I have discovered one co-worker who enjoys knitting. Recently, she stopped me in the hall and asked if I knew any simple beanie (toque) patterns she could make. “Sure!” I said.
Here are some of my favorites that are easy to knit (and free!):
Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits- This is a great beginner’s hat. Tin Can Knits does a wonderful job with the tutorial within the pattern as well as creating a pattern that fits all ages.
Bankhead by Susie Gourlay– I have never made this pattern, but I really like the wide ribbing. There is also a great backstory to the naming of the pattern.
Classic Cuffed Hat by Purl Soho– Love Purl Soho, love the simplicity of this hat.
Graham by Jennifer Adams- Graham has a simple construction with a pretty easy texture pattern. It makes for great TV knitting.
What is (are) your favorite simple knitted beanie pattern(s)?
Until Next Time,
We have been doing quite a bit of traveling via car this holiday season therefore, I have had plenty of time to knit.
Remember this yarn (see below)? I started making the Dovetail Scarf from Purl Soho, but things weren’t working out. The body of the scarf was looking a little too stiff. So I ripped it back and did a little research. That is when I stumbled upon the Rick Rack Rib Scarf. I ❤️ both Barbara Walker and Purl Soho so the decision was made.
I love how the Rick Rack Rib texture is subtle and doesn’t compete with the color changing. This texture helps the piece lay flat as well as it feels super squishy. It kind of reminds me of a Fisherman’s Rib. I used Ella Rae Seasons in Rainbow (09) and US Size 15 needles.
The pattern is pretty easy when you get the hang of it. The Purl Soho website has a nice photo tutorial of how to work the stitches. My suggestion: Use pointy needles. It makes it way easier to pick up the stitches.
In the end, I decided to sew the ends together and make it into a cowl. San Francisco is pretty windy so loose scarf ends can be a pain. I am really happy with the finished project. The cowl is interesting in both color and texture and is super cozy.
Until Next Time,
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.
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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?
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Last week I started a new bandana scarf published on Purl Soho called the Dovetail Scarf. I am using this pretty rainbow yarn from Ella Rae Seasons (acrylic/wool/nylon blend). The pattern calls for US Size 6 needles and 1 skein of sport weight yarn. However, my yarn is thicker so I bumped up to US Size 10 needles and will use two skeins. I wanted the scarf to be big enough that you could also use it as a small shawl.
I love Purl Soho designs. They are so classic looking. This pattern spoke to me as I loved the beautiful simplicity of it. I also am really enjoying the basic detailing of the yarn overs coupled with the clean edging.
The edging is formed by holding the yarn in front and then slipping the last stitch purlwise. It is making my scarf look so polished. I love this technique so much that I have started another scarf and am using the same idea.
This is just a basic garter stitch scarf using Loops and Thread’s Cozy Wool. I gained inspiration from this color blocked scarf. I am using US Size 13 needles across 20 stitches.
Again look at those edges. Beautiful 😍. I haven’t seamed anything using the above technique, but I bet it would be a dream.
I most certainly plan in keeping this trick in mind for future projects.
Until Next Time