19 August 2008 @ 08:55 pm
I posted this on [livejournal.com profile] steam_knits last night, and didn't get quite the feedback I was expecting. I don't really want to change the post enough to get feedback on [livejournal.com profile] knitting (what with the no-crossposting rule), so I'm posting it here in hopes that you guys can offer more insight.

Yarn: Salvaged from a sweater. It's 80% wool/20% acrylic, I think. It's felted a bit, and has a really nice texture when knitted up. It's on the heavier side of worsted.
Needles: Size 8 US/5 mm
Size: For my head (22"), but it stretches a lot, so I would say it fits up to a 25" skull
Pattern: Made up by me in a very scientific manner
Linkage: Ye Olde Ravelry Page

Click on any of these for a larger view. They're all sized at 600x800 pixels, so the largest view should be big enough to see any detail you need. There are a couple more than shown here at my Flickr.

The construction is mindboggling simple. It's all knit in garter rib. The center panel is just a 4-inch wide rectangle, which the sides are picked up from. You work three columns of decreases, the center one being a double decrease, to draw it all into a helmet shape. You keep decreasing until you get the strap the width you want, and then you cast off on one side and work the other one until it reaches and work a buttonhole on that end. Ta-da! Aviator cap.

aviatorcap 002flash

The flash makes me look a bit like I'm a second away from eating all your heads, but the flash shows off the true color pretty well on my computer. It's a sort of burgundy-ish red, but not too purple.

aviatorcap 040 aviatorcap 015 aviatorcap 017

Front, left side, right side

aviatorcap 036 aviatorcap 018 aviatorcap 058

Unbuttoned, button detail, all my hair crammed up in the back

OK, so it's pretty cute right now, but what I'm fussed over is the decreases on the side panels. I feel that it might look better if the center triangle was wider, and the two columns of garter rib on the sides were narrower, so that the point where all the decreases come together was lower down -- closer to my jaw. The double decrease column has to stay where it is -- radiating from the crown -- because that's the one that makes the side panels curve right. The apex of the curve has to be on the crown. I'm concerned, though, that if I make the bottom panel of garter rib narrower, that it won't cup the bottom of the head right.

Plans to improve it:

-- try a stitch with a smoother texture -- that pretty much leaves stockinette or stockinette-based lace or King Charles brocade, maybe?
-- shift the decrease columns so that the center decrease section is wider and therefor longer
-- try moving the edge of the cap forward so it comes over my forehead
-- taper the center panel in the back so it cups the back of the head more

Anybody have an insight or opinions they want to offer?
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