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FO: Bamboozled

This is a first, people. I am making an FO post for an item of my own design, and I already have the pattern written up. This is me, using my whole ass. I’ve become everything I hate!


Pattern: Bamboozled (look at that! that’s a pattern link that I did NOT have to edit in later!)
Yarn: Plymouth Royal Bamboo in Coral, 1 skein
Needles: US size 6

So I’ve already mentioned that making the chart ate my soul, which is what tends to happen when you try to do something that you don’t actually know how to do. I’m still not completely sure it’s a proper chart, but if it’s clear enough for my dumb ass to follow, I’m sure it’ll be adequate.

Yep, I’m learning not to stress over patterns. I do want to keep designing, and if I pull a Maddy on every pattern, freaking out about every detail and possible error, I will go mad, and start talking to trees and feeding vodka to kittens. We don’t want that. A friend of mine had this adorable little kitten, and one time when I was visiting and slept on her couch, the kitten kept JUMPING ON MY FACE. Now imagine what evil that kitten would plot if it had access to vodka.


(If you had a creepy-ass striped cat thing from IKEA just lying around, trying to eat your knitting books, you’d blindfold it with knitted headbands too. Admit it.)

Anyway, once the chart was finished thoroughly devouring my soul, this may have been the quickest, most trouble-free knit ever. I printed out the chart, grabbed a pencil, and just ticked off each row as I knit it. In fact, the only real trouble I had was trying to figure out how the hell I got the chart to print on two pages instead of three, without shrinking the font size to nothing, and I still have no idea how I did it. I had to find another way to do it for the chart pdf in the pattern.

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The yarn held up much better than I thought it would. Great sheen and stitch definition, although it’s a bit splitty. I’d use it again. I’d be hesitant to use it for garments, though, because I can practically hear it cackling at me. “You thought silk stretched out of shape? Silk is an amateur, just wait and see how badly I can stretch! Muhahahahahahaha!”

I am quite suspicious at how trouble-free this knit was. Maybe my knitting is trying to lure me into complacency. I’m on to you, knitting.



  1. Amanda says:

    That’s awesome! If I still had hair (okay, I do have hair, but it is very short hair), I’d cast-on for that RIGHT NOW.

  2. Stacey says:

    That looks great! I’m a headband addict so this is going to be next on my needles! :)

  3. chris says:

    It’s a great looking headband – sorry you had such a hellish time with writing the pattern – but I’m glad you made it through with something so nice!

  4. heatherfeather says:

    whoa… i’ve NEVER used my whole ass before. that’s pretty awesome of you to not only have the pattern done when you do the FO post, but to have posted TWO amazing patterns in such a short time frame!

  5. Rivka says:

    YAY! Can’t wait to make it!

    Yeah, well I did use the Royal Bamboo for a garment, against my better judgment, and I have yet to wear it because I know it’s going to stretch and that makes me sad so I’m avoiding it altogether. Nice yarn to work with though.

  6. Josiane says:

    Oh, I’m glad I’ve read this post! When/if I finally get to knit Maddy one day, I was thinking of maybe substituting bamboo for the silk you used for it, in order to try something new and keep the shine… now I know it wouldn’t be the best idea. Too bad!

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  8. Sara says:

    Just had to say that I love this. I have been looking for a headband type thingy that didn’t just look retarded (as so many of them do.) I can’t wait to knit it up. Thx!

  9. Nune says:

    it’s cool
    i love it

  10. Mindy says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I just finished my 4th one this month. I’ve given them as gifts to my two daughters and two other people. They are a hit. Now my daughter’s friends all want one. My nieces are all asking for knitting lessons now because they saw one of these all finished up. I hope you’ll keep making patterns because this one was awesome. First time I’ve used a pattern on a graph before so it was an adventure. I’m only a beginning knitter (started in January) and I felt so accomplished when I got the first headband made. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!