This has probably been the longest knitting I have ever done for just one hat. Honestly. Whereas it normally takes me just 2-3 days to knit one, my Blubberblasen hat took pretty much a whole month to finish.
In fact, the whole enterprise was fraught with difficulties right from the start. The pattern is available as a PDF that I wasn't able to download. So I looked up the bubble stitch pattern elsewhere and improvised, thinking that I would check the pattern again later when decreasing for the crown.
The bubble stitch slows you down quite a bit because you have to drop stitches and pick them up again at regular intervals. That's also why I didn't knit every day and only made a few rows' progress when I did sit down to work on my hat.
When I was ready to start decreasing stitches, I tried downloading the pattern again, but no luck. This wasn't going to be easy: How do you do decreases without ruining the stitch pattern? All I could do was have a close look at other people's hats to see what they had done and I just gave it a go. I am very happy with my decreases now. They look neat and haven't broken up the stitch pattern too much.
It could have been worse! I like my new hat even though it is not as wide in the body as I would like. The pattern looks good and the hat is warm enough for our chilly autumn days right now.
Wollmeise "Pure" 100% Merino Superwash
2 mm circular needles
Blubberblasen by Andrea Ludwig