and lo! a pile of crap was born

i had told moocow i'd knit him a hat. he likes things that are funny. so i decided to get bold and adventurous and try to knit a modified version of his icon on a hat. actually, i used his old icon and threw a peep on top of it.

me, having only ever done a teeny bit of the intarsia, went whole hog and tried knitting intarsia in the round without thinking about how it would work or how the floats would be at the wrong side of the pattern when i got back, making me float them across 31 stitches. and it was looking bad.

(i call my technique craptarsia)

craptarsia 004

so i frogged it and googled "intarsia in the round" and found a site that told me to either knit it flat and seam it, or turn it inside out at the end of a round and purl my way back across.

there was some explanation about how to make a seam with a YO which didn't make sense, so i came up with my own technique:

knit one stitch past BOR marker, slip it back on the needle, and turn the bad boy inside out (or right side out - depending if it was a RS or a WS row) and the seam came out sorta pretty:

craptarsia 005

and i finished it a little while ago - the tension's still abysmal and although blocking may take care of some of that, i forgot one thing: HATS NEED TO STRETCH. this doesn't stretch well.

so even though i like the raglan decreases
craptarsia raglan hat decreases

the whole thing looks like crap and is too small for most adult heads. and even though he's a punk, i still won't give him a crappy lookin' hat.
craptarsia 009

sorry moo. looks like i need to do a new design...


MooCow Sunday, January 15, 2006 9:57:00 pm  

Hee hee hee hee hee hee.


Points for effort = 37

Chris Cope Monday, January 16, 2006 1:56:00 pm  

Golf club cozy. That's actually pretty cool in that it's crappy and you know it way. But crappy good. Does that make sense?

"Look at this piece of crap, isn't it wonderful?" -- That's probably why my wife stays with me.

spaazlicious Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:47:00 pm  

This is your cow on drugs...
I have definitely seen worse, in my own knitting basket. Are you sure it's not so funky it's fantastic? Have you blocked the bejeezus outta it?

heatherfeather Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:51:00 pm  

there's no room for blocking - it's too tight across the back... :(

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