Hats for Sprout

After almost six years as a knitter, I am just finally venturing into the world of baby knitting. For a selfish reason.

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26 weeks

Hubby and I are ecstatic about our baby girl Sprout!

I knit these hats for her awhile back. Orange is our favorite color.

Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat #1

Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat #2

Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah Sock in Pumpkin and Yarntini Self-Striping Sock in Pumpkin Spice
Pattern: Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat (Ravelry link)
Needles: US #2 / 32″ for magic loop


Star Crossed Slouchy Beret

I like the “friend activity” page on Ravelry because it exposes me to patterns that I might not otherwise see. That was where I came across the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret pattern.

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret

This pattern only uses one skein of Malabrigo, which is a big plus.

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret

Sadly, though, I don’t think this beret works well on me. It isn’t slouchy enough and generally looks too small. I should have done at least another half of the pattern repeat before the decreases. I’m still debating whether to frog it and re-knit it, or to donate the hat to charity.

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret

Pattern: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret (Rav link)
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, Polar Morn, less than 1 skein
Needles: US #9, #10, #11
Mods: I used US #9/16″ needles for the ribbing based on project notes I found Ravelry. I think this worked well. The US #11s/16″ were for the main body. For the decreases I used US#10 DPNs. I’m not sure why the pattern calls for 24″ needles — I tried them and didn’t like how the stitches were overly stretched out. The 16″ needles worked just fine.


Hats for Knit With Love

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This year, Suzie has organized Knit with Love, an effort to collect at least 25 knitted hats that will be delivered to elders via the San Francisco chapter of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. Suzie is currently just over halfway to meeting her goal and will accept hats for two more weeks, so if you have time to whip up a quick hat please take a look at the link!


Cabled Newsboy Cap

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Pattern: Headline News Cabled Newsboy Cap from Stitch ‘N Bitch Nation
Yarn: Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes, Color 2003 Ecru, 2 skeins
Needles: Clover #8/16″, Clover #8/24″, Clover #10.5/16″, Brittany #10.5 DPNs
Thoughts: This was my first project in August, and unfortunately I feel pretty “meh” about it. Clearly I chose the wrong color yarn for myself; I was going for neutral so that the hat would match a variety of clothing, but didn’t consider that ecru doesn’t go so well with my skin tone. The yarn knits up thick and soft, but it was splitty so I wouldn’t use it again.  I found the decrease instructions rather confusing.  In the absence of pattern errata or clarification on the SnB website, I ended up emailing Wendy completely out of the blue to ask for help because she had knit the hat before. She didn’t know me from the next knitter, nor had I ever even commented on her blog previously, but she still kindly responded super quickly with detailed instructions. Wasn’t that nice?? All in all, this is not one of my favorite projects, but I’m glad I finished something! Yay!  Moving on now to the other projects on my needles…


More Sparkles

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Gifted to my lovely and talented friend Jen.


Thank you so much for the get-well wishes! My stomach muscles got lots of exercise this week from the constant coughing, but I am finally feeling better. Here are the promised sock photos:

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Pattern: My generic 56 stitch toe-up sock with short-row heels
Yarn: Claudia Hand Painted Yarn, Plumicious, 2 skeins
Needles: US #1 / 40″ Addi Turbo for Magic Loop
Thoughts: Still had difficulty closing the gaps between the live stitches on the short row heel and the ones on the instep, but oh well. This project confirmed my prior feeling that knitting two socks at once really isn’t my thing, so if I do toe-ups again I will do them individually. Love the Claudia yarn!

I also managed to knit a hat.

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Pattern: Sparkle Hat from Stitch ‘N Bitch
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, M-34 Victorian Pink, less than 1 skein
Needles: US #11 / 16″ Addi Turbo and US #10 Brittany DPNs
Thoughts: About time that I knit this because I bought the large sequins two years ago! A little too much sparkle, but definitely fun!


Two Scarves and a Hat

While I haven’t posted much lately, I’ve been knitting a lot and it feels great. I’m really excited about knitting again and have been picking up the needles at every spare moment. I’m happy that I’m finally getting over my knitting blahs – yay!

First, I finished my sister’s replacement Karaoke Scarf. I didn’t wait for good natural lighting to take a photo, since it looks exactly like the original one. Let’s hope she doesn’t lose this one because I’m not up for knitting a third black Karaoke scarf.

As soon as I finished the scarf, I cast on for a hat.

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Pattern: Ann Norling Spiral Ribbed Hat
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa 127 Print, color #19, 1 skein
Needles: Clover Takumi US 9 / 16″

I bought this yarn about six months ago, and I liked the colors so much that it survived my massive destashing. Considering how much I sold off, that’s definitely saying something! I started to knit a rolled edge stockinette hat with it, but found that the random color stripes bothered me a lot. I added the spiral ribbed pattern as a way of detracting from the stripes. I like the hat much better now. While the yarn was great to knit with, I’m not sure I would buy it again because of the odd striping.

Lastly, I finished my sister’s birthday present.

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Pattern: Entrelac Scarf
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden, Color #224, 4 skeins
Needles: Clover Takumi US 8

As you can see, the 4 skeins did not contain all the same colors. The two ends of the scarf (shown in the first and third photos) look drastically different. Surprisingly, this doesn’t bother me. I think it gives the scarf a bit more character! I’m planning to cast on for my own Entrelac Scarf soon.

I have a couple of other projects on the needles, and hopefully the weather will cooperate for photos next weekend. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!