I have caught the knitting bug! After my shawl, I was looking for another knitting project and decided to knit a slouch beanie (despite it being July!).
Deciding to simple, I chose a pattern for a Simple slouch hat by Robyn Devine. I had a ball of leftover wool from the shawl and circular needles, so I made a start. It is a great pattern for beginners as it only uses one set of needles and is all done in knit stitch.
My head is large, so I cast on some extra stitches. At the start, I thought the hat was going to be too small but it ended up being big, even for me. I think I can get away with it, as long as I don’t move my head too much!
Having finished the first beanie, I got knitting withdrawal symptoms so immediately started a second. I was feeling more ambitious, so thought I would give another pattern a go. I chose Moss/seed stitch slouch hat by Debs Harding.
I wanted to use the same wool and needles as the first beanie, so I cast on the number of stitches the first pattern specified. This turned out to be a mistake! It looked small when I started but the first beanie did too, so I thought it would be fine. I did the cable section and started the moss stitch and it became obvious that I had made it child size! I love the effect of moss stitch, and found saying “Knit, Purl, Knit, Purl” very hypnotic! Luckily the hat was now the perfect size for my son.
One day I will learn how to decipher the first part of the knitting pattern and make something the right size (but probably not for a while!). We love our hats, so I consider the projects a success anyway.