As of a few hours ago, my first hat (and non-flat project) is off the needles!
This was a gift for a family member Here, and he loves the hat. I knit it in about 8 hours or so, spread out over 4 days. I knit it using the City Beats pattern [link] and using Lion Brand super bulky yarn in navy blue. The pom pom is made of yarn leftover from another project.
The pattern was very easy to read, and the written instructions were very easy to follow. I’d gladly use a pattern from this designer again. The only area I had difficulty with was at the ending, when I had to decrease at the crown of the hat (but that’s more because I’m new to hat knitting, not any fault of the designers’.)
I learned a new stitch, the mistaken rib stitch. It was an easy stitch once I got into the rhythm of it, and it was easy to read if I accidentally lost my place (which I did a few times.) The hat knit up fast, due to the bulky yarn and needles used, though knitting two stitches together could be difficult because of how bulky the yarn was.
I’m very happy with how my first hat turned out, and I can certainly see myself using this pattern again in the future. I’d recommend this pattern even to new knitters, due to how easy it was to follow.