Okay, this hat isn't self-lighting, but it looks that way when the light hits it!
It was totally NOT the hat I intended to make. I started on Boxing Day with some cool multi-coloured yarn (in the Earth Mix), and I had first wanted to add reflective orange stripes--but the orange in the yarn is not as bright. I don't have a brown reflective yarn, and the black was a little harsh, so I thought the dark grey reflective would work. The cuff started off with the plain brown part, and I did two rows, then two rows grey, two rows brown, two rows grey, two rows brown...two rows grey...two rows brown...and I got really bored of the brown! How long was it going to go for?! So I ripped back to the top of the ribbing and found the next colour in the yarn. Here, I discovered that it's not a gradual change...they cut one yarn and overlap the next pattern, and sew the ends together! Huh?! I got a little creative with doing 2 rows of the coloured (I mean: 2 Boston, 2 Reflective, 2 Boston, 2 Reflective) and then changing to a different section of the Boston Mix.
But the kids hated it. They don't often hate something I make. They might not like it, but don't care. But while Grandpa is not a slave to fashion, they still thought it was ugly.
So, New Year's Eve I changed gears. They wanted me to do bright orange with black reflective. I thought that looked a little too Halloweenish. He has a black and yellow John Deere jacket, so I went with that, though I didn't want to do the same 2 row stripes because it might look like a bee costume.
I cast on using the alternate cable cast on from Monste Stanley's book. As I was doing the ribbing I was worried about the size, and that once stretched, it seemed rather open...not sure how to describe it. So, I used larger needles and picked up all the knit stitches from the cast on row, then increased in each stitch on the first row, and made a stockinette band for the inside. Then, at the top of the ribbing, I knit both bands together to join (if I had had some fleece material, I would have sewn a strip inside for more warmth, but by this time, we were on the road to my parents).
Do you think it needs a pom pom?
Yarn In: 500gr
Yarn Out: 63gr + 200gr = 263gr
Balance: 237gr more BOUGHT than used
Costs: $21.19/9 days = $2.35/day