I’m a sloppy guy. I’ve long since come to grips with this fact, but sometimes the side effect of my slovenly nature surprise me.
While collecting a few boxes of stuff that that were still at my ex-girlfriend’s house ( I moved out in February ), I came across this: my first kufi.
I love this hat. I think it was the first Internet pattern I ever made. It is also a very tangible lesson in the importance of gauge. To give you some perspective, here’s that first kufi with the kufi that I currently wear laid on top of it:
The first one is a friggin’ monstrosity! You could comfortably stretch that across a head the size of Andre the Giant’s butt. And this, my dear friends, is why you *always* do a gauge swatch when starting a new pattern.
It took me a few more hats to really work out the gauge problems. I still run into them when I’m free-forming things. But not long after that first hat, I decided to make a cap for my little pal Francois using some scrap yarn. That one turned out pretty good:
(Francois is about three inches long.) This time, I took the time to figure out the dimensions before I cast on. Much better result.
Anyone else out there have good pics/stories of gauge nightmares? If you’ll send me a couple, I’ll put up a Chamber of gauge Horrors to serve as a warning to others.
10-16-2006: UPDATE: The pattern for the kufi is here.