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A Bevy of Knitted Hats: Successes and Failures

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A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

Hi, everyone! My blogging has certainly slowed down a bit, but I’m back today with a whole bunch of knitted hats I made over the last year or two that have yet to make an appearance on the blog. So uncharacteristic! Luckily, this means I have a good-sized group to share, some of which were real successes, and some of which missed the mark. Since my knitting skills are not as advanced as my sewing skills, this is pretty much par for the course. I love knitting hats, though, because I like wearing hats, and they are a smaller project, so they don’t take as long to knit as a sweater or something larger might. If you’re a knitter, maybe you’ll discover a new pattern here. Let’s dive in! First up, successes.

Hats that Worked!

Pattern: High Cliff

Pattern source/designer: the book Plum Dandi Knits by Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary; this pattern is by Melissa Schaschwary

Yarn: bulky; I used a really beautiful hand-dyed 85% wool/15% mohair yarn that I got from Pindrop Shop on Etsy during last year’s Black Friday sale.

New technique: I tried cabling without a cable needle a few times, using Andrea Mowry’s video

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

Of all the hats here, this is my most successful and most recently made hat. I checked this book out from the library, and chose this pattern because I have been wanting to try cables again, and this just has one big one. It turned out to be really fun, interesting, and fast. I made this hat in three days of very occasional knitting. It probably helped that I made it an inch and a half shorter than the pattern calls for.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures
A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

As for the yarn, it took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to use it for, but it was perfect for this hat. To my delight, the yarn sort of faded from one color to the other, reminding me of decorative corn where each kernel is a different color.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

I still have to decide if it needs a pompom.

This hat fits great, and I have already worn it a lot. I love it!

Pattern: Ribbed Watchman’s Hat

Pattern source/designer: Channah Koppel

Yarn: worsted; Encore by Plymouth yarn, which is 75% acrylic/25% wool and is machine washable; I got this at Yarn on Front in Dowagiac, MI

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

This hat is actually a gift (shhh!), but I think I’m safe. I don’t think the intended recipient reads my blog. This was knit to said intended recipient’s requirements: a ribbed hat that is machine washable in yellow with a fold-up brim.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

I’ve been really into the Twisted German Cast On lately, so I used that to cast on, and I knit to 11 inches before decreasing, rather than the 9.5 inches in the pattern, so that the brim could be turned up. This took me awhile, but not forever, and I think it turned out pretty well. Hopefully it’s well-received!

Pattern: Vintage Prim

Pattern source/designer: Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits

Yarn: fingering; Sock Yarn by Birch Dyeworks in colorway Pixie on a Bender, which is 80% superwash merino wool/20% nylon

Perennial by Kelbourne Woolens in Purple, which is 60% superwash merino wool/25% suri alpaca/15% nylon

Both yarns came from Pintuck & Purl; the Birch Dyeworks yarn was actually given to me by Maggie, the owner, for some socks we were going to knit together that we…uh…never really completed. I think we knit about half an inch before calling it quits. Haha.

New Technique: BRIOCHE KNITTING!

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

I am so proud of this hat. I had never successfully knit brioche before trying this hat, so I was barely hanging on through this whole pattern. There are a ton of mistakes in it, but due to my inexperience with brioche, I wasn’t sure how to fix them, and sometimes I’m sure I didn’t even notice them! Somehow, though, I made it through, and I love this hat. I think it is probably a little slouchier than it should be, but I don’t even care.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

It’s really a testament to Andrea Mowry’s great patterns and YouTube video support that I even completed this. Someday I will have to try another brioche project to really get the technique down. One of my favorite things about this kind of knitting? It’s reversible!

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures
A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

As for the yarn, I love, love, love both of these yarns. Mary, the owner of Birch Dyeworks is a real artist who has an amazing eye for color, and is excellent in several crafting arenas. There are a lot of beautiful hand-dyed yarns out there, but Mary’s are some of my favorites. And the Perennial is soft and lovely. I have it in a few colors and definitely need to use it more. If I were to do this pattern again, I don’t know that I would use this exact color combination, but I would definitely look for colors that contrast like these do to really make the design stand out.

