For those of you who don’t knit, this is probably totally boring. But for those of you who do, you will understand my excitement as I scream, “I DID IT!!! I DID IT! I Knitted a hat on double points!”
It was my first self-taught attempt, and it was TRYING. I think I had to restart about 10 times. I watched a bunch of videos online (Google “how to knit on double pointed needles”), and turned to websites like Knit Picks and The Purl Bee for instructions on how to get started. These were all totally helpful. The hardest part for me was keeping the stitches on the needles, and not letting them fall off. Once they fell off, disaster. I dropped stitches, they weren’t coming together right, etc.
I was trying to use a set of short size five needles. I decided to give it a try instead on longer, size six needles, and that helped me get the hang of it much easier - and helped the stitches stay on the needles easier, since they were longer. I used this VERY simple pattern I found online, which is all just straight up knitting, not purling, nothing fancy. Forming the crown was even very easy.
It’s not perfect, and of course I’m obsessing over the two or three dropped stitches in there that I didn’t notice. I also think its a bit too big for the baby as a newborn. But its pretty good for a first attempt! I’m knitting another one now, the same exact one, but on smaller needles so it will hopefully fit her right in the beginning. I will use this one when she’s a bit bigger. Or, maybe I’ll pull all the yarn out and start over. Once I’m obsessing over a mistake, its all I can see!