When I first started knitting I was more inclined to make up my own patterns. Sometimes they worked out, other times not so much. I was more adventurous in a way, less focused on proficiency and more on experimentation. I had completely forgotten about an early hat I made for my brother, but when I saw him over the Christmas holidays he told me he still wears it. Since I can barely remember making the hat, I figured it was high time to replace it. Or at least add to his collection!
I decided on Jared Flood’s Turn a Square – a toque with raglan decreases and subtle striping. I used Mission Falls 1824 Wool and Noro Silk Garden. The hat takes less than a ball of each, so it could be a great project to use up some of your yarn leftovers.
Here are some other man-friendly patterns I came across in my search for my brother’s birthday hat:
Windschief (Ravelry link) by Stephen West
Golden Autumn (Ravelry link) by Lucy Sweetland
Koolhaas by Jared Flood
Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk
Thorpe (Ravelry link) by Kirsten Kapur
I had a serious cute attack last weekend at Mokuba, where I picked up the pink ribbon for this cape. There were so many sweet, frilly options! Now that I’ve finally settled on the finishing touches, I’m ready to wrap this up and send it on its way to my friend Kozue and her baby girl Kaede in Kanagawa.
I used Mission Falls 136 Merino, a nice Canadian option, since Kozue and I met while she was studying in Vancouver and Canada has been close to her heart ever since. Her daughter’s name is actually Japanese for maple.
The pattern is another great one from Kristen Rengren’s Vintage Baby Knits. I can hardly wait to see photos of Kaede in the cape – this has to be one of my favourite baby knits so far!
Gudrun Johnston’s Moch Cardi pattern is a great one. This was my first bottom-up sweater (seamless, yay) and it made for some good travel knitting over the holidays. I used Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label in Stormy; yarn that was originally intended for a February Lady Sweater knitalong. The Lady and I weren’t to be, so I frogged it and used the yarn for this instead. I love this cardi but think I would love it even more in a solid colour. Maybe I’ll just have to make another one!
[Photos courtesy of Christopher]
My cousin (aka The Ginger Ninja) requested a camouflage Woodman’s Cap just like the one I made for her dad. I modified the pattern a bit to accommodate her cute little redhead: I casted on 72 sts and worked K1, P1 rib for three inches (rather than K2, P2). I worked the decreases as established for the larger version.
We went shopping this afternoon for a flower girl dress for her to wear to my brother’s wedding in the spring. She asked if she could wear her hockey pants under the dress. She’s definitely more of a hockey gear than dress girl! Regardless, she looked pretty darn cute.
These little moccasins are technically not my first project of 2010. I think I finished them on Christmas Day after my sister learned that one of her friends had given birth to a baby girl named Olivia. We both got knitting straight away: my sister on one of my favourite baby hats, Cisco; and I on these Baby Mocs by Whitney Van Nes and a pair of Yumiko Sakurai’s Kanoko Pants (Ravelry link). I didn’t get a shot of the pants before my sister packed them so I’ll have to share a photo once Olivia is big enough to model them!
I’m almost at the end of my holiday knitting, which is good since I leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning! Hints were dropped for a muff, so I decided on a slightly modified version of Cirilia Rose’s Hanne. I’m not sure if it was the stitch pattern or me but I ended up with the wrong stitch count two times. Not a believer in third time lucky, I switched to a similarly shaped stitch from Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns (Powder Puff on pg. 136). It was a fun project to make. There was some assembly required – it’s knit in two separate layers, then padded with batting and secured with running stitches to anchor all three layers.
These are Those Mitts by Leslie Friend. This pattern, along with other great ones (hello, toast and toasty!), is available as a free download in her blog sidebar. I can see why this is her “go-to” pattern for mitts. I love them!
I used Mission Falls 1824 wool in Raven for both the muff and mitts. Can’t get enough!
[Muff photos courtesy of Chris]
[Ravelled Hanne Muff; Ravelled Those Mitts]
As promised, here is the pattern for the Sag(ittarius) Snood/ Cowl! I made the snood version for Chris’ birthday, which just so happens to be tomorrow! It’s super bulky and super warm, just in time for winter. I love the texture of double seed stitch, especially in a bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun. Whether you make the snood or cowl version, you’ll be able to tuck right in once the snow starts falling.
Cowl: 32 inch (81 cm) circumference and 8 inches (20 cm) high (fully extended)
Snood: 32 inch (81 cm) circumference and 23 inches (58 cm) high (fully extended)
Brown Sheep Burly Spun (100% wool; 132 yards/ 121 metres)
Cowl: 1 skein of Sable (BS07)
Snood: 3 skeins of Deep Charcoal (BS06)
US 15 (10.0 mm)/ 20 inch (50 cm) circular needle, or size to achieve gauge
10 sts in 4 inches (10 cm) of stockinette stitch
Double Seed Stitch in the round
Round 1: * P2, k2; rep from*.
Round 2: same as round 1
Round 3: * K2, p2; rep from*.
Round 4: same as round 3
Repeat these 4 rounds for pattern stitch.
Cast on 80 sts (I used the cable cast on method)
Work pattern stitch until piece measures 8 inches (20 cm) from the cast on edge for cowl, 23 inches (58 cm) for snood (or desired length)
Bind off (I used the chain bind off method)
Brave the weather!
I love the slouchiness of this hat! I don’t know if I’ll be able to give it up… Katushika’s Wurm pattern is available for free (along with some other great patterns) and knits up quickly enough to make it a perfect last-minute holiday project. I’ve been loving Mission Falls lately. This hat took about two and a half balls of their 136 charcoal merino. One feature of this pattern that I love is that the hat band is doubled, which makes for a neat-looking, snug finish.
[Photos courtesy of Chris and his awesome new camera]
I’ll be sharing the pattern for this cowl in the next couple of weeks. As soon as I’m finished the snood version! This abbreviated version is a super bulky, textured cowl – perfect for the winter to come. I used exactly one skein of Brown Sheep Burly Spun. It’s a warm one and just the right size to tuck your face in as you’re braving the snow!
[Photos courtesy of Chris]
Jane brought me back the loveliest Donegal tweed from Ireland. You can just make out the angora halo in these photos – so soft in colour and texture. I think it turned out to be the perfect choice for Ysolda Teague’s Snapdragon Tam.
I know I’ll love wearing this hat – thanks Jane! And I have some gauntlets planned for the Aran Tweed, also spun in Donegal. Ireland will make a fantastic knitting excursion someday!
[Photos courtesy of Chris]