As a college student, learning to knit was solely for selfish reasons. I wanted warm Icelandic type sweaters for hanging out in the woods. In my early working years, knitting became a fashion statement. People often would ask me at parties in New York City where they could buy my plush, sweaters and, who the designer was …uh, me I would say. That was cool.
When I first met my husband, he regarded my knitting for him as the truest test of my undying affection, as I made some of my most intricate Fisherman knit sweaters and Fair Isle designs for him. As a mother, I have knitted for my children throughout their childhood and young adulthood. When other moms asked me to knit for their babies and children and were willing to pay me, my hobby became a career. Knitting for kids and writing children’s patterns for magazines became an opportunity to stay home (and work) with my kids while they were very little. So cool.
As a teacher, I incorporated knitting into my teaching curriculum. I taught as many school children to knit that wanted to learn. Passing along this craft has become a mini-mission of mine. Knitting was easily woven into my classroom through math (counting stitches, rows and graphs), language arts (reading patterns), social studies (cultural and regional designs), science (sheep and yarn dying), music (the rhythmic clicking sounds of the needles), art (creating beautiful wearable objects from a ball of yarn) and my most favorite goal as a teacher, having fun. As I watched my students intensively focus, their concentration turned inward towards the process rather than the product (no instant gratification here), as if they are hypnotized. As they slowed down taking one stitch at a time, without being bored, I realized how useful it is for kids to get into the knitting zone. Very cool.
My reflection is quickly interrupted as my son emerges on a cool evening, snowboard in hand. He offhandedly remarks that he wants me to knit him a snowboarding cap. Together we search magazines, websites and books to find just the right colors, patterns and of course – the look.
Next: Easy Winter Cap Knitting Pattern
Easy Snowboarding Cap Pattern
250 yards of worsted weight yarn
Size 4 and 6 US 16” circular needles and size 6 double pointed needles
5 st = 1”
On the sz 4 needles, CO 84 sts. Place marker and join. Work k1, p1 rib for two inches. Change to sz 6 needles and knit every round in Stockinet stitch for 6 inches.
Shape Crown: Switch to dps when sts no longer fit on circular.
Round 1: *Slip 1 as if to knit, k1, PSSO (pass slipped stitch over), k8, k2tog, k2; rep from * – 72 sts
Rnds 2 and 3: K
Rnd 4: *Slip 1, k1, PSSO, k6, k2tog, k2; rep from * – 60 sts
Rnds 5 and 6: K
Rnd 7: *Slip 1, k1, PSSO, k4, k2tog, k2; rep from * – 48 sts
Rnds 8 and 9: K
Rnd 10: *Slip 1, k1, PSSO, k2, k2tog, k2; rep from * – 36 sts
Rnds 11 and 12: K
Rnd 13: *Slip 1, k1, PSSO, k2tog, k2; rep from * – 24 sts
Rnds 14 and 15: K
Rnd 16: *Slip 1, k1, PSSO, k2tog; rep from * – 12 sts
With 12 sts left on needles, break yarn, leaving a few inches to sew up remaining 12 sts. Pull tight and secure. Weave in ends.
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