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« on: January 21, 2005 10:28:49 PM »

So I finally sat down this winter break and let my mom teach me to knit.  I am totally addicted!  I'm almost finished with a scarf, and I'm thinking that I want my next project to be a hat.  But I have no clue what would be an easy pattern to follow.  I'd really appreciate some suggestions.   Grin
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2005 08:15:45 AM »

I just knit my first (and second!) hat using this pattern:
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?&type=content&id=channel181746&site=&page=1/
it was super easy, and didn't even require circs or DPNs.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2005 09:26:05 AM »

i've made several hats that are totally garter stitch and no decreasing or anything and they are quite cute.  just make a panel of the size you want--like, maybe, cast on 35 or 40 stiches in fat yarn on a fat needle and garter stitch away until it's as long as you want it.  (i hold it up to the crown of my head and see if it makes it to my forehead...say, 9-10 inches wide and then cast off.)  sew the sides of the hat together with the fat yarn to make a tube and then draw the opposite sides of the top together to make a sort of clover and then draw up the flower leaves into a nice snug, closed top.  it's a little bunchy, but not bad at all and it begs for a pompon, stripes or whatever.
here's one i made:

i absolutely don't know how to knit, so i know the pattern description is a little wonky, but, on the other hand, i know nothing and i figured it out on my own!  Smiley  hats are fun.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2005 10:33:01 PM »

go knittinghelp.com/knitting/free_patterns.com. look at the left column and click on hats. the blue hat with the "VW" is easy. just don't do the vw pattern. it's knit on straight needles and then sewed up the side. very easy.
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2005 08:09:05 AM »

I just knit my first (and second!) hat using this pattern:
http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?&type=content&id=channel181746&site=&page=1/
it was super easy, and didn't even require circs or DPNs.

I tried this pattern out last night, and it worked very well! Super-simple, which was good since I'd never done ANY decreases before, and it actually fits quite nicely. (I altered the pattern a bit, since I didn't have the size 15 needles --- I used size 12s, and having done a gauge swatch, figured out that I needed to cast on 50 stitches instead of the suggested 40. Then, because I was starting with more stitches, I added another "knit two, knit two together" row and another purl row into the top of the hat, so it wouldn't be too bunchy when I gathered it at the top. And hey presto! It knit together perfectly. And what's more, I made the whole thing while watching a movie --- one movie! Man, I love instant gratification.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2005 09:01:54 AM »

This cloche hat is easy and was the second hat I ever made:
http://www.thekingspottery.com/pattern_bowhat.htm

I don't have any circular needles and don't know how to use them, so I made it on straight needles and sewed up the back, and it looks great.  It's all garter stitch and  to decrease all you do is knit two together when it says to.  If you don't know how to yarn over or don't want the ribbon in the picture, just substitute a knit stitch when it says yo.  To finish it, just slide it all off your needle and thread your yarn through the dropped stitches.   
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2005 09:08:41 AM »

This cloche hat is easy and was the second hat I ever made:
http://www.thekingspottery.com/pattern_bowhat.htm
do you have a gauge on that hat?  i'm trying to stick to knitting from my stash at the moment, so I'm not going to buy new yarn, but that is a really cute hat.
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2005 10:01:41 AM »

I just shot a couple of quick pics of the hat, for reference... This is only my second-ever project, so I'm excited that it turned out so well! (The colour is a rather vibrant royal blue, because it was hand-me-down yarn and that's what I had. Now that I know it works, I'll go out and get new yarn in a colour I actually like!)





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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2005 10:38:57 AM »

This cloche hat is easy and was the second hat I ever made:
http://www.thekingspottery.com/pattern_bowhat.htm
do you have a gauge on that hat?  i'm trying to stick to knitting from my stash at the moment, so I'm not going to buy new yarn, but that is a really cute hat.

Sorry, I don't.  I kept my fingers crossed the whole time and added a couple extra rows before I started decreasing because I have big hair, and it turned out fine.  I have a bad habit of not measuring gauge (unless it starts looking weird) and not using the recommended yarns, but my stuff usually turns out okay to good.  What's in your yarn stash?  I used white Lion Brand PolarSpun for mine, which was definitely not the recommended yarn, and it still turned out cute.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2005 01:16:17 PM »

This cloche hat is easy and was the second hat I ever made:
http://www.thekingspottery.com/pattern_bowhat.htm
do you have a gauge on that hat?  i'm trying to stick to knitting from my stash at the moment, so I'm not going to buy new yarn, but that is a really cute hat.

Sorry, I don't. 
For anyone interested, I looked up the called-for yarn and it's label gauge is 8st/12rows to 4" on 15mm/US10 needles (which is what the pattern calls for).  Now, to the stash!
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