IT'S DONE, IT'S DONE, IT'S DONE!!!!!!!!!!
MY HERMIONE HAT IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so proud of how well it turned out! I am, in fact, in love with a hat...LOL I'd never used the twisted rib stitch before, and I love how good it looks! So tight and uniform and straight! I may never do a regular rib stitch again! And the cast-on! It took seemingly forever to do the alternate cable cast-on, but I love how there's not the huge, loos loops at the bottom of my hat. I may only use that style of cast-on from here on out, too! But, as they say, "practice makes perfect", so I expect I'll get considerably faster at it! I couldn't get the gauge with size US5's for anything, so I added the stitches for the extra cable and went down to size US3's...and then only had to do the number of repeats for the child's size! LOL It's definitely not your typical hat! LOL And, looking back, I could have done about 2 fewer rows of ribbing (I knew it was looking tall...), but it still fits just fine. Now I only hope that the weather in England permits me to wear it to Half-Blood Prince!!!