For Christmas I wanted to knit the boys elf hats. I used this free pattern by Red Heart for a Santa hat. Instead of following the pattern I knit the hats from the bottom up rather than the top down. I prefer to decrease stitches rather than increase.
After I decided on the pattern and style of hat it took me forever to decide on yarn. I originally purchased an acrylic yarn that was advertised as no-pill. I usually don't like artificial fibers, but it was soft and the no-pill idea was appealing. After using the yarn for half a hat I decided I hated it. The yarn seemed thin for worsted weight and I kept splitting it. It was a pain to use. I ended up buying wool yarn. I thought cotton wouldn't be warm enough.
This was my first time knitting a hat in the round. I'm not sure why I'd never done it before. It was so much easier than knitting flat and sewing up the back. It was also my first time knitting stripes in the round. I watched a few video tutorials to help make the stripes jogless (it took me a few rounds of the blue hat to figure it out). These two are the best. I also learned how to carry the yarn from one row to the next. In the past I would have thought to break the yarn after every color change and would have ended up with a ton of yarn ends to bury. What a mess. I'm glad I figured that out.
You can see how the lines of color don't match up on the first few rows.
I made the red hat second and was able to make the whole thing jogless. If you look close, however, you can still see where each row starts.
Unfortunately, neither kid likes his hat. Little Man doesn't like his because it is too itchy and Mini Man doesn't like his because, "it keeps falling down!" I'm still not sure what he means by that. Fortunately I made the adult size (for my massive headed children) so maybe I'll use the hats when its cold.