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spitfire
02-05-2013, 04:06 PM
So my girlfriend wants an Acorn beanie for her almost 1 year old son and I'd like to surprise her with one. Sure I could go out and buy one but it would mean much more to me if I made it for him, as I'm sure it would mean more to her as well. See there are still some good guys out there :thumbsup: I can build a motorcycle, cars, houses, furniture but when it comes to knitting I'm a total newbie but I'm always up for a challenge.

I started watching some of the videos on here and they will help a lot as I get started on my little project.

I thought I would start this thread as a place to put all my questions and maybe get some "you can do it!!!" encouragement and maybe even give you all a laugh or two along the way haha

So here it is, this is what I want to make and here are my first few questions.

Where can I locate a pattern for this?
What size needles will I need?
What yarn will I need. Hope yarn is the technical term if not please correct me as I'm still learning.

Wish me luck!! :woohoo:
-Jason

spitfire
02-05-2013, 04:07 PM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y38/rippa23/IMG_1054_zpsbaf7e689.jpg

ArtLady1981
02-05-2013, 04:31 PM
Hi Jason,

Let's address a pattern first. Please click this link. There are more than a dozen pumpkin hat pattern to choose from. Each pattern will state the recommended yarn and needle size.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=pumpkin%20hat&page=1&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs

If you are prompted to "join", please do so. It's free, and sign up is simple.

After you've chosen a design, then we can help you with the HOW TO aspects!

Welcome to our Knitting Help fam!

GrumpyGramma
02-05-2013, 04:47 PM
Howdy. ArtLady showed you the best place to start looking for a pattern. At this point I thin I should defer to those of the masculine persuasion on the forum. :wink:

He can do it!
Yes! He can!
If spitfire can't do it
Nobody can!

suzeeq
02-05-2013, 04:50 PM
That's very cute, but do you have a link to the pattern?

Jan in CA
02-05-2013, 05:21 PM
Welcome to Knitting Help! We have quite a few guys here so you'll fit right in!

An acorn hat can be as simple at just knitting the top in a darker color with some texture and making it slightly pointy. Solid works, too.
http://stringstothings.blogspot.com/2010/10/acorn-hat.html?m=1

salmonmac
02-05-2013, 06:52 PM
Hi and welcome!
That's an adorable hat and I'm sure you can find or adapt a pattern to an acorn design. For me, the oak leaf makes it. Here's a pattern for an oakleaf (http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/2010/10/autumn-oak-leaf-knitting-pattern.html) (strickly a finishing touch) although I'm not sure how big the leaves are. Good luck with your pattern search and if that becomes overwhelming, c'mon back here and we'll make suggestions.

spitfire
02-06-2013, 10:14 PM
So I have narrowed it down to one of these 3
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/acorn-baby-earflap-hat

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/acorn-baby-hat-2

If I did this one I would want to do tan and brown rather than just all brown.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toddler-acorn-hat

Rie
02-06-2013, 10:53 PM
Spitfire, will this be your first project?

Rie
02-06-2013, 10:58 PM
Hi and welcome!
That's an adorable hat and I'm sure you can find or adapt a pattern to an acorn design. For me, the oak leaf makes it. Here's a pattern for an oakleaf (http://www.naturalsuburbia.com/2010/10/autumn-oak-leaf-knitting-pattern.html) (strickly a finishing touch) although I'm not sure how big the leaves are. Good luck with your pattern search and if that becomes overwhelming, c'mon back here and we'll make suggestions.

Cute oakleaf pattern!

Jan in CA
02-06-2013, 11:13 PM
The first two links are crocheted. You can do something similar with knitting, but it won't be identical.

spitfire
02-07-2013, 12:41 AM
Yep this is going to be my first project

spitfire
02-07-2013, 12:45 AM
Jan,
What's the best way to convert those patterns to a knitting pattern?

ArtLady1981
02-07-2013, 01:02 AM
Converting crochet patterns to knitting patterns is not for the inexperienced. You couldn't do it yourself. You'd have to ask someone else to spend hours of time doing this.

Doesn't make any sense whatsoever when over a dozen knitting versions already exist.

My suggestion: use the knitting pattern that you like, changing the colors to suit. That's much easier than the headache of converting crochet to knitting.

GrumpyGramma
02-07-2013, 01:23 AM
Here's a knitted acorn hat pattern.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/acorn-hat-5

I agree with ArtLady about converting a pattern. If the texture of the hats you linked to is what you like, I'm not sure you'll find it in an easy knitted hat pattern. Any knitted beanie with color changes will give you an acorn hat.

If you have your heart set on one of the hats in yout links, you might have to learn to crochet as well as knit.

Rie
02-07-2013, 03:43 AM
Here's a knitted acorn hat pattern.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/acorn-hat-5

I agree with ArtLady about converting a pattern. If the texture of the hats you linked to is what you like, I'm not sure you'll find it in an easy knitted hat pattern. Any knitted beanie with color changes will give you an acorn hat.

If you have your heart set on one of the hats in yout links, you might have to learn to crochet as well as knit.