The Hat that Worked Some of the Time

Pattern: Eva

Pattern source/designer: Wild Honey Design on Etsy; no longer available

Yarn: the blue and light pink hats are made from Comfort DK by Berroco in colors 2705 (light pink) and 2753 (indigo blue); this yarn is 50% super fine nylon/50% super fine acrylic; I got this at Coveted Yarn in Gloucester, MA

the purple, gray, and white hat is in worsted weight 100% Shetland wool yarn from Yates Farm in Vermont many years ago

This wasn’t a well-written pattern, but the color chart was a lot of fun. The pattern says to use Alafosslopi yarn, which is a bulky weight, but I have tried it in various yarns with various needle sizes to adjust the sizing. It looks like I didn’t take as many notes as I should have, but my first try in DK yarn gave me about a toddler or teddy bear sized hat. I often (though not exclusively) like natural materials, and before buying this Berroco Comfort DK, I confess to being a little bit snobby in my heart about yarn, only wanting to use wool or alpaca or something. This yarn really changed my mind. It is a delight to knit with and washes and wears great!

For my second try, I used larger needles and came up with a larger child’s size.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

After that, I tried some of my worsted Shetland yarn that, for me, with my looser knitting, typically knits up to a bulky gauge. It worked, but the brim let the wind blow through while the colorwork section was pretty warm.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

If I were to do this again with the same Shetland yarn, I would double the length of the brim so I could fold it up, and go up one needle size for a better fit in the colorwork area. I absolutely loved the look of this purple and gray hat, but in the end, I gave it away because I could tell I wouldn’t wear it if the wind blew through the part over my ears, and I was too lazy to alter it! I don’t like to go back into old projects. I’m still coming around to the idea that I can unravel knitwear that didn’t work out the way I wanted.

Despite the sparse directions, I have made enough of my own notes that I would definitely make this again. I love knitting hats and I love stranded colorwork, so this is a good project for me.

Hats that Did Not Work

Before we get to these, I’ll admit that these failed due to user error. I’m definitely still learning!

Pattern: Chunky Walnut

Pattern source/designer: Katrin Schubert

Yarn: worsted weight 100% Shetland yarn from Yates Farm in Vermont; this pattern calls for chunky weight yarn and this yarn knits to a bulky weight, plus I am a loose knitter, so that probably adds up to chunky, right?

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

This pattern looks so cool, and I dove in with some of my worsted weight Shetland yarn (I seriously have so much), but somewhere around Round 15, I messed something up, and I could never figure out what I had done. The hat fit fine, but it bugged me. Whatever mistake I had made obscured the design, so I gave the hat away.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

I would love to try this again at some point. It’s a really cool design.

Pattern: Urban Jungle Hat

Pattern source/designer: Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear

Yarn: white mystery cone yarn given to me by Maggie of Pintuck & Purl; I did a bleach test and it is a natural fiber–I’m guessing wool, maybe superwash; it’s fingering weight

Perennial by Kelbourne Woolens in Neon Coral, which is 60% superwash merino wool/25% suri alpaca/15% nylon; fingering weight; this also came from Pindrop Shop on Etsy during last year’s Black Friday sale

hand dyed lace weight yarn in Lilac Dreams from YouKnitIDye on Etsy; this is 72% ultrafine mohair/28% mulberry silk

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

So…you’re supposed to use DK weight yarn and lace weight mohair in this pattern. I didn’t have DK that I wanted to use, but I was excited about the colors I had in fingering weight with the mohair, so I held my two fingering yarns double to equal DK. That should have worked, in theory, but the Neon Coral yarn is definitely thinner than the white yarn. Also, I’m a loose knitter who doesn’t do gauge swatches for hats.

