Hurray! I finally finished another work in progress! I only had to sew on the ears but had found other things more interesting to do, but now it’s done 🙂
I think he looks a bit angry laid out flat, so I’ve taken another picture of me wearing it, and I don’t think he looks so angry any more…. Maybe, because he’s a hat, he gets grumpy when he’s not being used??
The bug for knitting little people clothes has truly bitten, but the problem is, it’s really hard to find nice knits for little boys. Has anyone else noticed this?
For girls, there are literally hundreds and thousands of gorgous little frilly, lacy, pretty items you could make, but finding a proper little boy jumper or cardigan is a bit of a minefield.
I have found a few though, and my queue continues to be added to with cutesy little baby items, anyone would think I had children myself, but no, they are for my neighbours little boy. Anyway, I thought I would give you a sneak peak of some of the lovely little things I have found on my self assigned mission:
The Oslo Anorak
Blue Rabbit Hat
This is a proper little boys cardigan, it’s wonderful, and is definitely one that I am going to make for Freddy.
So I’m going to show you this week’s WIPs!!
Little Stripey Baby Jumper
I’m very proud of myself because I have now completed 3 of the 5 parts to this little jumper. Tonight I completed a sleeve, so just one more sleeve and the collar to go 🙂
Panda Hat for Pattern
I’ve finally got round to finishing off writing the pattern for the Panda hat. I’ve made a lot of alterations on the original, mainly because the original was part normal knit, part double knit, which would just be too confusing to explain. This is how far I’ve got with my sample:
Once this is finished I can open the pattern up to test knitters!
I decided not to use the drop stitch pattern for the whole scarf, so have just done 2 and a half pattern repeats for the end and am now going to do stocking stitch with a 2 stitch garter stitch bored to the other end before finishing with another 2 and half repeats of drop stitch patterning. Wow, I got the word “stitch” in to that sentence A LOT!!
This is my finished traveller hat made for my brother for his birthday:
Yarn: Rico Design Kids Classic Aran in Red and Navy Blue
Yardage Used: Unknown, but i still have quite a lot of the 2 skeins of aran I used left
Needle Size: 4mm
Started On: 23rd January 2012
Finished On: 24th January 2012
Ravelry Project Page: Traveller Hat
I had a really crap day at work today. I just couldn’t be bothered, and it dragged, so I was pretty relieved when half past 5 arrived. When I got home I had a lovely surprise – I had a package!
My package contained treats! And all sorts of treats! It was my Great Big Wool Swap surprise package from knitterofhats, and it is lovely! So I thought I’d share a few pictures here.
I got a fantastic slouchy hat (the green hat) with wonderful buttons on it – I really love the buttons! An ear warmer (because you can never have too many ear warmers!!) both made from 100% wool and lovingly hand knitted. Some happy new year napkins, some snuggly slippers, some chocolate and wonderful teas, a tin of mints and this:
Now, this isn’t just any owl, this is a lip balm disguised as an owl! How amazing is that?!
I love my swap package, so thank you SO much knitterofhats!! Yours is ready to be posted and will be whisking it’s way across the Atlantic to you soon!!!
I don’t know about you but I like ear flaps on hats, but I don’t always like the rest of the hat the ear flap is attached to. So, having not been able to find a Panda Hat with ear flaps I decided to design my own, and part of that involved making ear flaps.
These ear flaps are SUPER DUPER easy to make, and I am going to share the pattern with you here.
I have used 4mm needles and 8ply yarn to make these, but I don’t see any reason why they can’t be made with other weights of yarn and needle size, it shouldn’t effect the pattern at all.
- Cast on 5 stitches using your preferred method
- Knit all stitches
- KFB, Knit 3, KFB (7 stitches)
- Knit all stitches
- KFB, K5, KFB (9 stitches)
- K2, Purl 5, K2
- KFB, K7, KFB (11 stitches)
- K2, P7, K2
- KFB, K9, KFB (13 stitches)
- K2, P9, K2
- KFB, K11, KFB (15 stitches)
- K2, P11, K2
- KFB 2, K11, KFB 2 (19 stitches)
- K2, P15, K2
- Knit all stitches
- K2, P15, K2
- Rows 17 to 24 – repeat rows 15 and 16
This is one ear flap made, so cut a 6 inch tail and put it on a spare needle or stitch holder.
For ear flap number 2 repeat steps 1 to 30 and add the following:
31. Knit all
Once you have completed row 31 on the second ear flap you can then cast on the stitches for your hat. The extra row ensures that when you knit the first ear flap after casting on the first half of your hat stitches both ear flaps will remain the same length. Do not cut the thread of the second ear flap if you are going to continue making your hat!!
Adding the Ear Flaps to your hat
I am going to use an 88 stitch cast on hat for this example (this is the number of stitches I used for my panda hat). 40 of these stitches are already accounted for as they are the ear flaps.
Once you have completed all 31 rows the second ear flap that you knitted is still on you’re needles and should be transferred on to you’re knitting in the round needle of choice -either double pointed or on to a circular needle (unless it’s already on one!)
The ear flaps have 20 stitches each, so this ear flap accounts for the first 20 stitches that would normally be cast on.
Next I would cast on 24 stitches in my preferred method – that’s half of your hat cast on!
Now knit across the top of the first ear flap you made – this is why it only has 20 rows instead of 31, the knitting into the base of the hat is the 31st row of this ear flap.
Cast on the remaining 24 stitches.
You now have 88 stitches on your needles, ready to be joined in the round and for the rest of your hat to take shape! Magic!!
If any of this doesn’t make sense please feel free to contact me!
Happy ear flap knitting.
Today has been seriously productive. Not only have I managed to do some serious catching up on my blog, BUT, I have also finished my plaited headband. I’m super excited about this piece, I think it’s about to become one of my most used accessories.
The pattern is Endless Braid Winter Ear Warmer and is by one of my favourite knit designers, Elisa McLaughlin. The Parisian Twist headband that I am currently working on (almost half way through) is also designed by her.
Wimbledon Bear has been busy modelling for me again, so I thought I would share some pictures with you.
And just for good measure here are a couple of my progress shots:
I’m really please with how the headband ended up, but I got a little bit bored knitting the strips for it, they seemed to take FOREVER. I used 8 ply, and the pattern said to use worsted weight, so maybe if I make it again I’ll use worsted and the strips won’t take so long to make!
Wimbledon Bear did a few other shots for me while he was hanging around – he quite liked the look of the Panda Hat so pulled a few poses with it:
It is more of a mask on him that a hat though!!
I’m a little bit sad that Christmas is over, but at least it removes that pre-Christmas stress attached to knitting. I managed to finish 3 of 5 presents, and my grandparents seemed OK to have received WIP presents!
I blocked the scarf I was making for my Dad, and I think that may well have saved my life! The darn thing kept rolling up length ways and I was getting really frustrated, so Christmas Eve Afternoon I attempted blocking for the first time ever with a scarf that I wanted to give as a present the next morning! It was a nerve wracking 12 hours, but it worked out beautifully and I was more than a little bit relieved!
My brother appears to absolutely love his hat, which is wonderful! It didn’t leave his head from the minute he opened it which was a massive compliment.
And the hot water bottle cover for my Mummy went down a storm. So I had 3 very happy family members!