So, I have finally finished the knitted alpaca hat for my husband. I really liked the alpaca yarn; it is super soft and nice to work with. I still do NOT like knitting. I have learned a lot about it from this whole adventure, but I definitely prefer crocheting. It seems more versatile, and harder to mess up. And, I broke my knitting needles finishing this hat, so it looks like its going to be a looong time before I try to knit again.
Anyways, I used the hat pattern from Greetings from Knit Cafe by Suzan Mischer. Its a very fun, colorful book, but not practical, especially for a beginner like me. The hat pattern was simple, but there’s no explanation of stitches or techniques used in the book – I guess she assumes that you already know them.