Crossed my fingers just for luck

Pattern: Fish Hat [Dead Or Alive?] by Thelma Egberts
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool)
Needles: U.S. 7 Harmony wood Options 32″ circulars (Magic Loop style)

See, I was thinking to myself, “Self, is Cady Gray the type of girl who would like to look as though a dead fish were eating her head?”

No question.

When I started stashbusting — and this is my first stashbusting project of 2009 — I couldn’t wait to use up the extra yarn from Cady Gray’s Drive-Thru. And I knew just what I wanted to do with it. Fish hats! The fishier the better.

This free pattern from the latest issue of Knitty has become something of a sensation. And why not? Who doesn’t love fish? Who wouldn’t want to appear to an unsuspecting public as though a sea creature were sucking one’s brains out of one’s head? It’s a universal human desire, as the Greeks understood so well.

I went for a special modification to make this hat Archer-friendly. (Even though this one’s for Cady Gray, Archer needed a little stake in it. The next one’s for him.) The stripes are all Fibonacci numbers, generated by the wonderful Biscuits and Jam Random Stripe Generator. Archer’s smile of secret delight when I read the number of rows in each stripe to him — 1, 1, 3, 2, 8, 2, 3, 13, 8 — was something to treasure.

This fish hat played something of a starring role in my presentation to the ICTE this past weekend. By the time I was done, the message was generally accepted, understood, and celebrated: Let there be fish hats on earth. And let it begin with me.

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7 Comments on “Crossed my fingers just for luck”

  1. Doc Thelma Says:

    Oh, wow, my brother would love that for my 4 YO nephew! Bro is a stream ecologist; my nephew’s room is decorated in fish. That is so cool!

  2. Jenn Says:

    What a great hat! I’ve been following your progress on Twitter–and it’s a great finish. 🙂

  3. Jenny T. Says:

    Oh I want one!! That hat is absolutely marvelous, Donna!

  4. Cait Says:

    Could you email me this knitting pattern please?!

    • Donna Says:

      Cait, you can find it at the link in the post (the name of the pattern links to the original at the webzine Knitty). Just an FYI — it’s considered bad form to ask people to send you patterns, even if they are available for free. The designer and publisher depend for their livelihood on knitters accessing patterns in their original location and format.

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