When Hunter was 4 she started asking to learn to knit. I got her some needles and yarn and (with very low expectations) we started to knit together. You can read all about her knitting start here.
Well, it’s 4 years later and there hasn’t been a whole lot of knitting going on for Hunter. She finished that first project, a cowl for Jones, and hasn’t really done much since. It’s all just fine by me, Hunter is a creative kid and she loves all kinds of crafty endeavors. She started a scarf, but quickly got bored and abandoned it. Recently though, she started asking if she could make a hat.
In preparation for our trip to Winnipeg to visit the Long Way Homestead I caked up some pretty yarn I’d picked up in Ontario last year and cast on for Hunter (I’m sorry, I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the yarn and the ball band is missing!). The pattern is one I made up as she went, it’s bulky yarn so I cast on 56 sts, then had Hunter rib for 1.5″, knit in the round for a bit, and then decreases based on the Barley hat.
While she has known how to knit for four years, she had to learn how to purl. I figured it would take some explaining and practice but after 2 demo stitches she grabbed the knitting and off she went. A few stitches later she stopped to look at the ribbed fabric, looking at the right side and the wrong side. She turned to me and said ‘oh I see, it’s just the opposite of a knit’. I was pretty blown away.
She was a person on a mission! That hat was finished in 3 days and she was so excited to model her hat with her favourites on the farm, the sheep. Hunter immediately chose a skein of Anna’s yarn to knit another hat, a Barley, and she has big plans after that: her first sweater! She’s just like me, always planning 3 projects ahead!