A wise man once said, “Chuck Norris likes knitting sweaters; If by ‘knitting’ you mean kicking and by ‘sweaters’ you mean “babies.” But let’s face it. Even Chuck Norris knows that knitting is suave. He just doesn’t want you to know he knows. It’s 2018 and all sorts of rugged and debonair gentlemen knit. Russell Crowe knits, for example. It helps him quell his manly rage. If Wolverine knits, any man can securely do so. Yet the question remains: Can you wear a warm hat that you knitted and remain a rugged and handsome man?
The answer is yes. It all depends on the type of hat and how you wear it. The last thing you want is to show up to work with a mop of messy hat hair. So, let’s take this apart and examine it one concept at a time.
According to recent GQ articles, you want a hat that:
No one wants to be greeted by a guy that looks like he just returned from begging in the subway station. The slouching beanie does not say, “pulled together.”
This alone makes any hat sleeker. Although matching may not always be necessary, if you are wearing your hat to work or out on the town this looks more professional. This way, the hat seems like it fades into the background instead of seeming to shout, “Hey I’m wearing a bulky beany on my head!” You will look less like a kid on the way to his school bus.
This is not a hard and fast rule, there are many great colors to wear. Neutrals also look nice. But in general, there are more dignified colors to wear than say, a blinding, bright orange.
‘Nuff said. (But you don’t need to wear the pom if it’s not your thing. Hats without it are just as good.)
Having a logo of a favorite brand or sports team knitted into the hat is masculine and stylish.
Part of it is about the hat, but part of it is also about the hair.
All in all, knitting yourself a hat is bound to make you stand out as resourceful, eclectic, and sophisticated. You may even…(dare I say?) impress with your “sensitive side.” Warning: knitting may inspire an audible “Awwww,” in ladies (as in “Awwww, that’s so sweet and charming.”)
A man who knits and looks good doing it is a man who is confident in his masculinity.
One last parting piece of advice: Chuck Norris. That’s the advice.
Knitting is both a skill and ability; although everyone can learn the techniques over time, there is still an immeasurable amount of spontaneity that lets individuals not only master several patterns but could also create shortcuts and individual styles on how to do things the easier way. Of course, experience and practice can only attribute to this, and with just the right amount of patience, things would be mastered in due time. However, there is no shame or limitation in learning. Books or instructional materials not only add knowledge to previous ideas but could also even help enlighten people to do things a different way. But an alternative that proves to be much more entertaining than static, boring photos or step-by-step diagrams is well-lighted and well-produced videos. They are easier to follow primarily due to the teacher’s engagement with the audience, plus, anyone can just pause the program, study the technique a little bit closer, or even backtrack should there be some confusions.
Lucy Neatby understands the dilemma of most knitters especially when it comes to tricky flows of the yarn, so she has created a series of lessons in DVDs to be able to reach out to a broader audience and help them with their knitting patterns the easier way.
The sheer variety of knitting needle sizes and forms can be overwhelming for a novice. Should you use straight, circular or double-pointed needles? Can you use size seven knitting needles rather than size eight if that is all you have available? What is the difference between bamboo and plastic needles?
It is enough to drive you mad.
Before you go crazy and purchase every knitting needle size and kind available, have a peek at this manual. We have divided up yarn weights as they look at the Craft Yarn Council’s Standard Yarn Weight System.
This isn’t a hard-and-fast manual to the knitting needle sizes you need to use with every yarn. By way of instance, even though the recommended needle size to get a lace-weight yarn is 000-1, occasionally a pattern will call for a size five needle, which makes a loose lace stitched with a great deal of drape. (Always check your pattern first). However, the guide can assist you in making a choice involving, say, a bamboo double-pointed needle or a circular plastic needle.
Knitting needle sizes: 000-1
Some lace-weight jobs are large shawls that need tiny needles. But knitting on straight needles can take a toll on your wrists, particularly if the project gets heavy. That is when needles such as the Clover Takumi Bamboo 48in Circular Knitting Needles pictured above come in handy.
Circular knitting needles like these aren’t just reserved for projects which are worked in the round. You may even use them for horizontal, back-and-forth row jobs that are thick, like lace shawls as well as heavier afghans. The cord takes all of the weight off your wrist so that the project weight may rest on your lap.
Knitting needle sizes: 1-3
If you are not yet addicted to knitting socks, then you soon will be! The sock pops up on all us knitters sooner or later. Most socks are knit with a size 1 or 2 needles, but you could also find sock designs that were designed for thicker non-sock yarns. Along with socks, you can liven up amazing shawls with sock-weight yarn and these tiny needles.
I adore these Clover Takumi Bamboo 5in Double Point Knitting Needles for knitting socks since the brief length of the needles means you spend less time pushing your job around on the needles and more time knitting. Plus, the bamboo aids the yarn grip the needle so that the yarn doesn’t slide off unexpectedly.
Knitting needle sizes: 3-5
While not as thin as sock yarn, the sport-weight yarn may still use those tinier knitting needles which may cause your hands to cramp up. Straight needles work well with this size if you are working with a light-weight apartment job but opt for those longer circular needle sets if your project is heavy. I recently knit a sport-weight sweater on size three needles, and you can bet I had been using those long circulars to support the weight of the garment.
Knitting needle sizes: 5-7
DK weight is just slightly lighter than worsted weight, which makes it super common for everything from sweaters to gloves and scarves.
As soon as you start working with plenty of different yarn weights and then decide that you are going to become a knitter for the long haul, then consider investing in a pair of needles such as the Addi Interchangeable set (see our circular needle review here) pictured above. This specific set ranges from knitting needle size 3-15.5 and includes five unique cords. It is like having 60 different knitting needles all rolled into a compact set.
Knitting needle sizes: 7-9
Worsted weight yarn is possibly the yarn you will use most often. It’s paired with knitting needles in the medium size range — possibly even the same knitting needle sizes which you just learned to knit with.
If you’re in doubt about the weight of the yarn, you’re using or the knitting needles sizes, consult with the yarn label for support. Yarn labels always include a gauge, in addition to a recommended knitting needle size which you could use as a starting point. You might discover that you knit tighter or looser than the judge given; in that case, you will have to change your needle size.
Want to find out more about worsted weight yarn? Have a look at our review on worsted weight yarn which includes loads of patterns.
Knitting needle sizes: 9-11
The knitting needle sizes are growing bigger, and since they do, you’ll discover that the knits work up faster and faster. Bulky or chunky weight yarn is famed for being a fast knit. You can use practically any knitting needle type for this yarn, but remember that if you are working with something big, these long circular needles will be a lifesaver for holding all of the weight of the undertaking.
Knitting needle sizes: 11-17
Super bulky weight is enjoyable to work with, and it is not just because it knits up fast. You can experiment with textures such as wires which will honestly stand out when they are knit up in a super bulky fiber. Imagine a super bulky weight blanket that includes a gorgeous cable wrapping down the middle or just a hat knit up in a fundamental seed stitch. The super bulky weight yarn, together with large knitting needles, will make any stitch stick out. The Lion Brand Circular Knitting Needles serve as a great choice here.
