I’m having a blast with the Giftalong this year. Having so many choices—the many moods of handknit gifts—is perfect for the knitter with a short attention span. I get in the mood to Knit All the Things, and when I do, it’s super helpful if those things can be finished in a short time.
This past weekend, I set myself a Timed Knitting Challenge. I sat myself down in front of the computer and cued up some Masterpiece Theatre, set my phone’s clock to stopwatch mode, and cast on for the largest size of the Rubble Hat in MDK Field Guide No. 12: Big Joy.
Four hours, 7 minutes, and 16.36 seconds later, I had a Rubble Hat, size large.
That time included knitting the 5 rounds at the top that I had to pull back when I realized that (1) since I hadn’t started with a full ball of my main color, I was going to run out just before the crown decreases, and (2), the hat was plenty big without those 5 rows of the chart.
I feel like I should get some kind of time off my score for those extracurricular rounds, but even so: it’s a 4-hour hat.
And what a hat! A substantial hat. A—dare I say it—dressy hat. I have admired this hat for its style and also for its millinery heft. When you do stranded colorwork in Big Wool, you are going to achieve heft, by golly. This ain’t no beanie. (Not that I don’t love beanies—I do!)
The extra 5 rows of the chart would have given it even more height and drama, but as you can see, there is ample headspace, even with the hat pulled well over my model’s ears. She can keep her mad money and a few snacks up there.
For the Record
I have not abandoned my mates on Team Sock. (Get it? Mates? Socks?)
I followed your rule for protection against Second Sock Syndrome, and cast on sock 2 of this pair immediately. Knitting the Rubble Hat was merely a rest stop on the road to Sock 2.