I knitted 9 hats in 14 days, and added one from my stash to make it to 10.
1. Use yarn already owned.
2. Make up own patterns (no copyright issues).
3. Knit fast.
4. Stay interested: change up patterns, use bits of new techniques, etc.
1. I used bulky weight yarn in gender-neutral colors. I used size 11 on a couple then moved to 10.5's for the remainder. I used Paton Shetland Chunky and Michael's store brand, Loops & Threads in Charisma for the yarns.
2. Two pairs of hats are very similar. They are actually 10 separate patterns technically.
3. Knitted fast several days. :-) 60-64 stitches usually in each row.
4. Learned & practiced color work (wide stripes & mosaic), rolled edges, & shaping.
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My church congregation hosted an Angel Tree for a local agency. For reasons I still do not understand, I decided to knit 10 hats instead of buying them. I know that hats are widely available for $1 and up. Mine are prettier, bigger, and filled with more love. Besides,
"Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage."My mind stayed creative. My hands stayed busy. Not all the hats are great. I'm really good at shaping the hat now. Better with colorwork. Learned a new technique (Mosaic knitting). And I gave back a little bit, lighting a few candles in the darkness. I did most of my knitting while I was waiting for kids, waiting for something else (car), or late at night.
I knitted on size 11 16-inch circular needles (2-3 hats), then changed to 10.5 needles. I knitted the tops of the hats on 10 double pointed needles. I tried magic loop on one hats, but I was too slow. Other than that, I needed needles for weaving in, a cable needle, small scissors, and stitch markers.
All of the tops are cute, I love the top shapings:
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