I Knitted a Woolly Hat! + Free Knitting Pattern

free-bobble-hat-knitting-patternA few weeks ago, Let’s Knit magazine Tweeted a link to this free bobble hat knitting pattern for newbie knitters. I’ve done a bit of knitting here and there, but I’d still class myself as a beginner, so when I saw this pattern I knew it was something I’d be able to accomplish! So I downloaded and printed it straight away, and off I went…

The knitting pattern is for a simple, ribbed knit hat with a pompom on the top. The only stitches you need to know are knit (k), purl (p), knit/purl two together (k2tog/p2tog), and ‘slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over’ (skpo). That last stitch is a lot easier than it sounds, and the pattern gives you a step-by-step instruction of how to do it too (very helpful). You’ll also need 5mm and 6mm needles, plus one 100g ball of chunky yarn – I used a ball of Deramores Vintage chunky in ‘Rose’ that I’ve had sat in my stash for a while (it’s 50% merino wool so incredibly soft and cosy), but any colour/brand would work just the same.lets-knit-bobble-hat-pattern

I knitted this hat over the course of a weekend – I think I might’ve done 3 hours on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. I didn’t have a single problem following the pattern – after you’ve cast on 90 stitches for the women’s variant, you simply knit/purl in a ribbed pattern until you get to the top where the shaping happens. You then sew up the seam and make a pompom to attach to the top. Easy!

If you’re new to knitting (or aren’t very confident) then this is a great pattern to start with. It’s easy to follow, quick to make and is something that you’d actually want to wear when it’s finished. It’s also a great last-minute, handmade Christmas gift idea! I love my new hat and can’t wait to wear it when the cold weather comes around! Even if I do look a bit like a tea cosy  🙂

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Make a Knitting Needle Roll

knitting needle rollKnitting: a craft I’ve stayed away from in fear that there is no room in my house to store the hoards of wool I will inevitably buy. However, just before Christmas I received a knitting set and so have been – unwittingly and without choice – prescribed to a life of woolly scarves, tea cosies and socks. Am I complaining though? Not really.

I began the scarf pattern that came with the set and have done about 60 rows so far. I think it’ll end up as a cushion cover panel (or toy snake) by the time I’m finished, as it’s taking me quite a while and I’m sure to run out of wool before it’s long enough! I also bought Let’s Knit magazine the other day and spotted a great pattern for knitting needle rollsome ‘easy’ fingerless gloves by a lady named Anna Wilkinson. I took my wool to work and have been trying my best to knit them inbetween tasks. Glove number one is now coming along quite nicely!

Anyway, the topic of this post is the knitting needle roll I made this weekend. At the moment my knitting is just balanced on the bookcase and my grand collection of 8 knitting needles have no home and are likely to end up down the back of the sofa. Being the seamstress that I am, making a case to keep them in should be no problem.

knitting needle roll insideThe pattern I used was from Wikihow- click here to see it- and is made using just two pieces of fabric and a length of ribbon. It’s pretty similar to making a basic cushion cover, in that you put the fabric right sides together, sew around the edges and turn it right way round. Having one piece of fabric bigger than the other also allows you to create a long pocket on the inside of the roll, which you can then sew over with multiple vertical lines to create the individual knitting needle pockets seen here.

I also cut the length of ribbon in half and attached both pieces to one side (seen in the photo at the top). This means that when you roll all your needles up inside, you can then wrap the ribbon around the roll and tie them together in a bow.

I’m quite pleased with the finished product – especially because it now means I have easy access to my knitting needles when the pattern calls for a change halfway through a design. The patchwork knitting bag I’m making, however, may require a bit more time until I can call it finished…