My hat came out huge. HUGE! It sort of looked like a toadstool hat when I was done with it. I probably should have only doubled the coral and not the white or just used fingering with the mohair. Oh. And I shouldn’t have made the large slouchy version.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures
A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

I did eventually (after putting the hat in a long time out) unravel this one. The yarns were a little too special to just get rid of a hat that maybe no one would even want to wear. It was a beast to unravel, though, since I was unravelling five strands of yarn at once. Ugh.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures

You know, I usually never like leopard print, but I do like it in this hat. The colorwork chart is very interesting. It’s possible that I will revisit it someday. It’s definitely a cool pattern, even if I didn’t make it very well.

Whew! Now I’m all caught up on blogging my knit hats! Hopefully you will find a hat or two you might want to knit, or maybe you can laugh at my mistakes.

On the sewing front, I was actually starting to lose my sewjo, which has never happened to me before. I could never understand how people just stopped wanting to sew, but it began to happen to me. You know what I think it was? My work space was buried under piles and I had a million ideas, but hadn’t committed to a single one.

A Bevy of Knitted Hats:  Successes and Failures
My work table, filled with piles of projects, materials, and ideas!

So, I cleaned up my space, and chose and committed to my next few projects. Then I made a plan to work on them a little bit most days. Now I’m back up and running, so I hope to have some projects to share with you soon. ūüôā

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My Modified Marshland Sweater

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My Modified Marshland Sweater

Since the scope of this blog is sewing and creative projects, I’ll just say this before beginning:¬† we’re well here.¬† I often suffer from anxiety, but by God’s grace, I have been largely calm and peaceful.¬† I’m thankful for many things, not the least of which is good creative work to do in uncertain times.¬† Creative work may seem frivolous and secondary to some, but it can be both a necessary and a wonderful gift.¬† So let’s talk knitting today.

I don’t always put my knitting projects on the blog, since I keep this space largely for sewing, but this project represents a lot of problem solving and (good) hard work, and I want to share it.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

So, here was my problem:¬† I have many partial and complete skeins of 14- or 15-year-old wool yarn from Yates Farm in Vermont in a worsted weight that knits up like a bulky.¬† I love this yarn, but I have lots of colors and not many skeins that are the same color.¬† It’s also a slightly scratchy yarn and isn’t great at the neck or ankles although it’s lovely to wear over another shirt.¬† I’ve been pondering just what to do with it for years.¬† Maybe the best way to use it was a colorwork sweater, but it had to be something without a high neck that could use a lot of partial skeins and a lot of different colors.¬† Hm…¬† What could I make?

My Modified Marshland Sweater

I had fallen in love with the Strange Brew book by Tin Can Knits and had it in my library.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

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My Modified Marshland Sweater

This book is filled with patterns for colorwork yoke sweaters as well as hats and cowls.¬† Not only does it contain patterns–it tells you how you can design your own sweater or change up the existing patterns.¬† It’s my favorite kind of craft book:¬† projects, inspiration, and reference information.¬† A lot of the design aspects of the book are still a bit beyond me, but after ages of mulling things over, I thought I might take my favorite design, the Marshland Sweater, and modify the colorwork a bit to have some of my favorite elements in it.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

I studied what I liked best in the existing pattern and in other colorwork designs and changed up the color charts a bit.¬† Since I don’t have experience designing knitwear, several of my rounds had three colors in them instead of the usual one or two, but I managed ok.

To throw yet another complication in, I needed to be able to knit this sweater at a different gauge since my yarn was knitting up thicker than a standard worsted.¬† In order to figure out gauge, I took the advice in the book and made a hat.¬† I wasn’t worried about it fitting anyone–if it did, it would be a bonus.¬† Instead, I used it as an opportunity to try out some colorwork patterns I had been doodling in a notebook and to see if I could make a fabric that I liked…and what would happen to that fabric if I washed it in the washer and air dried it.¬† In the end, the hat was not really wearable, but it WAS informative.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

From there, I measured my stitches per inch and used the formula on the Tin Can Knits website to figure out how that gauge could be used to knit the Marshland Sweater.  I wanted a big, warm, comfortable winter sweater with plenty of ease and length.

