I normally knit and crochet items for women… I just prefer the patterns and color options I guess. I sometimes get a wee bit bored with manly items.
Before Christmas, I wanted to make a hat for my man that he would actually wear and love… not one of those last-minute-rushing-here-you-go-and-then-it-doesn’t-fit-and-gets-stuffed-into-a-back-drawer kinda hat.
So I scoured for patterns and this one was approved by the man.
PATTERN: Hat Most Likely To Succeed by Alexandra Virgiel
YARN: I opted for my Aran weight superwash merino wool in colorway Charcoal (click here to see my current colorways.) I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I LOVE this yarn base. It’s fat, squishy, floofy, poofy, soft, bouncy and absolutely SO darn versatile… GREAT for baby items, next-to-skin wear, etc. Seriously. I love it. 1 skein almost did the trick, but I ended up needing 2 skeins.
NEEDLES: Just like the pattern called for, I used US Size 7 needles (4.5mm), circulars. Magic loop method. Google it if you’d like to learn… I LOVE IT and use it for all my in-the-round projects.
DIFFICULTY: Hmm. I’d say intermediate. Cables are not difficult, just time-consuming and bit awkward at first. But definitely doable! Even if you’re a beginner, I say give it a go. It took me about a week of knitting a few hours a day to complete.
Side note: Due to the needle size and all the cabling, I found my wrists hurt a bit if I knit on this for too long. So remember to take breaks and give those wristies a rest!
VERDICT: He LOVES IT! I was so relieved when at last, I cast off, the fella tried it on and voila… it fit perfectly! I was so tickled! He wears it all the time and it was SOOO worth the effort invested. Hurray! LOVE it when that happens.
I hope this inspires you to give cabling a try if you haven’t already! If you have, then keep up the good work, my friend. 😉
Have a fantastically delicious day and I’ll catch you next time…
P.S. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you knit or crochet manly things or no?