I am not normally one to knit from kits, but a friend of mine saw the giraffe hat I had made and really wanted a monkey hat. To be clear, my friend is an adult, lol. But I am happy to make things for friends, so off I went to order kits. (Kits, because I ordered an owl for another friend.)
I’m using the Top This! Monkey hat kit from DMC Creative World. It calls for a US9 needle, and the kit comes with 98 yards of yarn for the hat, plus the monkey topper. The pattern that comes printed with the hat only goes up to an adult small size, and my friend would like an adult large, so I had to do some math. Doing math when I am not at work is not really what I like to do, so let’s all cross our fingers I did the math correctly.
Math is where the chicken part of this story comes in. I adjusted the size for a cast on of 80 stitches, will do about 14 or 15 rows of 2×2 ribbing, about 6 inches of stockinette, and then start my decreases. I honestly have no idea if I will have enough yarn or not, so if it gets close I will play yarn chicken and just see what happens. Worst case scenario is I have to spend another ten bucks on a second kit to finish it out. These kits go pretty fast, so I should know in the next couple of days if I get to win at chicken or not.