Sunday, February 28, 2016

Knit Slouchy Hat - Moss Stitch

I am happy to say that I'm getting more comfortable with knitting since my journey 2 months ago. I searched "knit stitches" on YouTube and pretty much opened the first seed stitch tutorial here.

UPDATE: after looking at a few more stitches. This is actually a moss stitch!
I'm pretty good at knit one, purl one now for the brim of the hat. I wanted to add different stitches to the top.

Any self taught hobbies can be frustrating but there's so many free tutorials out there to help! I've been following a lot of knitters on instagram too and today I asked a person what size (length) circular needle they used since it seems like they make a lot of toddler hats and I wanted to find a good length to make hats for my 3 boys. The normal that I've seen are 16", 24", 32" and larger (I think, I'm still new and learning!). I recently saw on instagram a teeny one and that person (nice enough to answer questions) said it was a 9" but the needle size is 5mm which is normal but I'm still on the "chunky yarn" and large needle phase (9mm-10mm). 

Anyway, I was confused at the response I gotten at first and then I realized that they just don't want to share anything which is fine, they're not obligated to... my post was on a photo of her work in progress using a needle which looks like the same size as mine. Keep in mind that my question has nothing to do with her "patterns" or how she makes her hat. I try to be careful when I ask questions because I know people sell patterns and their work as their income and I'm not looking for people to just give out free advice. I know everyone is different because I would love to help others if asked. That's how I self taught... because of wonderful people who share information. So I asked what length was her circular needle... and the response I got was that she was not giving out or selling her patterns and that she's been knitting for 10 years and work hard on her patterns... um? huh? I just wanted to know how long the circular needle was. um. okay.... "unfollow" is exactly what I did.

It's okay. I'll figure it out. I always do... or least try to ha-ha

So switching my focus to making more hats. This isn't necessary a pattern I guess... but I'll share what I did.

I used Big Twist Yarn Super Bulky Yarn in the color Aged Brass and a 9mm circular needle (16")

Cast on 42 (worked in rounds)

knit one, purl one until you get the desired height for brim


Rounds 1-2 - Purl one, Knit one all the way around.

Rounds 3-4 - Knit one, Purl one all the way around.

Repeat these until you get the desired height of hat. close top and weave in ends. That's it!

Basically, for each 2 rounds, you're staggering the knit and purls on top of each other to get that seed  moss stitch..

Friday, February 26, 2016

Chunky Knit Hat - Multi-colored Yarn

So I never really cared for multi-colored yarn when I started crocheting but I thought I'd give it a try with knitting since the stitches are completely different. I was pretty surprised with how the first one came out and really liked it.

I love the colors if this second color but wasn't too impressed with how it turned out! Oh well!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Knit Slouchy Hat

I saw this on Instagram and was instantly in love! Bethany from Park Avenue Knits was kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding what I need to do with the white yarn inside. I wondered if it was carried along or cut each time. She confirmed that it was carried along. Of course, I didn't want to ask for a pattern. I was grateful enough she even responded to me! I find it difficult to find patterns online for knitting. 

I had blue yearn but needed the white for the hearts. So I made a quick yarn run... that usually means I end up with more than I planned for!

(update: I made a purple one and it includes the (free) pattern here)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Knit Cable Hat

So.... I am super-duper excited about this cable knit hat. The whole reason for me learning to knit was so I can do all sorts of cables! 

One of my New Year's Resolution was to learn how to knit. I decided to start in December and learned how to knit a basic hat. I used larger needles and thicker yarn so my projects can be done sooner. 

It seems so simple... knit one, purl one... but it could get complicated quickly (for me) I wanted to take baby steps. I tried following other tutorials and I get so confused when it gets complicated. It took me a long time to get comfortable with crocheting. I remember having to pause the YouTube videos and go back often.

I noticed while searching for tutorials on YouTube that there are more crochet tutorials for dummies meaning from start to finish of a hat and they go slow... talk to beginners as if they are beginners. This was super helpful when I was learning how to crochet. Most of the tutorials I found on knitting were of swatches and I guess I'm one of those dummies that just doesn't get it..... when there is a full tutorial, they go so fast that I can't keep up.

SO..... that is why I'm really excited about this hat. I cast on 40 using a 10mm circular needle because I cast on 42 using a 9mm circular needle for my other hat (which fit great!). For some reason, it was a little small. I'm not an expert so I don't know if it is because the cables don't give as much of a stretch. I'm assuming that's why!

Anyway, I didn't follow a tutorial or a pattern for this one. I can't really read the patterns just yet. haha I am so happy with how it turned out though. I was especially excited about how the decrease at the top looks like!

I will cast on more for the adult size and can brave the more complicated patterns soon!. Woo hoo!

I have to take my boy everywhere I go so... I put it on him... See? It's small.

I also made a grey hat

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Girl's Pink Knit Beanie with Pom Pom

Okay, I know. I'm pretty much just making the same hat! I'm hoping to make different styles soon! Until then, this is it! This pink one I made for my niece's birthday. Hope she likes it!


Finishing touches...