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Old 02-05-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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ok ladies, who wants to help this guy out
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 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!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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That's very cute, but do you have a link to the pattern?
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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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/...n-hat.html?m=1
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:52 PM   #5
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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 (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.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:14 PM   #6
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So I have narrowed it down to one of these 3
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...by-earflap-hat

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...orn-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/libr...dler-acorn-hat
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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 (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!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:31 PM   #8
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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/sear...ptioned_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!

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Old 02-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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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.

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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!
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