Knitting needle sizes: 17 and bigger
Make way for thick knits! Jumbo is the latest yarn weight category and utilizes the largest knitting needles of all. If you are working with a small project that is not overly heavy or wide, we recommend the Lion Brand Yarn Knitting Needles, size 35 or 19 mm. These needles are made from plastic, keeping them lightweight and comfortable to wield. The needles come in sizes 11-35, so they’re fantastic for both super bulky weight jobs and jumbo jobs.
Beginners, what kinds of knitting needles have you tried so far? Experienced knitters, what are your favorite go-to knitting needles?
Another amazing video series by Davina from Sheep and Stitch. This video tutorial series is broken up into two parts. Here is Part 1.
Today we are knitting large hat from beginning to finish.
Now, this hat is a free knitting pattern that you could get from SheepandStitch. The Big Hat is not for novices. If you feel skilled enough, then you are ready for the Big Hat in case you've mastered the cast-on, the cast-off, the knit and purl.
The knitting of this hat, an pretty much any other big knit can be vastly sped up by using a knitting machine for some of the straightforward sections.
This pattern uses those techniques all, adds a few new ones such as knitting around, decreasing, knitting with double pointed needles and, building a pompom. That might sound scary, but don't worry, I will be here directing you. Now, one of the things I love about this routine is that it knits. And that's because it's made out of bulky yarn. So once you get the hang of this pattern, you'll be popping Big Hats in 2 and a half or three hours out. The time it takes to watch a Mad Men marathon the Godfather or Lord of the Rings.
If you've convinced, then let us get started. Okay, so now let's discuss what you will have to make the Big Hat.
If you've got your pattern handy, let's go through the materials list together. So the first thing that you're likely to need is some super bulky weight yarn, and this yarn I have here is Cascade Yarns Magnum, and you will need about 90 yards of it.
Alright, next thing on the list is a set of circular needles. These needles need to be 16 inches in length. Alright, next up is pointed needles. Now, these have to be US size 15 or 10 millimeters. Read our review to choose the best circular needle set.
We'll see need some stitch markers. Now a stitch marker is basically which you can put on your needle, and it'll indicate the end of your round and the beginning.
If you don't have stitch markers any problem, you can use a ring, like a real ring that you put your finger. No problem. Now, should you not have a ring of a marker, you may use a rubber band or a hair tie. Anything that is ring-like, you can turn into a stitch marker.
Next up is a pair of scissors. And we're going to use these to make our pom-pom. Let's get some scrap cardboard.
The final thing that we are going to need is a tape measure or a ruler. A tapestry needle looks like a sewing needle, and the needle's eye will be big enough to accommodate a thread.
So that will make your life a bit easier, but it's not needed. Another thing that you might want to have around is a tin, 5 inches in width.
So this will help us trace our circle out when we're making our pom-pom. But it's not necessary; it is only a nice to have.
Another thing that's nice to have is a bottle top. So something similar to this that measures across about one-inch and we're also going to use this as a tool. But if you don't have these around, no issue, we can just use our tape measure or our ruler.
Let's get started. So we are ready to throw on 44 stitches with the long tail cast-on. Thus the long tail cast-on differs from our cast-on that is easy from our previous video in that the long tail cast-on provides us a stretchier edge. And this is terrific for our Hat. So if you look at the Big Hat, this will be our cast-on border.
So you can see why you would want this advantage to be very stretchy since it's the start of your hat. So if it folds up like this, you will want the edge to be slightly loose and not bunched up and pulling in. It will also help you adapt larger head if you've got a head that is larger and that is cool. What you'll need is your super bulky weight yarn, and you will want to measure about six feet or about 70 inches in.
We make a loop like this, and then we'll take our yarn end that is the tail right here, and we'll move it to the rear of our loop. And we are just going to make this yarn tail and pull it in through the loop so that we have got a slipknot.
Of course, your slipknot does not need to be this giant, but just for illustration purposes, I've made it huge. So with our circular needle, we're going to push it, and we're going to tighten it up like so. So this is our first stitch.
You will notice that the stitch has two yarn threads.
We want this one to be our long tail now we want the yarn thread that's facing us. Right now our tail edge is in the back. We are going to do this is turn it around and just move it right off the needle, we're going to take our stitch and put it back on the needle, just like this.
Now you'll discover that the yarn in front is my long tail and that is precisely what I want. Alright we're going to move on to placing some of this yarn. So now we've got our first stitch and we're going to put more. So what you are going to do is you're going to take your left hand, and we are going to need these two fingers so these two fingers.
Alright, we're going to use these two fingers, clamp down on our yarn threads like this and then this finger I am not sure what it's called and we are going to use our thumb. This finger and your yarn or your thumb open the yarn threads like this. Let's do that again.
We're going to use both of these fingers, the clampdown on both yarn threads and we are going to use our thumb and the forefinger directly beside our thumb to start the yarn up threads like this.
I call this the clamp and sesame. Do not ask me why, it just sort of came to me. You see a little bit of a diamond shape in this way, right. And so I want you get comfortable with it and to try and do that a few times. Do a clamp and then open sesame. Move your hands around like this a few times because when we do our cast-on, we're going to be moving our hands around to get comfortable with it. When you're doing this,you can keep a finger clamped down on your stitch so that it will not move around. You may keep it sturdy. On our two threads, clamp down with these two fingers. With our thumb and with this finger, we are going to push into our two threads and do an open sesame. Alright, so practice and then I guarantee we are going to begin placing some stitches.
Now you are an expert at sesame and the clamp. You've done some practices, and we're comfortable clamping and opening sesame and moving your hands back and forth. How we start is, of course, the sesame and the clamp.
What we are going to do is we're going to move our hand to the left like this so that you can see the two-yarn threads flowing through my fingers. You need your hand like that and not like that.
We're going to take your needle, and we are going to touch it and then we are going to push on our needle which our thumb has made.
Then we're going to turn our hands, and we are going to place our needle through the next loop here, and then we're going to turn our hand. And our needle will go through that loop that our thumb made and we're going to pull down.
This is our second stitch with the long tail cast-on. Alright, so if that looks crazy and confusing, don't worry, we're going to do it a couple times.
We are going to do our clamp, our sesame like this and then we are going to move our hands to the left so that we are being faced by the two threads. So again, not like this but enjoy this.
Move it into the loop and then we are going to move our hand to the front, and then we are going to place our needle through the next loop and then back through our original loop on the thumb, and we're going to pull through. Alright, so now we've got three stitches cool.
Let's do it again. Clamp move our thumb contact, go through the loop, turn our hands, go through the next loop and then go through our first loop on your thumb and pull down.
