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This is a hat that Fen asked me to make for her. She showed me a picture of a similar hat.  It wasn’t a big picture so I couldn’t see very well.  I just knew it was a meshy one. This project is on Ravelry.

Materials:

  • knitting needles: 4.5mm
  • knitting needles: 6mm
  • tapestry/yarn needle
  • worsted weight/dk weight yarn

Directions:

  1. Cast on 88 stitches.
  2. Do the k2 p2 ribbing (a.k.a. 2×2 ribbing) until you get an inch of ribbing for the hat.
  3. Switch to 6mm knitting needles. Knit the row.
  4. Start the diagonal eyelet pattern: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
  5. Knit the next row.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 up to around 2.5 inches worth of the hat.
  7. Decrease in the next all knit row you have:  * Knit 9, knit 2 together.  Repeat until the last stitch.
  8. Proceed to repeat the diagonal eyelet stitch. (Steps 4 and 5)  Do that for until you’ve made 2 inches worth of the pattern.
  9. Decrease again.  *Knit 8, knit 2 together. Repeat until the last stitch.
  10. Repeat the eyelet pattern for another 2 inches.
  11. Decrease again. *Knit 7, knit 2 together. Repeat until the last stitch.
  12. Repeat the eyelet pattern for another 2 inches.
  13. Decrease every other row, then repeat the eyelet pattern until the desired depth of the beanie.

If the directions look weird,  I am sorry.  I am still a newbie when it comes to knitting.  But the hat is basically done using the diagonal eyelet stitch.  Here is a picture of the hat when it is flat on the table. The hat is more of a beanie.  Because I knitted it flat, I am not sure how I should make it into a beret.  But at least it’s quite slouchy, which is a popular style.

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first knitted beret
Finally done~! My first knitted beret!

I’ve had the funky three colored yarn from Saizen’s wipe out sale. They’re thicker than worsted weight and it’s basically three strands of yarn in different colors: light pink, pink, violet. I’ve been wanting to make a hat with them and I was thinking that for a beanie, it would take 3 balls if crocheted. Apparently, it really also needs 3 for knit.

I finished the hat this evening and here are some lessons I learned:

  1. You really need to prepare your materials properly. If I didn’t buy 3 balls of that yarn, I wouldn’t have finished the hat. Aside from the yarn, I need smaller needles too, for the ribbing. So it was just right that I was able to buy them before today.
  2. Math and gauge. You need to do the math. You need to measure the gauge – the number of stitches per inch, the number of stitches per row. Even if you really dislike that, you’re going to have to compute it so you know how many stitches you need to make or you will have an ill-fitting hat or garment.
  3. Stitch markers. I didn’t want to keep moving stitch markers. But it would have been better if i really used them so I didn’t have to keep counting the number of stitches per section of the hat.
  4. Circular knitting isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. My 5mm circular knitting needles has a longer cord compared to the hat circumference but I managed. It’s because I just pulled at the cord so I could knit. I was also intimidated with changing needles towards the ribbing but the change from two 6mm circular ones was fine. It was just like regular knitting but instead of using the ends of the 6mm ones, I slipped the stitches to one needle on the 5mm circular knitting needles. It must sound weird but that’s what I did. 😀

I might try making a beanie next time, I don’t know yet. I actually need to finish a couple of items I am knitting and crocheting. I was just too hyper about circular knitting. 😛

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WiP: First Knitted Beret

Saizen had some knitting supply for sale in various branches: circular needles in Galleria, knitting booklets in Trinoma and various kinds of yarns and threads in Galleria and Ali Mall. Ali Mall had a sale of three-colored worsted weight yarn so I ended buying several of those. I’ve been wanting to experiment with circular knitting and guess what? I am now experimenting with my first top to bottom knitted beret. 🙂

I have two 6mm circular needles of different lengths. I followed this wonderful guide on how to knit using two circular needles. I tried making a small tube first and then when I sort of got the hang of it, I started working on this pattern I saw: One Day Beret. It’s the kind of hat that doesn’t really care about the gauge you have. What matters is the measurement of the hat. Since it’s worked from top to bottom, it also gives me time to delay buying 5mm circular needles at this time.

Knitting in circles
What the hat started on.

I’m done with the rows with increases. I will be sleeping in a while so I just need to note my progress.

  • increases for the hat – done
  • plain stockinette – in progress. stopping at 2 rows for the moment
  • computation of number of stitches for the band/ribbing – not yet done
  • ribbing

I noted that 4 rows of stockinette is an inch long. Not yet sure how many stitches would make 1 inch.

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