Monday, March 12, 2012

Semi-Guest Post: FO- Average Guy Beanie

Today I have a very special finished object to share with you guys. It wasn't knit by me,  it was knit by my boyfriend, Brian! I taught him the basics of knitting about a year ago and he's knit off and on (but mostly off) since then. His first project was a dishcloth with the Star Trek Insignia on it, and he's made three more dishclothes since then.

I think all the knitting I've been doing lately has rubbed off on him because he picked it up again. We took a trip up to our local yarn store where he got some circular needles and three different types of yarn. In eight days, he made this:

pattern: Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright
yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco Duo, colorway Storm
needles: 7s

It was so much fun to cheer him on as he was knitting this hat. It was his first time using circular needles, double pointed needles, and even wool yarn. He learned how to knit in the round and how to decrease. It's been a long time since I first tried those techniques, so it was a bit nostalgic. I certainly don't miss the frustration of trying to wrangle double pointed needles as a newbie.

He's already started on another hat in the same pattern using up the rest of the skein of Eco Duo. It's going much faster this time and he's getting a lot better at fixing mistakes. After that, he's going to make a couple of more hats. I'm not much of a hat person so I don't normally knit them. Once he uses up the yarn he bought, he'll have made more hats than I ever have!

Maybe someday I can convince him to give sweater knitting a try! Or that sweater vests can be stylish....


  1. There is some talent here for sure! The tension looks very good! I like to see what a guy will knit for himself. Everything in my queue is so girly. It's kind of hard for me to know what a man would want (pattern and color)! Congratulations!

  2. This. Is. Awesome. You are obviously very proud, and you should be! My boyfriend tried once, but all he could do is knit triangles (because of dropping stitches and knitting them together). Your guy obviously has great taste in yarn (like you!), he chose some good ones!

  3. Way to go Brian!!! The hat turned out awesome! I just taught a sock knitting class and I can tell you how hard it is for some people to wrangle those DPNs in the beginning! Well done!

  4. A sweater vest would be very cool I think it is amazing that you BF wants to knit with you, when I had one all he would do was snicker because he thought it was 'cute'. Keep letting him knit and he will go far :)

  5. Amazing job! The stockinette looks really even. I'm still waiting for my fiance to pick up the needles - he knit a small rectangle once and it was quite good, but we didn't progress beyond that! Maybe your boyfriend will knit a sweater for you next. ;)

  6. Good for him! Great knitting.

  7. Hooray! I taught my husband to knit too, and he's working on his first hat as well. Although he's been going for a few months now, lol--he does a few rows here and there, and occasionally he comes along with me to knit group.

    He decided to jump right in and go for cables, though, so he's got a little bit of an excuse!

  8. That is seriously cool that he did that himself. It looks good on him too. Does he find knitting relaxing?