Finally done~! My first knitted beret!
I've had the funky three colored yarn from Saizen's wipe out sale. They're thicker than worsted weight and it's basically three strands of yarn in different colors: light pink, pink, violet. I've been wanting to make a hat with them and I was thinking that for a beanie, it would take 3 balls if crocheted. Apparently, it really also needs 3 for knit.
I finished the hat this evening and here are some lessons I learned:
- You really need to prepare your materials properly. If I didn't buy 3 balls of that yarn, I wouldn't have finished the hat. Aside from the yarn, I need smaller needles too, for the ribbing. So it was just right that I was able to buy them before today.
- Math and gauge. You need to do the math. You need to measure the gauge - the number of stitches per inch, the number of stitches per row. Even if you really dislike that, you're going to have to compute it so you know how many stitches you need to make or you will have an ill-fitting hat or garment.
- Stitch markers. I didn't want to keep moving stitch markers. But it would have been better if i really used them so I didn't have to keep counting the number of stitches per section of the hat.
- Circular knitting isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. My 5mm circular knitting needles has a longer cord compared to the hat circumference but I managed. It's because I just pulled at the cord so I could knit. I was also intimidated with changing needles towards the ribbing but the change from two 6mm circular ones was fine. It was just like regular knitting but instead of using the ends of the 6mm ones, I slipped the stitches to one needle on the 5mm circular knitting needles. It must sound weird but that's what I did. :D
I might try making a beanie next time, I don't know yet. I actually need to finish a couple of items I am knitting and crocheting. I was just too hyper about circular knitting. :P