Linda, one of my knitting students, would be the first person to say that she has trouble concentrating in class. She missed a few steps on her first in-the-round project. In place of 2x2 ribbing, her project had a diagonal knit/purl texture. Rather than rip it out and start over, I convinced her to just keep going - her "mistake" became a design element, a teaching opportunity and a happy accident.
I used Linda's happy accident to design 3 hats, each using common stitch patterns - knit/purl texture, 2-color Fair Isle and simple lace. The basic premise is that working a 2-by-2 pattern stitch over an odd number of stitches produces a beautiful slant design.
Hat I - 22 sts & 25 rnds = 4" in St st in the round; Hat II - 24 sts & 24 rnds = 4" in 2-color Fair Isle; Hat III - 20 sts & 25 rnds = 4" in lace stitch
200 yards of Worsted weight
Aunt Frances (my grandmother's sister) taught me to knit when I was 5 years old. I've been knitting ever since. I challenged myself a few years ago by venturing into designing & writing patterns. Be careful what you wish for - you might just get it. My first book, Bargello Knits, is scheduled for release in February 2013 through Cooperative Press (www.cooperativepress.com).