Rikke! A giveaway!

(Shhh! Scroll all the way down for the GIVEAWAY! ETA: The giveaway is now closed, thank you for participating!)

I don’t want to dwell on the topic of snow in Boston, its magnitude, and its voracity in disrupting everyday life and work. Instead, let me show you this awesome hat I knit up!

Pattern: Rikke Hat by Sarah Young.

Yarn: Rozetti Polaris, in color Cloud Cover (61003), almost 1 full skein. The yarn is 65% acrylic, 31% wool, and 4% payette.  It’s a lovely yarn – a bit heathered, with one ply being acrylic/wool, and another thread-like ply holding the payettes. The only minus is that it’s pretty annoying to frog, but I didn’t have to do much of that while knitting this super simple pattern.

Needles: US 4 and US 6 needles.

The hat is knit in garter stitch, and the pattern is written to be worked in the round, alternating rounds of knitting and purling. I weighed the option of purling every other round versus knitting the hat flat and adding one seam, and decided to knit the hat flat. I’m glad I did! The hat is not any worse for it, and the seam lets me find the back of the hat instantly. I seamed it using a smooth wool sock yarn… seaming with payettes wouldn’t have been pretty.

And now to the topic of THE GIVEAWAY! ETA: The giveaway is now closed, thank you for participating!

I do love the way this hat came out, but looking at myself in the mirror only confirmed what I already knew – that I prefer my hats to be close-fitting caps or a more traditional silhouette, not quite this slouchy. And so, if YOU like this hat, please leave a comment on this post between now and 9 p.m. on Friday, and I will select a winner at random to receive this hat! This hat is quite stretchy and should fit the average adult head (mine is 22.5″ around). Please read here for full rules of this contest, and good luck!

Cotton hexagon blanket

A little while ago I showed you a hexagon blanket that I was knitting. Well, at the end of 2014, I finally finished it!

Pattern: of my own design, inspired by the Sand Dollar Wrap in New Vintage Lace and the Basalt Tank in Knitting Nature.

YarnBe Sweet Bambino Taffy in the Spearmint Gum colorway, 70% organic cotton and 30% bamboo, 9 skeins.

This yarn is very soft and lovely to work with, but if you remember, each skein was composed of 5 colors, tied together with a square knot.  If that kind of thing would irritate you as much as it did me, I have some alternate yarns I can suggest. I was determined to work through this stash yarn, however, and so ended up weaving in a bazillion ends after piecing together the same color from 9 different skeins of yarn, boooo!

Needles, finished dimensions: I used US 7 needles, and the hexagons ended up being approximately 3.75″ along each edge. I made a few half-hexagons so that the blanket is straight along two edges, and jagged along the other two. The finished blanket is approximately 30″ x 33″.

After mattress stitching together the hexagons using a smooth, fingering weight superwash wool, I worked three rounds of single crochet along the edges. I really do like the finished product, despite the hassle with the yarn!

A hat for the tiniest bunnies

Recently I knit a bunny hat for Sonya, and it came out so cute, and so soft and fluffy, and it fits so well, that I decided to share the pattern with you!

 

The hat is knit in the round from the brim to the crown/ears. To better mimic the natural shape of the baby’s head, the hat is worked asymmetrically, with much more fabric surrounding the face, and significant shaping at the back. The pattern is sized from newborn to 2 years old; each size uses less than 1 skein of DK-weight yarn. Read below for additional pattern details!

The pattern is available for purchase through Ravelry, payment via PayPal (account not needed for either one).

US $3.00

Sizes: Newborn (3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years), to fit head circumference 13.75 (15.75, 16.75, 17.75, 18.75)”/35 (40, 42.5, 45, 47.5) cm.

Finished dimensions: 10 (11, 11.25, 11.5, 12)”/26 (28, 28.5, 29.5, 30.5) cm around the face, 4.5 (5, 5.25, 5.5, 5.75)”/11.5 (12.5, 13.5, 14, 14.5) cm deep.

Yarn: Rowan RYC Cashsoft Baby DK (57% extra fine merino wool, 33% microfiber, 10% cashmere), 804 pale green, 1 skein, approximately 95 (105, 110, 120, 125) yards/85 (95, 100, 110, 115) meters.

Needles: US 6 (4 mm), in your choice of style for knitting small circumferences in the round, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch, knit in the round.

Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle, and 1 yard/1 meter of ribbon to tie around ears.

Skill level: intermediate; the pattern is worked in the round and has increases and decreases.