What a quick knit! I finished this in under a week and I’m ready to cast on one for me. Last January a friend mentioned she might like a Broncos hat. We looked at a couple different colorway combinations and then put the idea on hold since football season ended. After I finished my most recent shawl I needed a little “bite of chocolate” before switching back to my next large-ish project. A hat seemed perfect and so I ordered some yarn and figured out gauge. She also wanted a two-color pompom, which I did make. I had the project done and washed in a week and was able to give it to my friend in person (she lives in another state). I don’t have any pictures of her wearing the hat but she’s going to a Broncos game later this month and I hope she’ll take one then!
Moving on. My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – Botanic Hat (Ravelry pattern here) from Stephen West (website here). This is a beanie style hat worked in two colors by alternating row colors and slipping stitches. Two contrasting colors would work best. My only critique of the pattern is that, for the price of the pattern, there is only one size available. The designer states you can adjust sizing by using different weights of yarn but that’s pretty limiting. Pattern is $6.00 on Ravelry.
Yarn – I used Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Rav link) (Malabrigo website) in the colorways Glazed Carrot (orange) and Azul Profundo (navy). Rios is a worsted weight 100% superwash merino plied yarn that is kettle dyed. It’s wonderfully squishy and soft, maybe even moreso than the unplied Malabrigo Worsted.
Pattern Mods and Notes –
1. Circumference – the pattern indicates the hat will fit a 22 inch to 24 inch head. Even with the smaller needles I used, it’s a bit big on a 22 inch head. Not so big it’s unwearable but definitely loose.
2. I used 0.45 skeins (94.5 yards) of the orange and 0.30 skeins (63.0 yards) of the navy, which means I could get a second hat out of the two total skeins (one of each color) I bought.
3. Pattern calls for US 6 and US 7 needles. I could (kinda) get gauge with US 5 and US 6 but to get the hat smaller, and make the fabric look better, I used US 4 for the whole hat.
4. The pompom. I don’t particularly love pompoms. I don’t wear them and I was honestly surprised my friend wanted one. I made a couple test pompoms using the second smallest pompom maker out of my set of four. The pompom still seemed a bit lopsided, even after trimming. I finally quit trimming because I was worried there would be no pompom left.
5. I added some length. The pattern says to knit until you have 6 inches before starting the crown. I want hats to cover the ears so I went to 6.5 inches. Much better.
A little finished project – knitted knittens!
Tell me those aren’t the cutest? My boss in Colorado is a cat person but they don’t have any cats at the present time (multitude of reasons). So, I knit these kittens with the rationale that they don’t require feeding or litterboxes, don’t shed, are soft to pet, and don’t require care when she’s out of town. I sent them off to her with some brownies and muffins. The gray and white kitten is intended to resemble a cat named Jasper she had as a child. The pattern is for a solid colored cat so I knit the black cat first, then did some experimenting to get the white on the feet, belly (can’t see in the pictures) and face.
Moving on to the details.
Needle – US 2 or 3 straight needles
Pattern – Kitten Knit Pattern (Ravelry pattern here) from Amy Gaines (AmyGaines on Ravelry). I looked at a couple different knitted cat patterns and liked this one the best. There are a fair number of pieces (six) – I think the seaming and assembly takes more time than the knitting. However, it does sit up on its own and the knitting itself is pretty easy. Pattern is $3.00 US on Ravelry.
Yarn – I knit the black one out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted (merino wool), using the serrano color for the collar. I knit the gray one out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (blend of corriedale and merino wool), I think in the Lace Ice Heather color, but I’m not positive. Personally, I don’t think the Wool of the Andes very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin, although the Swish was amazingly soft. A 50 gram ball of either yarn is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge .
I stuffed the kittens with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes and bell. My project page on Rav is here.
More gift knitting. A good friend of mine is expecting a baby in early January so of course I wanted to knit something. I like knitting baby stuff because it goes to quick. I finished this in less than a week although the Thanksgiving holiday weekend helped with getting some quality knitting time in. Please pardon the indoor lighting on the pictures – Indiana didn’t get much in the way of sun in between when I finished and when I had to wrap the present.
