Lou Lou Headband - Free Pattern!

October 31, 2014

When we did family photos a few weeks ago, in addition to making Lou a cute Owlet sweater, I whipped up a little headband for her at the last minute. This super easy crocheted headband took no more than 15 minutes, and can be sized for anyone from newborns to adults!


20 yards of Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 197y / 180m per 85g)


size US I/9 5.5mm hook


darning needle


3 sts x 2 rows = 1" in stitch pattern


newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-4 years, 5-10 years, teen, adult)


ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
rnd = round
st/s = stitch/es


CH 7.
Rnd 1: HDC 2 ch from hook. HDC in rest of chs. You should have 5 HDC sts
Rnd 2: Ch 2. HDC in each st across.

Repeat rnd 2 until piece measures 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)" from edge.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail.

Tie a knot in the middle of the headband. You can tie this as loosely or as tight as you want (I tied mine somewhat loosely, so it would be a big knot). Before you tighten the knot too much, fiddle with it to make sure the knot looks the way you want it to.


Using one tail or the other and your darning needle, sew the ends of the headband together, being careful not to twist.

Weave in all ends.

Your headband should measure 1-2" smaller than your (or the recipient's) head, allowing for stretch without the headband being too tight.

The Simple Slouch Is Taking Over The Internet!

October 30, 2014

Over the last couple of days, the Simple Slouch Hat pattern (available free here) has been making its way around the internet lately. First there was a mention in a Buzzfeed post, and then this morning I saw that it was shared on Vogue Knitting's Facebook page!

This hat has always been a favorite for me to use when teaching people to knit - if you cast on using a Knit-On cast on (rather than my standard long tail cast on) you only need to learn to knit and then knit two together, and you're knitting a hat!

I love seeing it pop up on Instagram randomly, as someone discovers just how fun it is to cast on and then knit and knit and knit, and suddenly you have a hat!

This hat was actually featured in a Norweigan film in 2012, which was super amazing and cool!

I forget for months just how much I love to make this hat, and just how much both men and women, kids and adults, love to wear this hat. And whenever I look at the pattern page, or the photo above, I'm reminded that I should probably take new pattern photos of this hat. This one was taken when I was pregnant, after all - with Owen!

So, welcome to any new readers and knitters, who have made their way here thanks to these two fun and wonderful online sources. Feel free to jump around my online home, checking out my patterns, my about page and my archives. Head on over to look at the books I've written, including my most recent book (and for sure my favorite) She Makes Hats - a memoir of sorts, detailing my knitting life.

And always feel free to comment, or e-mail, at any time. I love to get to know other knitters, especially charity knitters, and I love to hear from readers. I'm always happy to answer any questions you may have, about knitting, my patterns, or just about anything else, so don't be shy!

Bailey Hat

October 29, 2014

Meet the Bailey Hat! This extra textured hat is the perfect ribbed-looking hat. Just the right amount of slouch and stretch ensure it will fit everyone perfectly, keeping ears warm all winter long!

1 skein Loops & Threads Cozy Wool (50% acrylic, 50% wool; 90y / 82m per 127g)

US 11 / 8.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 15 / 10.00 mm double pointed needles

Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

8 sts x 12 rows = 4” in stockinette

baby (child, adult) = 15 (18, 22)” unstretched

Buy the pattern on Ravelry.
Buy the pattern on Etsy.

Getting Ready For Christmas

October 28, 2014

You guys, there's less than 60 days until Christmas, and even less until Hanukkah gets here! That sound you just heard was the collective explosion of crafter brains as we all try desperately to cram more crafting in than there are hours in the day.

Take this photo. That's all the knitting I want to get done before Christmas. Two blankets, an adult sized vest, an adult sized tank, a kid sized vest, four kid sized sweaters, a scarf, a cowl, a hat ... I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

Oh yes, my sanity.

This doesn't even represent the full measure of all I want to make in the next 60 days. There's mittens, fingerless gloves, and a huge pile of hats I don't have represented in that photo. And of course, the charity hats. And Impossible Hats as orders come in.

Most of the year I have one or two projects going at a time, no more. I don't like having so many things waiting in the queue; it makes me nervous to think about all these projects waiting to get done. I start to cast on every one of them, and then I want to knit a row or two on each of them, which for me is the least productive way to do it.

What I need to do is pick a project, cast on, and then work on it until finished. Pick another project, do the same. On repeat. I'm trying desperately to keep myself focused like this, and am already seeing a small bit of progress, thankfully!

I'm not sure how much I'll be in this space in the next few months. I've got a metric ton of knitting patterns I've been adding to Etsy that I'll be sharing here as well, but other than that, you're best bet is to find me on Instagram. With the football season ramping up for the last few college games, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas, I'll be focused on gift crafting and decorating and coloring and keeping Lou away from the tree ... not necessarily in that order. But I will show up as much as I can, if only to share patterns and what I'm reading and little snippets of daily life.

Have you started your holiday crafting yet?

While Knitting, Vol. 1

October 23, 2014

Knitting doesn't happen in a vacuum here in SMH-land. Instead, I'm always reading something (thanks to my Kindle) or watching something (thanks to Netflix). Here's a short list of what I've been reading and watching lately.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.This is the same author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars, which I loved immensely. This one, however? Not as much. The story of a just-graduated boy named Colin who loves girls named Katherine, it is a coming-of-age story for sure. But then, in the epilogue, the author lays out what he believes is the true moral of the story. And, here's the thing. If you need to spell it all out for me at the end, you didn't do a good enough job of explaining it through your storytelling. Which means you didn't do your job well enough as an author. Had this epilogue been left out, I would have probably liked the book a bit better.

Grey's Anatomy: Season 9. Yes, I know. It was probably never very good, and I'm several seasons behind. But man, do I love the heavy-handed drama. And I love just how frequently these doctors fall in love with each other, while always seeming to perform such ridiculously rare and life-altering procedures. Pure trashy television gold!

Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker. I'm pretty sure we all fell in love with Jen Hatmaker and her family, thanks to their HGTV show. I hadn't read a single one of her books, however, so I picked up Interrupted. This is my kind of faith, folks. Real, scary, dirty and rough. Taking the words of Jesus seriously, leaning into the reality of just how blessed we are, and just how much we take that for granted.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.We've been going back and forth between these two on Netflix daily, with the Christmas movie winning out almost every time. Kids after my own heart - they're already excited for Christmas, too!

The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir by Dee Williams. What a phenomenal writer! I bought this assuming I'd be reading about Dee's foray into tiny house building, and there was definitely that, but this amazing book is full of Dee's spirit and life as well. You can feel her smile as she tells her story, and on more than one occasion I decided I must take her out for a beer and be her friend. What a lovely soul, and such a joyous read!

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series Collection. I never watched this on television. I know, don't stop reading! I'm so excited that the entire series is on Netflix now, and I've been watching whenever I can get the chance. Even if it takes me years to get through it, I'm already loving it!

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn. I CANNOT EVEN. That is all.

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