I’ve been radio silent here on this blog for the past few weeks, completely unintentionally. Life, as does happen, got busy, and while the knitting hasn’t stopped, writing about it did.
We’re only a few weeks away from Christmas, and I’m certainly feeling the pressure to keep knitting, but like I’ve written about in my last few posts, hats have been the flavour of the month(s?). Such a simple, quick and satisfying project!
I may have a slight addiction to the Barley Light pattern by tincanknits. I’ve knit five of these hats in the last six months! What isn’t there to love? It’s knit in fingering (although a worsted version is available too), it’s so simple yet the garter panel adds interest, and it’s super chic. Written with lots of size options, these have made excellent baby gifts which can come together rather quickly – one of the five I was able to knit during a Sunday afternoon.
I’m also working on a super fun, slouchy hat for my friend’s daughter; she’s a super trendy little girl, and a slouchy bulky hat will fit her personality, in my humble opinion. AI’m hoping to make a hat for her brother as well, but am waiting on inspiration to strike for that. I started a different hat for friend’s daughter – I had some fun pink and white Cascade 220 in the stash that I thought would be good to knit down, but then, common sense kicked in and I realized MAYBE an 8 year old needs a hat made with something super wash… Just a hunch.
As the countdown to the holidays continues (or maybe is coming to an end for those who celebrate Hanukkah), I am hoping the odds are ever in your favour for finishing those projects you just need to get done!
Last week I wrote about hats that were seemingly flying off my needles, one of which was the start of the Pathways hat, inspired by a hat worn on Once Upon a Time. Well, that hat certainly flew and I was able to cast off and even wove in the cast off tail. What a mistake. As soon as I was done weaving, I tried it on and it fit rather small. I’m a tight knitter, and other people on Ravelry found that the pattern as written ended up a little small. We all know how much I like frogging my projects *insert the largest eye roll here*
If this is a project you’re hoping to undertake (and I would ultimately recommend it because the finished hat is super cute and made with worsted weight makes it cozy), what worked for me was making the ribbed brim with 4.5mm needles, and the body was made with 5.5mm. The hat was simple, with sections of cables, stockinette and seed stitch, and once I adjusted the needles I used, it made a really cute hat.
It’s now going into the pile of finished gifts, put aside for the end of December.
One of the several reasons why I love knitting is the sense of gratification one gets by seeing your project grow. You can see your progress, your efforts and time becoming a thing. This past weekend, I saw the efforts of my labour come together fairly quickly as I’m knitting away for Christmas and, conveniently at the same time, working away at my stash.
I can write about these projects because a) I’m not specifying for whom they were made, and b) I doubt the recipients will read this blog. I think this is a safe space. If you think you know the destined recipients, please, keep my secret!!
Saturday evening, this beauty flew off my needles. Bulky weight, 6 millimetre needles. I LOVE how simple the hat is, but then the designer hit you with a pop of interest with the crown decrease and these lovely cables. The pattern is Subtle Twist Hat by Jennifer Tallapaneni, and I used up the better part of a skein of Berroco Vintage Chunky.
I’ve also started a hat I’ve been wanting to make for a while, Pathways by Erica Harbin. This lovely hat was inspired by one worn on the show Once Upon a Time, and the first season of that show was filled with lovely pieces of knitwear. I’ve had Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 85 in my stash for years now, and it is working up like a dream in this project! The plying of this yarn is unusual, but it’s not affecting the fabric being created, so I’m happy.
I may find excuses to knit a few more hats because they are a seriously quick project, and I’m rather happy to find use for yarn that I’ve had on the shelves for some time now. The Mercury is dropping and a few snowflakes have fluttered by. Winter is coming, friends. I’m sure it won’t be hard to find reasons for hats.
For Christmas, I made my sister the Katie Beret, which was rather appropriate seeing as her name is Katie. Here it is, finished (although it’s my head being the model):
It became a lesson in being mindful of yardage, not just weight, when buying yarn. The yarn I initially bought was Indigodragonfly’s DK Matter in the Patina Fey Colourway. Yes, it was the DK weight I needed, but a few rounds into the main body pattern, I realized I may not have the yardage I needed to finish the hat. I took a deep breath, suppressed the sobs, and ripped.
A day or so afterwards, I bought a new skein, this time Malabrigo Arroyo yarn, a sport weight with enough yardage to finish the hat.
Frogging is always such sweet sorrow.
The name my sister gave to this project. We’re both uber dorks.
A friend from the Museum Studies days was having a baby. This friend and I started working in the same city within a few months of each other, at different cultural organizations, and even after she moved on to a different opportunity in Toronto, we would still get together a few times a year for dinner, drinks, and to catch up. She is notorious for her pineapple collection. When I found out she was having a baby, how could I NOT knit her something pineapple related.
Here is the PineHatpple
Finding the right pineapple hat on Ravelry wasn’t easy, and I ended up combining elements from two different patterns, following the lead of others who did the same thing.
The hat was made from the Pineapple hat pattern by Becky Veverkar. It was knit in the round with the wrong side facing you. As you knit the hat, the inside has the wonderful bobble-y texture taking form, and before you add the crown, you turn it inside out. The crown was made from pineapple tea cozy pattern, linked here. If it looks a little dodgy, don’t worry. Both the hat and crown patterns have been ‘archived.’ The yarn used was Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash.
Not long after the hat was sent to my friend, I got a lovely text back with her new daughter wearing the pineapple. I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out and that I was able to make it for a good friend.