Stash Buster: Knitted Infant Hats

Do you have mini skeins or leftover yarn from a larger project in your stash?

Is it sock weight/fingering weight yarn?

Do you want/need/desire to make a project that is guaranteed to be instantly gratifying?

Do you love to make cute little items for cute little people?

If you answered yes to 2 or more of the above questions then it looks like you are up for making a simple and quick baby gift. Hats make a great gift for the newest little ones in your life.  Parents appreciate the love you put into making a handmade item and let’s face it, it makes their baby look darn cute.

This is a recipe (aka not a pattern) for a basic infant beanie. For sizing, I use these measurements from Bev’s Country Cottage. Feel free to add adornments such as bows, flowers, buttons, and/or patches.


Materials: 

At least 30-40 grams of fingering weight yarn (for sizes newborn-12 mo)

US size 3/3.0mm knitting needles (either DPNs or circular) * I used the magic loop method

1 stitch marker

Tapestry Needle

Gauge: 7 sts and 10 rows per 1″

Abbreviations: K= Knit st, P= purl stitch, k2tog= knit two stitches together

Brim: Cast on the number of stitches needed for the sizing you have chosen (example: with my gauge I cast on 100 stitches for 3-6 mo infant hat to give me a 15″ circumference). Join the stitches in the round while making sure not to twist the stitches. Place your stitch marker.

Rows 1-10: K1, P1 across all stitches.

Body: Knit all stitches until you reach 1″ below your desired length (for a 3-6 mo hat I knit for 5.5 inches from the edge of the brim )

Crown: Begin decreases.

Row 1: Knit 9 sts, k2 tog across all sts.

Row 2 and all even row: Knit all sts

Row 3: Knit 8 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 5: Knit 7sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 7: Knit 6 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 9: Knit 5 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 11: Knit 4 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 13: Knit 3 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 15: Knit 2 sts, k2tog across all sts

Row 17: Knit 1, k2tog across all sts

Row 18: K2tog across all sts.

Finish: Cut an 8-inch tail. Thread tapestry needle and weave the needle through the remaining stitches on the needle. Turn the hat inside out and weave in the ends.


Enjoy!

-Whit- 

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Favorite Knitting Photos

Arg it is only the beginning of the work week and my mind is done. So instead of composing a blog post for you, I will provide some photos of my favorite knitted items. Enjoy!

(For project information please hold cursor over the photo)

Hopefully, my writing mojo will return soon.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Knitting Stacks Hats

This weekend was a long weekend for me and I took some time to relax with my knitting. I made two new Stacks Hats  for my Etsy shop

I have to say I don’t usually knit patterns over and over. However, the Stacks Hat is the perfect project for a Netflix marathon. One can get in a good knitting rhythm, which leads to increased TV watching vs just listening to it. 😉

I almost got fully caught up on The People vs OJ Simpson, watched a couple of comedy specials and a few episodes of OA.  The OJ Simpson dramatization is really interesting.  I am too young to remember all of the hype around the trial so it is intriguing to watch it now as an adult. The OA is just bizarre. I have watched 5 episodes now and I am losing interest. It is too out of the box for me.

In terms of knitting, the hats came out great! The green hat is Paton’s Classic Wool in Jade Heather. I had some leftovers from my Armande sweater I finished a couple of weeks ago. The gray hat is some new hand dyed yarn that I just discovered. It is called Dark Star and made by the lovely Laura at Crooked Kitchen Yarn. This yarn is dyed beautifully and it is so amazing to work with. The yarn is so soft and I love that there is a hint of sheen that makes your finished project look a little glossy. When you get the chance head over to her shop to view her gorgeous color choices. 

All and all it was a productive weekend. Some more projects are in the works so please keep track of my knitting via Instagram @knitsbywhitsf

Until Next Time

-Whit-

Mini Flax Sweaters

The babies are coming! The babies are coming! Well that is at least what I have been chanting in my head. May I present my latest baby gifts…

Mini Flax Sweaters by Tin Can Knits. Tin Can Knits does a lovely job with creating everyday basics for the whole family. The tan sweater is sized 0-6mos and the red one is 6-12mos. I really love this pattern as it is free, well written, and has so much potential for variations. 

I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted for both sweaters. I made no modifications except using an alternative color on the neck, cuffs, and bottom edge of the tan sweater. I will say I had a little trouble with keeping the stitches even as I picked up additional stitches at the underarms. However, I went back and did some tightening up of the stitches with a tapestry needle and spare yarn.If you are in need of a quick and easy pattern, I highly recommend the Flax Sweater. Did I mention that they have a lightweight version too?  

The babies aren’t due till spring, but I am glad I can check these gifts off the list.

What is your go-to baby sweater pattern?

Until Next Time, 

-Whit-

Armande Sweater

I joined the Selfish Sweater Knit-a-long (sskal2017), hosted by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots, back in January. The SSKAL is focused on creating cardigans, and in my opinion, Andi’s cardigans are amazing . Her patterns are straightforward to execute and have cute feminine touches like lacework and waist shaping. I previously tried to make her Minette sweater and failed horribly. One thing about most of Andi’s sweaters is that they fit snug (aka have 1-2″ negative ease). I messed up the sizing on my Minette so much I couldn’t even button it up. 😫

This time around I really thought about my gauge and how I wanted the sweater to fit. I opted for the medium size and am super pleased with the result. It is a must to layer up in San Francisco and my Armande has enough room for a shirt or two underneath.  img_1963

I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Jade Heather. Gosh I love this color. It is mainly green, but there are flecks of blue and yellow-green that really give the yarn some dimension. I am also really jazzed about these buttons that I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. img_1965

All and all another successful sweater! Sorry I didn’t get any pictures with me wearing it quite yet. I was quite busy finishing up some other knitted goodies this weekend. Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@knitsbywhitsf) for future photos of my Armande Sweater in action.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Mastering Two Circular Needles

Interesting fact about me: Until 3 years ago I hated circular needles.  Why you may ask? Well, I was (and still am) an avid hat knitter and I hated switching from circular needles to double pointed needles (DPNs). So I either knitted using straight needles and seamed the hat together or I used DPNs. Then magic loop came into my life. Oh, magic loop how I love you. I only had to carry one set of needles AND I could sometimes knit two items at a time. Perfection! Since that time, I pretty much knit with circular needles no matter what I am working on.

The one thing that I had not tried was knitting with two circulars at the same time in the round.  Last week,  I decided to give it a try. This method is a little tricky at first…especially if you are used to magic loop. You have to remember to use the far side needle of the SAME circular for each side. Sound confusing? Check out this video.

So what did I make? Some fingerless gloves using a Staghorn Cable. I have made gloves like this before and I wanted to work up a trial pair for a pattern I am writing. Only thing…I can’t decide what I should do with the thumb hole.

What do you think? Add a ribbed portion (left glove) or leave the thumb hole as is (right glove)? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Day 7: Stripes

The #yarnlovechallenge has been a fun process. Today’s prompt was stripes. I personally love stripes (especially black and white ones). Stripes are a great pattern option without being over the top. When knitting or crocheting, stripes are also one of the easier ways to incorporate color into a piece. Here are some of my favorite FO with stripes:

Do you like crafting with stripes? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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