Monday, January 24, 2011

Ribbed Cable Baby Hat

While my lace hat creation is on hold, I decided to use up some yarn in my stash (KnitPicks Shine Sport in "Grass") and designed a fairly simple baby hat using a rib/cable pattern. What I love about this pattern is that it is super stretchy and comfy, and it's easily customizable .... You can simply add extra pattern repeats to make the hat larger for older children or adults.

My apologies for not having a baby to model the finished product at the moment!


·        1 Skein of KnitPicks Shine Sport (or sport weight yarn of your choice)
·        Size US 5 (or size  needed to obtain gauge) DPNs or Circular Needle for Magic Loop
·        Cable Needle
·        Stitch Marker (optional)
·        Tapestry Needle


Pattern is designed to fit babies newborn – 9 months (the rib/cable pattern makes for a very stretchy hat, so it will fit a wide age range). Pattern can also easily be made larger by adding additional pattern repeats: add stitches in increments of 12 stitches in order to maintain the pattern.

Hat measures approximately 14 inches around (unstretched).


7 Stitches = 1 Inch in Stockinette Stitch


K – Knit
P - Purl
K2TOG – Knit the next 2 stitches together
C4F – Slip the next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front of work. Knit the next 2 stitches, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.


CO 96 Stitches

Cable Pattern:
Rounds 1-6: K4, P2 around
Round 7: K4, P2, C4F, P2 around

These 7 rounds form the cable pattern. Repeat this cable pattern a total of 5 times.

Next, work rounds 1 through 6 of the cable pattern. Round 7 will be your first decrease round. Decrease as follows: K4, P2, slip 2 to cable needle, K2TOG, K2 from cable needle, P2 (88 stitches).

Continue Shaping Crown as Follows:

Round 1: K4, P2, K3, P2 around
2: K4, P2, K1, K2TOG, P2 around (80 stitches)
3: K4, P2, K2, P2 around
4: K4, P2, K2TOG, P2 around (72 stitches)
5: K4, P2, K1, P2 around
6: K4, P1, K2TOG, P2 around (64 stitches)
7: K4, P1, K1, P2 around
8: K4, K2TOG, P2 around (56 stitches)
9: K5, P2 around
10: K3, K2TOG, P2 around (48 stitches)
11: K4, P2 around
12: K2, K2TOG, P2 around (40 stitches)
13: K3, P2 around
14: K1, K2TOG, P2 around (32 stitches)
15: K2TOG, P2 around to the last 2 stitches, K2TOG, P1, K2TOG using the last stitch of the current round and the first stitch of the next round (from now on, your final K2TOG will use the first stitch of the next round). (24 stitches)
16: P1, K2TOG around (16 stitches)
17: K2TOG around (8 stitches)

Cut yarn and weave through remaining 8 stitches. Pull tight to close and weave in end on WS. Weave in any other loose ends.

Update: Lace Hat Pattern

Ok, so my first attempt at creating a hat pattern involving lace hasn't gone as smoothly as I'd hoped. It was looking great, but I'm not at all happy with the crown shaping. I'll have to rip back to the beginning of the decrease section and start over .... hopefully attempt number two will go better!

I really hate ripping out, so this project is temporarily on hold for the moment while I work on a few other things and work up  the will to re-do it!

In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures of what I have so far:

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Pattern Design in the Works!

I've really enjoyed creating new patterns lately .... and the two that I've come up with (although they're fairly simple) have turned out rather well I think!

I have a couple of hanks of this beautiful variegated yarn in my stash .... it's a fingering weight wool/nylon blend called "Footloose" by Diamond Yarns. I really love the blue and purple hues!

So far I haven't found a pattern that I would like to use it for, so I'm thinking that it might be perfect for my next pattern creation! I've decided on a hat .... the fine yarn weight will make for a light-weight accessory that is more delicate than my previous chunky patterns, and I'm envisioning a lace pattern that will showcase the variegated shades of the yarn.

