Type of item: Accessory
Style: Mod, Cute, Casual, Funky, Whimsical
Worsted Weight (stash) yarn, US Size 4 16-inch circular needle (or smaller length needle), US Size 4 double-pointed needles (optional if using magic loop technique for crown).
What was your inspiration?
Looking at the stash of yarn I have all over my house, I wanted an easy project to use up some of them. This project (my design) takes less than a skein, quite possibly less than 1/2 of a skein! I like the little beanies that all the craft stores sell now but prefer to create my own to look similar but more unique. This knitted beanie will also last longer than those in the craft stores, which tend to fray after awhile. I've listed the pattern on ravelry.com and etsy.com. Clicking on the pattern (under "Make this project") will connect to the pattern on Ravelry.
What are you most proud of?
The beanie (10-18mo size) fit adorably on my 14.5 month old granddaughter, and she will leave it on (whereas my other 14 month old granddaughter rips it off immediately). There is still stretchiness, so it will fit for awhile.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you are new to knitting in the round, try to purchase a circular needle shorter than 16 inches if possible. I have seen them in knit shops and online. You can also try to use double-pointed needles, but I find those to be frustrating trying to keep track of the stitches on each end so they don't fall off. I've learned how to use the magic loop method from online videos and it also comes in handy for the first two rounds. After that, the beanie will stretch around a 16-inch needle fine.