So I FINALLY got round to knitting a big version of the tiny hat I made a few weeks ago… and here it is!
(I really dislike having my photo taken, as you can probably tell.)
I used exactly the same pattern found in 30 Minute Knits as I did for the tiny version, except this time I used 12mm needles and Rowan ‘Big’ Wool. It is the softest thing ever. I nearly went for a cheaper alternative but I’m so glad I didn’t, it makes a huge difference to the feel of it.
I usually have a problem with my cast on being too loose, resulting in a weird baggy looking first row of stitches. To counter this I researched different cast on methods and found this really useful page of tutorials.
I went for a cable cast on, as it was noted as the method which results in the tightest stitches, plus it gives a really nice twisty effect to the edge.
I’m not going to share the pattern for fear of being sued for breach of copyright (plus the book is only £6, and it’s awesome, so why not buy it?) plus there are a few little changes I would make if I were to knit another, which are as follows.
1. I began by casting on 38 stitches – whilst knitting it, this looked like not enough, and I was concerned it wasn’t going to fit on my head, but the wool has a bit of give and the end result fits fine. It would probably decrease this a little next time so it can ‘grip’ to my head a bit more.
2. The main body of the hat is 16 rows of a ribbed knit (alternating rows of K2, P2) with a hole pattern knitted throughout, which I did a tutorial for here. I’m thinking about making another for Tom; if I do I’d probably leave these holes out and go for a plain ribbed knit.
3. On the decrease there are 5 rows between the hole pattern and the end of the hat, which results in a little pixie point at the top. I’d probably do fewer of these, it’s a bit too pointy for my liking.
Also, as big as the pom pom is already, I would make it bigger. Ein UBER POM POM.
All in all, it probably took me a little under 2 hours to make, which is pretty good going for a whole finished hat.
I’m looking to make more of my own clothes this winter, this is (hopefully) just the starting point.
I’m pretty darn pleased with it, but haven’t had a chance to show it off yet.
Just need to wait for some cold weather now! Roll on winter.