I am almost done with the hat I've been making, but I've been scratching my head about it for a while. I wondered why it was made to fit so closely. I mean, I know I have a giant head, but I still thought it was a little weird that an adult hat would be so snug on me. I also wondered, as I looked at the finished products flitting across my Ravelry feed, how the math could possibly work out for their crown stars to have six points.
Today, finally, about a hundred stitches from the end of this hat it occurred to me that those two points of puzzlement were closely related to each other. Today I went back to the pattern and realized I missed a step. In between "cast on 120 stitches for the ribbing" and "work the chart," there was a round in which I was supposed to increase my stitch count by 20%.
It's been more than a decade since Elwood introduced me to the internet abbreviation RTFM. "Read The Fine Manual," he told me it meant, and I took him at his word because when Elwood P. Gladly says a thing it is virtually certain that the thing is so. A few years later I learned that actually not everyone's manuals are fine. In our house, though, it's still Read The Fine Manual.
So. This is the hat for which I failed to RTFM. I will finish the crown tomorrow when I am slightly less disgusted. It will never fall off my head, not even once.