Alright, we need 44 stitches and so now we've got five stitches on our needles, so we've got 39 more of them to go. Therefore don't worry, if this is making you nervous, just try it a few times, watch carefully, and you'll be fine. Alright clamp sesame, move our hand to the front so that the threads are currently facing us.
Bring down our needle, touch your thumb, move it into the loop, then turn our hands again, go through the second loop here, turn our hands again and move it through this original loop on our thumb and just pull through. Alright,so once you get the hang of it, you can go and you can get a rhythm on it.
See how fast I did that and once you get the hang of it, you will be able to go just like this. Alright practice this a few times.
Go slow if you want, you can say the words out loud if this helps you clamp, open sesame, watch the 2 threads, then touch your thumb, go through the loop, through the next loop and then back into the original loop and pull down, okay? Until you've got 44 stitches on your needle, at which point so we can begin knitting our hat, we are going to combine it so do this. Alright, so now we've got 44 stitches cast-onto your needle.
Before we can join, we will need to make sure that all of our stitches are currently facing the correct direction. We need to make sure that they're not twisted. Do not get them twisted. Alright, so now you can see that's good and that these bumps here all are facing inwards. We want that.
If your stitches are twisted, they will look a bit like this. Alright, so not pretty. Some of the stitches and a number of them will face inwards and outwards, respectively. Don't get them twisted. Get all and them laying flat facing the same direction like this.
So once your stitches are straight, then we are thoughtfully prepared to join in the round. Okay, so what you're going to need your stitch marker. We are going to take our stitch marker, and we're going to place it on our needle. Recall your right needle will get the yarn coming out of it, and you're going to hold it in your hand. Alright, so with our needle and our yarn that is working, we're going to knit one stitch to our needle. Alright, so we're going to move from bottom to top in the stitch, and then we're going to go from back to front with our yarn, and we're going to pull through, and there is our very first stitch. Now you will see that our row is attached in a circle. So we have joined in the round. Amazing job. Alright, so let's move on.
You'll notice in our routine, it states that we will need to knit2x2 rib until the piece measures 2. 5 inches from the cast-on border. So I've just done my first knit stitch. So let's complete the rib. I've finished one knit, and I'm going to do a second knit. So bring our yarn up into the front and then we're going to purl one. There purl one and then there we go and we are going to purl two. So now we have finished the 2x2 rib stitch, which is a knit two, purl two.
Now we are just going to keep going, keep going all of the way around the round doing a knit two, purl two until we reach the end. From our needle that is left we will slip the marker at which point back to our needle, and then we will only do the process all over again. Alright, so let's do this. We will do a knit two, so a knit a two and two. Okay, and so we do that all. And if you look at the Big Hat, you'll see right here this is what we're knitting up, a two and a two. A knit two and a purl two so that what we're going to be knitting.
Let's do it. Alright, so you've knit two and a half inches of the rib. Wonderful job. Now it's really beginning to seem like a hat. Alright, so let us measure this merely to make sure we've got two and a half inches. Alright, so here we go up, there were just two and a half. Wonderful. So now we can proceed to another step of our pattern. Our pattern states that's awesome because, on circular needles, knitting stockinette means that you are knitting each and every round, and that we will need to knit stockinette stitch for six and a half inches.
Now we knit, and we are going to knit another one, and on our third stitch, we're going to continue knitting. Wonderful. Isn't this simple? So basically you're just going to be knitting each one of your stitches for six and a half inches. Pretty relaxing? That means you can watch your favourite show or listen to your podcast and have some tea and do whatever you like because it is likely to be smooth sailing from here on out until you have six and a half inches in stockinette stitch.
Thus, you probably know what stitch looks like because you've seen the Big Hat. But in case you want a reminder, it looks like this.
Here we go: stockinette stitch that is lovely. Alright, so this is what it looks like, and you're going to knit six and a half inches until we hit the point where we will need to decrease.
That's where the double pointed needles come in, but you do not have to worry about that for now. For now you're going to knit every round and every stitch.
Once you get nine inches of the edge or six and a half inches in stockinette stitch, then we can start decreasing. So have a great time, relax, put your feet up, and I will see you. Alright, so now you have knit six and a half inches in stockinette stitch.
That is so awesome. Look that stockinette stitch at all. Wonderful. Alright, so now let's do a quick measurement. So let's see, let us measure this out. Six and a half. Perfect. For a total of nine inches. Six and a half and of ribs nine inches, two and a half.
Perfect. Alright, so today let's move on to our decrease round. Currently, our his looking, like a giant tube.
So we would like to narrow in this tube so that it reaches so that it's going to be a hat and nota giant tube just a little point if you'll need. And we'll find that. Let's look at our first decrease round. What we need to do is knit two, knit two together, to end. So what that indicates is that we're going to knit two stitches like this. Rather than knitting one stitch, we are going to knit two stitches. So one, two, so our needle slip into two stitches, and we'll just knit them as if they were only one stitch. So there we go. Two stitches are 1 stitch. Thus one stitch have decreased.
And we do that again. We'll do that repeat throughout the round. Here are two stitches, and we are just going to knit them together. Cool. So we have only done two repeats of this decrease. So now we will do it again: knit two, and knit two together.
Here we go, repeat this all of the ways around until you get to the start of the round, and we will just knit one row plain. So once you've done this, move on over to our second part and final part of the "knitting a big hat" series.
Make sure you check out part 2 of the how to knit a big hat tutorial series. Here Davina shows you how to decrease the stitches from 44 to a handful, and also explains how you can add a pom pom to your newly knitted hat.
If you liked this part of how to knit a big hat then be sure to take a look at some other knit stitch patterns which we reviewed.
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In this video, Davina from sheepandstitch.com, is going to teach you how to knit a beginners scarf step by step. This tutorial is for beginners and newbies that are not completely new to knitting.
She is going to go through each of the steps, and it is going to be a lot of fun.
If you just need a little refresher, or if you've always wanted to knit, then this program is for you. And if you are already a seasoned knitter think about sharing this course with someone who has yet to experience the joy of knitting.
Hey! I am Davina from sheepandstitch.com, and today we're going to learn how to knit a beginners scarf step by step. This tutorial is for beginners and newbies that are not completely new to knitting.
We are going to go through the steps together, and it is going to be a lot of fun.
So you just need a little refresher, or if you've always wanted to knit, then this program is for you. And if you are already a seasoned knitter think about sharing this course with someone who has yet to experience the joy of knitting.
Share the love! And bring them into the fold that is knitting. Yeah? Okay, let's start knitting.
Today I'm knitting with two skeins of TJOCKT Martta the Merino, which is a super delicious merino yarn. It's a one ply and a bulky weight, so it'll knit up. I mean, look that is, right? And this is a color. And you can get these at sheepandstitch. com. I am also knitting with a pair of 10 mm needles. Now yarn and the needles that you use can be anything that you have around.
You don't need to us
e a needle or this specific yarn. So the yarn that I'm knitting with is a bulky weight yarn.
