Brick Sidewalk Beanie From Fibre Space--Day 3 | Author Allie Pleiter

Brick Sidewalk Beanie from fibre space--Day 3

The Delight of Decreasing

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There’s always a burst of energy for me when I reach those magic words “begin decrease” on a hat. 

It means I’m racing toward the finish line of my project. It means the rows will get shorter and shorter from here on in. As a knitter continually haunted by the growing rows of top-down shawls, “begin decrease” is the chocolate cake of pattern directions. Dessert course! Most delicious!

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Not that any of the middle section of this hat has been at all tedious. Rather, it’s been peaceful, engaging, and productive at a pleasant speed. Everything I look for in a knitting project. I only have to look down for a small portion of each row, and it just plain feels wonderful to knit.

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My only complaint with hats is that unlike socks, you can’t really try them on unfinished. Sure, you can slip the in-progress hat on your head, but it won’t give you a true taste of what the thing will look like on your noggin when blocked and finished. Considering how ridiculous I look in most knitted hats, this represents a sizable risk for me. I’ve loved knitting it, but will I love wearing it?

Then again, that’s not really a problem, is it? Because you and I both know that if I don’t fancy how it looks on me, it won’t take long to find a head it fits perfectly. Granted, if this were a large, complicated shawl, I might balk at gifting it.  But a hat? It’s just the right size to release with pleasure to someone else.

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Having said all that, I really like how it feels and hope I do like how it fits.
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