My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – Milo (Ravelry pattern here) by Georgie Hallam aka Tikki. I like a lot her stuff because its clean and doesn’t try to be “cutesy.” Several items I would knit for myself if they came in adult sizes. Milo is a baby vest knit in the round top down with a super easy construction for the arm straps. The body has a simple cable down the front and the pattern provides several different cable options. I used the Horseshoe pattern since it was gender neutral and simple. Pattern was clear and easy to understand. I knit the three month size (pattern contains newborn up to 6 years) to have some wiggle room. Pattern is $6 on Ravelry.
Yarn – Universal Deluxe DK Superwash. As the name implies, this is a DK weight superwash merino yarn. One ball (how it comes) is 3.53 ounces and 284 yards. It’s very squishy but not very tightly plied. I actually had a lot of problems with the yarn splitting, as well as finding uneven spots. The colorway for this is Christmas Red, a bright red color. The gender of the baby is not yet known so this was a good gender-neutral choice. I used about 165 yards. I might use this yarn again for baby stuff because it is superwash but probably not for adult items.
Gift knitting. Of course, now I want one for me too. I’ve actually had this done for about a week but wanted to wait until I gave it to the recipient to post (although I don’t think she reads my blog). Her birthday was an extra special occasion this year for two reasons – one, it was a milestone birthday, two, I actually got to see her on her birthday! She’s one of the most knit-worthy people I know which means I enjoy knitting for her. I gave it to her last night and I think she liked it. Enough about the backstory and onto the good details! I won’t be going into great detail about the pattern as I plan to write a review next week about the book the pattern was in.
My Rav project page is here.
Pattern – Gridelin (Ravelry pattern here) from the Curls book by Hunter Hammersen. Curls are unusual shaped shawls that I can best describe as half a crescent shawl. It’s an eight row repeat that uses increases more similar to a triangular shawl. Like I mentioned, I’ll discuss the book and yarn usage next week in my review.
Yarn – Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. Smooshy with Cashmere is a fingering weight blend of 70% merino, 20% cashmere and 10% nylon. One skein is 4 ounces and 400 yards. Super squishy and soft but not very tightly plied. The colorway for this is Amber Glass, a rich gold color. I held the yarn double (so it was about DK weight) and used 784 yards. I’ve used this yarn before and would use it again just because it is so soft. I was worried that by holding the yarn double I would have issues with splitty-ness but it was fine.
A little finished project – knitted cupcakes!
Tell me those aren’t the cutest? I have a running joke with my work colleague (actually boss) in Colorado whenever you do something well you get a cupcake or cookie. And we like our cupcakes. So, I knit these three and sent them off to her with a stack of cookies. I’m fairly certain her husband ate most of the cookies. But, she did seem to get a kick out of the cupcakes. From left to right above they’re supposed to be a red velvet, double chocolate and vanilla with strawberry icing. For anyone wondering about the excessive use of pink (especially anyone knowing how much I dislike pink), my boss really likes pink. Silly.
Moving on to the details.
Needle – US 4 double points
Pattern – Cherry on Top (Ravelry pattern here) from Happy Seamstress. I looked at a couple different cupcake patterns and liked this one the best. Once you get it started its a pretty easy and quick knit. The pattern suggests different colors for different types of cupcakes and the directions are easy to follow. Getting it started (something like three or four stitches on DPNs) can be tedious though. Pattern is $2.99 Canadian on Ravelry.
Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (WOTA). WOTA is a blend of corriedale and merino wool. Personally, I don’t think it’s very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin. A 50 gram ball is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge . The pattern recommends this yarn and the colors it suggests are from this yarn line. Given how little you use if you have worsted weight yarn suited to this project I would go ahead and use it.
I stuffed the cupcakes with poly-fil and sewed on tube beads for sprinkles. My project page on Rav is here.