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sprinklez
« on: October 07, 2007 06:46:38 PM »

I've never knitted a hat before but I'd really like to try. I can use DPNs...ish. I'm okay at it.

Anyway, I was thinking of trying this hat: http://knitonthenet.com/issue2/patterns/handmadehat/

Do you think it would be too hard for a beginner? If so, can you recommend an easier hat pattern?

Thanks. :]

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2007 06:49:46 PM »

It is an easy hat pattern.  You may want to get some circular needle to knit it.  I find circular needle easier than dpn.

You can do it.   Smiley
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sprinklez
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2007 06:50:54 PM »

I have circular needles too, I just haven't used them much.

Thanks. :]
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2007 07:12:58 PM »

I agree...you shouldn't have any trouble with that hat.  It is about as easy as it gets.  When I started doing hats I did them on circulars completely but now I switch to DPNs when you start doing the decreases.  All a matter of personal preference.  Have fun!
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2007 09:18:30 PM »

It's just ribbing, so it should be easy.  The tricky part would be working it in the round with double-pointed needles, but you'll probably get the hang of it quickly.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007 03:25:29 PM »

I knit most of my hats from the bottom to the top. I use circular needles until I've decreased to the point where my stitches don't sit comfortably on the needles and then I switch to DPNs. And that is definitely a good beginner hat pattern. Very straightforward.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2007 12:00:40 PM »

Oh, I forgot to ask. It says to use alpaca but I'm allergic to animal fiber. Does it really matter as long as it's a similar size and enough yarn?
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007 12:48:32 PM »

Oh, I forgot to ask. It says to use alpaca but I'm allergic to animal fiber. Does it really matter as long as it's a similar size and enough yarn?

Yeah.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2007 05:32:22 PM »

No! You absolutely can sub in a synthetic or non-animal fibre, as long as you like that fibre. Remember that it may not be as warm as wool or alpaca, though.
Use any wool whose label specifies a tension similar to that on this pattern.
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2007 07:43:24 PM »

Wow, that's a great pattern!
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