I think this is an excellent pattern choice. He could also knit up a few of the leaves in fall colors that salmonmac suggested as add-ons. The leaves would be good practice before starting on the hat.

spitfire
02-07-2013, 10:10 PM
Is it more difficult to crochet that it is to knit? If I don't go with the crochet pattern then I will go with this knitted pattern but with a tan bottom and brown top.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toddler-acorn-hat

GrumpyGramma
02-07-2013, 10:36 PM
Is it more difficult to crochet that it is to knit? If I don't go with the crochet pattern then I will go with this knitted pattern but with a tan bottom and brown top.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toddler-acorn-hat


It depends on the person. I think trying to learn both at the same time could make both more difficult. I'd say pick one and go with it, you can learn the other later if you want. Crochet involves one hook, knitting involves 2 needles; for me the 2 needles was really hard at first, now I find knitting to be easier on my hands and generally more enjoyable.

Rie
02-07-2013, 10:47 PM
Is it more difficult to crochet that it is to knit? If I don't go with the crochet pattern then I will go with this knitted pattern but with a tan bottom and brown top.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toddler-acorn-hat

I think that could depend on whether you are talking to a crocheter or a knitter! :) Most people I know seem to at least favor one craft over the other. It really will depend on you. Each has its own "rhythm", if you will. Each is a skill that requires some practice to master.
Personally, I don't like crochet that much because I'm not very good at it. It's too much counting. I have to keep up with where I am in the pattern plus I have to keep with how many chains make a single or double crochet or whatever. I make big messes with crochet! :aww: In the US, people tend to think of granny squares when they think of crochet, but look up Japanese crochet sometime and you will see that it can be incredibly complex. Although I don't think those granny squares are as easy as they seem either.

To me, it looks like the patterns you have there are a little intense. But I'm crochet-impaired so you need to factor that in as well!
I think the knit pattern you have chosen will be a little challenging for a beginner, but do-able if you practice all the skills you will need on swatches first. You will need to know how to cast on, knit in the round, moss stitch, and decreasing over a pattern in the round.
If you can get the hang of those before you start the hat, you shouldn't have too much trouble.

The stitch she seems to be using is a sort of modified moss stitch. If you did a small project in regular moss stitch, that would give you your practice of cast on, knit and purl stitch, and changing up that knit and purl stitch. I still think you should do a separate swatch where you practice the decreases she calls for in her pattern. You can find tutorials on this site (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit) or elsewhere on the net by putting in those search terms. Most people have their videos available on youtube.

Since you said this will be your first project, you might want to take a look at this pattern (http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/WebLetter/278/Issue278.php). It can be knit flat and is all garter stitch. If you did this in the right colors, I think it would be very much like an acorn, because garter stitch has a rugged look, especially if you added one or two of the oak leaves salmonmac suggested in an earlier post. It has a pom that you could do or not. But you could also practice making the little piece from one of the crochet patterns to see if you like crochet. This would give you the practice you need in both skills.

GrumpyGramma
02-07-2013, 11:04 PM
Rie, I think that would be a great pattern to use. Good find.

salmonmac
02-08-2013, 05:26 AM
Is it more difficult to crochet that it is to knit? If I don't go with the crochet pattern then I will go with this knitted pattern but with a tan bottom and brown top.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toddler-acorn-hat
This is an adorable pattern and very much in the spirit of what you'd like to do. Give it a try. We can help.
The pattern Rie links to is also a good one, very cute and simple. Both patterns use about the same weight yarn so if you don't do one you can switch and do the other.

mojo11
02-11-2013, 01:13 PM
Nothing like jumping in at the deep end... I'm a complete disaster with a crochet hook, but my Yarn Kninja girlfriend swears it's easier -- and she should know. Since I've never actively tried to learn crochet, I don't know from experience that it's easier, but it seems like it would be. But if you've never done either one, then one's as alien as the other. If you're not up against the wall for time, try both and see which one comes easier to you.

But if you're trying to convert a crochet pattern line by line... don't. You'd be better off just looking at the pictures and figuring out how to make "that shape" by knitting it. That presents its own challenges, but it would STILL be easier.

What I found made me succeed was a good reason to continue. It helped (more than I can tell you) to have a Jedi Master Kninja girlfriend, but we'd been together for a looooong time before I ever attempted to learn to knit. But I came upon a project that I was just stubborn enough to finish, and at that point the die was cast. Sounds like you have the motivation, and hopefully you can find enough knowledge here and in various video tutorials to help you through the technical problems. and one other resource I'd suggest, if you have a yarn store in your area they can be a WEALTH of help. I'm talking about stores that specialize in yarn/knitting/crochet supplies though, not the "big box" craft stores. They're usually MORE than happy to help out (especially if you're a guy, I've found).

Good luck young padawan, may Force be with you!

Jan in CA
02-13-2013, 01:37 AM
I crocheted for a long time before I knit. It's not hard and I can still do basic stitches if I look them up. I found knitting awkward at first, like everyone does, but easier overall. I prefer the finer look of knitting for most things although a crocheted border is lovely.

psquidy
02-13-2013, 09:20 AM
I know those booties! I make them all the time. They're all over the web as "Christine's baby booties" as well as other titles. Good luck, we can help you with any question once you pick the pattern.

Jan in CA
02-13-2013, 12:43 PM
I know those booties! I make them all the time. They're all over the web as "Christine's baby booties" as well as other titles. Good luck, we can help you with any question once you pick the pattern.

Unless she has more booties by that name the ones in his picture look different to me. Or did someone have a different link I missed?
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christines-baby-booties