First Hat

Two balls of yarn, four needles

I finally finished knitting my first hat today!  Originally, I had intended to kill multiple birds with one stone – I wanted to try my hand at illusion knitting, make a hat, and add “flair.”  Creating the pattern for the illusion nearly sucked my soul out of me.  I used a star pattern I found in my copy of Stitch n’ Bitch (which is also where I got the pattern for the hat – it’s the Adults Only Kitty Hat, minus the ears) and then spent a whole day trying to figure out how to convert it into an illusion pattern.  The idea was to have illusion stars all the way around the hat, but when I actually started knitting, I found that my pattern basically didn’t have enough pixels.  When I’m wearing the hat and you look really hard, you can kind of see the effect, but the stars just aren’t big enough to really show it off.  Plus, I’m guessing I probably f-ed up the pattern a little bit.

Ear flaps + I-cord

There are other mistakes – about 2/3 of the way through, I started doing something strange with the seam of the hat.  I’m not really sure what was going on, but I must have been crossing the yarn incorrectly to start a new row.  Anyway, because of that, there’s a small portion of the seam in the back of the hat that is very visible.  Similarly, the earflaps are a little haphazard.  I also didn’t have circular needles that were small enough for this project, so I had to use double-pointed ones, which weren’t quite long enough.  This was more of a nuisance than anything else, but boy, was I happy when it was time to decrease.

I would post the pattern, but I’m concerned about copyright, so here’s a link to something similar (this one uses Fair Isle, instead of illusion knitting, which I don’t know how to do yet).  I threw away the yarn labels, but I used Cascade Yarns Superwash Sport (815 and 901, I think).  To knit the hat I made, you’ll need the following skills:

Finished product!

*Knit, purl
*Cast-on, bind-off
*Knit in the round
*I-cord (short for idiot cord, apparently)
*pom-poms (or pom-pons depending on who you’re talking to)
*change color
*illusion knitting
*decrease

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