I like knitting caps from the top down. The nice thing about doing it this way is that as long as you know
your gauge you just cast on eight stitches and increase at eight points every other round until you have the correct circumference. Then, you knit in rounds until it is almost long enough and do a quick rib edging and you're done!
Unless you're me.
My dad is a Broncos fan. Normally, I don't take orders because people don't usually wear what I knit them unless they are my husband or daughter and it's a pair of socks, but it's my dad. He's in his 70's. I'll knit him a hat. Why not?
So I bought this great Baah Superwash La Jolla in his team's colors and got started.
I didn't swatch.
But that's okay, I thought. I can just swatch as I go!
I gently fell into The Trap.
I knit happily.
Then, I measured the gauge.
I knit again happily knowing my target number and was having so much fun that I did a few too many increases.
So I stopped doing increases.
And kept knitting.
Then I realized that I had finished more than half the 100 gram/234 yard ball...
For a hat.
So I tried it on.
Then I ripped.
Then Loretta tried it on at the point where I should have stopped increasing. (Isn't she a natural beauty?)
And then I finished.
And let it sit in some soap and water.
Perfect size before washing.
Too long after washing. I'm going to have to school him in the fabulousness of slouch caps at the ripe old age of 70-something.
Friends, never wing it. Wash your swatches before you knit. This Baah relaxes. It is perfect yarn, but had I washed a swatch first, I would have known.
Yarn is just like the clothes you buy. Fabric, too. After you wash them, they behave differently. Always.
P.S. London Blue and California Poppy if you're into the "vintage" or "classic" Broncos colors. I only know this because I did my research.