Hopefully this next pattern turns out as well as I'm anticipating!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chunky Hugs & Kisses Mittens

I had made this hat using the Capucine pattern ... which I love! I used Crystal Palace Iceland yarn in "fuschia", which is super bright and fun.

Since I had quite a bit of yarn left over from this project, I decided to make some mittens to go with my new hat. When I couldn't find a pattern that I liked that used super bulky yarn, I decided to create my own!

The result was the Chunky Hugs & Kisses Mittens ... a mitten that uses super bulky yarn (so they're a super quick knit!), has a slim fit, and features an XO Cable along the back of the hand.

Chunky Hugs & Kisses Mittens 


·      1 Skein Crystal Palace Iceland yarn (or super bulky yarn of your choice)
·      Size US 11 (or size needed to obtain gauge) DPNs or Circular Needles for Magic Loop if preferred
·      Cable Needle (or you can use one of your DPNs)
·      Stitch Holder or Waste Yarn
·      Tapestry Needle


3 Stitches = 1” in Stockinette Stitch

Note: I designed these mittens to be quite fitted, and I have been told that I have rather small hands. This being said, if you have larger hands or prefer a looser fitting mitten then I would suggest either going up in needle size or casting on a few extra stitches (just remember to stick with an even number of stitches so that the ribbing works out properly).


K – Knit
P – Purl
KFB – Increase 1 by knitting into the front and back loops of the same stitch
PM – Place Marker
SM – Slip Marker
C4F – Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front of work, knit 2 stitches then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle
C4B – Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back of work, knit 2 stitches then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle
K2TOG – Knit 2 stitches together


CO 22 Stitches and Join to Begin Working in the Round.

Rows 1-12: K1, P1 *
13: P1, KFB, K7, KFB, P1, K1, KFB, K7, KFB, K1 (26 sts)
14: P2, K8, P2, K14

On the next round, set up for thumb gusset increases as follows:

For Right Mitten: P2, K8, P2, K2, PM, K2, PM, K10
For Left Mitten: P2, K8, P2, K10, PM, K2, PM, K2

16: P2, C4F, C4B, P2, K to Marker, SM, K1, KFB, SM, K to end of round (27 sts)
17: P2, K8, P2, K to Marker, SM, K3, SM, K to end of round
18: P2, K8, P2, K to Marker, SM, K1, KFB, K1, SM, K to end of round (28 sts)
19: P2, K8, P2, K to Marker, SM, K4, SM, K to end of round
20: P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K to Marker, SM, K1, KFB, K2, SM, K to end of round (29 sts)
21: P2, K8, P2, K to Marker, SM, K5, SM, K to end of round
22: P2, K8, P2, K to Marker, SM, K1, KFB, K3, SM, K to end of round (30 sts)
23: P2, K8, P2, Remove Marker and Slip Next 6 Stitches to holder for thumb. Remove 2nd Marker and Knit to End of Round. (24 sts)
24: P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K12
25: P2, K8, P2, K12
26: P2, K8, P2, K5, K2TOG, K5 (23 sts)
27: P2, K8, P2, K11
28: P2, C4F, C4B, P2, K4, K2TOG, K5, (22 sts)
29-31: P2, K8, P2, K10
32: P2, C4F, C4B, P2, K10
33-35: P2, K8, P2, K10
36: P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K10
37-39: P2, K8, P2, K10
40: P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K10
41-43-: P2, K8, P2, K10
44: P2, C4F, C4B, P2, K10
45-46: P2, K8, P2, K10

Draw yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Weave in end on WS.

Return 6 thumb stitches to needles from holder and join yarn. Pick up and knit 4 stitches to close gap, and join to begin working in the round (10 sts)

Rows 1-8: K10
9: (K1, K2TOG) * to last stitch, K1 (7 sts)
10-11: K7

Draw yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Weave in end on WS.

Make second mitten.




