So, while I am bragging about my hat in one thread, I am going to complain about the same hat in another Here it is.
I have two important questions:
1) It fits but the recipient would prefer it to be more 'snug'. It's been blocked already. Can I try to shrink it in a dryer? The yarn is Patons classic wool. It grew a bit after I washed it (as did the swatch, no surprises here). Which leads me to another important question
2) How on earth one could factor in all the details and still have a multiple of 18 for the pattern and a hat that fits perfectly?
I knit and washed the swatch to see if it grows. Did the math for the circumference and the gauge based on st st hoping that my Fair Isle part would look this way. Got 108 st, a happy coincidence, I needed a multiple of 18. But the hat is ribbing plus Fair Isle and the elasticity of those two is different... and it's yet different from the stockinette swatch. What I am getting at is that I would like to measure a slightly stretched swatch to get a good fit but what to do about the colourwork that probably is not supposed to be stretched?
It seems logical to knit the ribbing on a smaller size needles but the first Fair Isle swatch looked really huge and the ribbing swatch looked nice and tidy so it didn't seem reasonable at the time of testing.