Friday, January 28, 2011

FO Friday 19


I thought I would have a ton of things to share with you today, but unfortunately I don't. I do have a few things almost complete, but I didn't want to rush them since I have one done to share today. Very vague, I know! Sorry! OH, and for those wondering, I ALMOST have that horrible mess of a skein untangled! WOOT!

You've heard a lot about my first knit hat. I had apprehension in doing it in the first place, and then once I did I realized that the needles I was using were best made to be chop sticks (if even that!) than knitting needles. They were very blunt and coarse, leading to some cursing in my house.

Despite a few snags at the top, where the yarn split due to the needle-suckage, I'm crazy happy with this hat. Next time I think I'll make it a little longer, as I like my ears nice and covered and this only comes about half way down. I wasn't sure how much room the crown of the hat would take, so I ended up short. No biggie, still very wearable! Also, you may remember that I screwed up on the ribbing, but I just swing that part in back! I won't win any awards with this hat, but I am very happy with it. You be the judge.

Materials used:

US 8 16" needles
Berroco Vintage (Dungaree)
Yarn needle


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15 comments:

  1. I think you can be proud of the hat. Its a shame when the needles aren't right for the yarn. Sometimes its worth that little bit extra for the posh needles. I'm a big fan of hardwood needles, but some people prefer bamboo, others acrylic. You just have to find what works best in your hands.

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  2. Great job! It looks very cozy. I totally feel you on the needles, I left one at home by accident yesterday and spent my lunch hour trying to knit with a crochet hook as a dpn. I think we might've been long distance cursing twins! :) No FO for me today, so I'll just go bask in everyone else's glory. Happy weekend!

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  3. Lovely hat! I bought metal dpns once and I couldn't get on with them. Every time I turned my work to go onto the next needle, whoosh! Out they fell. So I fell out of love with metal needles. I personally like either bamboo or hardwood needles as they seem to mature with age, like a good cheese! Do you have a good LYS where they might let you test needles before you buy?

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  4. I love that hat, it looks sweet and cozy and the ribbing is adorable. And I like my hats nice and low over my ears, too.

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  5. Halfpint, thank you!

    CraftyCripple, I love the sleek wood needles so far, the Knit Picks Harmony being my favorite. These were just the cheap Clover bamboo because it was the only one I had in a 16" cable. I solved that issue recently and ordered some 16" from Knit Picks and just received them yesterday!

    Paula, wow, that's brave! Using a crochet hook!? Were you able to get much work done with that?

    Countess Ablaze, thank you! I have some metal dpns I bought awhile ago when I first started knitting and had a crazy cheap coupon to Michaels. They're for socks, so we'll see if I ever really use them since I ended up getting 12" circulars recently for socks. As I mentioned to CraftyCripple above, I actually love Knit Picks Harmony and just ordered some that arrived in the mail yesterday!

    Kathleen, thank you!

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  6. I think it looks great, especially for a first hat! You should be proud :D

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  7. The hat looks great! Be proud! When needles are giving you hassles, it definitely makes for some frustrating knitting, but the hat turned out wonderfully.

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  8. Sillylittlelady, thank you! I can't wait to make another one.

    Kathy, thank you!

    Rachel, thank you! Bad needles are so frustrating!

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  9. It's an awesome first hat! You are right to happy with it. Have a good weekend!

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  10. Its a very nice hat! Even nicer considering the tools you were working with, good job!

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  11. Shannon, thank you. :) I hope you have a great weekend too!

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  12. I love the hat-- great color! I have been meaning to try the Berroco Vintage-- they have some amazing patterns for it.

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  13. Aimee, you should try it. You can't beat the price! I think I paid $6.50 for a hank. The colors are amazing and rich. As I mentioned, I found it a little splitty on cast on and the first row, but after that it was good. That could have just been the crappy needles too. It's really soft, but does get a little fuzzy.

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