On Sunday I went to the baptism of my friend’s baby, Chase. I hadn’t seen her in a while and needed to bring a baby gift. I had already bought two cute outfits from baby Gap and some crib toys, but I needed to add a personal touch. How about a hat?
I went on Ravelry to find a pattern that had more to it than just a boring stockinette stitch or rib. I also needed something that I could complete in two nights—I’m an awful procrastinator. Could this be a mission impossible? Well, I chose to accept it.
I found a pattern by Gretchen Chan on the MeiMing Design Ravelry store (it’s a free download). I’m a sucker for cables and I liked how the cables in this pattern intertwined.
Of course since I didn’t plan this out, I didn’t have the right size needles (size 7). I ended up raiding my craft chest and found a set of size 6 double-pointed needles. I know dpns are a necessary evil, but I prefer to use circular needles. AND, I probably would have been able to finish the hat in half the time on circulars, but what can you do?
Regardless, since it’s a baby hat, I would have needed a very short set of circulars. What’s wrong with me? I’m a baby about making a baby hat! Wah.
Luckily, I also have a large stash of Caron Simply Soft yarn from earlier or scrapped projects (all in afore-mentioned craft chest). I ended up using a small part of a pretty navy blue skein. So at 11:30 on Saturday night, just before Zooey Deschanel was about to do her monologue on SNL, I finished the hat. Pretty snazzy too.
You know what I love about knitting hats? You get the payoff of a completed project incredibly fast– it’s instant craftification! Check out this free slouchy hat knitting pattern from Azure Knits.
I casted on on Thursday night before Christmas and kind of worked on it here and there over the holiday. Then on Monday night I devoted some serious time to it and finished it that night. Awesome! I did notice that as I was decreasing that I made a couple of mistakes, but I think once I wear the hat it won’t be that noticeable. Also, I don’t have a small head, so the hat is not that slouchy on me. That’s OK though — I prefer more of a beanie over a really baggy look anyway.
I followed the tip of using size 11 needles to make the hat a little slouchier. I also used the recommended yarn in the pattern — Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky in Ecru. It was so unbelievably soft…Like a kitty, as my mom would say.
So here’s my first knitting post! I just started working on this scarf a couple of weeks ago. I tabbed the pattern for a reversible cable scarf last year in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2010/2011 issue, but it is also available as a download here.
I’m such a sucker for cables – it keeps things interesting – and this one caught my eye since it’s a pretty wide and long scarf. The knitted measurements are about 13” w x 65” h. I’ve knitted about 20” so far – yay! I’m a big fan of cables and this has a right cable and left cable on either side of a large double cable. In between each cable the scarf is knit in a seed stitch. It’s like a scarf sampler!
Since it’s a scarf, I don’t really pay attention to the yarn recommendations and just use what feels nice and has a beautiful color. When I started knitting scarves I’d use really nice 100% wool, but after I put all that work into it, the scarf would feel too scratchy against my skin. Now I just use a soft acrylic or blend. So for this project, I’m using 2 skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda 0014. The color is this beautiful blue/teal color. I had been in Michael’s a number of months ago and cruised the yarn aisle and came across this yarn. Also, since I knew it would be a while before I used it, picking up a yarn without a dye-lot was probably a smart choice in case I need to go back and buy or order more skeins.
So I’m about a third of the way through…About 15 rows back I realized I really messed up one of the cables. If you look at the pictures, you can see one of the cables looks loosely wavy in one area. I was too far ahead to go back and redo it. Oh well. I figure the scarf will be so long, it will be hardly noticeable. I’ll always know it’s there though. Doh!!