Rainbow Mittens

So, I finished these a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to posting them yet. Cute little mittens to match Lucas' earflap hat :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Knitting for Baby Lucas

My best friend had her first baby, a boy, on September 2nd ... which provided me with the perfect excuse to knit lots of cute baby stuff! He's now about 2 1/2 months old, and seeing as I'm going to be visiting them this weekend I thought it would be nice to bring him a little something. This led to me going through the things that I had already made for him, so I thought I'd share.

This hoodie, which zips up the back, was one of the first things that I made for him. The pattern is available for free here. It's a fantastic basic pattern, and I've ended up using it several times. I added some narrow contrasting stripes to this one, which was made using Knit Picks Shine Sport in "River" and "Cream".

Since I loved the way this turned out, I ended up making another one for him using the yarn I had left over from the first one. This time I reversed the color scheme, using the cream as the main color and the blue as the contrast. I also increased my needle size in order to make a sweater that would be about a 6 month size - I used US4 needles for the ribbing on the cuffs and bottom and US6 for the main body.

Next, I made the hat and sweater from this layette pattern using Crystal Palace's Bamboozle yarn in "Neptune". This turned out cute,  but I'm not as in love with it as the first sweater. The yarn was a little on the splitty side, so it wasn't as nice to work with, and while the finished project felt nice, it wasn't super soft. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the completed sweater before I gave it away, so I only have the hat to post :(

I came across this pattern for "no scratch" baby mittens, and they looked sooo cute! For Lucas, they're not really to prevent scratching, but they do make nice little mittens for when he's outside ... it certainly seems like they keep his hands nice and toasty! They required hardly any yarn at all, so I used some of the left over blue Knit Picks yarn from the sweater I made.

Lastly, I made him an adorable little earflap hat with a pompom on top. I used this pattern, which is available as a free Ravelry download. After looking through some of the other projects made using this pattern on Ravelry, I wasn't thrilled with the shaping of the top of the hat, so I did make a few modifications when it came to decreasing for the top. I've made notes on the changes I made on my Ravelry page for this project. Basically, once the hat measuring 5" from the ribbing (which is when the pattern tells you to start decreasing) I ignored the pattern instructions and decreased as follows:

First decrease row: K10, K2TOG around
Next row: K9, K2TOG around
Continue decreasing like this, knitting one less stitch between decreases each row. End with a row of K2TOG around. Thread yarn through remaining stitches and weave in end.

I used Knit Picks Felici self striping yarn in "Rainbow", which is sooooo soft! I love it, it was perfect for this project. I hindsight, I probably should have made sure to begin each earflap at the same point in the stripe pattern so that they would match, but it's not a big deal.

So, after reviewing what I had already made (and considering that I only had a couple of days to work with) I decided to make a quick pair of mittens using the Felici yarn to match his striped earflap hat. I'm using this pattern this time, and using US4 needles for a larger size since he's no longer a newborn. I've already finished the first mitten ... here's hoping I can finish the second one before Saturday!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cable & Eyelet Hat

I cast on for this pretty hat with cables and eyelets for my grandmother's 80th birthday. I used JL Yarnworks' pattern "Hermione's Cable & Eyelet Hat", available here. From what I've read, the pattern is based on a hat worn by Hermione in the latest Harry Potter movie. I doubt that Jamma knows who Harry Potter is, but the pattern is very pretty nonetheless so hopefully she'll like it!


 Overall, I'd say that it was a success. The pattern was very clear and easy to follow, the only thing that I would change would be to make it just a little bit shorter ... it's a little on the long side. You could maybe leave out the last cable repeat, or shorten the ribbing section by 1/4" to 1/2" before starting the cable pattern. I should note that the pattern does give two size options (child and adult), and I followed the adult pattern. Perhaps following the child pattern would solve this length issue.

The yarn I used was Paton's Canadiana in "Medium Green Tea". I love the color, but I'm not thrilled with the overall feel of the fabric. It's a 100% acrylic yarn, which is a plus for grandma since it's easy to care for, but I think the pattern would perhaps be better suited to a wool or wool blend yarn. The finished product is still nice and cozy, so I'm not going to be too particular!