Escargot is done! Still wet, though. And so you will pardon the lack of a photo of me wearing it.
Let me say right up front that I'll be casting on for another one of these really soon. If you knit this should be high on you list of next projects. Make a few before the weather turns. Churn one out in your team colors and be the most stylish fan in the football stadium.
The final result looks quite complicated. Only the beginning is different from other hats. After you knit the second contrast color garter ridge, it is just a plain old hat pattern. Ah - but that beginning. As you saw in yesterday's post, the beginning includes a "tail" that winds up making the spiral. It is a fun and not too complicated study in short rows and decreases so the the spiral wants to curl correctly with very little help necessary.
Due to the short rows and the requirement to stay calm whilst dealing with the initial 240 stitches, this is a pattern for intermediate level knitters. I was amazed at how quickly the brim/spiral worked up. So don't fear the stitch count. Just stay on track with the rows and all works up perfectly. Then, when all the hat is completed, all that is necessary is to wet block the the hat so that the spiral dries in position. A few running stitches to hold it in place and Escargot is done.
Easy Peasy and so stylish. This, my friends, is worth a Voila!