how to properly knit a ski hat

I’ve had a bit of success with the ski bonnet!  About time, too — this is attempt number 4.  I figured out how I needed to knit the band.  First, I knitted the first few rows on double points, because it was easier for me to keep things from getting twisted that way than it was with the magic loop method:

I’m liking the magic loop method much better now.  It feels less like I’m wrestling with a large wooden spider and it’s going quicker.  I’ve gotten 24 rows done so far, and you can begin to see how the pattern will look:

The yarn looks extra pink here. The first picture is more accurate color-wise.

So far, no mistakes (that I know of).  I’m crossing my fingers for continued success, because I wouldn’t know how to go back to a previous row with this pattern of complicated cables and twists if I did mess up.  Well, it’s complicated to me, at least.  But hey, I wanted a challenge, right?

I am actually worried that the band is too narrow — I believe it should be about 4 inches wide and mine is about 3.  Maybe once it’s blocked?  PLEASE don’t tell me that  I should start over and go up a needle size.  Well, actually, do tell me if I should, but don’t expect me to be happy.  What do you think?  I don’t want to redo it, but I do want it to be perfect!


ski bonnet: begin!

Remember that awesome ski bonnet that I wanted to make?  Well, I’m gonna make it!

I’ll be using 3 skeins of Berroco Vintage in their Dewberry shade, which I had to purchase today, even though I said I couldn’t afford yarn this month.  I swear, this yarn was the cheapest yarn in the store that still felt soft.  I’m gonna just say this is my birthday present to myself.

My dog is not interested in the slightest; she’s so used to yarn.

So I started the pattern, and I was immediately struggling.  I know how to do the magic loop method but I’m still not good at keeping the breaks between the sides tight and even, so that was all over the place.  Maybe I should try it on double points, which I’m more used to, so I don’t have those “wings?”  In row 1 I immediately had to learn two new things, as well: the Left Twist and the Right Twist.  I think I’m doing them right.  (Check out those links for video tutorials on YouTube.)

In the end, my first 6 rows looked so shabby that I frogged it.  I think I’m going to practice with some spare yarn to get the hang of the pattern first before trying it again with my nice magenta yarn.  Anybody have any advice for me?

finally, something’s done!

I finally finished my Hermione Hat #2!  You probably don’t remember #1 because it was so long ago, probably before I separated my blogs.  #1 was too short by about 10 rows, because I read the chart wrong throughout and just skipped them.  This one was done properly (although it’s still a little short/snug for my taste, but I’m sure I can block it).

#1 is on the left, #2 on the right. You can tell #2 looks much bigger.

The eyelets were fun, but I’m not sure I like making cables… my stitches get so tight.

I’m so excited to have this done!  I did all of the decreasing top part tonight because I wanted to get it finished.  This will definitely be going on my Christmas trip to England with me.  It might not even get cold enough here in South Carolina this winter for me to wear hats (it didn’t this past winter), so I’m excited for the opportunity to show off my hard work!  I know it’s not the most complicated hat pattern, but for a beginner I’m really proud of how it turned out!

Oh and if you want the pattern for this hat, it’s here.

Thanks for stopping by, that’s all for today!

longing for a hat

Do you ever come across patterns that are slightly over your head but have the prettiest pictures and most enticing allure?  Happens to me all the time.  I love to ogle the beautiful knits I see online, even if there’s probably no way I could ever make some of them.  I found one recently, however, that I feel like is just barely out of my reach.  Check it out:

It’s a lovely neon ski bonnet!  And see the Ravelry page, with the maker looking so awesome while wearing it.  I want this so badly!  It would be perfect for Christmas in England — at least I think it would, does it get that cold in December there?  I don’t know, I’ve never been in the winter.

Anyway, This is the cutest ski bonnet, but I am unsure about making it.  I could do the cables on the front band easily enough (I think), but I’ve never tried the pattern of the back portion so it looks intimidating to me, along with the idea of having to knit pieces together, which I have never done before.  I am unsure of how to pick up stitches along the edge of one piece and attach it to another piece.  Well, I’m sure I’ll find out soon, because my wip Weasley sweater will call for that eventually, but I sure do hope it’s easy, because I can’t wait to at least try this!  Know of any good online tutorials or videos that might help me out?

As always, thanks for visiting!

getting along

To practice my fair isle technique, I made a hat!  I’m really happy with it.  It only took 2 days to finish, which is even better.




I made it with some spare Berroco Vintage yarn that I just had lying around.  The pattern is my own conglomeration (I used other patterns to make it but nobody else has made this exact hat).  The fair isle pattern can be downloaded here, and the hat pattern itself can be downloaded here.  If you follow the hat pattern and CO 96 sts, the fair isle pattern matches up perfectly.  I’m really happy with it.  Unfortunately my phone camera wouldn’t quite pick up the purple color correctly — it looks almost brown in the first picture — but it is purple, and the background is light blue.

That’s all I’ve got for today, thanks for stopping by!

previous knits

I’m a beginning knitter, and it shows in my projects.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to share them with you, though.  Here are some of the knitting projects that I previously posted on my crochet blog.

That’s me in my very first knitted hat and scarf pair.  Very basic for my first try.

My next hat, made of a fun yarn but still a simple pattern.  I was still getting used to knitting.

This bigger/slouchy hat was made from this pattern on Ravelry (a site I just can’t get enough of).  I gave it away to a buddy but I might make another someday.

So those are my finished projects!  Next post will be my WIPs, which I have a few of.  We’ll see!  Thanks for stopping by!