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11-30-2005, 10:19 AM
:shock: OK.... it's done. :rofling: I'm thinking there's a problem. :roflhard: I look like the Swedish Chef!

First photo - Me! OK, kidding! This is what I think it looks like. Next photo is me. I'm not impressed! This is even modified! The crown is about half of what it was originally. The bottom is what it is SUPPOSED to look like. Eww... how did this happen? Ingrid, I trusted the pattern but... this just looks so.... wrong!

I will not give up on these patterns but... I'm not sure I'll be doing anymore caps. Maybe I need to get in touch with Ms. Lavold and ask her a few questions like... what size head do you write these patterns for?!? Maybe childbirth not only killed brain cells, it shrunk my brain!

:shock: This can't be right!


11-30-2005, 10:44 AM
OK, two more photos....

The first photo is of the cap by itself. It almost looks right like that but once you put it on... all bets are off.

One is of me in a "scrunched up" version. I also put it at a different angle. My DH is trying to tell me that, "You're just not used to wearing hat's like that." Well, duh! Nope, honey, it's just not right!

How the heck did they get that photo?!? Why don't I look like the chick in the photo? :figureditout: Oh, I know, because it's not green and I'm not sitting on a rock! That MUST be it! I should have used green and sat on a rock for the photo then I'd look just like her!!!


11-30-2005, 11:36 AM
Ha! I :heart: Chef!! So, I think it looks wonderful! :lol:

Really, you did a GREAT job - it does look exactly like the picture I think. Maybe you should just give it go wearing it around. It could grow on you. Try slanting it a different couple of ways to see if you can find a better fit.
Don't just chuck it though - it's awesome work! :)

11-30-2005, 11:40 AM
You're very sweet! It was a bit of work going from circular needles to dpn so it will not be disposed of! I may grow attached to it or... my DD may take a liking to it! She's a funny child anyway so... who know!

Hey, I just wrote to you about your yarn issue! I'm up in Marietta and could swear that I saw that patons yarn - go look at the message!

Thanks again! Angela

11-30-2005, 12:12 PM

It does look just like the picture though! Hmmm, maybe you do need to sit on a rock and look pensive for the full effect. ;) You did a beautiful job, though!

11-30-2005, 12:15 PM
I agree, it looks exactly like the hat in the pattern photo. And I think you look very cute and jaunty in it.
Ditto what the others said--wear it a couple different ways, squished down, puffed up, angles, etc.
If you still think it looks like a chef hat (and what's wrong with that!) go ahead and plunk it on when you're making dinner. Just don't get rid of it. It's really quite nice, IMO! :thumbsup:

11-30-2005, 12:24 PM
Ang, that hat is HILARIOUS! It does look like the pictue, though!!!! I think the difference is that the cabeled band is just tighter on the model, and the poofy part sits more flat and drapey than up and chef-like. Or it could be the rock, who knows :roflhard:

I like it. Who else has a hat like that???? I say wear it with pride. And if DD likes it, that can be her official "helper in the kitchen" hat!!!

11-30-2005, 12:31 PM
Oh i think it looks sooooo pretty!
its so unique and you know, almost..european
better than the pessimistic green one, i'd have to say.

11-30-2005, 01:32 PM
You guys are so awesome! :blush: I know it's not quite right but everyone has made me feel so much better. I was so upset and feeling very sorry for myself. I know that I can knit but... this project seriously undercut my confidence. I've been wondering if I should just stick to scarves and throws and simple projects. :(

You guys are just so kind. Thank you for saying such nice things. It helps more than you can imagine.

With gratitude, Angela

11-30-2005, 02:22 PM
Oh, don't limit yourself by having one project not go the right way! Scarves and throws are too boring! Maybe if you were to try it again, you could try smaller needles? That might help...but it might just be a weird hat to begin with or a model with a huge head. lol. I think you did a good job though!

11-30-2005, 02:30 PM

It does look just like the picture though! Hmmm, maybe you do need to sit on a rock and look pensive for the full effect. ;) !

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

11-30-2005, 02:32 PM
seriously - it does look like the photo, and I wanna make one now, but did you block it?

11-30-2005, 02:35 PM
It does look just like the one on the cover of the book. I wouldn't be discouraged - I think you did a beautiful job.


11-30-2005, 02:47 PM
REALLY good job, CS.....I also think it looks like the pic minus the rock and the angle she's sitting at. DEFINITELY work with it....squish it back, down, etc until youre happy with it.

Floonta Fleeeba Glotten Gloopen! *KKs impression of the sweedish chef*

11-30-2005, 03:22 PM
I think the hat is wonderful. I want to make one now. Maybe it is just the color that makes it look like a chefs hat. I think you did great and it does look like the picture.

Good job.


11-30-2005, 03:57 PM
I agree. It looks like it's supposed to look. The model's is squished down and pinched around at the edges. It looks like your first picture (not the chef one :rofling: ). In you second picure it's pulled up a bit.