Because it gives you something to hold onto this is nice and thick and easy for beginners. I would advise that you use the yarn which requires needles that are at least 5 millimeters in size. Anything smaller than that is tough to control for a beginner. You want to stay away from yarns like this. This is a sock weight yarn. And as you Can see, it's really fine.
It's going to be harder. Stay away from yarns that are thin like this. You'll want a moderate weight, all of the way up to a bulky weight. Hence the rule is bigger yarns are better for beginners. So what sort of needles should you use?
The best place to look is your yarn label. My yarn tag here informs me that the cables I should use are between 10 and 15 mm. So when you're selecting a needle size, look to your yarn label and use their recommended needle size. So as soon as you've obtained your yarn and needles, you're ready for the first leg of your trip, which is projecting on! Woohoo!
So we're going to cast on. Now casting on means, we're going to receive our yarn on our needles. At the moment, our yarn and needles are separate from one another, and we don't need that. We will need to get our yarn so that it can be knit into by us; we are not going to wrap our yarn.
That won't do.
We are in need of a way to create stitches onto our needle. So that's what casting on does. Make a slipknot, and we're going to take our yarn. We're going to go in 7 or 8 inches from the tail end of our yarn here, and then we're going to make a slipknot at this time. So I'm going to make a loop with my yarn like this. So no loop and now we have a loop.
We'll make a loop with our yarn, and we'll take the end of our yarn and move behind that loop. Then we're going to pick on on that strand of yarn. Choose through that and then pull. And now we've got a slipknot. So let's do this. I will go in about 7 or 8 inches, and I'll undo that slipknot and make a loop that is simple. I move that I've just made and taken my end and then choose that strand of yarn through and pull out. And now I have a slipknot.
I'm going to take my needle and put it through the slipknot that I made. But the slipknot is loose. It's flopping around. It is not staying stationary. So I want to tighten this up. Pull them together, and I will take these two strands of yarn, and that is going to tighten up my slipknot. So you can see it is sitting nice and snug, snug as a bug on my needle. Perfect. So today this slipknot has made up my first stitch. This is my very first cast on stitch.
Pretty cool, right?
But we need to cast on more stitches onto our needle because we do not need. Do we need a scarf that's this right? We will need to cast on more stitches. So what I am going to do is take my finger because I do not want this to be rolling about and put it down on my very first stitch here.
I want it to remain in place. Lets put our finger down, and we can begin casting on. So make a gun form and I'm going to take my left hand. I'm going to go under that strand of yarn. So this is. It's not my tiny tail here.
I will take my hand, make a gun, go underneath that strand of yarn that's attached to my ball of yarn and then I will turn it over to the left. So you can see that I have made a loop on my finger.
Pick up that loop off of my finger and I'm going to use my needle. And I will drop it off on my needle and pull down. Cool. So now I have just made one stitch. I have cast on my stitch. Let's continue doing this. We are going to cast on a few more stitches. I'll take my left hand and make a gun and go underneath that strand of yarn and then turn my hand to the left. And you can see that I have made a loop with that finger. I'll use my needle.
And then pull down. There we go.
So here is our third stitch. One, two, three. Three stitches that we have cast on. Pretty cool, right? So we'll continue doing this -- creating a gun with our left hand, going underneath that strand of yarn and turning it to the left. Just like that. Then pull down, and I am going to take off my hand.
Now a thing to remember is that when you're doing this, sometimes it will get tricky picking up that loop of yarn. The loop travels up on your finger. Ah! But if you realize that you're having trouble picking up that yarn loop, you can hold your yarn in place. Pull down. So as you get comfortable doing this, you can go fast.
And when I do it I am just going like that. Fast. Now the official title for this cast on method is the loop cast on. I realize that this method is suitable for beginners. It's not as involved than some. So continue casting on stitches, and throw about 15 stitches and then we will take stock of our stitches. Happy casting on. This is the first leg of your trip.
You've only got to go as soon as you've completed this. Cast on your stitches and meet me back here. if you need to buy a set of circular knitting needles then read our review .
So you have cast on 15 stitches onto your needle. Now let's take stock. So I will spread out my stitches like this and take a look at the width of my stitches. So essentially if we start knitting now, our scarf will be this width. If you're happy with this width great. We can start knitting next. But if you believe your scarf is too wide, then you can take off a number of your stitches.
Let's say I wanted my scarf to be wide, then I'd pop off a few my stitches just. Pop them there we go. And now my scarf is a little thinner. Let's say you want your scarf then you'd cast on stitches. Let's stay a scarf that is broad is wanted by me. Let's say I want the exact same width. Let's say I want a thick scarf would cast on 22 stitches. And you can see here that is a large wide scarf. But I kind of love that. I love the coziness of a scarf.
Let's proceed to another leg of our journey, which is the knit stitch. But before we continue, if you are looking for awesome knit stitch pattern books, then follow the link to read our review.
When we work the stitch, very exciting!So, we are going to use our right needle. And we are going to enter the stitch from the bottom to the top. Then I'll take my yarn and move in the back. Then I will pull that strand of yarn that I just looped around my needle on my left needle through this stitch, and I will push through my needle and push it off the needle. If you didn't catch that the first time, don't worry. We'll go over this a couple more times, and you can go back in this article.
So let's do this again. I'm going to take my right needle and go into the stitch on my left needle and just push on my needle. Just like that. And you can make enormous moves. That's fine since you're just learning the steps right now. Then I'll take my yarn and move my right needle around in the back to the front, and then I will pull the loop that I've just made through the stitch in my left.
You can see that loop there. I want to grab that in my needle, so then and I will push through my needle drop that stitch. Cool. So I knit two stitches. So as we knit our stitches, we are transporting them from the needle to your right needle. They're migrating over from here to here as they are knit by us. Let's keep going.
Now when you hold your yarn you can loop it around your finger the way I am doing. But if this procedure is making you nervous, you can just grab your yarn. It is possible to just grip it. Totally fine. We're just worried about getting the steps down and then we could work on the finesse and the technique of holding your needles. But we're just concerned with measures. So in case you wish to do a caveman grip. So we will go to our stitch from the bottom to the top. So push your needle through. Then we move to the front in this way in the back and take our yarn.
We'll pull that strand of yarn through our stitch and then drop it off the needle. You can repeat this to yourself as you knit. Go to the top from the bottom. Wow, that was a huge one. We are going to push and then go to the front in the back and take our yarn. We'll pull on that loop that we made through our left stitch. There it is!
So we'll catch that guy, push our needle through and then drop it. So that is all there is to the knit stitch. Bottom to the top. Yarn to the front from the back and then we'll pull through that loop. There's our man. And we will grab that with our needle and drop it off the left needle. When you're first starting out so, don't worry if you feel clumsy. You can use all kinds of methods.
The majority of the people each will grip their yarn like this, and that's fine. You only want to get down the steps first. So, going from the bottom to the top, using your yarn to go to the front from the back, and then dropping it off the needle and picking out that loop.
