Pirouette Hat (2015 Bucket List- #2)

After many, many failed attempts to start this hat, I finally managed to start (and finish!!) this really cute Pirouette Hat, courtesy of Little Theorem. The main reason this project was hard was because I had never tried knitting on double pointed needles before, which cause quite a few stitches dropped off the “wrong” end of the DPN. Overall, the entire pattern was quite easy to follow and very specific. The hat was 2×2 ribbing followed by a “twisty” pattern of k3, k2tog, yo, decreasing stitches close to the top.

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A close up of the ribbing/twisty pattern

At a few places in the pattern I still did drop stitches and had to either create stitches (I know…you aren’t supposed to do that) or try to pick up stitches, both of which showed up very prominently in the final product. (I also should learn/practice picking up dropped stitches…)

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The outside of the hat

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The inside of the hat

I finished this hat in about a month (during the school year!), once I actually decided I would finish it. I cast on in the car on a long car ride and finished it this past weekend, right after school ended. It is very repetitive for the first seven inches of the pattern, so I did most of it while either watching television or reading, because I didn’t have to look at what I was doing.

This hat was for the HabitRPG challenge “Craft Ahead”, for a knitting or crocheting project that had to be started at least 2 months before it was needed. I made my hat for the county fair, happening in August. Other than that, I’m still not sure where I will actually use it (e.g. birthday/Christmas presents), since the mistakes are somewhat obvious. It also fulfills my need to make a “hat, or pair of socks/mittens” for my 2015 Bucket List.

I think it is an adorable pattern; however, it is very small.  cannot fit into it; I would give it to about a 5-8 year old. Perhaps, by adding 27 more stitches (the pattern even disperses 81 stitches across 3 DPNs- 27 would add another needle’s worth of stitches…is that even possible?) the pattern would be able to fit an adult.

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6 thoughts on “Pirouette Hat (2015 Bucket List- #2)

  1. I suggest when you do DPN knitting again to try a set of 5, 4 in the work and one to knit with, then you have less stitches on each needle and they do not jump of as readily. I also find that it helps with the transition from one needle to the other and for socks/mittens you have two front needles and two back needles which I like better. On occasion I have even added a 5th or 6th needle in the working piece. Of course you can also try magic loop or two circular needles. As for the seizing, you can either try it with heavier weight yarn or add a multiple of the pattern repeat to upsize it.

    Well done for checking one of your list!

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    • Yes, a couple people have also recommended that to me. The only reason I didn’t use more needles (other than me not wanting to mess up and have to restart the whole thing AGAIN) was because the pattern specifically talked about how the stitches had to correspond with the needles and all that. As for circular needles, I would like to try them, but will have to scrape up enough money and time, overcome my laziness, AND convince my mom to drive me to the store…..so it might take some time. ;P
      Thanks! This *should have* been done by February…but whelp…not. XD

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