Here’s what I ended up doing:

  • Yarn:¬† Yates Farm worsted yarn
  • Gauge:¬† 14 stitches/4″ with size US 10/6 mm needles in colorwork after machine washing and air drying
  • Needles:¬† US 8/5 mm for ribbing, US 9/5.5 mm for plain stockinette sections, US 10/6 mm for colorwork
  • Size:¬† Knit a women’s small to end up with a women’s large, checking and adjusting length as necessary

Then, I got knitting!¬† I had one pretty massive mishap where I overlooked a key instruction and knit beyond where the armholes were supposed to be.¬† I knew I would have to rip back quite a bit.¬† And then I realized that I had made another huge mistake–way back an inch from the beginning, I had messed up during the increase rounds, and I would have to rip back almost to the beginning.

The thought of just dropping a match on the thing leapt through my mind.

Instead, I put the sweater down and quit for the night.¬† The next day, when my family was at work and school and I wasn’t so tired, I ripped all the way back to the point where I had made my first mistake.

I had a goal of knitting at least one round a day, and that really made this sweater move.¬† I cast on on December 30, 2019 and, even with my huge mistakes, finished binding off on February 26, 2020.¬† I couldn’t believe it.¬† I’m not a very quick knitter, so this was lightning speed for me.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

After that, I just had to block it (which I did in the washing machine using this tutorial) and weave in my millions of ends.  It was finished a few days later!  And I love it!!!!!

My Modified Marshland Sweater

I left the sleeves long to increase the coziness factor and did the same for the overall length of the body.¬† I’m SO HAPPY with how all the colors look together and how it fits.¬† It’s big and warm (but not too warm) and perfect.¬† Theoretically, even if I wash it in the washer and air dry it in the future, there will still be plenty of ease.¬† I haven’t had the guts to try that, so hopefully I’m right.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

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My Modified Marshland Sweater

I have had this yarn for so long and have been at a loss for just what to do with it for so many years.¬† I still have quite a bit, but now I have a good idea of how to use it.¬† As spring seems to be on its way, and I want to get some wear out of this sweater, I have worn it multiple times per week each week since making it.¬† Between wearing this and my newly completed cardigan, I have had a lot of wardrobe repeats, but I am so happy with both of them that it’s a joy.

My Modified Marshland Sweater

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My Modified Marshland Sweater

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My Modified Marshland Sweater

Three Knitted Cowls

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Three Knitted Cowls

It’s time for a little knitting…only a very little, because these days I’m primarily a garment sewer, but before I got serious about sewing, I was serious about knitting.¬† Lest that give you any false impression of my¬†skillz, let me set you straight.¬† I’m no expert.¬† I thought I had progressed pretty far, but I took about a three-year break once I really got into sewing, and in that time, not only did my skills atrophy, I started to realize how much more there was to learn.¬† I discovered that if I really wanted to, I could become an excellent knitter…but that’s not my goal right now.¬† Yes.¬† I just told you I am choosing mediocrity.¬† ūüėČ

So what do I really want out of knitting?¬† I want fun, small, easy- to moderately-challenging projects that I can do while talking with friends or watching a movie.¬† I really enjoy knitting, but I don’t want to have to pay too much attention to it or fix mistakes.¬† I want projects that don’t require perfect sizing, because that’s an area where I struggle, and I’m not ready to give knitting enough attention to fix that.¬† I want my mental energy to go toward sewing, because right now, that’s where I want to be excellent.