These are the actions involved with knitting. And I only want you to get acquainted with the steps and then you can worry about how to hold your yarn in a way that's more efficient and how to hold your needles. That sort of stuff, we could work on that. Consider it like dancing. When you're learning how to dance you would like to get down the choreography.
You need to get the steps down and then you can work on strategy and have more style and panache. But when you're first starting out, you merely need to understand the steps. So it is with knitting precisely the same.
So work on the knit stitch, and you will want to knit all the stitches on your needle.
Then we can move on to another step.
So now I'm nearing the end of my row. I've just gone two stitches left on my needle. Let's knit into these two stitches. Decide on that stitch through and then off the needle, and then I will go to the front in the back. And here's my final stitch. Oh my gosh. So, here's my last stitch and there we go. Woohoo! We knit your first row. Pretty awesome, right? Look at this row that is gorgeous.
As soon as you've completed your first row, you can turn your needle. I'm going to take my needle and bring it to my left hand, and take my "naked" needle, the needle that doesn't have stitches on it, into my right hand. So that is what you do when you complete a row of knitting. You always transfer it back. Your left hand is for all your stitches. So now we are going to do the same thing that we just did. We're going to keep on knitting to our stitches.
The yarn goes from the back to the front, and then we will pick that loop up, push it and then drop it off. So that is all there is. We would keep on knitting. Learning is like learning a new language a lot. If this is the first time, your hands have never held needles and yarn and tried to control them at the same time.
In the same way that when you are learning a language, you wouldn't expect to be fluent in a day, you can't expect to be an expert knitter in every day, even if you practice a lot. Your hands will need to get accustomed to the rhythm of knitting, and that takes a little time and practice. So don't be discouraged if your first few rows are slightly funny and there some holes in them. Just take the time to practice. Give it some time if you make mistakes, and do not be worried. Your hands are wise. As you practice, they'll make their way around your yarn and needles.
After your hands are comfortable holding your needles and talking the language of knitting; then you can hold your needles in a way that is less clumsy. I hold my yarn is I will take the one that's beside my finger, my right hand and this finger, and I will catch my yarn and wrap it.
You'll be able to wrap it around once or twice. It doesn't matter. I usually go in this way. So I'll take my finger and go around my yarn once like this. I'll use this finger and proceed underneath that strand of yarn. When I knit my stitches, I move my hand up.
Wrap it around my yarn, and then I will move up my hands and go through the stitch like this.
That way I'm moving my hand, and I'm not grabbing my yarn. I'm just moving my hand. I am just moving my hands upwards and grabbing the yarn and pulling it through in one fluid motion. I'll show you the way my yarn is wrapped around me. Here's my finger.
Wrap it around and underneath that yarn and take this finger. This gives the yarn a little bit of tension, and when I knit, I drop it off and move my hands up. And move up my hands and catch the needle and just move it and select it off.
When you're first starting out, do not feel bad about entering your needle holding your yarn like this, going all of the ways round and pulling it through. Okay? It is okay.
You have to learn the measures and then you can work on how you want to hold your needles and all that stuff. So continue until your scarf is the length, knitting that you like, and you'll be an expert in the stitch.
Now if you like the look of the clean edge here, well it is quite simple to achieve that. All you will need to do is slip the first stitch of every row.
As you normally would do like this rather than knitting it, when you reach the first stitch of your row, you would place your needle as if you went to knit, and then drop it off the needle.
Continue knitting the remaining stitches. That is all there is to have a clean edge. I'm nearing the end of my row here, and here's the last stitch. I'm going to turn my work.
On the row's first stitch, I'm going to slip it. I'll go as if I was planning to knit it, and then slide it right off. And that is all there is to getting a nice clean edge. Just slip the first stitch of each row.
Hey! Look at my scarf! It super long.
Have a look at this sea of knit stitch. I can't wait to wear out this. For the next step I'm ready to throw off my stitches. So that you can use this in public what casting off means getting your knitting off of your needles.
You don't need to walk around with a pair of needles. That's weird. A superior conversation starter, but still weird. So we want to receive our scarf off of our needles, and that is what a throw away will do. So we are going to knit two stitches.
We will go one, knit one, and then knit two. So we are going to take our needle and go into the first stitch that we knit. Bring it on our second stitch. Here we go. I will drop it. I've only cast off one stitch now. I have one stitch left on my needle. The other switch has been cast off right here.
As we move on and this can be seen by you. So now I 've got one stitch on my needle, and I'm going to knit another stitch. To the castoff, you must have two stitches on your needle that is right.
Bring it and go underneath that first stitch and then I'm going to take my needle. I'm going to go over. Now I have brought it over, and I once again have one stitch on my needle and my second stitch has been cast off right here.
Let's do this again. We would work across our whole row in this way. I have two stitches on my right needle, and I will bring my left needle. You can tighten that stitch by pulling in your yarn if you're worried falling off your needle when you bring it over. And now your stitch here is tight from the needle, and it won't fall off because you are pulling tight on this yarn if you pull on your stitch over it.
We would keep on doing this. you've got two stitches on your needle that is right knit one stitch. Go into that first stitch which you knit and bring it. And that is all. Two stitches on your needle that is right bring your needle into that stitch and then over your sew just like this. And if you're worried you can always use your hand to grab hold of your stitch, so it will not fall off.
You can now see its throw from our needle and that as we've cast off, this is the advantage of our knitting. It looks really beautiful with this edge that is wonderful here. And that's what happens as you cast off. You're binding off your stitches so that they are secure and they won't unravel. We'll knit up this last stitch.
Now I have one stitch, and you can see that the rest of my row has been cast off, and it looks good! I can't wait to wear this scarf. So now we have one stitch left on our needle, and we're going to get our scissors out. So I've got a pair here.
I'm going to cut off my end, but I'm going to leave five or six inches of my end. I'm going to cut. So now I am going to bring my end and bring it to the front of my needle. Then deliver it, and I'm going to take my stitch and then just pull it through. Woohoo! I will pull. And now I cast off my scarf. Can yo believe it? My scarf is off the needles, and I can wear it out into the world.
Except for one thing, which is this yarn tail here along with the yarn tail at the beginning of our work. We need to weave in this end neatly and so that it's nice and concealed into our scarf. So we are going to do that next. Remeb
So here's my end. I want to knit this into my scarf so that it is undetectable and secure. I'm going to use a tapestry needle. You can get this at most craft stores. It's pretty cheap and convenient.
If you're planning on doing some more knitting, you will want to invest in a tapestry needle. I will take my yarn's end and then push it into the eye of this needle. And now we're going to weave this end into our work. So the great thing about this fabric is that it's all these little bumps inside, which is great for camouflaging items. Go into a small bump that's near my end, and I'm going to take my needle.
I'm going to go into one that's close by, and I'll pull it down to make it even. I'll go to the left of it into this next bump, and I will go down one of these bumps. I am going down and up. I am not pulling.
