December 22, 2014

A Year Of Waffles


One of my Before 40 goals is to knit 100 Waffle Hats. While a few years ago, this would have seemed like a daunting enough goal that I would have set it as my only goal for about a year, now that I've been knitting hats on repeat for five+ years, the goal seems much more manageable.

Still huge, but manageable.

So I'm declaring 2015 the year of the waffle hat! I've got a huge stash of yarn in all fibers and colors, and by the end of the year, that stash will hopefully have become at least one hundred waffle hats.

While I've been using Gail Babble's Waffle Hat pattern for years, her pattern is sized for just adults. For this challenge, I want to be able to make waffle hats in all sizes, so I'll be sharing my modified version of Gail's pattern in early January. It will include sizes from newborn through adults, and will be a free pattern download - seeing as I'll be adding on to another designer's pattern, I feel it's not right to charge for the pattern, you know?

I'll be sharing each waffle hat on Instagram as I finish it, but just do a monthly wrap-up of the hats here on the blog all year long. I will be knitting these in between my other knitting projects, so I'm not sure how many I'll get done in a month; that said, there won't be much new information with each hat finished, as I'll be using the same pattern on all of them, so a monthly wrap-up seems right.

I'll be donating all of the hats, to a variety of places depending on what yarn I've used and where I'm currently donating. The first batch will be for the UNMC oncology's outpatient clinic, and will be made using acrylic yarn. I'm hoping this project will not only get my donation knitting back on track a bit, but will help me bust through a bunch of my #stashdown15 stash!

December 19, 2014

Out And About

There’s so much goodness happening around the Internet, I wanted to have a way to share some of it with you each week. Enjoy!

The ladies of Tin Can Knits are committing to knitting their lists, just like me!

Scrapbooking with not-so-good photos.

In love with this adorable fox hat!

I love Jen's insights on parenting kids who sabotage big days.

Life: Captured is talking life albums, and once again I'm almost convinced to make one.

I've never seen Twin Peaks, but I love this.

Another panelist has finished her Amanda sweater over at Fringe Association!

Selling discontent.

Great round-up of knitting-themed books for kids.

Love this Audrey Hat from Pickles!

Wise and honest words from a mama to her toddler.

Finishing your stocking!

December 18, 2014

Santa Baby Hat

There's just a bit of time left before Christmas, but that doesn't mean your little one still can't dress up as Santa! This long tail hat comes sized from newborn through 12 months, which means even if they're crawling and ripping hats off their heads (I speak from experience ...), you can hopefully still get a handmade Santa photo before all the presents have been opened!

Knit up in worsted weight yarn, this hat shouldn't take more than a few concentrated hours, meaning you might just have time for more than one little Santa impersonator!

YARN 

I Love This Yarn! Solids (100% acrylic; 355 yards / 325 meters per 198 grams)

Feel free to substitute any aran weight (10 ply, 8 wpi) yarn. Yarn suggestions include Loops & Threads Impeccable, Vanna’s Choice, and Bernat Super Value.

MC: you will use between 100 and 200 total yards of red yarn.
 CC: you will use just 40 yards (or less) of white yarn.

NEEDLES 

US 9 / 5.5 mm double-pointed needles

NOTIONS 

Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE 

16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES 

newborn (0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months)
12 (13.5, 15, 16)” circumference

Purchase this pattern from Etsy or Ravelry.

December 17, 2014

BRAIDED EDGES


I love a good braided cable, and I've found myself drawn over and again to hats with a braided cable edge! (see my recently finished Cable Hat with Flower as an example) Many times, the rest of the hat is rather plain, but the sideways braid at the edge is always enough to make the hat look fancy and gorgeous.

From left to right, here's a few hats I'm loving right now, with a variety of braided cable edges.

Coronet - Perfect for someone new to braided cables, this hat is simple stockinette after you master the gorgeous cabled braid at the brim.

Saxon Braided Cabled Cap - This more detailed braided edge is large and gorgeous. The detail makes the braid a focal point for the hat!

Teampall Bhreacháin Hat - The all-over braiding on this hat means I wouldn't be able to knit it while reading a book or even watching a movie, but the finished result is worth the focused effort!

Wavy Moss Hats and Headband - I love knitting the moss stitch, and I'm in heaven that this pattern has a few varieties, both of hat types and a headband as well!

December 16, 2014

CABLE HAT WITH FLOWER (WITHOUT THE FLOWER)




pattern: Cable Hat With Flower, by Rian Anderson (Etsy purchase)
yarn: Bernat Super Saver in winter white
needles: size US 10 / 6.0mm needles

I originally purchased this pattern to use for shop purposes, as Rian gives permission to sell finished items from her pattern. This hat is the last of those shop hats to be sold, as I am moving away from selling finished hats, and am instead focusing on other things (more about that in the new year).

Because of that, I wanted to share the pattern here, talk about how I've modified it just a little bit, and show the fit - it's such a fun pattern, I know I'll be knitting it over and over again, and wanted to be sure everyone knew where they could get it, as well!

The biggest modification I use is simply to knit the hat with worsted weight yarn. The pattern calls for aran or chunky weight, but I always have to go to the store to buy chunkier yarn, and yet always have thicker worsted weight yarns on hand. The larger needles help keep the cable from getting to tight, and so I just work the hat with worsted weight yarn on the larger needles. This actually works out perfectly, and in the many times I've sold this hat I haven't had to make any other adjustments, which is nice!

You can see in the photos that the hat looks a bit long for Lou - that's because she's modeling the size 1-3 years hat, and she still actually wears a 6-12 months hat. What you don't see is that there's still at least 1.5" of give in the width of the hat as well, so while it fits her fine, if a bit slouchy, the hat will fit someone ages 1-3 just as nicely!

I didn't have the flower added to the hat when I took these photos, because I wanted to show the hat without. I love that you can add a flower and make the hat extra girlie, but without a flower it could be a unisex hat, made in a wide variety of colors. And while the cable is braided, and thus a bit more difficult than a more traditional cable, even a beginner could easily make this hat!

Plus, for those who don't like using circular needles, this hat is knit flat, and then seamed together with the top pulled tight!

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