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Still knitting hats

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I made a decision to use up all, or at least most of the scrap yarn from my stash before I order anything new. I have some single yarn skeins or even lesser amounts that are perfect either for practicing or for very small projects, or both, and I need to get rid of them to make room for something new, but of course not by throwing them away. I made a lot of sample squares, trying to learn new stitches and to improve my stocking/ stockinette stitch (when knitting in rows) too. It’s still not good, no matter what I do, so I’m thinking of going to a few knitting classes in one of the Dublin’s yarn stores next month. Maybe someone with experience can tell me what to change to make progress, since it’s such an important stitch and one that is used a lot for clothing…

I also knitted two more hats and I think there is some improvement in comparison to the previous one. First one is the red simple hat, I followed the pattern from my book “Knitty gritty – the next steps”. It’s made on double-pointed needles and while still not perfect, there are less dropped stitches and mistakes in it. Still not great but at least wearable!

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The felt flowers are pinned where I did drop the stitches though, and they cover the holes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next one was knitted following the pattern called “Latu”. It’s still really basic but adds cables – just perfect for a beginner like me, since the cable is easy and there are only two of them, so it wasn’t too overwhelming. I am quite happy with it, there are mistakes (especially in the ribbed part), but it looks much more neat.

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I got a little carried away with the pom-pom, but I like it this way ๐Ÿ™‚

One discovery I made: I decided to switch to continental knitting and it was just the best decision ever. It’s so much more comfortable, I can hold the needles all the time, I only make small moves with my hands, I don’t feel any pain in my muscles anymore. I wanted to give the English style a chance, not to use the same hand as in crochet to hold the yarn, but it just doesn’t work. Since switching to continental style, I knit much faster and enjoy it a lot more.

That’s my update for now – I also have an ongoing crochet project at the moment so the next time I write, it will be about the main topic of this blog again ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy crocheting and knitting everyone!

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3 thoughts on “Still knitting hats

  1. Wow Kat these are gorgeous! I love both hats. You’re making progress in leaps and bounds with your knitting.
    Nice save with the pinned flowers ๐Ÿ˜‰ and the pompom is just muah! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cables are fun, aren’t they? Time will tell if you’ll become a cable junkie like me — not saying that’s a bad thing, though, lol…
    Continental works so much better for me too, in terms of good speed, less movements and consistent tension.

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    1. Thank you!
      I had to remind myself the art of pom-pom making, I learned it in kindergarten actually ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like it although it’s almost as big as my head ๐Ÿ˜‰
      And yes, I really love cables, it’s amazing how they turn a simple project into something spectacular. I might join you in the cable junkie club one day when I learn more;)
      Yay for continental knitting! apart from all the advantages, it also feels more natural to me, this is how people knit in my country and how I remember it from my childhood when I watched my grandmother knit. I’m glad I tried the continental style, I don’t think I’m going back to the English one anytime soon.

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