I was one row away from finishing a stocking hat that was being done with stocking thin (1) and #2 and #3 circular needles. I have never worked with#1 yarn and never such small needles. I'm glad that the folks at Addi had some that I bought most of for the reward money we got when wife purchased my addi click set. Anyway, I was watching a particularly exciting scene when I put the needles in my lap to watch. Then when I picked them up again, half of the live loops were just sitting their waiting for me to go rescue them. I smiled and dug in and realized that working with thin black yarn makes it very difficult to see where the loops are and then catching them becomes a skill in of itself. At that point I just sighed and started ripping out the whole damn hat. And now, boys and girls, Mark has a new project he can do...another stocking hat!
The pattern called for the CO to be a crochet provisional cast on in the round. Working with thin yarn like that really makes for a messy start. I used a different color than black so it was easy to see which was which. I also used the same size yarn #1 sock yarn. Would it be acceptable to make the provisional cast on with a worsted yarn. I know it will make larger holes, but that would better for me so I could actually do something easily. Or would that mess things up.
The pattern calls for a couple inches of 2x2 rib stitch, then a couple inches of stockinette stitch. When I have the same number of rib stitches and stockinette stitch, I am to fold the 2x2 rib to the inside of the hat, match up the cast on row with the 17th row of the stockinette stitch, pick up the stitches from row 1 (CO provisional), then when everything is lined up, do an SSK to join the ribbed flap to the inside of the hat and at the same time continue kinitting the rest of the hat.
In order for me to NOT go blind working with black yarn, might a worsted weight yarn be okay for the casting on? I thought I'd do the chain and then pick up the stitches with the sock yarn.