I am working on the hat from this pattern
.* I have completed the first charted area, and now the pattern directs me to do about a 5" stockinette section so that I can fold up the beginning stranded band to make the body of the hat double thickness.
Now, this raises a couple issues for me:
1. The fabric is already incredibly thick because of both the bulky weight yarn and the stranding; I'm worried that the fabric will lose even more stretch and be uncomfortable for the wearer.
2. I'm concerned that if I decide to skip the stockinette section and move onto the next charted area, how well will the stranded band hold up? I could see how possibly the stockinette acts as protection for the stranding, but then why not continue the stockinette for the crown, such as for the Hello Yarn Pirate hat
This is my first stranding project, and unfortunately, the eventual owner is unavailable for comment on his preference. Any input would be much appreciated.
*Yeah, it's Lionbrand. And yes, stranding flat on straight needles is a pain in the ass. But hey, my lil bro loves the yarn and pattern, and it's good practice for me.Edited:
The beginning stranded section is
the cuff, and a 5" cuff at that. I am wondering why the pattern has such a deep cuff folded over a 5" stockinette section (durability? warmth?) and if it will impede stretchyness and comfort.