Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Hat for Ella (WIP)

I haven't posted in here much lately because I don't really have any completed projects. I do have several WIP's though so I thought I'd update about one of them. This is going to be a hat for Ella (I hope!! haha)

This is my first time knitting with circular needles and I have to say, youtube has been a GODSEND. I typed in 'knitting on circular needles', clicked on the first interesting video that came up and it taught me everything I needed to know. Before I started I looked at the needles and thought 'How on earth does this even work??" but once I got started it was really easy and I can say I'm now 100% in love with circular needles. I'm only 1/4 of the way through though (if that) so that may change haha.

I've already came across a few things I'll do differently next time though. Firstly, knitting on 4mm is not for me! I only started it this morning and already I'm frustrated at how slowly it's going. I do love the effect of the tiny little stitches though so I think it will be worth it. Secondly, next time I'll do some ribbing first to stop the brim from curling up so much. I'm hoping that once the hat is actually on her head it won't curl as much, but I really have no experience with this so I have no idea how it will look.

So yeah, that's what I've been up to! (one of the things anyway) Hopefully in the next few days I'll make some progress that's worth posting about.


  1. Looks fantastic!!
    Hate to tell you but it will still curl on the head (i have a pair of longies for D that i deliberately didn't put a cuff on so they would curl up. It can still be a nice effect).
    Also nce you start the decreases you will either need to get some DPNs (double pointed needles) or learn how to magic loop (DPNs are the easier of the 2 and look scarey but really are no harder that knitting on circs). But it really still is much easier. I can't wait to see what wlse you've been working on!!

  2. Why do you need double pointed needles for the decreases? Sorry, being nosy!

  3. lol - should have read this first- answers my question about circular needles.
    I started a headband on some a few months ago (4mm) and the process was sooooo slooooowwwww I gave up! I have some wool like yours in purples, I should try knitting it up on bigger needles.

  4. Yes it is very slow!! I think I'm going to invest in some 7mm circulars and some chunky wool lol