The motivation: My boyfriends brother is obsessed with the minions. I found this hat a while ago and thought about making it for him, but couldn’t commit. Then, a friend posted a picture of her infant daughter wearing a similar homemade hat and I knew I had to go for it.
- Pattons Astra- School Bus Yellow, Medium Blue, and Silver Gray
- Wool of the Andes Sport- Coal
- Minion hat- “Despicable Me” Minion Ear Flap Hat – Knitting Pattern
- Knitting a circle- Trying To Knit A Flat Circle? Geometry to the Rescue!
The failures: The pattern calls for crocheted eyes. I cannot crochet. I can barely chain, it just does not compute in my head and I have no idea why. So, I had to find an alternative to crocheting eyes because a minion needs an eye. Cue googling “how to knit a flat circle” and the link I have provided above. I loved that post because it walked you through all the logical things you would do (many I thought of) that would end up not working. It was great for a knitter like me, who has experience and is starting to make her own patterns.
Any knitter who has joined in the round knows the fear of knitting a mobius. This was the very first time in two years of knitting that it has happened to me, and it was awful. It happened at craft club, which meant that I didn’t have to think too hard about being annoyed. I also had another project handy so I whipped that out instead. I wish I had advice, or something to learn from this experience, but honestly I don’t know what I did. I was terrified from the moment I cast on because…
The needle size I needed to get the right guage with this yarn was a 4, that was not debatable. Unfortunately, I only had one length circular needle and l loaned my friend my 10 inch set of double points. The 7 inch were much too small for the number of stitches I had, so I went with the circular. Next was deciding whether I wanted to sew up a seam or knit in the round, I opted for no seam. I don’t regret this decision, but it did make knitting on the circular needles more difficult. It was when I got the long DPNs back that I found the mobius and decided it was all a sign to start over.
That’s just what I did, but I also struggled with the long DPNs, because I have only knit in the round with short needles. It was awkward, and if you look closely enough at the finished hat you can see where the breaks between needles were. Thankfully, most people don’t notice these things.
In the end, it came out great and he put it on the second he opened it! (Literally, before I knew he even opened it, it was on his head!)