Help with instructions as well

Hello, I just took up knitting about a month ago, and as a 22 year old male, have been too embarrassed/shy to attend classes. I have knitted scarves, but would love to make matching hats! I found this pattern, yet really am having quite a problem deciphering the instructions, and what types of needles to use. If anyone can help me, that would be wonderful! thanks a lot in advance;jsessionid=CRBSRJWTD3ZAKP4SY5CFAFJ50LD3OUPU?CATID=cat3593

sorry that’s just the website, if you go to Hats, then look at the yellow one with the pom pom, that’s it, it won’t let me properly link it, i’m sorry for the inconvenience but the pattern seems very cool…

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick


Oh dear, that came up as the general search page. Maybe you can find the link to the pattern itself.

It it one of these?

I am making the second one myself and it’s my first ever knit project. Just started it last night. Wanna hear how many mistakes I’ve made so far? LOL It’s ok, I’m going easy on myself for the first few projects.

[B]1-[/B]-don’t be embaressed to take a class! Every can knit (both of my knitting groups have guys as members)

[B]2–[/B]learn some basics
[I][B]Like yarn size[/B][/I] (check out the Craft Yarn Council page…)
yarn can be very fine (lace weight), fine (baby or fingering) medium (sports or DK) Medium (worsted) chunky, or bulky
-in guy terms, think of drill bits… they come in size too!
and if you have a big drill bit, and drill a big pilot hole, you need a big screw or lag bolt to go along!

[I][B]same goes for needles. [/B][/I]
for lace wieght–you might use a size 0 (aka 2mm)
for fingering --sizes 1 to 3 (2.25mm to 3.25)
medium… larger needles (size 4 to 6–(only i don’t remember the mm size!)

and so on…

Bulky yarn might need a size 15 (about a 10mm needle!)

[B]NEXT[/B] --are you knitting the hat FLAT or in the Round?

do you need straight or circular (or DPN) needles?

and what gauge is needed?

all this stuff is addressed in the beginning of a pattern.
the first yellow hat is done on bulky yarn (it has maybe 40 stitches–but it could be 48–(i didn’t look at all the details)

Its likely done on size 11 or 13 needles…(thick yarn (and it is thick yarn!) needs big (large diameter) needles.

the first few row (or is it rounds) Rows 1 and 2 (maybe 3 and 4 too) are done in garter

(for flat, garter =knit every row–for round, garter=Knit 1 round, purl 1 round(that is knit (or purl) all the stitches)

then its stocking knit
(flat, K 1 row, P 1 row–for Round, K all stitches, every round)

the crown is basic shaping–for hats, the MOST BASIC SHAPING IS a MUTLIPLE OF 8.
[B]KX, K2tog [/B](repeat 7 more times.–followed by a row/round of no decreases)

if you have 40 stitches to start–then you have 5 groups of 8 stitches so [B]X[/B] =5 -2 or [B] K3, K2tog[/B])

the next round is plain, and the next decrease round starts with 32 (8 groups of 4 stitches… X =4 -2 (or [B]K2, K2tog[/B]/8 times total )–and you are left with 24 stitches.

another plain round… another decrease round ([B]k1, K2tog[/B]) (and now there are 16 stitches)

another plain round and other decrease (K2tog)
(in this round, KX is K=0, K2tog…
(the final 8 stitches are gather into a draw string bind off)

[B]Learning to read patterns[/B] is part of learning to knit.

Not all hats (or patterns use 8 decreases, every other round, but the process is the same if you use different multiples…

Its methodical, and logical!..

Flat knit hats are easier (to knit) but they always have 2 extra 'selvage stitches" (these stitches get lost in the seam…so you start with 42 (k1, then *KX, K2tog (a total of 8 times), K1…(the first and last k1 are seam/selvage stitches)

Knit in the round hats require a bit more skill-- (knitting in round is not really hard… but different!

If you really don’t want to go to classes…
find your self a few good refererence books… start in library, or camp out in a B & N’s or some other book store, and see which books suit you.

there are plenty of sites with knitting info, and lots of video’s to help you out… but a book is often the best reference (or if you really like videos–get something (i pod)and a knitting DVD…

It looks like this is the one -
You need size 13 needles straight or circular and you knit it flat and seam up when you’re done.
CO 44 sts, k 2 row. Then starting with a knit row work in stockinette st (knit one row, purl one row) for 28 rows. The next row you knit 2 tog on all sts. Then cut the yarn with a long tail and thread it through the sts on the needle like a drawstring and use the rest to sew the edges together.
What part don’t you understand?

this is the one! terribly sorry about the linking troubles…

and wow thank you for being so helpful with everything!

i guess i am quite a bit over my head with this project, i do understand the gauging and everything, i just have quite a few doubts in myself i guess. i have a book but i find it quite confusing, i’m not a very good visual through reading learner, yet the one you posted seems quite a bit easier so i will have to try that! and thank you for the help, i do have the necessary things directly from the website.

if i fail i guess i’ll have to suck up my pride and sign up for some classes.

once again, thanks a lot.

FWIW, my LYS has many male knitters and some of the classes they offer are taught by men. Go for it!

ETA: a site that might interest you is brooklyntweed Jared is a young male knitter, spinner, designer, instructor whose work is phenomenal.

There’s no need to feel strange about taking a class. Any of the women there won’t think twice about it and will probably think it’s pretty cool. Any men there wouldn’t say a thing either obviously. :mrgreen: There’s a great video on this site about how to use double pointed needles for what you’re using them for. I just watched it myself.

That’s very similar to the pattern I linked to; yours doesn’t show a picture, but the instructions are close. Just a little different gauge, uses several strands and size 19 needles, and it’s knit in the round. The one in the link I posted is knit flat and may be easier for you to attempt - class or no class.

“Like yarn size (check out the Craft Yarn Council page…)
yarn can be very fine (lace weight), fine (baby or fingering) medium (sports or DK) Medium (worsted) chunky, or bulky
-in guy terms, think of drill bits… they come in size too!
and if you have a big drill bit, and drill a big pilot hole, you need a big screw or lag bolt to go along!”

Drill bits…I love it!! :roflhard: