Knitting Goal Met

This afternoon I slowly knitted the crown of a pink newborn hat that I have been working on the past several weeks. It has been my Slow Stitching Sunday goal. The slow part was switching from a circular needle to DPNs. I found it to be a personal challenge.
With a satisfactory result after several previous not-so-good hat attempts, I'm going to take a hat knitting break and find another needlework project. Knitting in the round on a circular needle is relaxing; the DPNs are cumbersome. Next time I will try the magic loop method for decreasing.

Happy Labor Day to us in the States and our Canadian neighbors.


Still Knitting

Making a knitted newborn hat has become a ongoing challenge for me. The light pink hat per last week's Slow Sunday Stitching got messed up somewhere along a row while switching to DPNs from a circular. Lol.

Instead of trying to fix it and become frustrated, I chose a darker pink yarn to make a new hat. Psychological, it did not feel like I was knitting a redo ;-)  This hat had a better result, but some of my decreases had a mind of their own.  Oh, and those holes along the crown is enough for baby to loose heat.
More consistent tension is another goal. Knitting on circulars is relaxing and makes for a convenient, easy portable project. I am not going to give up nor am I ready for stripes.

Third attempt will start today on the patio while I watch our hummingbird before he/she migrates south. May you enjoy your slow stitching.


Relaxed Knitting

I am delighted to be able to share my simple knitting project today with Slow Stitching Sunday hosted by Kathy. Since she is up to hosting her popular weekly link up, she may be on the road to recovery. If she can host, the least I can do is write a post. Thanks, Kathy, for your motivation.

It is enjoyable to be knitting a pink newborn hat for charity. It is especially rewarding and relaxing after several failed attempts. I will spare you the frustrating details, however, they included DPNs, straight needles (required a seam), too-long circular needles, magic loop, and incorrect needle size for specific yarn. Did I mention knitting up a gauge swatch was beneath me. Tsk, tsk. Soon I became obsessed in mastering a baby hat.

Therefore, back to knitting basics such as following the pattern with the correct yarn and needle size.  A gauge swatch was made. Success. Next a trip to my LYS with hopes of finding a shorter length circular needle. Another success. Bonus was the moral support and advice provided by LYS (somethings you can't get online). I am using ChiaoGoo circular needles bamboo size 6 with a 16-inch length. Initially, the cast-on (64 stitches) and first two rows seemed a bit tight, however, the stitches soon relaxed as I did also. It has been smooth knitting ever since.

The simple easy-to-follow pattern is written by Heather Wells. Click HERE for pattern. As you can see, I am making a solid color version. Knitting two-color stripes can wait for the second hat. Lol. Yarn is Cascade Superwash 220 which is quality yarn and soft for my knitting fingers, but more importantly, soft for baby's head.

Stay tuned on when the results when I am forced to use DPNs for crown shaping. Since I won't be starting the pattern with them, I think I shall be okay. Any suggestions and/or advice is appreciated.

Smooth stitches,