New Pattern: Crossing Diamonds Headband

The Crossing Diamonds Headband is a great piece to add to your everyday knitwear collection. This headband features a basic cable pattern that forms interlocking diamonds. This design is a great seasonal transition piece. It can be worn as an ear warmer or further back on the head as a headband.

This Crossing Diamonds Headband is perfect for those who are just learning to cable knit or who want to brush up their skills. The headband is made as a flat piece and then the edges are seamed together. This project is gauged for US Size 8 (5.0mm) needles which make it a quick knit without being too bulky. Small/Medium/Large sizing is included. Plus it is a stash buster!

Yarn: 30-40 grams of DK weight yarn needed
Gauge: 5 sts and 6 rows in stockinette stitch = 1 inch
Finished Measurements: Height 3.25 inches/ Fits head circumference of 20-21 inches (small), 22.25-23 inches(medium), 25 inches (large)

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From now until 4/30/17 this pattern is only $1.00 on Ravelry.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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- 

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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New Pattern Release: Stacks Hat

I am super excited to announce the release of my newest hat pattern…

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I am delighted by this pattern as it represents my design style so well. I love a clean look with an added element of interest. The Stacks Hat features a classic shaped beanie/toque with an added textural surprise. Instead of using the traditional ribbed stitch, I incorporated a twisted knit stitch. By doing this, the ribbing takes on a raised three-dimensional look.

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The Stacks Hat is a quick project that is sure to keep you warm during these last months of cold weather. It is a one skein project and the choices of yarn to knit with are endless.


 (Featured: Red Hat uses Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in Fireside; Blue Hat uses Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Denim, Grey Hat uses Dark Star from Crooked Kitchen Yarns)

Want the pattern? Please stop by Ravelry or Etsy and purchase your copy.

Want a ready-made Stacks Hat? Please stop by my Etsy shop.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-