Finished Object: Slouchy Ribbed Hat

Just in time for fall and winter, I’ve finished my first-ever hat and my second-ever knitted object: the Slouchy Ribbed Hat! This simple hat from Quick + Easy Knits was, as the title of the magazine suggests, both quick and easy to knit. It was perfect for a beginner like me who wanted to start with a basic knit hat pattern before trying something more complex.

The original Slouchy Ribbed Hat, as photographed in the magazine. | Photo by George Boe

The original Slouchy Ribbed Hat, as photographed in the magazine. | Photo by George Boe

The ribbing pattern, a basic k2, p2, was easy and fun once I got the hang of it, and the hat zoomed along really nicely. Working a simple pattern in a chunky yarn makes for fast progress! The pattern called for a 10-inch finished length in my size for a slouchy fit, but I prefer my hats to be more fitted, so I aimed for a final finished length of 8 inches. But when my piece measured 6 ¾” and it was time for me to switch to DPNs to start the decreases for the crown, I just . . . stopped. I’d never worked with DPNs and felt very intimidated by them, so I set my hat aside and didn’t pick it up again for months.

I’ve noticed this pattern emerging in my knitting life: I work steadily on a project and then just stop when I come to a technique or stitch I don’t know. And instead of immediately asking for help from the knitting experts who surround me five days a week, I just sit on my project for months and, I don’t know, hope it will magically knit itself in my project bag.

My finished knit hat, with and without the pom-pom.

My finished knit hat, with and without the pom-pom.

Two weeks ago, though, I got tired of looking at my mostly-finished hat and I decided the time had come to finish the dang thing (and I wanted to break my terrible stalling-out habit). So I brought my Slouchy Ribbed Hat to our Friday afternoon knitting circle at work and asked for help using DPNs. And of course, my lovely coworkers were more than happy to oblige!

They showed me how to change from circular needles to DPNs and walked me through the k2, p2tog decrease, which was really helpful because I’d never worked a decrease before. I found the DPNs unwieldy, but everyone assured me that that’s how most people feel about them. There are only a couple of decrease rounds in the pattern, so although it felt like really slow going with those DPNs, I actually finished the hat quickly.

Me in my finished hat, just in time for fall!

Me in my finished hat, just in time for fall!

I’m so excited to have finished this hat, and I’m even more excited to wear it! Fall is finally here, and I’m wearing this super-cute, super-simple hat every chance I get. And now that I know how to work the pattern, I’m thinking of making one or two of these knit hats as holiday gifts for friends and family!

Happy hat knitting!
Rachel


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