I finished my second dog sweater. Ta-Da!
I know it is July but I am sure come fall Stormy (the dog I made the sweater for) will put it to good use. Long story short…some friends of ours rescued a pitbull. She is such a sweet dog but seems to have some autoimmune disease and has trouble regulating her body temperature. Throughout the fall/winter/spring I noticed she was always wearing some type of sweater or sweatshirt. So that is how I decided to give knitting dog sweaters a try. I will be sure to post a photo of Stormy wearing her new sweater once the weather cools down.
I was very excited to begin my new project. A hat! I love to knit hats. I purchased the yarn for this hat when I purchased yarn for this hat I made (love to get that free shipping). So I guess you can say this yarn was burning a hole in my yarn storage bag! (Nope, doesn’t have quite the same ring as “burning a hole in my pocket”)
Let me give some background why I chose the pattern I am currently knitting. When we all went on lockdown in March, 2020, I started binge watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I remember watching this show on “Nick at Night” when I first moved out of my parents house. I had a tiny little TV in a tiny little room that I rented when I got my first job out of college. I thought it was so funny and witty and I guess I felt some kind of connection with Mary. There I was in my first apartment about 90 miles from where I grew up that I paid for with my very first job in publishing. I was going to make it after all!!!! The theme song is “Love is All Around” by Sonny Curtis. Fun fact: Joan Jett did a cover of “Love is All Around” in 1996 an to promote the NCAA’s final four.
Ok, what does this have to do with knitting? Well, if you have seen the show you know of the famous hat toss at the end of the opening credits. Throughout the series those opening credit scenes change EXCEPT that hat toss. It has actually been ranked as one of the greatest moments of 1970s television. The hat is a Tam o’ Shanter and it seems to be knit, so I thought, I bet I can make that! So of course I went right to ravelry to start my search and chose a pattern as my favorite.
I purchased the pattern just the other day and looked it over. It doesn’t look so simple. It has a twisted rib stitch? What? I looked over some of the projects that used this pattern and I did find one that just used a regular rib stitch followed by stockinette. That’s more my speed….but will it look the same??? The one the pattern designer has on her page is SO adorable! Just look at it!
So here lies my dilemma. Do I change up the pattern to make it easier? Do I just dive in and knit the pattern as written?
Here’s what is actually funny about this entire post. As I type this, I am deciding to make the pattern as is. So I have answered my own initial question. Just knit it as written. This may not be the “easy watch tv project” but that’s Ok. It’s a hat, not a blanket. I have my audiobooks and podcasts to listen to as I knit.
Here is my cast-on and the first round or so complete. You can see with the lighter blue color I have started the “traveling jogless stripes”. I can see how the twisted stitches add to the texture of this “Tam” already. What are “traveling jogless stripes” you might ask? That’s a topic for another post!