I started knitting a baby hat a few nights ago and finished it last night. It just needs a pom pom on the top and then it’s completely finished!
I love the pattern, it was quick and easy to do, just rib and stocking stitch.
The pattern was number JB 010 by James C. Brett.
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The wool was from Hobbycraft and is by The Women’s Institute. I loved the feel of it, but when I came to knit up with it, it knitted up really tight. So there isn’t much stretch with it.
I still like it, it just means with being so tight it’s a bit heavy and dense if that makes sense?
The perspective looks funny on the picture, but I did the hat in the 3rd size, which I think equates to 3 months old. I’m going to have a go at the cardigan above as it’s not a raglan and I could possibly finish it much quicker than the other one I finished a week or two ago.
Maybe I’ll see what yarn I have leftover from other projects, as I think this might be a bit heavy for a cardigan too. We’ll see!
All of the pieces in the pattern (a hat, a blanket and 2 cardigans) would all look good in Christmas colours.
So, that was a quick make that got done in 3 evenings. I’m pleased with the result, but I might have a look around for a lighter yarn with a bit more stretch…baby heads can be quite huge!!
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I have a whole shelf full of knitting, crochet, sewing, soap making, baking and other craft books. Everything from jewellery to macrame!
I like flicking through them occasionally and being inspired by the pretty pictures and amazing designs. There is not enough time in the world (or in the rest of my life!) to knit everything that I see and want to knit.
So, you really have to be strategic with your knitting project choices!
Here’s a few of my knitting books that I can recommend.
The Knitter’s Handy Book Of Top Down Sweaters by Ann Budd
I’ve only tried bottom up sweaters do far, but I’d love to have a go at the top down ones. Lots of people have said they’re easier than bottom up ones, as well as the fact that there are fewer seams to sew up at the end!
This book has a LOT of charts and tables to help you design your own sweaters. Sizing charts and the like, which I actually love. I don’t normally like charts and maths! But this book is telling you how to make your own patterns as well as giving you some ready made patterns to try first.
It’s split into sections such as making Raglan sweaters, Saddle-Shoulder sweaters etc.
Although I haven’t used this yet as I’m still knitting my way through my second ever sweater, I’m going to seriously look at this book for inspiration for my next one after that!
The Ultimate Knit Stitch Bible by Collins and Brown
This book is an amazing reference book for when you need to know how to do a stitch or pattern, or if you’re designing your own knits, this is a really good source of inspiration and ideas as to things like lace and cable patterns, as well as variations of knit and purl stitches.
I flick through this book when I’m doing simple projects like scarves and dishcloths, that kind of thing. But if I ever decided to design a sweater from scratch, I would definitely look here for pattern ideas.
I never swatch projects (shock horror!) so this is like looking at pre-made swatches! 🙂
The previous 2 books are regarding to big projects, this one to tiny ones!
Tiny toys and makes such as a strawberry, a fried egg, a plane, a helicopter, a rainbow, a whale, a sunflower etc.
Little makes that would be perfect for using up your leftover scraps of yarn. I don’t think many of the makes would take more than an hour if you know what you’re doing. An absolute beginner maybe a little bit longer!
You can use them as tiny presents, put them on your keyring, make a stretch of bunting from them, use them as decoration for gift tags on presents…lots of ways to use these little makes.
The first 2 books were either Birthday or Christmas presents and I honestly can’t remember about the third. I have a feeling I bought it when I was looking for knitted leaves and autumn things like pumpkins and acorns for an autumn wreath I once did…but I can’t remember!
To be honest, as a knitter, you’d be happy getting any of those 3 books as a present, right?!
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I even looked at other people’s projects of this design and they look really pretty, especially in a deep purples and wine colours. Although the light and dark grey look good too.
The pattern says to use a lace weight yarn and a 4 ply yarn held together, which to my count makes a 6 ply yarn.
I was thinking of using a DK weight yarn, which is 8 ply and see how that goes.
If I followed the pattern I might go for a XL size, if I’m using thicker yarn then I think just a large? I’m not sure about yarn substitutions and sizing, but I love the look of this pattern so much, I’m willing to have a mess around with it.
The pattern says to use a 5mm needle and a 4.5mm for the rib so I’m sure DK would OK with that size…if not I’ll change needle size.
And since it’s only a shrug, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit too looseor doesn’t have an amazing fit!
I’m not keen that you have to follow a chart, and I think the pattern could definitely be laid out a lot better to follow it. I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out where to put the chart in my head in the pattern before seeing a tiny A1 slipped into the pattern paragraph. That being said, I’ve queued this on Ravelry, which is a feature I don’t use on there very much.
I think I’ll have a go at this pattern in the winter sometime once my current WIP’s are WIP’s no more!
I have some DK yarn going spare, so I think I’m going to earmark that for this project.
Please excuse the shoddy pics, but what I have going spare is a couple of balls of the Hayfield Bonus DK or a ball each of Stylecraft Special DK. I like the Hayfield one for this project.
Incidentally, if you want to say hello, my username on Ravelry is @chronicleofellen (my old blog name which I closed down ages ago). I admit I’m not on Ravelry an awful lot, but I am trying to find autumn and winter potential makes at the moment, so I’m on it a bit more than usual!
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It’s a whopper at 2799 words!
Fun to write though…and my writing has definitely improved compared to the first article on there!
I have been a Raveler since March 3rd 2012 according to Ravelry. 9 years…wow!
You can find me under chronicleofellen on Ravelry.
It’s only in the last few months that I’ve been using it regularly. I used to just upload the odd project, maybe browse a few patterns, just click on and click off really. Certain aspects of Ravelry I never (and still don’t) see how it would be useful to me, such as recording my stash and needles and hooks etc. I pretty much know what yarn I have to work with at any one time anyway…I can always just look in my drawer!!
Recently, I’ve been uploading more projects, and you can clearly see the progression as I have improved. Also, since I have been a crocheter for far longer than a knitter (2009 vs. 2016) then the first 10 or so projects are crochet.
Many of the projects I either gave away as gifts for people, donated to charity or simply don’t have any more, so it’s been really interesting looking back over what I’ve made.
I also went through all my favourite projects recently and got rid of all the ones from 9 years ago, as my tastes have changed and I’ve either done something similar of have no need of those patterns at the moment. It looks more streamlined now.
And I’ve updated my profile page too…even adding this blog! 🙂
I’ve got to say I’m liking Ravelry more now than I did years ago. I’m still not using all the features. But I’m liking downloading the patterns and seeing other people’s takes on patterns I like or want to do in the future.
I saw this the other day and have it to my library…it’s a knitted cowl which I think would be a good way to use up the leftover neon wool. Maybe do black on the edges and yellow and pink stripes (maybe black and purple too) in the middle. It’s called Easy Lace Cowl by Donna Edgar and is available as a free download.
Another pattern I’ve recently added to my library is called Cloudburst by Arienne Grey. It’s for fingerless mitts with a lace pattern on the top – they look beautiful and I definitely want to try them at some point…but they’re made with 3mm needles which seems so tiny to me! Small needles take me ages so I might leave this for now but keep it in mind as one to come back to.