Hi folks! So here's my situation: I'm very new to knitting but decided that it would be a great idea to push myself with a hat that had many more techniques than I had ever used before. I'm using Redshirt Knitting
's Jayne Hat pattern. (The hat is a gift for my brother's birthday, we bond over Firefly
I've done the hat once (without earflaps) and it turned out ok, but I missed up the k2p2 bit at the bottom so I decided to do it once more.
So here are my questions: The pattern calls for knitting two together when you start decreasing at the top of the hat. I'm using 16" long circular needles and it was a serious pain in the butt as the hat started to get shorter than the needles. Eventually, I had a long loop of plastic needle sticking out to be able to move my needles. Even then, it took some serious muscle to knit. Is there an easier way to do this?
Secondly, when I get to the earflaps, the pattern doesn't say anything about switching to straight needles but it seems to me like that would make more sense when knitting something like an earflap. Is there a way that I'm not seeing to knit something straight with circular needles?
And lastly, I've never had to pick up stitches before and have been looking around for a tutorial, but I'm still a little confused. Help? I used the long-tail cast-on if that matters and my first six rows were k2p2.
Thanks in advance!