My First Kufi

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.

first kufi.jpg

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:

first kufi with perspective.jpg

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:

chapeau du francois.jpg

(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.

5 Responses to “My First Kufi”

  1. David Says:

    Celeste, as always, you manage to be cryptic effortlessly. You must get it from your dad’s side. :-)

  2. H Says:

    The lobster in the hat is so damned cute it makes me want to squeal in girlie-delight, replete with “Oh my God, look at those SHOES!”

    I love it!

  3. Celeste Says:

    Oh my! you’ve got Hippo! Last I saw him he was hosting his own cable access show about people’s garbage. I’m not trying to be cryptic, it really happened.

  4. Kaetchen Says:

    That is freakin’ adorable!

  5. Lee Says:

    So is there a pattern for the crochet kufi? I’ve looked everywhere and have made a bunch by the seat of my pants, but I love that blue one!