I am embarking on an adventure. Would you like to come along? It is an adventure where I will be attempting to turn this yarn into a hat that A) has the superman logo on it, and B) fits my husband’s head. Are you ready? Let’s go!
How to construct a Superman hat for your husband.
Step 1: Hear your husband say, “I bet you could make me a cool beanie with the Superman logo on it.” Decide that yes, you probably could make a cool beanie for your husband with the Superman logo on it. It can’t be harder than making a baby beanie, right?
Step 2: Pick some super-soft yarn to make the beanie out of, because your husband likes soft things. Take the yarn home, add it to your stash, and don’t touch it for at least 9 months, except to remove the label. That way, when you finally do get around to knitting the hat and tell everyone about it you can’t tell them what brand of yarn you are actually using. You will be able to tell them that it was purchased at Michael’s and you bought the red and blue to make mini-sweaters for your mom’s Christmas tree too.
Step 3: Search the internet for a Superman hat pattern and realize that none exist, at least not for free, and start to wonder how patterns are created anyway. Expand the search for anything knit with the Superman logo and find this free pattern for a Hero Cloth at Frogiez Place. Start thinking of ways to convince your husband that he wants a dishcloth instead of a beanie. Then, search for plain beanie patterns so you have an idea of how many stitches to use and decide you’ll figure out how to get the logo on the hat later.
Step 4: Determine that even if this pattern was written with a change in stitch that it must be possible to convert it to a color pattern instead. Wonder if those are even the correct terms and decide that other knitters will probably think you are crazy because you have no idea what you are talking about.
Step 5: Get out the graph paper and pen and use the written dishcloth pattern to create yourself a chart. All the cool color patterns have charts. When you realize that you’re almost done and have duplicated a row of the pattern remind yourself that it is a bad idea to do stuff like this with a pen when you have no white-out and find a Superman pencil to use instead. (Yes, I really did use a Superman pencil.) Erase the first 3 rows and start over because you forgot to check that you were centered on the page that has only 1 extra row to work with.
Step 6: Blog about your progress so that it actually looks like you are working on a hat instead of just thinking about how to work on a hat.
And that’s where I am now.
The plan, as of this moment, is to use this pattern that I found on Ravelry to create the beanie itself.I’ll do the ribbing at the bottom in the red and the rest of the hat in black. I need to do some more reading on color knitting to decide what will be the best way to do the logo, but that will also be red. And, depending on how the first one turns out there may or may not be more made as gifts. We’ll have to wait and see.
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