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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!

A new book for the new year

Happy New Year, my friends!  I hope 2014 treated you well, and I am looking forward to a happy and healthy 2015 with my family and all of you!


The new year is a time for fresh beginnings, and perhaps, like me, you are looking forward to challenging your knitting and trying something new.  I recently came across two new books that I’d like to tell you about, the first of which is Knitting Fresh Brioche by Nancy Marchant.

I had the pleasure of reviewing Nancy’s first book focusing on the brioche stitch, Knitting Brioche, about five years ago (how time flies!).  You can read that review here.

Nancy’s newest book shares some of the elements of the first.  For example, she continues to use a unique language and charting system to label brioche stitches.  Don’t worry if you don’t have the first book to review these: the system is discussed in detail in this book, as well.

However, Knitting Fresh Brioche focuses exclusively on two-color brioche knitting.  The remarkable thing about Nancy’s work is the way she uses shaping – increases and decreases – together with the two colors of yarn to create unique stitch patterns.  More than 100 pages of the book are devoted to a stitch dictionary of these patterns.

 
 

In addition to the stitch dictionary, the book has 12 patterns, all scarves and shawls.

I noticed that many of the projects use single-ply yarns, or yarns with some silk content.  I think the texture of these yarns brings a nice definition to the brioche stitches, and allows the scarves to drape beautifully.  Click on a picture to view bigger:

 
 

Perhaps one of these patterns has intrigued you, and it will be your first project of 2015?!?