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|Style||Casual, Funky, Cute|
What was your source for this knitting project?
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Name of website or photo Eddie & Tess Bear Hat
What materials did you use? Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Chunky in Wheat or Tudor Rose Small amounts of: Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment Stylecraft Special DK in Walnut or alternative DK yarn
What are you most proud of? I have come such a long way in a very short time. After taking classes on Craftsy I was able to apply what I had learned to create patterns in multiple sizes. Instead of guesstimating and trial and error I set up an excel spreadsheet and did all the maths, planning out each section of the hat. I have now knitted multiple Eddies and Tess's in all the sizes, as have friends. So my proudest achievement is to have completed a design from conception to completion and it actually working out as I envisaged - I can't put into words the satisfaction that gives!! Now I've cracked hats, I'm planning to extend the range to matching mittens, gloves and headbands. I've even had requests to design an actual Eddie and Tess Bear toy. So lots to keep me going - watch this space!
What advice would you give someone starting this project? This is a great introduction/consolidation of knitting in the round. It knits up quickly as it uses a chunky weight yarn and gives a great sense of achievement. The trickiest bit that I found was to embroider the eyes. Tip: start each eye smaller than you would think as the bulk of the wool makes them appear bigger; Embroider the perimeter of a small circle (roughly 4 stitches) and then one final stitch going across the middle. It took me ages and multiple attempts to get a result I was happy with.