First 3 Color Hat- a good learning experience

Hello all- Since Christmas, I have been working on learning how to use two colors in the same row in a basic hat. This has been a good exercise for me- practicing holding 2 colors in each hand, stranding the unused color in the back, keeping the tension even...Last night I decreased to the top of the hat...I had to rip this part of the hat out 3 times (frustrating but I guess this is part of the knitting process)...The sad part is the hat is finished but is too small...I need to add about 12 stitches to the brim to have a better fit. This finished hat would fit a large child. If I had knit a test swatch to check the gauge and measured my head and did a little basic math, I would have a hat that fits...Live and learn! I guess this hat is a test run. Everytime I sit down and knit, I learn something new. Happy knitting (and learning) to all.


YugiDean's picture

Lord knows why, but I am so petrified of using more than one color in a row. GAH!

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MMario's picture

I feel the same way - so am sympathetic.

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scottly's picture

Me too. I barely feel coordinated enough to hold one strand in my hand at a time. But the hat is way cool - great color combination.

I wish I were knitting now.

BuduR's picture

me too, we should start a club. and one day, do like all those crazy cult people and mass suicide, except in our case we'll all do a stranded KAL. YSP take 2!
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albert's picture

Nice color combo and well done! I gather that you did the two-handed knitting technique. Which hand did you find easier? No swatch? BAD BOY, BAD BAD BOY! There, I feel better now.

crmartin's picture

Beautifully done! Your tension looks great.



OKknitguy's picture

I'm doing hats this year. I've had trouble getting the right size too. My first hat was cute as could be, but could fit a medium child, my next hat, a beanie done in garter stitch from never knit your man a sweater, was too big, Being garter, it just didn't have the elasticity to it, My next hat, a hat done in short rows, was again too big. I am currently working on a hat done in double knitting. So far its going ok. Doing the double knitting decreases may be a big challenge. Hopefully afater a month on hats, and 4 tries, I can get one down! :-)

scottly's picture

I have the same problem with anything using a size 7 needle or smaller however I don't have any problem with bulky and chunky yarns using larger needles. I don't know what the deal is. One was so big that I felted it and it turned out really cool.

I wish I were knitting now.

V's picture

Your hat looks great. I enjoy doing two color knitting (fair isle), it's actually become my favorite type of knitting. Keep up the good work.