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?

Busy Fingers!

This past weekend my fingers were itching to create. I completed two knitting projects and started a crochet project all while avoiding things such as exercise and cleaning the house.

First on the list was my beautiful blue socks that I started a couple of weeks ago. The second sock was a much quicker knit as I figured out all of the confusing bits with the first one (specifically the heel turn). During this project I developed a serious love affair with my yarn (Anzula Squishy). The texture and the color were just divine! I definitely will be purchasing more of this brand in the future.

The next project was an attempt to jump on the holiday knitting. I had quite a bit of Cascade Pima Cotton Fine left over from my baby blanket project, so I decided to make some dishcloths as stocking stuffers. This pattern is called “Lace Cables.” It is a design from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  The cables are pretty simple, however one must count their stitches well in the lace sections.

My third project was these cute little flowers that I modified from 100 Colorful Ripple Stitches to Crochet. The pattern called for 6 rounds of crochet, but I kept the flowers smaller and only crocheted 3 rounds.  I had this grand idea of making tons of them and then sewing them all together. The end goal was going to be a children’s blanket. However, since I am just starting out with crochet I don’t know how to bind them together without leaving gaping holes. *sigh* If anyone has ideas I would love to hear them!

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Happy Tuesday!