I am just keeping the tension as the knitting. I am going to go up into one of those bumps, and then I'm going to go down into one of these lumps. That good. I'll go a more time in here.
That seems reasonable to me. After I do so, so that the tail end is not pulling at the fabric, I like to stretch it out a bit. Let's look on the opposite side. It appears this side. The entire point of this is to secure it and to hide the tail end.
So now I'm going to take my scissors out and cut that tail end off.
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Hello and welcome to Part Two of How to Knit a Big Hat. I'm Davina of Sheepandstitch. comand I'm going to walk you through the whole process. Now, if you want to start knitting from the very beginning, then click on Part One right at the bottom.
And if you've already knit up to Part One and you're ready to keep decreasing your hat, then let’s keep knitting. So you’ve done your first row of decrease and now we're at the end. So I'm going to knit two together to finish off that first row of decrease. Alright, so there we go. Let's put this stitch marker back on. And so now we should have 33 stitches on our row. So we've decreased from 44 to 33. So we've decreased 11 stitches. Now what we're going to do is knit one round even. So let's do that. Just knit and knit and yet another knit and we'll just knit the whole round even.
And this is what we're going to be doing for our second decrease row. We're going to do one row of decrease and then one row of knitting. Now you might notice that your stitches are spread out now because you’ve decreased so many stitches.
So you might be pulling at them to make the right needle meet the stitches on your left needle, and knitting them might be a bit ofan effort. That's why we are going to start moving on to our double pointed needles on our next decrease row. And the double pointed needles are a way for us to knit in the round with a fewer number of stitches. Now you'll notice that if we continue decreasing down to 22 stitches, our stitches are really going to be stretched out on the circular needle. And when we decrease even further to 11 stitches - I mean how are we possibly going to be able to knit those on the circular needle.
Well, that's exactly why we need the double pointed needles. And you'll see how they come in handy in just a little bit when we migrate all of our stitches onto them. But for now, I hope you can see that we can't knit all of these stitches. We can't decrease all of them on our circular needles because we would be stretching and pulling and it would be impossible. We would end up throwing our knitting down in frustration and never finishing our hat, and that would be really, really sad.
So we don’t want that to happen. That's why we've got our double pointed needles. So we are nearly at the end of our one knit round. And we've got one stitch left. Let's knit this puppy up. Here we go.
Alright, so now we are ready to move on to our doublepointed needles. So let's get these little things out. So what we're going to do is we are actually going to migrate all of our stitches onto these needles. So I'm going to take mys titch marker off and I'm going to put, let's say, eight stitches onto this one needle - our first double pointed needle. So one, two and we're picking them up from our left side, our left hand needle. And we're just going to work our way across the whole circular needle until we've picked up all the stitches. So we've got six, seven, I'm going to say eight on each needle. So let's take our second double pointed needle and let's put eight stitches onto them.
Oops, four, five, six, seven, eight, so I hope you'redoing this along with me or you're not just staring at me counting because that can't be very interesting. And this is pretty much our last leg of the journey before we finish off our hat. So this is pretty exciting. This means we're near the end. So if this is freaking you out, don’t let it freak you out. Take a deep breath. We will do this together. It's a little bit weird, a little bit alien at first, but knitting with double pointed needles will really come in handy later on when you want to knit any kind of project in the round. When you're knitting hats or socks, you're going to need to knit with double pointed needles. So this is a really, really great skill to have.
So here we go. Alright, so all of our stitches are off our circular needle. Look at that! No more stitches on our circular needles. So this is where we say good bye to our circular needles and hello to our double pointed needles. Alright, so now you can see all of our stitches have been migrated to our double pointed needles. Cool. So we also have one other needle and this is going to be the needle that stays in our right hand. When we're knitting on our circular needles or on flat needles, the needle in our right hand is the one that does all of the knitting. It's the one that goes into the stitches and brings in a new stitch from our working yarn, and our needle in our left hand is static. It's kind of passive. It just sits there and holds all of our stitches waiting to be knit up. So you can think of the double pointed needles as that left needle. It's just holding all the stitches. It's not really doing anything. Our right hand needle is the one that is knitting and purling and doing all the work. So this is our passive needle except that it's been spread out over four needles rather than one long needle. Okay, so I hope that makes sense.
So what I'm going to do is I'm going to put my stitch marker here. This marks the beginning of our round except that, you know, this is going to fall off really easily. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to knit into this stitch first and move it onto this needle so that we can keep our marker secure. Alright, so if that doesn’t really make sense, I'm just going to show you what I mean. Let's look at round three of our decrease. Round three says we need to knit one and knit two together to the end. So we're going to do that. We're just going to use our right hand needle and knit into this double pointed needle just like that. It's a little bit of a needle party in here. There are a lot of needles and we're going to knit one. So I'm going to tug it a little bit to make sure it's tight. And rather than keep it on this needle, I'm going to move it over to my right hand needle like this because I want to keep my stitch marker secure. I don’t want it to fall off. So now it's bracketed by these two needles. Now, this needle is really full of stitches. So I'm just going to bring over one stitch to the needle right behind it. And you can do that. You can play with the needles or play with the stitches and move them around. It doesn’t really matter where your stitches are on the needle. It doesn’t even matter if you have eight on each needle. As long as they fit on the needles, you're golden. Alright, so let's move on. Knit one, knit two together. So let's do that. We did ourknit stitch right here and now we're just going to knit two together. Here we go and knit two. There we are. And I'm going to tug it a little bit and make sure it's tight. We're going to do that decrease again. So knit one, and knit two together. Here we go. And we are going to do that one more time, knit one and we don’t have two stitches to knit together. So I'm going to steal one from the needlebehind. Here we go. Just take that off and I'm going to keep on knitting. Knit thesetwo stitches together like this. So now we have just finished knitting all the stitches on one double pointed needle and now I have a new needle to knit with. So let's keep goingaround the round. I just did a knit two together. So now I'm going to do a knit one. And we'rejust going to tug that. Whenever there is a join with two needles, I like to make sure it's tight, and knit two together. Here we go. Knit one, and knit two together. I can see we're going to have to steal Oh no, we'renot going to have to steal a stitch. We're good because this is a knit stitch, so knit one and let's turn it again and do a knit two together on this needle. So here we go,knit two together. Some of your stitches may be a little tight and that's okay. It's natural to be a little bit tighter than usual when you're knitting with double pointed needles because you don’t want your stitches to fall off any of the needles. Now that means that when we're coming back and doing our knit round, we may have to grunt a little bit just to get our needle into the stitches because they're going to a bit on the tight side. Okay, and knit one. Now let's -- I think we've got one more. Yup, we've got one more needle to do. And I just did a knit one. So I'm going to do a knit two together here. So I hope this is making sense and it's not too hard. It's a little bit of hand gymnastics, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to knit so many awesome things using double pointed needles - like more hats, some socks,wrist warmers, things like that. Anything that is circular and uses a small number of stitches. So this is our last knit two together. Cool, alright. Now we have finished our first round of decreases on double pointed needles. Good job! So now we can knit one row even, which is going to be pretty darn easy. So I'm going to flip my marker and just keep on knitting. So now on this row, we don’t have to do any knit two together. It's nothing fancy like that. We're just going to knit this puppy off. So now you can see that we have significantly decreased our stitches. When we first started our stitches were all over these needles. They were going to fall off, and now they are comfortably sitting on our needles because we have decreased. Really cool, huh?
