a little less than a month ago, i received this motivating comment from gayle:
Love your beanies! ... Saw your sideways knitted beanie in the
archives-that is exactly what I'm looking to make as an
alternative to knitting in the round. Will you be releasing the
pattern in some form soon? Hope so!
i happened to be almost done knitting one that day so i thought: perfect! time to publish the pattern!
only i couldn't do it. how can something so easy to knit be so difficult to draw up? dear readers, i give you exhibit a:
pretty gruesome, huh? and it's no where near being complete. i gave up because i just couldn't get it to look sensible. i thought about drawing it in 3d but i just don't got the skills. anyway, the more less more less bit is the crown shaping. a lot of wrapping and turning. the straight edge to the right is the brim. finish with one row of weaving. no purling and, of course, seamless.
by the way, this beanie is knitted up and down, or rather back and forth. to say that it's knitted flat is misleading because it takes shape as it is knitted along. it doesn't lie flat with a jagged edge as i have shown it.
there's little more i can add to make it less confusing. i think the best way to convey this pattern is to show step by step pictures along with some very elaborate narrative. hardly worth the effort when it's so easy to knit. it really is!
what do you think? are you confused? crying? swearing?