So!¬† We come to the point where I keep seeing truly¬†gorgeous skeins of yarn.¬† How can I use them in a project that fits with my requirements?¬† Looks like it’s time to knit cowls!¬† Cowls are the perfect project for someone like me.¬† A cowl, as I’m using the word here, refers to a scarf that is a loop rather than a rectangle.¬† I can choose a simple cowl and I immediately have a project that is portable, fun, and doesn’t require precise sizing.¬† Once I figured this out, I made three cowls!¬† Want to see?

Cowl #1:  The Very Gifted Cowl

This pattern is from Churchmouse Yarns and was free.¬† It’s very simple, with a cast on, an edging row, a body in basic stockinette stitch, and a bind off.¬† The pattern also comes with a nice calculator so you can figure out how deep you can make the cowl with one skein of yarn depending on the weight you choose.

The Very Gifted Cowl in Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn Cheeky

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The Very Gifted Cowl in Hedgehog Fibres Sock Cheeky

I used sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibres held double in a color called Cheeky.  I just need to tell you that this yarn company is largely responsible for bringing me back to knitting again.  I used to follow the owner, Beata, on Instagram because I just loved her beautiful yarn, but  I had to stop because she was making me want to knit, and I wanted to focus on sewing!  In the end, though, my enabler friend Maggie at Pintuck & Purl, ordered some Hedgehog Fibres yarn for the shop, and that was it.  I had to give it a try.  I really enjoyed knitting with it, even though I normally shy away from such thin yarn.  I still have a tiny bit plus a mini skein left for some future project.

The Very Gifted Cowl in Hedgehog Fibres Sock Cheeky

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The Very Gifted Cowl in Hedgehog Fibres Sock Cheeky

Cowl #2:  Portillo Cowl

This one is by Gale Zucker and is from the book¬†Drop-Dead Easy Knits.¬† It ticked all the boxes for me because it’s a cowl, it uses big yarn (which means it’s fast), and it’s also easy but still kind of interesting.¬† You’re just using the garter stitch, but you change color a bit, which gives the cowl a cool look.

Portillo Cowl in Yates Farm Chunky Yarn

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Portillo Cowl in Yates Farm Chunky Yarn

I used yarn from Yates Farm in Windsor, Vermont.¬† This yarn dates back more than a decade to my initial yarn phase.¬† I love it and wanted to use some of my partial skeins up.¬† This was just the right project, but because it’s so chunky, it knits up pretty huge.¬† This cowl’s going to keep me nice and warm!¬† I still have a ton of needles from when I started knitting, but I didn’t have circular needles long enough for this project.¬† In case you find yourself in the same boat, check out this economical option from Amazon.¬† Score!

Portillo Cowl in Yates Farm Chunky Yarn

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Portillo Cowl in Yates Farm Chunky Yarn

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Portillo Cowl in Yates Farm Chunky Yarn

This cowl is not perfect.¬† It’s not hard to see where I wove the yarn in or ignored a mistake, but I was going for a pleasant experience over perfection, so it is what it is.¬† It bugs me a little, but not enough to go back and fix it.¬† My friend’s and my motto for knitting is:¬† “Don’t be a stressed-out knitter.”¬† In other words, feel free to ignore your mistakes if you want to.¬† So I did.

Cowl #3:¬† Spidey’s Spiral Cowl

I’ve made this cowl before and given this pattern + yarn to knitting friends as gifts.¬† You can find it on Ravelry for purchase or you can buy it through your local yarn store (I got mine at Pintuck & Purl).¬† I really like how interesting it is, and because it uses such nice, chunky yarn, I actually don’t mind going back and fixing mistakes (once in a while).¬† My attempt last year in Yates Farm chunky yarn didn’t turn out the way I hoped.¬† It was more like a stiff neck tube, and I think it eventually made its way to the thrift store.

