Well, the newborn hat is finished! The funny thing is that I could have finished it ages ago. I’m such a beginner at knitting that I read, “use a 3 needle bind off to close the top of the hat with right sides together,” in the instructions for the Pixy Newborn Hat and thought it meant I needed to use a size 3 needle. And, with everything that’s going on right now in preparation for the little one’s impending arrival, I just wasn’t making the time to go out and buy size 3 knitting needles. Finally, I thought I’d just google “3 needle bind off” to at least see what the method was in the hopes that I might finally get motivated enough to finish the hat. And, of course, I found out that the three-needle bind off is the name of a technique that uses three needles, not size 3 needles. So, this whole time I’ve had everything I’ve needed to finish this little hat, only I didn’t realize it!
Here’s the video I watched to learn the three-needle bind off technique:
All that was left was to weave in the loose end, and I’ll admit I just made up how to do it at the time. In the future I promise to look up how to properly weave in the end!
Finally, I used a crochet needle to add a few extra long strands at the top corners, which I braided to approximately the same length and tied off with a few extra pieces of yarn for tassels. One thing I was wondering – instead of weaving in the loose end from the body of knitting, could I have just worked the end into one of the braided tassels?
And, with that, I can proudly show off my first finished knitting project! This little hat is also my first finished project of 2014. Who would have thought my first finished project of 2014 would be knitting?!
Now if only I had a little head to put in that hat…