Well... I'd never knit a hat (so that was new), and since I'd never knit in the round before, and I'd never used DPNs, I looked for a video to walk me through these things.
I found the Benefaction Hat (from Knit Picks):
I was actually surprised at how easy it was to knit on 16-inch, size 6 circular needles. And then I got to the DPNs at the top. My yarn (Red Heart Soft) was very splitty, so that was problem #1 when trying to decrease, and then my stitches started slipping off my DPNs. Ugh.
It became a royal mess, but somehow I pulled it all together, and closed her up and I can at least say I finally knit a hat.
Now... If the front was all there was, I'd be happy enough. I could cover the messy crown with a pom pom.
Problem #2, though, is something I can't fix or disguise. I simply can't stand the jogs that my color joins created, and I don't know what happened with the top stripe. I tried to use a jogless joining technique there, but clearly I didn't understand something. I know y'all will be encouraging, but I'm disappointed with the back:
That said, I'm super pleased that I finished it, and I immediately jumped into making another one:
I'm using a self-striping yarn (which is giving me really wide bands of different shades of gray so color jogs are not an issue), and most importantly, the yarn doesn't split! This second yarn is Premier Sweet Roll yarn in the colorway Black Pepper Swirl.
This will be a toasty hat! And Ooh, how I wish I had other colors of this yarn, but I will not go shopping for more. I can content myself making more gray striped hats until I tire of the pattern. Or combine colors on my own to make large bands if that's what really floats my boat.
The truly important thing for me to remember here is... I knit a hat!!!
Other things I worked on this week included a teeny doily, which is #10 in the book 99 Little Doilies:
It's about 4 inches across. And it's super simple, except for some twisted stitches (which didn't twist) - in Round 6, I believe. Not much to say about this one.
I also started Doily #11 in the same book:
It just makes me too sad to refer to all these doilies as #10, #11... so I'm going to try to give them my own names (if they're worthy). This one I'm calling Pineapple Square doily. You can't see them yet, but there will (hopefully) be a pineapple on each straight side of this square doily. I plan for this one (and maybe some others) to be finished next time I make a YOP post.
And more hats. 'Tis the month to make hats. Knit hats, crochet hats. I want to make hats.
And that's all she wrote! To see what other YOPpers are up to, visit our group on Ravelry.