Yes, I know it's a hot mess. Don't feel like you need to tell me. I already know.
The pattern is Skull Isle Hat from Son of Stitch N Bitch. Link goes to Ravelry pattern page thingy. I used Paton's Kroy sock yarn in Flax (gray) and Natural (off white) for this project because they were in my stash and I wasn't putting on pants for yarn. I knew I needed a dark background and I do like the gray color, and not just because it reminds me of meat sheep. (Although, I LOVE!!! the idea of doing it with gray and a dark pink, too.)
I used US 0 / 2mm circular needles for the ribbing and US 1 / 2.25 mm circular needles for the colorwork, which was a mistake as you can see. I should have tried using a US 2 / 2.75 mm instead. Although, I'm not entirely sure that would have done the trick, either. I hate that weird transition from the ribbing to the colorwork. It's a total gauge issue.
As you can also see I had some tension issues. I finally figured out what I needed to do while knitting the last chart at the top of the hat. All of the colorwork should have looked like that and that will be my goal next time I do colorwork.
I learned quite a bit while knitting that hat. I love doing colorwork and now need to work on doing it the right way so things look good after a blocking. Following the chart was simple and fun. I guess all these years of reading/following charts has paid off. I was frustrated with the shaping of the hat and would have to figure something out before I would ever knit this pattern again. In the book, the photo is cropped so you don't see the top of the hat. If you look at the project pages on Ravelry, you'll see why. The top of this hat has issues and because I'd never knit a hat with so many stitches in it before, I was a bit lost as to how to fix it. I won't make that mistake again.
I also rediscovered my love of knitting hats... and may not need my own personal pinhead after all. ;^) Although, there are times when that ideas does seem like a good one. Thankfully, that feeling passes over rather quickly.
I will do colorwork again. However, the next pattern will be from a better source.
Oh, and my latest pet peeve involves the photo for this hat in that book. In the book there is only one photo of this hat and there are ERRORS in the COLORWORK on the hat. FFS! If the test knitter or whoever couldn't follow the charts properly, why would anyone want to knit it? Didn't anyone edit this book? Or look at the photos? Who took the pics? Did they not look at the items that were being photographed?!
And no, this is not the only book with the issue. It's just the one with a pattern I recently knit. Don't even get me started on the Interweave lace book with the photo of a lace wrap that has a HUGE HOLE in it.
Honestly, I wonder about book editors some days.