Posts Tagged ‘Hat’

In 2018, I completed:

  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 hats (including 1 headband)
  • 4 other accessories (2 cowls, a shawl, a crocheted scarf)
  • 2 sweaters (one of which was cast on over 3 years ago, and one of which I cast on last year)
  • 1 baby blanket

Of the items above, 3 of them were knit for work – for blog posts and/or photo shoots.

In chronological order of completion:

Not pictured above, 1 pair of socks I never took any photos of!

If you want details on any of these, and you’re on Ravelry, check them out in my Ravelry projects.

The Cube Socks were particularly interesting. They’re knit using a new-to-me method of intarsia, and I wrote two posts for the Interweave blog – one for WIP Wednesday and one for FO Friday.

I started the Cabled Turtleneck last year, in November. It then sat in my knitting bag from March until this past November, when I finally pulled it back out, knit the second sleeve, and finished it off. I used Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns for the basic set-in sleeve sweater structure, and incorporated Barbara McIntire’s cable pattern from The Great American Aran Afghan booklet.

After finding the Miki hat pattern on Ravelry, I liked it so much I ended up knitting four hats and a headband out of it! I may end up using it for socks at some point as well.

Finally, my Random Stripe Boxy sweater. I started it on May 3, 2015 and finally finished it on December 28, 2018. It was absolutely worth weaving in a ridiculous number of ends created by all of the color changes! I had three semisolid skeins of Caper Sock that I bought to knit a Color Affection Shawl… then later came to the realization that I simply don’t wear shawls. I also had another two skeins of Caper Sock in the Nerrivik colorway that I bought sometime after the other three skeins, but before I accepted the fact that I’m not a shawl person. Fortunately, the Nerrivik colorway coordinated nicely with the semisolid shades, so I combined them for the sweater. I still have enough Nerrivik and Peridot (the lime green colorway) to knit a pair of socks with contrasting toe/heel/cuff or some other two-color accessory.

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So… last weekend was Stitches East in Hartford, CT. Picked up some great stuff:

  • Large barrel bag from Erin Lane Bags
  • Earrings from Harlan Glass (hanging on bag)
  • Sock Hussy pin from Miss Purl (pinned to bag strap)
  • Yarn, left to right: Skein of bulky orphan yarn from Bashful Bags & Fibers (no label, no info – somewhere around 85-100 yards, and I think there’s some alpaca in it); STR Lightweight in Tina’s Silver Lining; STR Lightweight in Gail’s Autumn Joy
  • In the front: limited-edition violet/black alpaca fiber by Pine Hill Alpaca Farm (purchased at Kanine Knits booth)

I’ve already made use of the orphan skein of yarn:

“Orphan” Musician Beanie

  • Pattern: Starving Musician by Laura Linneman
  • Yarns: Orphan skein of bulky multicolor something-or-other; Classic Elite Renaissance (discontinued yarn) that’s been in my stash since 2008, used doubled, in a light olive green (lost the label)
  • Needles: U.S. 11 (8mm); used U.S. 10.5 (6.5mm) for the decreases since I only have one U.S. 11 16″ circular needle!
  • Started (and finished) 10/26/11 (only took three hours)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Though it only took me three hours to knit, it was also the third time I was knitting something with the orphan yarn in the same week! I started off making a Starving Artist slouchy beret — not enough yarn, and I wasn’t happy with the way I was augmenting with the light olive green. Next, I attempted a Starving Musician beanie using only the orphan yarn — just a bit too short, wouldn’t have been long enough to stay pulled down over my ears. So I started again for the third time and worked in a few stripes in the light olive. Love it! I still think I look better in hats made with less-chunky yarn, but this one is growing on me. How can you not love something that’s done so quickly, anyway?

And it turns out I finished this one just in time for a freakishly early (well, maybe not for NH) October snowstorm.

Let’s just take a closer look at those great earrings (click the photo to enlarge)…

How about a closer look at the Sock Hussy pin? Perfect knitting bag accessory…

Oh… and did you happen to notice that the STR Lightweight in the Tina’s Silver Lining colorway matches the bag??? Seriously, I didn’t plan that. Didn’t even notice until I was taking the photo.

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Wow, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last update! Well, I do have some FOs to report. Here’s what I’ve been up to…


Dad’s Socks (Birthday Gift)

First up… I made my Dad a pair of socks for his birthday. I never know what to get him for gifts, and I have even less of a clue when it comes to thinking of what to knit for him. So I figured I’d take a stab at knitting him a pair of socks. They’re too thick for him to wear with his dress shoes, so they’ll be “around the house” socks for him.

  • Pattern: Gentleman Socks by Kristi Schueler
  • Size: Men’s Large
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm), Magic Loop one at a time (didn’t do 2 at a time because of the number of stitches)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy, Flax colorway
  • Modification: I didn’t do the eye of partridge stitch on part of the sole as the pattern directed… mostly because I totally missed that instruction
  • Started 7/22/09, finished 8/4/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I also made another pair of footies for my Mom for her birthday — same as the first pair I made, but in solid purple (sorry, no FO pic). For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page.

