Over the holiday weekend, I was minding my own business, knitting sock number 3 of my entire life as an enthusiastic participant in our MDK Wandering Socks Knitalong. Once in a while, I’d take a break to eat, hang my giant flag quilt, make a giant flag cake, or go on a little scroll through Instagram.
That’s when I slipped and fell into another dimension. Or at least, another knitalong.
Denise Bayron had declared a fast and furious long-weekend knitalong for her Hatdana pattern. For those unfamiliar with this hybrid accessory on the borderline between hat and cowl, here it is:
I’m not a hat or headscarf person in general, but I love a scarf. Even in summer, I don’t want my neck to be lonely.
I immediately realized Hatdana’s potential as a perfect little summer shmattah, for style and to keep the AC at bay. I wanted to knit it in different yarns: Sylph, Rowan Denim, and Euroflax linen—o, the possibilities! I bought the pattern, and carried it around with me with a hank of Sylph. For weeks. Weeks in which I didn’t knit it.
When Denise declared this speedy knitalong, I felt like it was time to do this thing. I no longer had my Sylph with me, but I scrounged up some Rowan Denim that I’d unraveled from a big floppy sweater I’d bought on eBay, back when I used to buy stuff like that on eBay.
I cast on, using long straight size 5 needles because that was what I had. I hadn’t knit with long straight needles in dog’s years, but I made it work.
And I fell in love. Hatdana is one of those patterns that feels just right, from the git-go. It hits the sweet spot of being easy to memorize but keeping your attention. The 3-stitch center cable is perfection, and the eyelets that frame it give you an anchor in each row. Slipped stitches and k1, p1 rib make a neat, smooth edge. Denise’s videos, linked in the pattern itself, provide support just when you need it. (My moment of greatest need was the sewn bind-off, an elegant touch that was totally worth the effort.)
Things I thought about while I was knitting my Hatdana:
How cute a tiny Hatdana would be for a small dog, and how easy, since you can simply stop when you get to the length you want and then join in the round to do the ribbing: presto! Dog scarf!
How nice it might be to just keep going on the main part of Hatdana, until you had a big triangle of a scarf/shawl, and how maybe you’d have to add extra increases on the “wings” so that it would not get too long before it got wide enough.
How knitting Hatdana gave me the same soothing endorphins as my beloved Ballband Dishcloths.
How cute a Hatdana would look on many people in my life.
How glad I was that I had cast on my second sock before casting on Hatdana, so that I don’t fall prey to Second Sock Syndrome so early in my sock-knitting career.
Optional Styling Suggestions
Queenie walking the corgis-style.
Robbing a small western bank-style.
Conclusion: Hatdana is a great one. Find you some DK, worsted, or fingering weight, and whip one up.