Lil’ Pixie Hat

Here is a new item off the needles. I call her Lil’ Red Pixie. She is knitted from Plymouth Encore Tweed in Ruby.

 After casting on 90 stitches, I knit 5 rows in garter stitch. Within the first few rows I made sure to add a yarn over so I would have a button hole. 

Next, I decreased every 2nd row on each edge 10 times. I then knit for 3 inches.

In the end, I used a 3-needle bind off and sewed in the loose ends. I added a button to close the hat under the chin. I can’t wait to see this on my friend’s daughter. She is going to look super cute!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

The above is a general outline. The sizing is geared toward a 3-4 year old child. 

WIP Wednesday

Generally, I am a monogamous knitter but lately my attention has been all over the place.

My Rainbow Dovetail Scarf is in hibernation as I ran out of yarn.☹️️

A couple of weeks ago I broke into my newer yarn and began My Favorite Cardigan. This is a really enjoyable knit. I am enamored by the color, the plushiness of the yarn, and the pattern. It is pretty perfect TV knitting. I just got past the sleeve divide and now am working the body.

I am also currently blocking a ton of hats. On Sunday, I am participating in an Artisan Fair at my husband’s school. I made about 35 hats and headbands  as well as 8 scarves for the event. The hats are taking forever to dry as it has been rather cloudy and chilly here in San Francisco. Hopefully everything is ready for Sunday.


Until Next Time

-Whit-

Sunday Knits: A Cheer Up

Well the Niners🏈 lost today…they lost bad. Good thing I had some cute headwear to photograph. 

Koala Hat (Inspired by Koala Hat from Little Red Window) in Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Silver

Color Swap Beanie in Paton Classic Wool Royal Purple and Vanna’s Choice Silver Blue

Trinity in Reverse Headwrap in Vanna’s Choice Mustard

I am really proud of how the Koala Hat came out. Usually I don’t like making hats that have a lot to sew on, but this one was too cute not to make! 

How did your weekend knitting go?

Until Next Time

-Whit-

FO Friday: All About The Rib

This week was all about the rib. 

I have made Graham Hat once before and loved  the broken rib pattern so much that I remade it using Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Light Grey Marl. I did knit the hat a little longer this time so that is has more slouch when worn. 

I have never used Patons Classic Wool before and I am quite pleased with it. I bought it when Michael’s was having a sale a couple of weeks ago. It is pretty soft and plushy for a budget yarn. 

I also crafted the Color Dipped Hat by Purl Soho 💕. This hat is made using Fisherman’s ribbing. Talk about squishy goodness all around. Your end result is super stretchy and thick…perfect for chilly days. The yarn is Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Natural (wool) and Vanna’s Choice in Aqua.

What is your favorite type of ribbing?

Until Next Time

-Whit-

Finished Objects Friday

Recently, I participated in a testing pool group on Ravelry for a pattern for a child’s cat hat. I have always wanted to be  a tester so I signed up and got knitting. I liked the pattern so much I made two!

Check out my project pages and keep the look out  for the published pattern.

Cat Hat in Black

Cat Hat in Red

And Another One

The latest off my US size 8s is… 

I used the remaining Cascade 220 Sport from my On the Beach sweater ( I swear there will be some photos of it soon).  I casted on 80 stitches and made a 2×2 rib. After that, I then just made up the pattern. Basically it is a single stitch alternating color pattern. The sizing came out a little small so this is defiantly a kid/ teen hat. 

As I finished the above,  I casted on the  Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits. Someone in my house is expecting a handmade gift for Valentine’s Day ❤️.

A Wedding and a Craft Fair

Weekends are the best. Especially when there are fun events to fill it. This weekend we headed south to Monterrey/ Carmel for my college friend’s wedding. It was a lovely affair. The setting felt like we were in some forest oasis. There was delicious food, amazing company, and great dance music.

 Sunday was the big Artisian/ Craft Fair for my fiancé’s school. There were many amazing crafters at the event. I was in awe of some of the items people were selling. There was pottery, sewing, body products, and photographs. Sorry I don’t have more photos, but I was busy with my table.   

 I had set a goal of selling 8 items, and I ended up selling 19! Woot woot! It was so great to hear people’s feedback and see them walking around with my products. Nothing beats being able to gain insight into a shopper’s mind. 

If I did another fair I would include more hats with variegated yarn as well as hats with details (e.g, buttons, bows). People really seemed to enjoy the unique items that can only be handcrafted. Yay handmade! 
 

They Keep Coming

So many ideas and so few hours to knit! I am continuing to get ready for the Artisian Fair for my fiancé’s school. My focus is on hats that can be unisex as well as appealing to a diverse crowd. I haven’t made many hats recently so I had forgotten how addictive they are.  All I want to do is knit hats!  Here are the latest off my needles:   

  Wool/ Blend from my stash   Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue

Red- Caron 220; Denim Color- Sesia’s River Jeans (cotton)  Caron Simply Soft in Blackberry and Dark Country Blue

Knitting and Football

Football games are a great time to get some knitting in. It just so happens that today my knitting  coordinated with the 49ers’ uniforms.  

 I made the larger piece ( it was supposed to be a sleeveless top) years ago. I never finished it though. I made a bad yarn choice. I used Caron’s Simply Soft and the mix of the acrylic yarn and yarn weight (worsted) didn’t pan out. The piece would have been too thick to wear during the summer.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I am an acrylic hater, it is just that acrylic is not a very breathable fabric. So I am making some hats out of it. I am knitting them simultaneously as I unravel the top. The white hat will be an infant hat and the red a lacy slouch cap. 

The 49ers won today and hopefully my hats end up winners too! 

 

Happy Woolly Hat Day!

The Campaign for Wool has claimed October 9th as Woolly Hat Day. What better way to celebrate than share hats that are in progress?

I am calling this one the Snake Charmer Beanie as the cables look like snakes don’t they? This hat is just a simple 2 stitch cable using a wool/acrylic blend I had in my stash. 

I also started another Café au Lait Tam. This is a project for my Halloween partner (group on Ravelry). The swap includes a package of 4 items (Halloween item, self- made item, knitting related item, and something yummy). The due date is October 15 so I better get cracking on assembling my package! 

Happy Friday!