Although this summer isn’t very typical so far, a couple of family birthdays are rapidly approaching, which means that we’re celebrating my dad’s, my grandfather’s and my sister’s birthday soon!
My dad is one of the few members of my family who haven’t received anything knit yet since I started knitting about three years ago. The reason for this is mainly that he doesn’t like to wear woolen socks (my speciality) or scarves, and that he never requested anything. Because I love my father and I really want to knit something for him, I finally spoke to my mum and asked for a possible knit birthday gift. “Dad really doesn’t wear woolen socks, righ?”
“No. But he DOES like to wear hats, and we’re going on holiday this year again …”
Ah, yes. Perfect. My parents are going on holiday this autumn, to Denmark. My family loves Scandinavia, my parents often went camping there before they had us. I think they have seen every Scandinavian country, except Finland, and loved every single one of it.
So, a hat. A manly hat, nothing too fancy and – of course – in gray or black. Now, if you ever want to knit a hat for your dad as a birthday surprise present, here’s how to do it:
1.) Ask your mother about whether or not a hat would be a good gift for your dad, while you’re mentally already at your LYS, picking out yarn.
2.) Take the shop assistance’ advice and buy two beautiful balls of Regia Silk in a dark anthracit colour (part silk, part merino, part nylon), because it’s soft and lovely.
3.) Pick a pattern that doesn’t give any gauge, but simply tells you to “cast on 160sts on 2,5mm needles”.
4.) Spend 2-3 days doubting, pondering and arguing whether you should just follow instructions or play safe and get your father’s head circumfence, even if you’ve got no clue how to do that without him noticing.
5.) Speak to your mother and let her dig out a woolen hat with MASSIVE stretch that makes it impossible to wipe out all doubts. Tell your mother about that and she will offer to search for a baseball cap she can measure out.
6.) Call your grandmother and get your granddad’s head measurement taken. (60cm). Do this in the evening, shortly before the start of a soccer worldcup game.
7.) Start knitting based on your grandfather’s head circumfence, drowning out the little voice telling your that it was wiser to wait until your mum can provide exact information.
8.) Knit a pair of sneaker socks made out of scrap yarn.
9.) Receive a call from your mother telling you that she found a baseballcap your father loves to wear and has measured it out. Head circumfence is 63cm.
10.) Rip out everything you have done so far. Swear.
11.) Consider giving your dad the wool and taking his head circumfence so your can knit he hat according to size.
12.) Decide that’s lame.
13.) Start knitting with the yarn for a while. Realise that the yarn BLEEDS LIKE MAD and that your fingertips look like they have been dipped in black ink and that the dye won’t come off easily.
14.) Briefly consider continuing and hoping that washing will solve the problem.
15.) Lovingly think about your father looking like a panda bear every time he takes off the hat.
16.) Decide that this is probably not as funny in real life as in your imagination.
17.) Reach an epiphany and look up the yarn on ravelry.
18.) Learn that the yarn has got a REALLY bad reputation for pilling and not washing well.
19.) Spend half of an evening and half a morning searching for the receit you bought the yarn with. FAIL.
20.) Go to your LYS after work and exchange the unused ball for two balls of standard sock yarn in anthracit and one ball of yarn in yellow.
21.) Try to cast on the correct number of sts (based on your gauge 184sts instead of 160) a couple of times.
22.) Knit a pair of yellow sneaker socks.
23.) Start knitting the hat with the gray sock yarn, all the while hoping and keeping your thumbs pressed that the hat will fit and won’t be too scratchy.
So far, I have knit 6cm of k2,p2 ribbing. Pattern says that you can make the ribbing as long as you like but suggests to knit about 20cm so the cuff can be folded up until you start the decreases.
Only 14cm to go!
This is gonna be such a fun project …
Have a great day! Take care!