Spidey's Spiral Cowl in Baah Yarn Sequoia Yearling

This time I made it in Baah Yarns Sequoia in a color called Yearling.¬† I had plans to use a different colorway, but this pink was like cotton candy or a fluffy cloud, and when I saw it at Pintuck & Purl, I knew it had to be mine (See?¬† Enablers!!!).¬† I do think the final shape looks a little funny, but I don’t care!¬† This is the softest, most luscious yarn ever, and I needed to make something with it.¬† I even saved my tiny scraps, so I could just touch them.

Spidey's Spiral Cowl in Baah Sequoia Yearning

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Spidey's Spiral Cowl in Baah Sequoia Yearning

One thing I will say about this yarn and the Hedgehog is that they smell sort of like a perm.¬† Have you ever smelled that smell at a salon before?¬† It’s sort of weird, but I think it’s because of the dyes they have to use.¬† You really don’t notice it unless you are keeping your project in a plastic bag, so maybe use a cloth bag (or just don’t be surprised)?

So that’s it!¬† I now have all the cowls!¬† What on earth am I going to knit now?¬† Maybe another try on last year’s hat?¬† I would love to have a version that’s a little longer.

All the cowls and scarves!!!

Thanks to my photographers for making me laugh so much.  Now back to sewing!

Recommendations

  • I updated my blog post on McCall’s 6751 (the cross-back top).¬† It felt too exposed and unrealistic for my daily life, so I switched out the back piece and it’s so much better now!¬† You can check out the new look by scrolling to the bottom of the post.
  • Can someone make me this Color Dipped Hat¬†from Purl Soho in these colors so I don’t have to make it for myself?¬† It’s a free pattern!¬† If you want to make it for yourself instead, that’s cool too.¬† ūüėČ
  • If you’ve ever wanted to make a popover shirt (I know I do, even though I haven’t done it yet), Liesl has a free popover placket and tutorial on the Oliver + S blog.¬† Check it out here.

Knitted: Spidey’s Spiral Cowl in Yates Farm Yarn

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Knitted:  Spidey’s Spiral Cowl in Yates Farm Yarn

Today’s project is the second and final installation in my short bout of knitting. ¬†This is Spidey’s Spiral Cowl by Abi Gregorio of SpiderWomanKnits.

Spidey's Spiral Cowl

I discovered this pattern after seeing the amazing sample my coworker Jenny made for the shop. ¬†She’s a really accomplished knitter and her sample was beautiful. ¬†I was completely enamored with it and bought the pattern. ¬†It didn’t hurt that I still have a huge stash of yarn from Yates Farm in Windsor, Vermont from over a decade ago when I first fell in love with knitting. ¬†I culled a lot of things from my yarn stash recently, but all the Yates Farm yarn survived the purge. ¬†And luckily, I had some of my favorite chunky yarn in a beautiful cream color.

Spidey's Spiral Cowl

It took me a little while to get the pattern down, and I contemplated my preferred working method of ignoring my mistakes, but this knits up so quickly that I decided to rip out my mistakes a few times until I really got it down.  Because this was so fast to knit, it was a very pleasant experience.

Spidey's Spiral Cowl

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Spidey's Spiral Cowl

And the final product? ¬†Good. ¬†Not the most awesome thing ever, but good and warm. ¬†I think this, like the hat I wrote about a little while ago is good, but just a bit off. ¬†This yarn is so thick that the cowl could probably stand up on its own, which means it takes a little bit of finagling to get it just right. ¬†I’ve worn it several times and it’s really warm and cozy, which is a necessity in New England in the winter, but it does take a little work to get it looking right. ¬†I definitely recommend the pattern, however. ¬†It’s quick, fun, and not too hard, but is challenging enough to keep your interest.

Spidey's Spiral Cowl

And now?  Back to sewing!

