Today I cut out the pattern pieces and while putting them together, I got very confused. The first source of confusion is that the .pdf of the side piece of the child's hat contains two copies of the pattern pieces. You only need one. I figured that out fairly quickly. Then came the real confusion. The pattern pieces for the brim of the child's hat look like this after you cut them out:
Um... how exactly the bleep does that turn into the brim of a hat? I looked up the comments for this pattern on marthastewart.com and discovered that I was not the only one who was confused, so I decided to blog about it. Here's how the pieces go together. The key is that they OVERLAP. I figured this out after much turning them every which way and swearing. First, put these two big pieces together:
Then things start to make sense and you can start overlapping more pieces, lining up the lines:
Here it is all put together:
Et voila, the hat pieces all together, as shown in the article and in the pattern overview:
I hope this saves someone some time, confusion, frustration and swearing. Some of the pieces for the brim are just superfluous and you don't need to tape them on. You'll see what I mean when you start taping them together. Pinning 3-layers of printer paper to fabric is not going to be any fun, but the pattern is cute, free and looks simple to sew. In fact, I expect the sewing to be a hell of a lot easier than assembling the pattern, which needs some QA. The second side piece should be removed from the child's hat side .pdf and the brim could be simplified into a lot fewer pieces.
What have I been doing aside from putting together sewing pattern puzzles? I finished my husband's scarf:
It's single crochet, two manly colors of Cascade 220 Superwash. He loves it. Hooray!
I've also been spinning, and in the last week, my spinning skills have greatly improved. I still have to tear the roving into thin strips and then draft and spin from there, but the singles I'm spinning are now getting to be consistent, and the weight that I want. A key thing for me to remember has been that fine fiber (like the pile of merino roving I have) wants to be spun fine. Spinning about fingering-weight singles has been easy. Now to ply it and dye it! Pics when it's plied.