Just last week, I finished a new project I started as car-knitting in September: my Clown Barf Scarf.


Clown Barf Scarf

When we took a trip to Pennsylvania the weekend after Labor Day, I needed a simple project to work on in the car. I’ve had this yarn in my stash for quite a few months now, earmarked for this particular scarf. So I cast on and worked a few inches to get started a couple days before we left. It’s finally finished — I used 3 skeins of yarn, but wish I’d bought a fourth. It’s just barely long enough, and I would have preferred it a little longer. But it’ll work.

  • Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
  • Yarn: Mirasol Hacho, colorway #300 (muted rainbow hues)
  • Modification: The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and US 11 needles; the yarn I used is more of a DK weight, so I used smaller needles and cast on more stitches (45, I think).
  • Started 9/9/09, finished 10/6/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I’m calling it clown barf because I admired the yarn on several trips to the yarn shop, but held off buying it because I wasn’t sure if the colors were too bright and “clowny”. Turns out the colors look a bit more muted, especially when knitted up, but I already had the name in my head so that’s what it is!

And finally, I was able to knit something for my husband. He’s always warm, so there’s no way I ever need to knit him a sweater. And forget about socks, a scarf, or gloves. But his head is practically shaved, and now that we live in New England he needed a warm hat for winter.


Transformers (Autobot) Hat

  • Pattern: Transformer Inspired Autobot Symbol Chart by Nancy Fry (not really a hat pattern, just a chart for the graphic); referred to Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk for sizing/stitch count only
  • Size: Mens Large
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing and US 6 (4.0mm) for body of hat, Magic Looped
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Black and Coast Grey colorways
  • Started 10/7/09, finished 10/12/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

In hindsight, I probably should have used smaller needles. The hat fits fine in the circumference, but it’s just a wee bit tall. The motif takes up quite a bit of space. I think you’d have to use a lighter weight yarn to use this motif on a child’s size hat.

I also finished another pair of socks for myself… but haven’t taken pictures of them yet. So that will be a finished object post for another day!

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Recently, I had several projects coming off the needles at nearly the same time. Here they are in all their glory. Click any of the pictures to embiggen.


marysweaterback_xlUp first, a baby sweater, made for my friend Cheryl’s new (and first) baby granddaughter. Once I found out her daughter was expecting a little girl, I seized the opportunity to make something girly (since there are no wee baby girls among my closest friends and family at this point), especially since Kim was having a clearance sale on this nice cotton yarn at the time.

  • Pattern: Ballerina Top from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits
  • Size: 6-12 months
  • Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo, color #45 (fuchsia/pink)
  • Needles: US 1.5 & US 2.5, 40-inch circulars
  • Started 12/26/08, Finished 1/3/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

Since I had some yarn leftover (and I still do!), I made a hat to go with the sweater. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and I’ll definitely be using it again for some charity hats for the Reading Hospital nursery.


  • Pattern: Star of the Day by Susan Pierce Lawrence
  • Size: Newborn
  • Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo, color #45 (fuchsia/pink)
  • Needle: US 3, 32-inch circular (knitted magic-loop style)
  • Started 1/3/09, Finished 1/4/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

maryshat_xl1The top of the hat is the cutest part. But the i-cord bindoff that gives oomph to the rolled brim is pretty damn cute, too. The hat is worked from the top down, and it’s a really easy pattern to knit — looks way more complicated than it is. Just yarnovers to make the eyelets and decreases to make the star points and swirls.

And, finally, a pair of socks! Yes, it feels like forever since I last completed a pair of adult-sized socks! These took me the longest to make so far. Not because the pattern was difficult (it wasn’t), but because I also worked on 16 — yes, SIXTEEN — other knitting projects over the same period of time. So these spent a lot of time in the knitting bag, waiting to be picked up during a free moment. I present to you my Fearless Monkeys.


I so loved working with this yarn. Sooooo soft, like petting a kitten (without the claws prickling your skin). They are my “Fearless Monkeys” because the pattern is called “Monkey”, and the yarn is by Fearless Fibers. Plus, I fearlessly knitted them two-at-a-time on one circular needle (not the first time I’ve done that, but the first time I did that cuff-down instead of toe-up). Seriously, the yarn is gorgeous. I had been working on the socks in not-such-great lighting in my living room most of the time, but one day when I took them into work and knitted over my lunch break at my desk, with all sorts of sunlight streaming in the huge windows, I could see all kinds of shades of brown, tan, olive, and even a pink the color of a kitten’s nose all blended in the yarn. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. (from Knitty, Winter 2006)
  • Size: as written in pattern, length of foot sized for ladies size 9 shoe
  • Yarn: Fearless Fibers superwash merino wool sock yarn, Thoroughbred colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5, 40-inch circular
  • Started 8/10/08, Finished 1/4/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

Currently, I only have two projects on the needles. First, a pair of socks (for me, of course) that I’m knitting cuff-down and one at a time — a drastic departure from what seems to be my preferred method of toe-up, two at a time — and second, a classic, v-neck sweater (yeah, also for me), which thus far seems to not be turning into a disaster like the first one I made for myself something like 9 years ago. More to come on those two projects, once they’re finished.

