering adding medium size pompoms.

The model was made from a kit that I put together in a Junior High Home Economics class. I can’t believe he’s hung around all these years.

Knitting Stripes in the Round

jester_brim The pattern says to start out with a 16″ circular needle. Of course I didn’t have a 16″ needle so I attempted to use a 40″ and reduce the circumference using the magic loop method. With 160 stitches to manage, I twisted the stitches to form a moebius. Now I sympathize with Rob who recently mentioned unwittingly doing this while knitting the hem of a tunic. As you can see from the photo, I switched to a 16″ needle.

After the brim, stripes are next. Since knitting in the round creates a spiral, stripes will jog where one stripe ends and the next one starts. The book mentions hiding the jog when sewing the ends of each stripe. Well I don’t intend to leave any ends between stripes; I’d rather avoid sewing so I’ll carry the unused color up the “side” by twisting the yarns together at the beginning of each round. So to avoid the jog I’m going to use the Danish method described in Simple Socks by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts.

On this hat I’m knitting white and blue stripes that are three rows in height. When I transition from a white stripe to a blue one, I knit the first stitch of the first blue row with both colors and continue knitting the first row of the blue stripe until I come across the blue/white stitch that started the round. I knit these stitches together with the blue running yarn and then pull on the end of the white yarn until the jog gets hidden. I’ll repeat these stepswith the next stripe, reversing the colors and hopefully end up with jogless stripes.


Here’s my other project, a Jester hat from Knit Baby Head & Toes. A dear friend is having her first baby so it’s time to whip out some baby items even though I’m about to start a sweater project.

jester_hat_swatch I chose Rowan Wool Cotton, which is so soft, and such a pleasure to knit. The first swatch was done on size 6 needles at 5.5 stitches per inch as specified in the pattern. However, I think this yarn might look better at 6 stitches per inch. Tonight I’ll do another swatch with a size five needle. If that gives me 6 stitches to an inch I’ll just knit the larger sized hat. Heck, I just found out that I didn’t quite follow the directions on the Shining Star hat. It should acutally have five points instead of six. I saw “six needles” and translated that into six points.

So, I think there’s only one thing wrong with this Jester hat. Should I really attach small bells? Seems like a choking hazard to me. After spending last weekend with a couple of babies I learned, “if it doesn’t fit in a toilet paper tube then it shouldn’t be given to small kids”. We were all laughing about how we survive childhood despite having tons of small Fisher Price Play People.