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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.

And another worthwhile book

Another book which you may want to check out in the new year is Curls by Hunter Hammersen.

I first read about this book on Savannahchik Jody’s blog, where she wrote a very detailed review.  Please do check it out.

Once I had received my own copy of the book, I was struck by how much it reminded me of some of my all-time and recent favorites.  In some ways, this book reminded me of Knitting Lace Triangles, because both use a defined shape and a construction method to create many gorgeous shawl variations.  But Curls also reminded me of Knitting Brioche and Knitting Fresh Brioche.  In Curls the designer develops her own “language” – colorful schematics illustrating the parts of the “curl” which she uses throughout the book, an approach similar to the one taken in the brioche books.

It’s easy to decipher how each shawl is made, and what part of the chart you’re working, thanks to these awesome illustrations.

Two of the “curls” in particular caught my attention:  Cerise and Icterine.  Click to view larger.

 

I’m very intrigued by the curls construction method, and want to try knitting one of these shawls in the near future.  It’s difficult to decide which, though, because both are so gorgeous!