Cool Knitting Reflections (with pattern)

I loved reading your knitting reflections last week. When did knitting get to be so cool? Lately, I’ve also been reflecting on my relationship and trends in knitting.

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

Materials:
250 yards of worsted weight yarn
Size 4 and 6 US 16” circular needles and size 6 double pointed needles
Gauge:
5 st = 1”
Hat
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

Finishing:

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.

Please share a cool knitting story. Happy Knitting!

100 comments

Lynn D.
Lynn D.3 years ago

Thanks ever so much - I NEVER even thought of Knitting as being on Care2!!! I have spent my life knitting, crocheting and tatting --- 99 percent of my work is for Charity and/or I read in my free time! So nice knowing there ARE other knitters out there!

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

jill bukovnik
jill Campbell5 years ago

I love Etsy!!! I check it out all the time for unique ideas. My daughter is a fabulous knitter (tasha bukovnik) and has her things on Etsy.

Last year she knitted 150 premie toques and sent them to Africa. The number one death among premie's is losing too much body heat from the top of their tiny heads. The program she hooked up with was a very good cause... who knew that African premie's needed toques.

Zarka Mansuri
Zarka Mansuri5 years ago

Thank you for the pattern!!

Amd Vk
Amd Vk5 years ago

thanks. its very simple way of knitting a hat. expert knitters can add patterns

Jana Prez
Past Member 5 years ago

Very nice!!! Thanks!

Swapna A.
Swapna A.6 years ago

get me ne designs really i am very much interested

Magdalena Sitarska
Magdalena S.6 years ago

:)

Magdalena Sitarska
Magdalena S.6 years ago

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Magdalena Sitarska
Magdalena S.6 years ago

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