To Be Unraveled

If this photograph didn’t exist, no one would ever know this mostly-complete hat once had a home on this earth. I unraveled it.

I cast on this hat no less than eight times before I nearly-finished. It took a few tries to get the earflaps just right…and then there was the time, sleep deprived, that I knit several inches before realizing that my work was twisted. Complete amateur error. There were many rounds knit before tinking back. Lots of tinking back, actually. A lot, a lot.

In the end, I got what I needed. A mock up for a pattern. Now I know what to adjust. More stitches here. Different increase technique there. A little more length at the top. Adjustments. A means to perfection. I hope.

I almost finished this hat. I was about to weave in ends…add the finishing touches. Just because. It was a hat, as imperfect as it may have been. It fit on my had. It was. Not quite a living, breathing thing, but almost. And it seemed a bit of a sin to unravel the thing that, in all actuality, was something. Something that took me hours and hours and hours, as flawed as it was.

But I paused.

When would I do with a less-than-perfect hat? Wear it when no one was looking? Early morning walks when only the birds are up? I already have hats for that. So I unraveled it. I will reuse the yarn for Version 10. Or maybe it is Version 11. I lost count.

Even though I had already ordered a second skein, preempting my wisdom to simply reuse the skin I already possessed, now rewound.  I suppose it is easy to succumb to a bit of trigger finger when it comes to yarn purchases online. Although I have a second hat design in mind now, having been inspired by Versions 1 though 10 of this baby. Funny how one attempt at an art form births inspiration for a second.


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  • Reply Jennie August 31, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Beautifully said! Online yarn shopping is dangerous, isn’t it?

  • Reply tjwynn August 31, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    You did the right thing. Hard to make it disappear but I am my own worst critic and want whatever I make to be the best it can be, not riddled with my mistakes.

  • Reply tjwynn August 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Obviously, I can’t type !

  • Reply nanacathy2 September 1, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Oh a sad story, good luck with the next version!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise September 1, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I’ve ripped out many of projects when I knew I wasn’t happy. I think it’s the sign of a good knitter, willing to part with the time and effort.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life September 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Karen. I felt like I learned so much in the process that I didn’t really think of it is as too much of a loss. More of an experience where I got a bit smarter.

  • Reply knittedblissjc September 1, 2015 at 7:39 am

    The yarn is lovely, and you are right to unravel and push forward with something that you know you will love and want to wear for more than just the birds to see. I don’t think I’ve ever designed anything that didn’t involve a serious amount of unravelling!

  • Reply Olivia September 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    i’m so impressed with your tenacity! i think i would have given up by now! but i must say the hat looks lovely from my untrained eyes. i’ve always wanted to learn to knit but i don’t have a teacher and i couldn’t teach myself! good for you to keep at it.

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