So now we're going to knit one row even and then we're going to move on to our next decrease row. So meet me back here when you’ve knit one row even and we will do the next decrease row together. Alright, so now I've got - I've almost got my knit stitches done.
I'm working on the last stitch of my knit round. Here we go. So, we have just finished the plain knit round and now we're going to move on to round five of our decrease. Now round five is just knitting two together all the way around, which is pretty awesome. That means we're going to be doing quite a lot of decreases. So, I'm going to -- I'm going to move -- what am I going to do? I am going to steal. I'm going to steal a stitch from this needle.
And I'm going to knit two together. Alright, so knit two together, there we go. Alright and now I've got my free needle here. So now we're going to knit two together across this whole round and we're going to decrease 11 stitches. You know, we're almost done. After doing this decrease round, we're going to do yet one more decrease round and then we're done. We are seriously almost done knitting our hat! And then you can either wear your hat and prance around and look in the mirror and make funny faces and show all your friends.
Or you can sit down and make a pom pom and then do all of the above. But can you believe how fast this went by? I mean, I'm amazed. We are nearly done this hat. Holy moley. Alright, so let's focus on the task at hand, which is knitting two together all the way across. Now I've only got one stitch here, so I'm going to steal another stitch from the needle behind so I can knit these two together. And this is just looking like a weird needle party. There is just too many needles around,huh? That's what I mean when I say that we're going to need to grunt a little bit when we move on because we're knitting quite tightly.
And that's natural because you don’t want these stitches to fall of, but that means that when you are knitting them on the next round, they're going to be really hard to get your needles into. So you're going to have to grunt a little bit, like those tennis players. You know, it's like if you grunt then somehow you can hit the ball harder. Same thing with knitting. You grunt a little bit then maybe you can get your needle in there. Okay, so let's - what did I just do now? That's weird. What in the world did I just do? Alright, I'm going to move these two here and just knit them together. I think that was what I was trying to do but I -- okay. Let's knit these together and then we are on our last needle. Okay and knit two, there we go and knit two. So now we have finished our third decrease row.
Awesome. We're back at our stitch marker, so let's move our stitch marker over and we're on our last decrease row. Holy crap! And what are we doing? We are going to knit two together to the end and then knit one. So basically the exact same thing that wejust did on this row except we're going to have one odd stitch out, so we're going to knit that little stitch instead of knitting it together with anything. So again, steal one stitch from the needle behind me and I'm going to knit this up. And this is so messy. Look at all these needles protruding at weird angles. We're going to knit two together andthis little guy only has one stitch on the needle. So we're going to have to take one from the needle behind this. And knit one, I'm goingto turn that over, knit these two together. And this is looking like such a mess, buttrust me, we're going to end with an awesome product. Okay, so knit two together and lookhow many stitches we've decreased! I mean, we're going to have six stitches when we'redone. From 44 stitches all the way to 6 stitches. Crazy huh? Okay, knit two together, and knittwo together here. So, you can practice your grunt. Practice your grunt while you're knitting. Your friends are probably going to think what is she doing in here? Why is she grunting?What is going on? And you'll be like, I'm just knitting. Nobiggie. I'm just knitting. What else? Alright and oh man, okay, this is going to be a toughone. Oh, okay and knit okay. So now, we're at our last stitch and we're just going toknit this guy. Something funky happened here. Alright and we're just going to knit thisguy. And woohoo! We are done. We are done, so I'm going to take this stitch marker offbecause we don’t need this anymore. And to make this less messy, I'm going to putthese stitches on one needle. We're going to consolidate our needles because there are so many of them. And again we can just move these stitches around. It really doesn’t matter. So here we go. It'll make our lives a little bit easier if I eliminate two needles. Alright, so now we are going to get our scissors out and we're going to cut off our tail end and weave it into these stitches. I'm going to leave maybe like this much, like six, or like 10 inches. And we're going to cut it off. And now we're going to weave this tail end into our stitches to make sure they are secure. So I'm going to pull this little lone stitch onto this needle. So we're only dealing with two needles now. Okay, not a huge bundle of needles. Alright,look at our hat, I mean, before we weave in, I just want you to admire this hat. You made a hat, isn’t that insane? Holey moley, you made a hat. Alright, I'm so proud of you and all of that needle wrangling and the grunting that you put up with resulted in this. I mean,I think it's worth it. I think it's so worth it. Alright, so now we've got our tail end,we've got two needles and our three stitches spread on each needle. And we're going to weave it in. So I'm going to take my tail end and just put it over my needle like this and take my stitch and pull it over. Pull it over my tail end and I'm going to do that again with this second stitch. I'm going to pull it over and my last stitch,I'm going to pull it over like that. And then I'm going to pull my tail end through. I'm weaving in the tail end and basically putting it through these stitches. Now if you have a needle that you want to use, that's fine too.
You can use a needle to weave them in,I'm just doing it this way because I don’t have a needle with me right now. Alright, so we'll do that on the other side. We're going to take our stitch and move itover the tail end like this and move it over the tail end again and move it over. And then we're going to pull through. Alright, so look at that. Now our stitches are secure. They're on our little tail end but we don’t want this tail end protruding because that's kind of weird and funky. So we're going to take one of our double pointed needles and we're going to put it inside of our hat and come out through the top and we're going to take our tail end, wrap it around a couple of times. We're going to push it inside to the wrongside of our hat. Once you've got a grip on it, just pull it through. Alright, and pulltight so it looks kind of nice at the top like this. So it looks pretty tight, it lookseven and then we're going to turn our hat inside out and we're still holding onto thattail end. So let's get that hat inside out and let's pull it again so it's tight. And we're going to take our double pointed – Whoa! that just flew over there. That was a needle. Okay, dangerous activity, knitting. Alright, we're going to take our double pointed needle and we're going to weave in this tail end into the back side of our stitches. So I'm just going to put a needle through one of these stitches and I'm going to weavethis tail end through it. Like that. Now if you have a needle, a tapestry needle, youcan use that as well, no problem. That's probably going to be a little bit easier than doing
Looking pretty good. I like it, I like it. Alright, now if you want to make a pom pom, a cute little pompom, then join me, we're going to do that next. If you just want to wear this as it is, then go ahead. Go and prance around init, keep warm. You made this, go and enjoy it. Alright guys, I hope you enjoyed wearing your Big Hat.
