Handmade Hats

I hope that you had a great Christmas holiday. I know I did. Nothing like mom’s cooking, hanging by the fake fire, and watching Christmas movies. This year I gave all the men handmade hats. I tried to match the hats to their personal styles.

Dad got a beanie will call “Stacks.” It is a series of ribbing that changes direction every 10 rows. I made it using an acrylic blend I found in my stash.

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Boyfriend was the recipient of a basic stockinette beanie made from another ball I found in my stash (wool/acrylic blend). I think once upon a time I was trying to use the yarn to make a sweater with this yarn.  I had started a back panel, but I abandoned it awhile ago. The boyfriend was very happy, as this is the first hat I have made him.

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M (my sister’s boyfriend) is now the proud owner of Graham. I used Lion Brand Heartland in King’s Canyon. I L-O-V-E this pattern. My favorite stitches tend to be simple texture patterns such as Graham’s broken rib. I am already trying to think of a way to incorporate this stitch into a future project (scarf? Pullover sweater?).

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Hats are such a quick and satisfying project to make for the holidays. They are super practical and the recipient(s) is/are always so amazed by the love that went into their gift.

What Christmas knits/crochet projects did your family/friends receive this year?

Progress is Happening

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I completed quite a bit of my Minette sweater for #Nakniswemo2014 this past weekend. However, the work week has hit and my progress has slowed. Good thing I have 27 more days left! I am really enjoying this pattern. It is a top down cardigan with just the right amount of detail around the neck and button panel. It wasn’t until the last year that I had made a sweater from the top down and  I have to say I prefer it.  Since I have a short torso,  I can hold my project up to myself and determine proportions a lot better from the neckline than the waistline.

I also am pleased with the yarn choice. I have worked with Cascade 220 in the past and was not a fan of the roughness on my fingers. It is a relief to not be having that issue with this project. Nothing is worse than rough yarn sliding through your fingers.

I also started one of the many Christmas gifts I need to make. I am creating a cowl using my leftover Rowan Softknit Cotton from my Flax Sweater. Isn’t this diagonal herringbone pattern awesome?  Since the yarn is such a neutral color, I really feel the cowl needs some texture to jazz it up.

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Check this pattern out on Ravelry!

So what are  you working on?