So I completed my number two hat a few nights ago. I promised my little 5 year old that he could wear his new hat to school on Thursday morning and luckily I was able to fulfill that promise.
I gave him his hat at breakfast on Thursday morning. We decided we liked it best without the cuff at the bottom so he doesn't wear it that way. He chose his very own yarn at Joseph's Coat and he picked Shepherd's Wool Yarn made in Michigan. He selected the two colors on his own Christmas Red and Misty Blue. I wasn't super stoked about his colors because they were the colors from my high school and I didn't want to knit a North High Husky hat, heh...but it ended up being pretty adorable. He told me, with much certainty, that he didn't want stripes in his hat, he wanted the colors knitted and purled together, so I just held two pieces of yarn together. I'd done this with some scarves already so it wasn't tricky. The yarn for this hat was Worsted Spun Fine Wool and I used size 8 circular needles and of course double pointed for the end/decreasing. Again I can't remember how many I cast on and I didn't use a pattern until the very end. This is just knit 2, purl 2 the entire way around over and over again to create this ribbed pattern. Really simple. I did have to do a little bit of research on how to decrease the top since this was only my second hat - I'm a rookie. I used this pattern to kind of figure things out.I just purled two together the whole way around the first round of decreasing and then knitted two together the next time around. Then just knitted two together the rest of the way around until I could close the top. It was actually really easy to do. I'm happy to have that under my belt though. I was worried about not being able to figure it out.
I love this wool - it is very soft and warm - Simon informed me that his head stayed warm at school on Thursday and Friday. It says to hand wash. But I really loved working with this yarn, I'm going back for more!
Happy Knitting * Look at that happy warm head.