I hope you had lot of fun looking in the mirror and wearing it and showing all of your friends because I know, I sure did. I love wearing my Big Hat. But I also noticed that it's missing a pom pom. Something like this to be attached to out hat. A little celebratory, merry little pom pom. So why don’t we make one? This is where our cardboard comes in. Something like this is totally fine or something even bigger is awesome as well. So what we're going to do is we're going to get our measuring tape and we're going to measure out about 3. 5 or 3. 75 inches into our cardboard edge,so three, 3. 5 or 3. 75. And we're going to make a little square ou tof it and we're going to connect these little dots here. So we have a square that is about 3. 75 inches in length. Alright, so something like this. And from here we're just going to draw a circle. Now you can sort of eyeball it, that's what I do. Eyeball a circle. That's a fairly decent circle. Alright, and then in the center, we're going to draw another little circle. That's about one inch wide. So something like that. So let's measure it and yeah, that's about one inch. So we're going to cut out the bigger circle and cut out the little circle inside. And we're going to do another one. So after you cut out one circle, place that over on this side of your cardboard and cut out another one. So we'll have two little donut shaped circles. Now, if you don’t want to do this or you think this is a drag, you can find a household object like a tin that's about the same size, that's about 3. 5 inches or 3. 75 inches and just place it over your cardboard like that and trace it. Alright, just trace it like that. And then, use something like a bottle cap, place it in the center and trace that as wellso that you’ve got a donut shape. And you can cut that out as well and cut two of these circle donut shaped cardboard things. Alright, so once you’ve done that, you will have something like this: two little cardboard donuts, and that's awesome. That's what we're going to use to make our pom pom. So we're going to put them together like this, likea little donut sandwich or like a bagel sandwich. And then we're going to cut a slit into itlike this. Then we're going to wrap our yarn around our donut to make our pom pom. So, where is our yarn? Here we go. We are going to take the end of our yarn. Let's find our yarn first and then we are going to take our yarn, put it through the hole here, wrap it around. And with our slit, we're going to wrap the yarn around our donut like this.
So the slit really helps get the yarn in there. And we'regoing to go around the whole donut shape. And the more wraps that you do, the bigger and fluffier and denser your pompom is going to be. If you want a thin, fairly spare pom pom, then wrap it around less times. If you want a super fluffy, super dense pom pom, then wrap it around a lot of times. So I'm going to go for a
medium sized pom pom. I'm going to wrap it around so that I don’t see any cardboard underneath. And here we go. You can see it's going pretty fast. So do that all the way around until you reach the end. And then meet me back here and we will finish our pompom together. So now we've wrapped up our little cardboard donut with our yarn, and it's pretty dense like this and our two slits are still showing which is great. Now it doesn’t really matter if they are there. You can always wrap a couple of times more just to even it out, make sure it's really full. So now we are ready to cut our pom pom open. So, what we're going to do is you're going to cut off a few inches here, like this, and a really sharp pairs of scissors really helps. So I'm going to get my super sharp scissors, these ones right here out, and from our ball of yarn, we're going to cut off maybe like 10 inches or 15 inches, something like this. And we're going to put that aside for now. We're going to use that later. And with our super sharp scissors, we're going to cut into our pompom. Now this is our yarn thread where we cut off just now. So we're going to hold onto that, make sure it doesn’t flop around. And then we're going to slip our scissors in between these two cardboards, these cardboard donut things that we made.
And we're going to cut through our loops that we made with our yarn. So I'm going to slip my scissor right into this cardboard and I'm
Alright, there we go. So I'm going to tie a knot like this in between our cardboard and make sure it's super tight, super, super tight. So pull, pull, pull, pull, pull and then I'm going to tie another knot. So I don’t want to get outside of the cardboard. I want to get in between the cardboard. So I'm going to move it over a little bit. And I'll tie another knot and then I'll pull through really,really tight, tight, tight, tight. Alright, and then just to be super secure, I'm going to tie a third knot, but I'm going to do it on the other side. So I just rotated my pompom a little bit. I'm going to do another knot and I'm going to pull really tight.
Alright,so I think now we're ready to release our pom pom from its cardboard holders. So I'm going to pull this cardboard donut off. There we go. And we'll put that aside. Then I'll pull the other side off, yeah. So here is our pompom. Now our pom pom is not super,super dense but I think it's okay. It's workable, it's manageable. So we've got these loose threads here. This is what we used to tie our knot with. Let's find the joins. So here is the join, and there we go. Here is our pom pom, pretty cool, huh?
So you can – oops- you can fluff it up a little bit and make it look fresh. And cut off any long uneven threads like this obvious guy over here. Let's get our scissors. Let me cut that one off, and there we go. You can always trim your pom pom to the shape that you want. So,I'm noticing some areas are a little bit jagged, so I'm going to take my scissors and give it a little bit of a haircut here. And you can see some of the pom pom fluff falling down but, this is pretty much it. This is our pom pom. Pretty cool huh? So, once you’ve given it a trim and you like the way it looks and you fluff it up a little bit. I mean how cute is this. This is so adorable. I love it. I absolutely love it. I love my pom pom. Alright, so you can trim all day to be honest. It's a little bit addictive but once you’ve figured out, this is my pompom. I'm ready to put on my hat. Then we are going to get our hat back out and I'm going to sweep away some of this pompom hair over here, get that out of our way. And I'm going to bring our hat back right here and we're going to attach our pom pom right to the top of our hat. So, we're going to bring out our tapestry needle right now and then we're going to thread these two threads here onto our tapestry needle. So I'm going to cut the thread so it's even,just easier to work with.
There we go. And I'm going to thread these two yarns onto my tapestry needle and this may require a little bit of concentration because they are both pretty thick but, well hey, there we go, not too hard. So two of my threads are on my tapestry needle and I'm going to put my needle through into the top of my hat right here, into that little hole.
And I'm just going to pull it through from within inside that hat. And ta-da! Look at that. Holey moley! There is our finished hat. This is what it's going to look like. I love it. It's so cute. Just look at that, whoa. So let's secure our pom pom so it doesn’t fall out. So I've turned the hat inside out. Here are our two threads.
And I'm going to pull the threads like this and I'm going to make a knot inside. Make a nice tight knot. And then I'm going to weave these two threads into the hat, into the little stitches in our hat. So now that I've got a needle it's going to be a little easier to do. Here we go. If you don’t have a needle, that's okay. You can use your double pointed needles or your other circular needles and work it through. But having a tapestry needle really helps.
So here we go. I'm just threading my tapestry needle through some of these stitches over here. And a couple times is pretty, pretty good. There we go, I think that's my fourth weave through and we'll do that for the other side as well. So once you’ve done that,you can snip off the ends here to make it nice and even and then your hat is ready to wear. I mean, look at this. Isn’t that incredible?This is your finished Big Hat. This is so exciting.
This is like a little tail, I love it. Alright, so here you are. This is your finished hat and you can fluff up the pompom a little bit. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope you enjoy your big hat. Thank you so much for watching this video. I hope you enjoyed it and if you did, then please like it and leave a comment below along with any questions you have.
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