Knitting my First Hat on Needles


Fear is a powerful emotion. It can be a good thing, like a warning of impending danger. It also can be a crippling disease that keeps us bound and paralyzed. God wrote this scripture in the Bible, "God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV). Obviously, fear comes from the enemy and the way to combat it is with God's help. You may wonder what does fear have to do with knitting your first hat? Well...glad you asked. I'll tell you.

I know how to crochet and have been doing that for many years. However, I wanted to branch out and spread my wings a bit. I love how knitting looks and often wanted to learn, but I was scared. Knitting is not at all like crochet. So, to get started I used the knitting looms from Knifty Knitter and I still have several sets. I made a lot of loom knitted hats, lots of them! And I enjoyed it. I then moved onto scarves and cowls. I even made a couple of amigurimi stuffed animals. I moved to arm knitting and that was a lot of fun too. But, I still had not tried needles.

One day, I picked up some Susan Bates circular knitting needles from a local thrift store and decided I would teach myself. I looked on YouTube and found a ton of video tutorials on the basic knit and purl stitches. I decided to just learn the knit stitch and do that for awhile until I was comfortable and then move onto learning to purl. I documented my early journey in a couple of posts here on the blog. I have to tell you, it wasn't easy for me. I had to get comfortable with 2 needles (so used to 1 crochet hook), what hand to hold the yarn and oh boy when I started dropping stitches.... I was so frustrated and hard on myself. So, I put the needles down and I said, "I can't do this!" I reached for one of my knitting looms to start on a hat. But, something happened after I reached the 3rd round. "This is not what you set out to do...you want to needle knit." That was right and I'm not a quitter, or let's just say I don't like to lose.

So, I picked back up those needles and determined that I would learn. I tried Continental and Combined Continental knitting styles since it seemed the common way for crocheters to knit. Nothing wrong with that, I just really wanted to knit English style. So, I trained myself to hold my yarn in my right hand and I just knitted and knitted and knitted for several weeks. And if I dropped a stitch, so what? I was just learning how to hold my yarn and needles to get comfortable. I decided to just knit and enjoy the process. Tension would come later. Purling would come later, lifelines, decreasing/increasing, knitting in the round would also come later. And I had so much fun that I didn't want to put the needles down! The fear was gone.

I also found some wonderful YouTubers to follow so I could learn more about knitting and after a few more months, I was able to add knitting to my business. I now sell knitted scarves and cowls as well as crochet. There was still one hurdle to climb and that was knitting a hat in the round. First I needed the right size circular needles along with the right cord length. I found these interchangeable cords with the size needles I needed from Amazon. One of the YouTubers I follow, Sewrella, is a crocheter and knitter and she did this really good video tutorial on knitting a basic beanie hat and it's the easiest pattern I've seen. It doesn't call for DPN (double pointed needle for all my non-crafty friends) or decreasing to shape the hat. I think it's the perfect start for me to work my way into more complicated hat patterns. But the thing is... I'm not afraid and I look forward to the challenge of seeing where my knitting will eventually take me.

I thank God for helping me discover a new art, one that I could have easily bypassed because I was afraid I would either fail or not understand it. I'm so glad that bad fear did not win out this time.

UPDATE: Since the writing of this post, I've knitted two hats and working on a 3rd and 4th to create my first collection for the fellas which I'm calling "For the Guys". Stay tuned....

photo courtesy of pixabay.com.

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  1. Good job, I knew you could do it.

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    1. Thanks Sue! Nice to get your encouragement and support my friend!

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