Having learned to knit in the past few months, I thought it would be really cool to knit myself a hat to match my favourite red scarf. And since this will be my first finished knitting project, I thought it’d be fun to share how it went with everyone! 🙂
The video also shows you how to knit and purl, for anyone interested in learning, but it isn’t the video I used to learn to knit. You can find that video here; I found it much clearer, and the casting-on method taught is much easier.
Other than “not like the hat in the video”, I wasn’t sure how I actually wanted my hat to look, so I experimented with some cheap wool. I went with the design on the right.
|My test pieces: the trim on the left alternates 3 purls and 3 knits,
while the trim on the right alternates 2 purls and 3 knits, so that the dips are narrower than the ridges.
I chose a thick, soft wool to make my hat with, and 10mm needles to go with it. I also used some of my cheap wool to measure around my head so that I knew how long the bottom edge of the hat needed to be for it to fit properly.
|Second attempt at casting on: LONG tail cast-on indeed!|
A quick tangent on knitting needles
You may have noticed that I’m not using the traditional long needles for this. When I was buying needles, the shop assistant told me that these “circular” knitting needles are better because when knitting large projects, the weight will stay in the centre rather than shifting from needle to needle and shoulder to shoulder, so it’ll save your back. Personally, I found that these needles are simply comfier (they fit in the palms of my hands perfectly), easier to transport as they’re smaller (I can knit on the bus!), harder to lose (just tug on the wire to find the other needle, like you would with earphones), and don’t require that you do the birdie dance with your elbows to knit (another reason you can’t knit on the bus with long needles).
|Careful – you’ll poke someone’s eye out with those needles!|
|Much safer! (And easier, and comfier…)|
As if those reasons aren’t enough, I found another advantage to using circular needles while starting this project: you can wrap them around your head to make sure your hat’s going to fit properly!
|Wearing my knitting needles… as you do|
|The “right” side|
|The “wrong” side|
|Halfway through knitting|
|Knitting = done!|
Sewing it all together
At some point while knitting, I realised my hat would be too big, so I decided to overlap some of my knitting. So I made sure to leave plenty of wool to sew it all up with!
|Checking the fit again!|
Overlapping the edges made sewing them together more complicated, and made the seam more difficult to hide. It didn’t help that I didn’t line them up properly when I first started sewing, so the seam ended up being wonky. Obviously, I could’ve gone back and fixed it, and if it had been a gift for someone else, I would’ve done. But since it’s only for me, I decided it didn’t matter.
|The overlapping edges, once sewed together|
I ended up with quite a big hole in the top of the hat, probably because my knitting was too long. I tried to sew a neat cross over it to pull it tight. It didn’t end up very neat, but it did the trick.
Then I wove the remaining wool in, and voila!
Who else has tried knitting? How did you first projects go? 🙂
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