I have been intrigued by twisted stitches or Bayerische knitting. I really love how textural the stitches are and theway the stitches travel across your knitting project. When this fall's Interweave Knits came out, I was so excited. There was a 4 page article by Meg Swansen on the techniques used for knitting these wonderful twisted stitches. I knew I had to knit the Proverbial Cap once I saw the pattern.
I cast on the hat with Nature Spun by Brown Sheep. This yarn is a little smaller than the original yarn, Quebecoise, but I didn't know that when I cast on the cap. I started the cap with a size 4 needle and after knitting a good size swatch, aka the hat for 4 inches, I realized my gauge was too small. So, I ripped it out and said that was good practice. Then I started knitting with #5 needles.
The double helix motif really gave me fits. I was ok with the first helix in the pattern but when it came to knitting the helix in reverse to travel the opposite way, well, let's say I had a brain fart. I ripped it back twice. Finally when I got it started the correct way, it was easy sailing.
I had a little difficulty with the decreases and keeping the knitting in pattern. But I worked it out by knitting the knot pattern in the ribbing portion as it is between the knots. I was a little surprised that I had trouble with the compensation portion of knitting. I haven't really had problems with compensation in needlework.
I am very happy with this hat. I now understand why knitters love 100% wool for cables. This Nature Spun yarn really makes the stitches pop. I actually knit a project that more than 10 knitters on Ravelry have knit. I think I may have to knit the Alpen Socken out of this issue also. I could always use another pair of socks.