Knitted Earflap Hat in Royal Blue & Black Stripes
So I got myself retrained a bit with the knitting.
One thing I noticed when I was knitting Wil’s Indianapolis Colts Ear flap hat with the checkerboard pattern was that the tips of my fingers were very sore. This is due to my terrible habit of knitting too tightly on circulars. So….
- since his friend wanted a blue and black hat
- I needed to get my tension issues resolved
- I wanted to write down the details in order of the actual pattern that I had developed from several
- A completed hat needed to be the size I was supposed to be knitting!
- I wanted an idea of how much yarn it really took (ie if I buy more expensive yarn how many hats will I get from a skein)
- there was a need to double check myself on crafting jog-less stripes
- the idea I learned from the Knitting Tips by Judy about slipping the first stitch (when doing ear flaps) gave a cleaner edge and I wanted to try it
- I had finally figured out cable cast on (thanks to KnittingTips.com) and wanted to try it out when I added the stitches across the front of the hat
- probably many more but I’m typing this up a month after the facts….
It seemed like the perfect opportunity. I cast on and made it a point that every stitch was going to slide off the needle withOUT my left finger assisting it and that I would knit straight thru without a single red spot on the ends of my finger tips.
The hat took [me] about 6 hours total and less than a softball sized amount of each the black and royal blue yarn.
Amazingly it fit Wil’s 21″ head, Vee’s 23″ head, and Stephan’s 24″
As the teens and tweens in my house very quite specific about if they were to wear any more of my hats in public
-The front was was not so high up on the forehead that it gave them the appearance of a five year old girl with dorky bangs. They all actually approved of the front.
-The back was long enough that it covered the back of their neck
-The boys liked that it was the full 8″ length because it gave that ‘floppy look’ as they called it. The girls said it could have been an inch shorter and they would have been fine.
-The fashion conscious TJ (weeks before his 17th birthday) said good job on my grafting the top closed as it gave a flatter appearance although he still wants to see one in super fine yarn and size 0 or 1 needles.