Knitwear for those in need: First Hat (Part 1)

As mentioned in a previous post I’m hoping to get into the habit of knitting hats for those who need them (the homeless, refugees etc.)

I found a free pattern for an earflap beanie hat here which looks like a good, warm design. Yarn-wise I wanted to chose three, rich colours so I could produce three different striped designs. In the end I chose an Aran weight yarn (as recommended by the pattern) and went with the Lily Sugar ‘n’ cream range from WoolWarehouse. I chose orange, green and purple, two of which are shown below:IMG_7392

Before starting I knitted a gauge square using 5mm needles as the pattern recommended these but said that it may be necessary to use smaller needles to get gauge. It turns out that 5mm was perfect for me so I ordered some 5mm circular needles and guessed that 60cm long would be enough.

Unfortunately I have never doneĀ knitting in the round with circular needles (magic loop method) so I had to learn that from scratch. Thankfully, the site KnittingHelp.com came to my rescue with the following video:

After a couple of false starts my first hat started to come to life!

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Hope to have an update soon!