* i am NOT a designer.
* i will NEVER be a designer.
* sleeping at the Holiday Inn will NOT qualify me to call myself a designer.
* although i may have great ideas, i can NOT always manage to get them implemented!
* it's much easier to tweak someone ELSE's pattern than figure out your own original!
i spent several weeks working rather diligently on this simple little project ... or at least in my mind it was SUPPOSED to be an easy-peasy thing to knit ... and in principle it really is! i just have managed to do all the possible things WRONG that you could ever think of! in fact, one of the things NOT to Do for this pattern was to put the 15 stitches from the towel portion on a holder and then using waste yarn do a 15 stitch provisional cast on as part of the hat. in my mind you'd then knit the hat, unzip the provisional cast on and graft the 2 sections together. [i even tried, once i got down to 15 towel stitches, simply casting on 45 addtional stitches and trying to knit the hat while still attaching and twirling the towel portion around!]
i used the kitchener stitch to join my hat and towel ... and it looks okay, i guess, but i was joining a stockinette section (hat) to a garter stitch section (towel). so .. i thought we'd look at a proper way to join two garter stitch sections, in case you opt to knit the hat to match the blanket identically! A great source for this demonstration can be found at the Knitting Daily website .....