Over the past couple of weeks I had seen the lovely Casey from Plus Three Crochet make mention of the navaho knitting & crochet method on instagram. I had never heard of it before so I was intrigued. When Casey shared this video link on her blog I knew I had to give it a try. I always find that when I am trying to find fast projects to use up my yarn stash they require bulky or super bulky yarn. This is always an issue for me because most of my stash is 8 ply. Using this method I was able to turn 8 ply yarn into super bulky yarn to make a quick and easy beanie for winter.
I found this pattern for a simple garter stitch beanie that seemed like the perfect way to try out a new knitting method. I am really happy with how it turned out! The only difference with using the navaho method is that the yarn isn't as soft and drapey as normal super bulky yarn would be. Therefore the hat is a bit more stiff than it would be had I used super bulky yarn. I don't mind though. I think it still works well for this hat. However, you probably wouldn't want to use this method for say a jumper. I think it would be perfect for making a puff daddy ottoman.
I can definitely say that I will be using this method again. I have a lot of yarn in my stash that needs to be used up and this has opened up a whole range of new opportunities. But before I go can we all take a moment to check out the awesomeness of this giant pom pom.
Seriously, what is better than a giant pom pom! This has got to be my favourite part of the hat. I think I will be putting giant pom poms on everything now. I've been bitten by the pom pom bug!