I think you did a great job. :thumbsup:

11-30-2005, 06:30 PM
Block it? :thinking: How do you block a cap like this? The top is round like a frisbee. Oh, and I used Fisherman's wool for it - my thinking was, "gosh, that'll be warm and since it's a cap, it won't need to be washed often" Plus, it was just sitting in the "please use me" stash and I figured, why not?!? (size 7 needles)

Seriously, I've never blocked a cap. A sweater, yes! A scarf, yes! Squares for my throw, yes! My tea-pot cozy, yes! But see, I could do those out flat and this was knitted in one lump sum - knit band, pick-up and do crown in round/dpn, pick-up and knit bottom edge. :shock: The book didn't say to block. Maybe that's my problem!

OK, I'm ready... what do I do?


PS - I am working on my "pensive" look and searching for a big rock! THEN it will look just like the picture! ;) Yeah, right, and my cheek bones will look just like hers, too! :roflhard:

11-30-2005, 06:35 PM
Do you have a frisbee? :roflhard:

11-30-2005, 07:04 PM
:thinking: What, you think I should hold that in the pic with me on the rock looking pensive? :D OK, if that'll help, I'm game!


11-30-2005, 07:05 PM
:thinking: What, you think I should hold that in the pic with me on the rock looking pensive? :D OK, if that'll help, I'm game!


I was thinking for the blocking. :roflhard: :roflhard:

11-30-2005, 07:07 PM
:oops: :oops: Ohhhhh! I get it now! :oops: :oops:

That's worth a try! Obviously I hadn't thought of that one. :blush:

You're the best, Ingrid!


12-01-2005, 10:40 AM
I love the hat, Ang! It looks like the pic, so kudos to you! :cheering:

The band on the model's hat does look more narrow, though, by about an inch or or inch and a half even, which explains the chef-like look of yours.

Still, it's adorable, so block it, wear it, and revel in its chef-like gorgeousness!

Oh, here's what you could also do: put a pom on the top. Then you'll have made the first-ever chef's tam! Perfect for chasing chickens whilst you play your bagpipes! (Kilt optional :D)

12-01-2005, 01:51 PM
Well, I'm with everyone else here - it's FABULOUS and it does look just like the picture. perhaps you've placed your subject (you) too close to the camera? (forgive the photography reference - I just went to a seminar). I also think blocking should help - though I'm as lost as you as to how one block's a hat like that.??? :thinking: The frisbee is an intriguing idea but I'm having difficulty picturing which direction the frisbee goes? LOL
It's a GREAT hat!

12-01-2005, 01:52 PM
I love your cap! :thumbsup:

12-04-2005, 12:49 PM
:cheering: Looks great I agree thats the way its suppose to look

12-05-2005, 08:30 PM
You did a FANTASTIC job on the hat, just like Hilde said, it's tighter on the model and a bit flatter...of course..they are at a photo shoot & it could be pinned to make it tighter on the model, any # of things. I like the hat, play around with postitioning it on your head :D ! please, please don't be discouraged!! BC it's a great job of knitting. I think a darker color perhaps and smaller yarn will get the effect you are looking for...for a narrower cabling brim of the hat & lesser amt of poofiness...but that can be taken care of if you play around with positioning like everyone has said, I bet ;)
A great job :thumbsup:

12-06-2005, 03:43 PM
OMG, that is the weirdest hat I've seen in a while! (a couple days since I live in NYC) But I LOVE IT! It's so different, and it's um, hmmmmm
what are the words I'm looking for..... different

complicated looking and elegant too! You just need a careless
superior jaunty look in your eye when you wear it on the street! :lol:

You look good it in though, really. It's darling. I think I might make one.
(maybe if you squish it down just a little on top it will look .... different.


12-06-2005, 07:31 PM
I think it's beautiful! The first picture of you in it is lovely. You're still lovely in the 2nd picture ~ but I can definitely see the chef coming out in that one. ;)

12-08-2005, 03:27 PM
I really love the hat. You said it was wool. Maybe if you think part of it is too large you could shrink it on purpose. Regardless, the stitching is absolutely beautiful. You have talent with the needles!

12-08-2005, 08:37 PM
:happydance: It's SO warm!!!!

OK, I finally broke down and wore the hat. Forgot to tell you guys that I did block it but... there was this minor incident. My DD was trying to be helpful and threw it in the dryer - I saved it before full felting! :shock: It must have only been in for a couple of minutes.

Anyway, it shrunk a bit and fits tighter around my head so I decided to wear it tonight. It's freezing here! Rain mixed with sleet and just awful - a mean wind too! So I'm out walking the dog in the cap and...

It is the warmest cap that I've ever worn! I pulled it down low over my ears and it was so nice and snuggy! My DH said that I looked really cute in it and should wear it all the time. I am amazed at how nice and cozy it is!

I just wanted to share that I wore the Swedish chef cap and it didn't even occur to me that it might look funny. All that mattered was that I was warm and my head stayed nice and dry! :happydance:

Thanks for all of your wonderful support! You guys are the best!


12-08-2005, 09:00 PM
:cheering: Those Vikings sure know how to keep warm, I guess. So glad you rescued it and were able to make use of it. The fact that DH said it looked cute should help, too.

12-09-2005, 02:40 AM
YIPPEE, Angela...I'm so glad that you are enjoying it & that it's warm & like Ingrid said, if dh thinks it's cute...what more do you need ;)

12-09-2005, 08:46 AM
So just that couple minutes in the dryer shrunk it? Id like to see another picture of its CUTENESS!! :cheering: