I followed the Simple Pleasures Hat pattern from The Purl Bee and used Patons Classic Wool Tweeds in Paprika. If I had used the recommended yarn weight instead I think I could have avoided the excessive thickness. I did end up omitting a few rounds in order to keep the floppiness in check, but I probably could have left out a few more. Once I got the hang of my circular needles, this pattern was pretty straightforward and simple. Which is not to say that I didn't start it over about 9-10 times, but that's merely an indication of my very rudimentary knitting skills and not the pattern itself.
For any other beginner knitters out there, here are a few resources that I found particularly helpful:
- Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller. This is part of a series of knitting and crochet books aimed at the new, hip generation of crafters. I also have Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker and have my eye on Son of Stitch 'N Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men... because honestly, I'm running out of ideas for the menfolk in my life.
- These YouTube videos by verypink knits and these ones by knitpicks.
- This video by Brett Bara (from Knit & Crochet Now! TV) for Lands' End Share the Warmth campaign.
- Never Too Old to Knit: Beautiful Basics for Baby Boomers by Karin Strom. Ok, this one is kind of from left field considering that I'm only in my mid-twenties, but my aunt gave it to my Nan who then passed it on to me and the technique photos are superb and clear. So, you know, for what it's worth I found this baby boomer book to be quite helpful.