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. 

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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-

Sunday Knits

American Football season is here, which means my Sundays will be full of food, friends, and of course fiber. Living on the West Coast football games start pretty early in the morning (10:00 AM). No worries though we made the best of it with brunch and mimosas. Even our fruit was representing the red and gold! 

 As many of you know football games are long. Think 3-3.5 hours depending on the number of flags,penalties…etc. This game was no exception. It felt like the 2nd quarter would not end. Thank goodness I had knitting. I was making another hat (surprise surprise) and all that sitting time went to good use.

My hat at 10:00 AM:My hat at 1:00ish PM: (Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Black and Caron Simply Soft in White)

7 inches done! Woot woot! Football might not be so terrible after all. It keeps the hubby occupied while I get to knit away. Talk about a touchdown 😉🏈👍🏾!

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-

Hat Mania

The first week back to work is always professional development workshops. This is also known as me sitting in a cafeteria somewhere listening to lectures about things like behavior management, stuttering, selective mutism…etc. As interesting as these topics can be, I needed to keep my hands busy. There were 5 days and 6 hours of lectures. Let’s just say I was churning out about a hat a day. Here are some of the finished ones:

This is a baby hat made from leftovers. The blue is an acrylic yarn I found awhile ago at Michael’s and the yellow is Cascade 220 Sport in Daffodil.

I gained inspiration for this one from Pinterest. It is called the Zelda Cloche (Interweave Knits).  I liked the color contrast and button detail featured in the image. I kind of eyeballed the pattern and here is my finished result. I did follow the contrast ribbing, but I made a button flap rather than loop.  All I need now is the perfect button.

I  love the color of this yarn. The remind me of the gelato we kept seeing all over Croatia. It is Plymouth’s Encore Colors Self Striping (color 7511). This is a nice acrylic/wool blend that is perfect for those who can’t stand/manage to hand wash knits.

I find hats to be the best thing to work on during long meetings. I use a circular needle so there is no need to worry about needles rolling places. I generally pick patterns that don’t require a ton of focus or a chart that I need to reference often. And finally, hats are small and portable so no need to worry about space.

Until Next Time

-Whit-