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Knit Lessons: 5 things knitting can teach you

Knit Lessons

Knit Lessons

Autumn! I was singing it’s praises earlier this month. I’m still thinking happy seasonal thoughts. For one thing it’s knitting season again! With a nip in the air it’s time to pull out my warm woolies. I’m a knitter, fall is the perfect excuse for putting something new on the needles.

This month I discovered a new yarn, Classic Elites’ Liberty Wool. It comes in lots of terrific variegated colorways. I’m a sucker for yarn that changes color on it’s own and saves me the trouble. I couldn’t decide which one color to get so I bought two balls and started alternating colors for a hat. I got so interested seeing what the next color change would bring to my emerging hat that I got carried away.

slouchy bee hive hat

Soon my hat was much bigger than I had intended. But I tried it on. Surprise! It was a fun slouchy hat. Not only that, it was reversible. And I could still wear it as a beanie if I flipped up the rim, making it double thick over my ears, a nice bonus. I liked my new hat so much I bought two more colors of Liberty Wool and cast on again. Ta-da, another funky, fun hat. By then I had several yards leftover. I wondered what a kid size hat would look like. I cast on again and tried my hand at a pee wee version. Fun times.

baby knit hats

Knit Lessons: 5 lessons I’ve learned from my hats:

  1. Enthusiasm run amok can surprise you with lovely outcomes.
  2. Redeeming a mistake is sometimes easier than you think.
  3. Knitting for the sheer pleasure of the activity is great fun.
  4. New ideas can come from mistakes.
  5. Christmas knitting can start in September!

You can learn from my mistake! I’d love to share my pattern with you: Slouchy Bee Hive Hat. Who knows you may discover a few things of your own when you knit one.

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Lisa Bogart (64 Posts)

Lisa Bogart. Lisa is a movie-loving, book-reading, sweater-knitting, cookie-baking, world-traveling woman. She is also the author of Knit With Love, Stories to Warm a Knitters Heart. She won the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2010. These days Lisa works part time at Piedmont Yarn in Oakland, CA. And she loves nothing better than writing all morning, knitting all afternoon, and watching a movie with hubby in the evening. You can find Lisa online at LisaBogart.com.


  1. Looks good on you. Unfortunately I can not wear hats. Not in the least bit flattering on me. Wished I could especially in the winter. About the only time I do is when I put the garbage out in the winter time and hope and pray that no one see me !

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