Now that Christmas is over I can leisurely enjoy knitting my projects and making some for myself. This project I think will be a birthday present, but the jury is still out on that – since I really like the hat!! I am not sure if it is the pattern or the yarn that I love so much. When I tried the hat on it had a wonderful feeling to it – soft, snug, warm… There really is a difference when you make something yourself – you weave in love and happiness and peace into each piece – or at least I feel that I do. For me knitting, quilting, crafting, cooking, baking are my form of meditation and spirituality – I focus on what I am creating and all other thoughts leave me. If I am creating for another I think of them – memories, gratitude, love, joy and how can that not become a part of the creation?!
East Knitted Hat (pattern from Fave Crafts)
Size 9 knitting needles
1 Skein worsted weight yarn
Gauge: 16 stitches = 4 inched
1. Cast on 73 stitches.
2. Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), starting with a knit row until the piece measures 7″ – ending with a purl row.
3. Shaping the top
Row 1: K2tog, K14, slip 1, K1, psso (pass slipped stitch over knitted stitch), place marker – repeat 4 times, K1
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2tog, k to 2 stitches before marker, slip 1, K1, psso, repeat 4 times, K1
Repeat row 2 & 3 until you have 9 stitches left on the needle.
Cut a long tail and thread onto your darning needle. Slip the stitches off the needles onto the darning needle, pull tight and fasten. Sew up hat. Weave in all ends.
Wear with happiness!