Recommendations

  • Christmas! ¬†Merry Christmas, everyone!¬†¬†I’m thankful that God cared about us enough to be born as a baby so we could have a relationship with Him. ¬†Sounds crazy, but what miracle doesn’t?
  • Filson. ¬†A friend told me about this site. ¬†Now, I don’t have the budget to actually¬†shop here, but shopping for¬†inspiration is free, and this is a really inspiring site if you like to sew menswear or if you favor a rugged style in womenswear. ¬†There are a lot of interesting details and materials that go into these garments.
  • Zipper Ease. ¬†This was one of my recent buys from Wawak Sewing and it saved a beloved jacket of my husband’s whose heavy-duty zipper had stopped zipping smoothly.
  • Hand and Foot. ¬†I think this is my all-time favorite card game, and probably the only one that I can remember the rules to! ¬†You play with four people (two sets of partners) and four standard decks of cards through four different rounds to see which team¬†can get the most points. ¬†I looked for a good link to the rules, but they were all different from the rules I learned, so I guess you have to account for regional differences and house rules.

 

 

The Chunky Cable Knit Hat by Lula Louise

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Hi, friends!¬† Today will be a little different, since I have a knitting project to share!¬† Like many sewing people, I also like to knit, although after a few sweater disasters (for the most disastrous, click here), I’ve slowed down considerably.¬† Before I really came to sewing, knitting was my passion, but for the past three years, I haven’t done much of anything in that arena.¬† I’ve been missing it, though, so the search has been on for a pattern that is fast and easy enough to do while watching TV or chatting with other people, but also interesting.¬† And I think I found it:¬† the Chunky Cable Knit Hat, a free pattern by Lula Louise.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

¬†I can’t remember exactly how I found this–it may have been through Google or Pinterest, but it was just right.¬† I still have some great chunky yarn left from this awesome yarn sale in Vermont, and I wanted a fun, super bulky, chunky hat.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

¬†I’m so thankful to my husband for taking these pictures.¬† (Thanks, Babe!)¬† We had just taken the pictures for my button-down shirt, when I realized we could get these done, too.¬† This explains the funny awesome hairstyle I’ve got going on, but then, once we had taken all our pictures and were ready to run back inside (it was getting cold, and we were hungry), we realized one of our daughters had photo-bombed all of our pictures, and we had to shoot them again.¬† That really endeared my husband to blog photography.¬† Now it is his favorite thing!¬† OK, no.¬† That’s a lie.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

This picture shall be titled I love taking blog pictures!

Now we’re just getting silly.¬† Let’s get back to the pattern at hand.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

 We should talk details.  Because I tend to knit all things that are elephant-sized, I made the small.  This was a good choice for me.  I used size 13 needles, and my chunky wool yarn from the Yates Farm Yarn sale (you can see a post from another blog on this sale here).  I have minor cabling skills, and these were just right for me, especially as my knitting skills are pretty rusty.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

The pattern is knit flat and then you sew it up at the end.  You may be able to see my seam in the back in the picture above.  This probably took me two shorter nights of knitting.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

After I was done I also remembered one reason I stopped knitting so much.¬† I’ve gotten into the bad habit of knitting with my shoulders hunched, so I had a huge tension headache the next day.¬† Time to redevelop good habits!

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

The pom-pom on top was really fun to make.¬† Now I’m on a bit of a pom-pom kick.¬† I made this one removable by tying it onto the hat with some string in case I ever need to clean the hat and want to protect the pom-pom.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

The only issue I had with the pattern was what I think is a typo in the small size directions on Row 9.¬† I think that after “p2tog*,” it should say “repeat to end”¬†¬†rather than just “p2tog*, end”.¬† As far as fit, I do have to push it onto my head just a little bit.¬† I don’t know if this is because of the pattern or my knitting, but the ribbed section is a little looser than I would like, so maybe I will run a few rows of elastic thread through it at some point.¬† Once I push/pull it on, though, it’s nice and cozy.

Chunky Cable Knit Hat

So, my final analysis is that I like the hat a lot and would knit it again.  This is a really fun free pattern because it knits up quickly and would be an easy first cabling project.