I spent some time figuring out exactly what kind of stitches I wanted to do and the appropriate size needles. In the end, I used 10" aluminum needles in size 6.
So... I decided to take the only logical step and make a hat! If you've been hanging out around here for a while, you might recall that I've been trying hard to learn how to make hats for babies using double pointed needles ("DPNs"). Using a DPN allows the fabric to be knit together into a tube, rather than knitting one flat piece and stitching up a seam to make it round. Having done the "flat" method before, I decided I really wanted to find a pattern and use DPNs.
I did some research and found this pattern. I modified it only a tiny bit. I used a different yarn, though I figured the two were of about the same texture. The pattern also recommends making a total of 49 rounds, binding off in the 50th round. I wound up doing 51 rounds, binding off in the 52nd because I was a little bit nervous it would otherwise be too short. This pattern was a LOT different than the baby hat patterns I've used in the past because it started at the top (crown) of the hat, with several rows of increasing stitches. All the other patterns I've used start at the bottom and decrease stitches to shape the crown. It was definitely intimidating, but I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!
All along while I was working on the hat, I was pretty sure it was going to be too small. It might simply be the way its shaped with the four carrying needles, but I seriously thought I was going to wind up with a hat fit for a little kid. Imagine my surprise when I got it off the needles and decided to try it on!
Here we have the finished set of stripes - hope Ginny loves it!