Ok, this is my first attempt at stranding. No pattern, just a practice piece I made up as I went along just to learn the technique. Yeah, it's really ugly, but hey, it's practice and I did learn a lot.
I know what you mean about being our own worse critic. However, I have to tell you that there are hundreds of thousands of knitters who have knitted for years but who don't have the courage to try stranded knitting - but, you've mastered it after knitting for just one year of knitting (no, we have not forgotten your first scarf!). I admire your sense of design and creativity in this beanie and from what I can see you achieved what is almost impossible for a beginning stranded knitter: even stitches with no puckers ! Great work! I hope to see more colour work from you!
Thanks Kiwi. It was fun to do and I am already designing the next one, I just have to find the time to go buy the yarn. :D
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If this is your first attempt at designing, then keep going. We are always our own worst critics, but I think you did really well with this.
Thanks. I did get a couple of comments on it while knitting at the truckstop coffee counter this morning.
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Great Colors and nice design. I am glad you are getting into new waters, it seems to be fun!
Thanks Andy. Learning and trying new stuff is half the fun of knitting for me.
I think it came out great Mason, I'm never thrilled with my first attempts at anything, if I'm really unhappy with it, I ritualistically burn it.
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LOL Thanks. I don't think I could bring myself to burn something I made. Frog yes, burn no.
well I only did this once, and if you had seen it you probably would have agreed, it was acrylic so it basically melted. But still looked better than the actual Hat I tried to knit.
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If you're not happy with it - then you're not happy with it. Any thing in particular that bugs you? because from the pictures it really isn't bad - patterning or knitting.
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Thanks, I just messed up in several places and things aren't exactly as I had meant them to be. Ah well, we're our own worse critics I guess.
You're nuts!! It's beautiful!! If you did this without a pattern then you are a natural talent. I love it! Please produce more "ugly" designs like this. The knitting itself is also impressive- no puckering, which is no mean feat even for a more experienced knitter. What is the stitch you used on the brim?
Thanks for the flowers, but I am seriously not happy with how it turned out. But then it was just a practice piece. I did learn a lot doing it.
The brim is just a garter stitch border I started with to keep the stockinette from curling.
From where I am sitting I see a design that is reminiscent of things I have seen on Mayan temples and in other cultures. I love the definition of the motif, clear and unabiguous. Try this, it works for me: put this hat away, out of sight for a month- forget it exists- then take a look at it again with fresh eyes; I think you'll find your opinion changed.
Thanks Albert. Funny you mention the Mayan thing because that is kind of what I was thinking when I knit it. I was watching a show on PBS about some archeological digs in Central America for the first hour or so that I was working on it. Although not anything close to the same thing it was kind of an influence.
I think it came out really nice, especially the bottom part of the hat with the Zs.
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