Feb 18, 2015

Simple Slouch Knit-Along // Gather Your Supplies

The best way to start any knitting project is by gathering together all the supplies you'll need, and keep them all in one place. In the case of the Simple Slouch Hat, there's just the smallest number of supplies, but it's good to get into the habit of making sure all your supplies are gathered before you start knitting. You don't want to get halfway through a project and realize you don't have the next set of needles you need, or that your cable needle has suddenly disappeared.

For this project you'll need the following:

A copy of the Simple Slouch Hat pattern! This free pattern has the instructions shared on the linked page that you can print (thanks to the "print" button at the bottom right side of the post), but you can also download it using the DOWNLOAD NOW link at the top of the instructions, if you prefer to save it as a PDF to your computer.

One size 9 / 5.5mm 16" circular needle. Mine is bamboo, and I got it from a big box craft store, which is where I get all my needles.

One skein of worsted weight yarn. I'm using Lion Brand Heartland yarn, but you can substitute any worsted weight yarn you'd like. Some great substitutes include Vanna's Choice, Bernat Super Saver, and Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn.

One stitch marker, so you'll know when one round has ended and the next one begins.

You'll also need scissors, a darning needle, and a measuring tape. These are good things to have in any knitter's kit, and by adding in stitch markers (like the one shown earlier), you're seeing everything that's in my notions bag!

On Monday we'll begin with casting on, so be sure to ask any questions you may have in the comments, and don't forget to hashtag your projects #simpleslouchKAL on Instagram!

6 comments:

  1. So if my head's circumference is 21" do I use the pattern size for 19" for the 2" easement or is the 2" reduction already considered in the 21" size? Hats usually come out too big around for me, but I don't know how to calculate to make hats smaller.

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    1. If your head circumference is 21", you'll want to use the pattern size for 19" if you want the hat to be fitted around your ears.

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  2. Just wondering about worsted weight and the gauge number of the side of yarn. My understanding was that a worsted weight was "4", but when I looked up some of the yarn that you suggested, one of them was a "6". Is there a range when it comes to worsted weight? And doesn't that affect the final project? I'm so confused! Please help me understand :)

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  3. Jennifer, you should definitely be using "4" weight yarn. Which yarn that I listed was a "6"?? I shouldn't have listed one that thick, as that's a super bulky yarn!

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  4. I am a VERY new knitter and I have a question: I have #8 - 16 in circular needles and double pointed needles. Can I use those or do I have to go and buy #9 - 16 in.? I do have #9 but they are 36" cir needles.

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    1. You can definitely use the size 8's! The gauge will be a bit tighter, but the hat will still turn out great!

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