I have three questions.
First of all, is there a way to make a felted alpaca hat for a man, or would anything felted look too "girly"? I made the KnitPicks "I'll Pack a Hat" hat and felted it, and the other day when it was slushy raining and so cold, all I could think of was what a nice concept this would be for my dad, because he works outside all day in all the elements. My head was so warm and dry!
Secondly, I'd like to make a knitted beanie; I'm probably going to design my own very simple pattern. I decided I'm going to do stripes (my first attempt at stripes!), but realize I've never joined yarn while knitting in the round! How do you do this? Is it any different than joining yarn while knitting flat? I'm probably going to use Lion Brand's "Microspun" yarn to make my hat (100% microspun acrylic), so I can't use a felted join or anything...any other ideas?
Lastly, since I'm going to knit this hat with stripes, would it look better to keep it simple with just stockinette stitch? Would a rib pattern look dumb or be too much of a distraction from the striping? This is a double knit gauge yarn, so maybe the ribbing coupled with the stripes wouldn't look right. I need some stylistic opinions please.
Oh, one more thing (okay, I lied--I guess I have four
), since I'm designing my own style and pattern, is there a "rule" that says all of my different colored stripes have to be the same thickness, or can I do some colors thick and some thin? Thanks everybody!