1 is finished! I used the Bottom's Up version and Sugar Babies 100% cotton in pink. This hat is going to be blocked and then sent overseas to my niece, but my son kindly modeled it before he went to school [hence the pyjamas] so we can see how it looks worn. He is, as always, a ham. As customary, there are extra photos because they make me smile.
I love the Bottom's Up version for children's hats. The garter stitch on the brim reminds me of the stitching on the brim of a denim bucket hat
I bought for my son. I like the yarn doubled, it truly creates a stiff brim. However, I've read how some have found knitting the doubled yarn for the brim to be hard on the hands. I personally didn't find it to be hard on my hands, but that might be because the yarn didn't seem stiff or because I used to go mountain climbing when I was in college. Yep, I've got a crusher of a grip. The only thing I didn't like was purling in the round for the garter stitch. Next time, I may just knit the brim flat and then continue in the round for the rest of the hat. As for needles, it's probably a good idea to use aluminum or metal needles (I went with Inox aluminum) because I think that bamboo or wooden needles might not be strong enough for some cotton yarns used doubled.
I'll be doing several bucket hats for the entire duration of the knitalong
, so expect more to come. As for the other knitalongers, we've got some more finished bucket hats! Katie
has finished a Bottom's Up
has finished a "Bucket of Fireflys
" using Firefly by Cleckheaton, and Linda
has knit a Bottom's Up
using Berroco Cotton in a beautiful coral. Snazzy! I always enjoy seeing how others take the same pattern and personalize it. Now, knitalongers, have you any questions or updates to share? How are you coming along with yarn choices? If you've started, how did you find knitting that doubled brim?