how to use double points. Of course using the tutorial would have been far too simple so instead I just guessed how to use them. And I guessed wrong. Instead of realising that you knit to the end and then carry on on to the top of the next needle, for some reason I thought you had to turn each needle round. The result was that the start (the point) of the hat has a cool little spiral effect (again something I discovered by accident). After about five goes round I realised my mistake and started knitting using the double points correctly. I started with about 5 stitches on each of my 5 needles. The yarn I was using is supposed to be for socks and has a pattern imprinted into it which appears as you knit. This is my ideal way of knitting - as little effort as possible for maximum effect.
The result was to pull the bottom of the hat in and give it a lovely rippled balloon effect. I think the hat is shaped a bit like a squash. I started casting off when I realised the ball of wool was running out. So the hat is exactly one ball in total.
And here is the end result being modelled on Goblin's particularly ugly plastic doll. I'm sure it will look better on my friend's, bound to be beautiful, baby.
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