Black Is Hard To Knit

I seem to have a hard time finding a cheap, acrylic, watchman's hat when winter starts to set in. I lose my hats a lot, hence the preference for inexpensive acrylic hats. Maybe I'm not shopping in the right places.
Now that I've mastered double pointed needles, I thought I take things into my own hands and knit my own hat for the winter. I bought some cheap Red Heart acrylic yarn at Fred Meyer and was on my way.
I forgot how difficult it was to work with black fiber. All my years of costuming came back to me and the frustrations I had whenever having to work with black fabric.
It's really hard to see what one is doing. One needs lots of light, preferably sunlight, which we have so little of in the PNW.
I'll be careful about using black again.

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Kerry's picture

Nice hat.

My only experience of working with black was a pair of socks for a man whose feet were 13" long.....never again.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Black - and other very dark colors - are indeed a royal pain. I always prefer to work on them during daylight hours or with a strong light source. Great looking cap, though. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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michaelpthompson's picture

Haven't done a black cap on dpns, but I do all sorts of watch caps on the Knifty Knitter loom. Shouldn't be anywhere near as much of a problem as with needles, as you don't have to see your stitches as clearly. Limited patterns, but doubled up worsted weight makes a pretty nice cap. Here's one I made of acrylic.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

Tallguy's picture

I did a lace shawl with black (over 2,000 stitches a round), and I learned the hard way that is not fun! I could only work on it in daylight, even strong light didn't help. It looks great, but that is the only one I've done! At least, in black.

Spicemanknit's picture

Tell me about it. I made a black cardigan years ago (I have posted a picture of this sweater) and I thought I would go blind. Not only was this sweater done in black but it required fingerling yarn and size 1 and 2 needles. This sweater was knitted from the neck down and I dropped two stitches while knitting the yoke which I had to start over. I certainly learned my lesson.

purlyman's picture

The hat looks great - wonder if acrylic would dye well? Perhaps you could knit a white hat and then get some black RIT dye?


Bill's picture

Acrylic will only dye to a takes special dyes and treatments to get a real deep black.

Tom Hart's picture

Nice hat. Well done. I guess you've solved the "Where can I find a good hat" question. Can't imagine doing an entire project in black though. That would be tough.