I taught myself to knit using circular needles using directions in a book.
After two failed attempts which were frogged, I finally "got it" and so hat #1 was in progress one evening last week. I was so excited about it that I finished the hat the next morning before I even got out of bed.
Hat #1 (flash used on camera):
Hat #1 was made in size medium. I was not sure which kid it would fit. It was a perfect fit for my older son (age 11). It is a simple ribbed hat. The yarn is Lopi Jungle Green variagated #9980.
I do admit that some errors were made and it is imperfect. The dark color and variagation hides the errors which might not be noticed by a non-knitter.
That afternoon while watching a college football game on TV I started hat #2 in size small for my younger son. I finished it before bedtime that night.
This second hat has just one error in it, I believe. My son hasn't noticed yet.
Hat #2 (no flash used on camera):
The bad news is that despite them loving the color they feel the yarn is a bit too itchy and they want new hats that are softer.
And yesterday the kids had misplaced their hats. Ugh. So much for them taking good care of a handmade item. Then last night I got bad news when I found one laying on the garage floor. What an insult!
Future blog posts will contain the next projects.
I really like Lopi yarn! It is bulky and knits up fast. I made the two hats out of one skein and have more yarn left over from the skein.
here is more info on the Lopi yarn I used:
Yarn name: Lopi
Fiber: 100% Icelandic Wool
Needle size: US 10 - 10 1/2
Gauge: 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 - rows per 1"
Care: Hand Wash
Pattern Info: I used a pattern in the book "Stitch 'N Bitch" by Debbie Stoller. The pattern is called "Hot Head" and was designed by Alex Zorn, although the original was striped using different yarns in hot flame colors and I used one variagated yarn instead. It is on page 162 in the book.
Time spent: Each of these hats took me 3.5 hours to complete.