Fast forward to 2012. I've done very little knitting since my 4-H days, but I have this Blythe doll hobby now, and I've been seeing a lot of cuuuuute knitted doll hats that I would love to make...so when I saw this pattern at XOXO Blythe for a simple, basic hat, I decided to give it a try. I went to Joann's and ventured past the fabric (my ususal stop) into the yarn section, where I bought some double-pointed needles and varigated yarn. I got down to work, and much to my surprise, I still know how to knit! Here's an in-progress shot--look at that, I'm using five needles at once!
This is exciting--it came out looking just like a real hat! The variations of color in the yarn make the stripes happen without any effort on the part of the knitter.
Hey--it fits my doll just like a real hat too! I was so happy with how quickly it came together that I made a second one (I only mention that because some of you will notice that the stripe placement is different in the hat above and the hat below!) I feel empowered and emboldened by my success! Who knows what I will knit next?