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beret1My favorite yarn shop owner, Kim (aka “Yarnmamom”), had a birthday this week. So of course that means a knitted gift for her, in mostly her favorite color, purple. Voila! The One-Day Beret (pattern by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops). Although it took more like 9 days for me… but not knitting on it every day, and I did have to rip some out and reknit.

Pattern: One-Day Beret by Kirsten Kapur (Ravelry pattern page here)

Time: Started 11/19/08, finished 11/28/08

Needles: US 10.5 bamboo DPNs & 16″ circular

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flammé (lavender — although it’s really darker than that), Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (25015 and 25020 — one is lavender and one is pink… but I forget which number is which)

Notes: I originally followed the directions for figuring the decreased number of stitches for the brim, but it came out waaaaay too big. So I ripped out nearly half of the hat and redid it from there to a lower number of stitches for the brim.

Kim’s had it rough lately since her son was in a bad car accident last month, so hopefully this cozy hat will help warm her heart as well as her head, and make her feel just a little more loved during this special birthday week.

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Earlier this summer, Grumperina featured a pair of helical stripe socks on her blog. I was really intrigued by the concept and sort of filed it away in my brain for a while. Fast-forward to this past Friday, when I picked up several pastel shades of Italian cotton yarn (Filatura di Crosa’s Porto Cervo) that was on clearance at Yarns R Us, figuring I would make some more baby hats for the hospital.

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I actually hadn’t thought of doing the helical stripes at first, but then the lightbulb went off. I had five colors total: pink, yellow, green, blue, and good ol’ white (1 ball of each, except for the white — two balls of that). I started at the top with a length of i-cord to be tacked down into a little loop later, then increased like crazy. I didn’t like how it turned out at first — I kept using the white till I was finished with the increases, but it was too much. I wanted to start the stripes much sooner. So I started over, again with the i-cord. Then I started adding the other colors as soon as I had a stitch count divisible by 5 (15 stitches). Increased a whole bunch more while working the helical stripes, until I had a hair more than 80 stitches on the needle. Then I just worked even in the helical stripes to the length I wanted, and switched to all white for the rolled edge. Voila!

  • Needle: US 5 Addi Turbo, 40″ (magic loop technique used)
  • Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Porto Cervo (100% cotton, aran weight), 10 grams each pink, yellow, green, blue and 20 grams white
  • Started: 8/30/08 (and ripped and re-started 8/31/08)
  • Finished: 9/1/08
  • Gauge: Approx. 5-5.5 stitches per inch, stockinette
  • Construction: Top-down, stockinette, rolled edge

I quickly wrote up some simple instructions — please note, however, that these instructions are extremely basic and have not been thoroughly proofread/tested. (It’s not rocket science and if you make a mistake while knitting this, it most likely isn’t going to be a serious one — plus it’s a quick knit and doesn’t take a lot of yarn. You can even use scraps!) Click to download PDF instructions.

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Well, I figured I was so close to being finished with my beaded and striped version of Odessa that I would just stay up a little later Saturday night and finish it off. I ended up finishing it off somewhere between 12:30 and 1:00 AM Sunday morning. (!!!) There were some goofy spots where I messed up the decrease rounds, but I think it still looks just fine. Most likely something only I will notice, anyway. I’ve weighed my leftover yarn, and I think I just might have enough left to make a pair of Fetching mitts. (I’d really like to make something that completely encloses my hands, but I’m also thrilled — a bit too much, maybe — at the possibility of actually using up the leftovers and not being wasteful.) The mitts call for a heavier weight of the yarn I used for the hat, but I think I’ll have enough. I could always make the cuff a little shorter if I don’t — like leaving off half a cable or something.

While I had the postal scale out, I also weighed my leftover Araucania Ranco from the Chevron Scarf (Ravelry link — login required) and discovered I have about enough to make ankle-high Jaywalkers. I purchased the size needles needed yesterday, but discovered that the yarn I was going to use is a slightly heavier weight than the fingering weight called for in the pattern. I really don’t feel like adjusting gauge, so I’m going to adjust the length of the sock and use the proper weight of yarn instead.

Yesterday at Yarns R Us, I also picked up some gorgeous Wool in the Woods/Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn. It’s soooo soft… I swear I could just spend all day feeling up yarn. I’ll probably save this yarn for Monkey, or possibly for the sock knitting class I’m planning on taking at YRU this spring (toe-up, which I’ve never done before, done on one very, very, VERY long circular needle or “magic loop“).

And as if I didn’t have enough projects in my knitting queue already, I received the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits in the mail yesterday (I just subscribed several weeks ago, before the Spring 2008 issue came out) and I’ve added the Citrus Yoke Pullover to the ever-growing list of stuff to make that I hope doesn’t turn out crappy. Plus, I spotted a cute little knitted toy on Knitty that I’d like to make for Billy — which will help use up some Simply Soft leftover from baby-blanket weaving. Looks like I might be hanging onto those extra 10 pounds a little while longer with my butt firmly (or maybe jiggly-ly) planted on the recliner with a cat, needles and yarn.

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