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..

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