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Hunter’s Knitting!

July 25, 2019

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.

Hunter was determined to finish that hat while we were away!

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.

I made up this bulky hat pattern as I went. It’s loosely based on the Barley hat, but at a different gauge and skipping the garter stitch panel.

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!

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Van Raden Dudley permalink
    October 2, 2019 7:52 pm

    I know I’m late to the party here, but the hat looks great on Hunter! That’s awesome!

  2. July 31, 2019 9:51 pm

    What a lovely hat! Great job, Hunter!

  3. July 29, 2019 5:04 am

    SO COOL!! Congrats to Hunter. Keep knitting 🧶 you’re doing great xoxox

  4. July 27, 2019 3:17 pm

    Whay a terrific job!!

  5. grandma1pat permalink
    July 27, 2019 6:37 am

    Congratulations Hunter, you are now an accomplished knitter! Your hat looks very nice on you. Carry on….

  6. Bindy in Australia permalink
    July 26, 2019 4:03 pm

    Sensational work, Hunter! I’m going to show my 9 year old daughter, Ali. She’s often keen to know if other kids knit. She has trouble staying enthusiastic long enough to finish a project, so you might inspire her. Please show us your next project!

  7. Kookaburra Yarns permalink
    July 26, 2019 12:51 am

    Lovely looking hat and great knitting Hunter!

  8. July 25, 2019 8:18 pm

    I’m so impressed. Great job and what a darling girl.

  9. July 25, 2019 6:05 pm

    I’ve been knitting for 15 years and have never made a hat! So impressive! It looks great!

  10. Liz Bollmann permalink
    July 25, 2019 5:57 pm

    That’s excellent, Hunter! My granddaughter, Kate (8 years old) and I are travelling in Ontario and we went to a yarn store today. And she started her first hat today. I did the cast on and joined it, but she’s knitting it on her own. We are heading home to BC tomorrow. So she will finish it at home. #proud_nana

  11. Leah permalink
    July 25, 2019 5:22 pm

    Great job Hunter 🎉🎉

  12. Beverly J. Killick permalink
    July 25, 2019 1:29 pm

    Looks to me like Hunter did a nice job with her hat – be proud of her, as she should be.

  13. Jess permalink
    July 25, 2019 11:19 am

    Way to go, Hunter! Your hat is amazing. You did a completely professional job! Looks like a boutique beanie to me. Keep up the incredible work! :)

  14. Dianne Ritter permalink
    July 25, 2019 11:13 am

    Well done Hunter!!!

  15. July 25, 2019 10:59 am

    That’s so exciting! Well done, Hunter!

  16. July 25, 2019 10:13 am

    Beautiful work, Hunter. Can’t wait to see what projects come next. Enjoy!

  17. Zoe Kingson permalink
    July 25, 2019 9:42 am

    Way to go Hunter! It’s a beautiful hat.

  18. Patricia Johnson permalink
    July 25, 2019 9:01 am

    Great job, Hunter! Onwards and upwards!

  19. Linda permalink
    July 25, 2019 8:28 am

    Great job Hunter!!! You made an awesome hat!! Love the color! Keep knitting!!!

  20. smonakey permalink
    July 25, 2019 8:21 am

    Wow, that’s a great hat! It puts some of my knitting to shame! I can’t wait to see what Hunter makes next.

  21. Barbara Hermsmeyer permalink
    July 25, 2019 7:59 am

    Hunter, your hat is beautiful! Great work! I wish you many years of happy knitting (or spinning, or yarn dyeing, or sheep raising, crocheting or….) The possibilities are limitless.

  22. Julie M permalink
    July 25, 2019 7:30 am

    Awesome kid! She’s on her way. Congrats, mom!

  23. July 25, 2019 7:14 am

    That’s great your daughter is taking off on knitting. I learned at four and have t looked back since:)

  24. dddress permalink
    July 25, 2019 7:13 am

    Great job Hunter! I was 57 before I learned how to knit in the round. Where did you get the perfect matching pompom?

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