So, the hat to match the beaded fingerless mitts went completely awry. I’ve been in denial for days. I always tell my students, “If you don’t like it now, you won’t like it ten rows from now.”

I knew I didn’t like what was happening when I was halfway through the brim, but I persevered. Silly-silly!!

Not-A-Hat Cowl on the needles

See how the brim fans out instead of pulling in? That is a hat which will not stay on anyone’s head.

It’s a “not-a-hat.”

I put on my big girl panties, pulled the work off the needles and measured.

Not A Hat Cowl Off the Needles

A twenty and a half inch diameter on the brim.

I tried it on, and the piece fell perfectly to my neckline.

Not-A-Hat Cowl Around my Neck

Yep. This “not-a-hat” is going to become a cowl. The deciding factor was when I felt that LUSCIOUS yarn against my neck. Besides my reluctance to rip out the beads (they go flying no matter how careful I am!), feeling the soft blend of merino, yak and silk against my skin made me realize this yarn needed to be a cowl. A bit of everyday luxury will make me feel pretty on the gloomiest of winter days.

Since I won’t be changing the diameter, the cowl will ride close to my skin, covering my neck to my chin. The next section of this pattern will continue the lace pattern, but reduce the number of beads (so their weight won’t pull the cowl into a puddle lying on my collarbone).

Unless I decide I don’t like it again. In which case I’ll take my own advice a bit earlier.


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