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Spork-Made: Sock Monkey Hat

15 March 2007 23,995 views No Comment


I never really wore hats, especially beanies. But when I found this one, I decided I had to start! This was knit by yours truly, from this pattern on Knitty.com. The knitting itself was quite easy – I finished it in one day. It was everything else that I seemed to have problems with.

First, it was choosing the yarn. I wanted brown instead of the grey recommended in the pattern. And I had to have the right amount of marled color. After much debate, and much purchasing and returning, I finally settled on inexpensive brown and off-white wool-blend, and knit the two colors together. This proved vaguely difficult when I got to the intarsia mouth section on the brim – I was working with both ends of two balls of yarn, in the round, my first-ever experience with multi-stranded knitting. It took me a half hour to untangle when I was finally finished with that section and able to break the yarn.

The other problem I ran in to was the size. I measured my head before I began, and thought the medium would work. Well, I knit the whole thing, tried it on… way too small. It gave me a headache to wear it. So, back to the needles. I upped it to the large, and that one worked for me. Now I just have to find a kid with a small head to give the first one to.

I get tons of compliments on it. Everyone who has seen it thinks it is store-bought. My husband even wanted me to start churning them out to sell. I am far happier being the only one with a monkey on my head.

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