Another one . . . . And a free pattern.

Well this post is about another hat. One with a little more intricate detailing then the previous hats. It’s also about another baby Jones. We are expecting to welcome a new little Jones in the next month or so, which is very exciting, as well as scary. With our first little monkey we decided not to find out the gender before he was born, and we are doing the same with this baby Jones. So I needed to make a hat for this baby that can work for a boy or a girl. Because every baby needs to be welcomed with a hat, or ten, duh.

So I choose this teal cotton since it works for a boy and with a little embellishments and bling also works for a girl. Here are some pictures:

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Here is a link to the free pattern which is called the horseshoe lace cap.

The band of this hat is worked in the rib stitch, one purl one knit, but the knit stitch is worked in the back loop which gives the band a nice tight braided look. Here is a picture of what the rib stitch worked in the back loop looks like:

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This is what a normal rib stitch would look like:

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Now in case it’s a girl, I found this great tutorial on how to crochet triple layer flowers

I haven’t sewn the flower the hat yet, but plan to fix it with a big sparkly button in the center of the flower if it is a girl.

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Here is a picture of the top, with my little guy modelling it. The picture is a little dark, but it shows the details very well.

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So to conclude, if you would like to find out whether we had a boy or a girl, comment and come back to get details and pictures. Then be sure to bug me till I post pictures if it takes more then a month, and a half. 🙂 >

The Mad Hatter

Well its been a long while since my last blog. Lets just say life has been very busy and the time I have managed to set aside for projects has been limited, so therefore blogging time has been even more so.

This project kind of jump started my knitting again since I hadn’t really started a new project after Jesse was born. I guess you could say my husband is my champion encourager since he bought me this pattern for Christmas and I couldn’t resist starting a hat right away.

Stash
Stash
Tiny Empress Set
Tiny Empress Set

So I dove into my stash and found this wonderful yarn that I had purchased with the gift certificate my husband gave me on our engagement treasure hunt.  I used five Double Pointed Needles size 5, and Cascade Cotton Yarn. I changed the yarn twice to add the nice little stripes. This wasn’t in the pattern but I thought plain yellow was too boring.

Halfway done.
Halfway done.

One thing to mention is that this hat is worked in the round and I learned very recently that to knit in the round is easier on your hands and muscles if you use Continental style knitting vs. English style. Now I didn’t know there were different ways to knit at all, but they are very different styles. English style uses the right hand and ‘throws the stitch’ over the end of the needle, while Continental style holds the thread in the left and ‘hooks’ the thread in a way similar to  crocheting. I was taught to knit the English style and had never tried the Continental, but this hat seemed the perfect sized project to learn Continental. I’ll admit it made me very frustrated to switch since I was very slow at knitting in the beginning and I just wanted to see the finished hat, but with perseverance I can now say I’m almost as fast at knitting Continental style. It really is a better style for knitting in the round but I still prefer English for straight needles.

For more detail on English click here, for more detail on Continental click here.

And here is a picture of the cutest model you’ll see, wearing the finished hat.

Hat Model
Hat Model

That was the first one, it came out rather big since I wanted it to be newborn sized so I went to Walmart and got more yarn (cause a knitter can NEVER have too much). I bought beautiful light pink, cause I’m optimistically hoping for a girl in April :). Here is a picture of the Crown of the pink hat, it came out much smaller then the yellow one. I used Size 2 needles on this hat.

Crown of Pink Hat
Crown of Pink Hat
Detail of Stitches
Detail of Stitches

By this time I was getting bored of solid colors so off to Hobby Lobby for more yarn, yes more. I made this little beauty for my nephew due in July. It is made with size 2 needles and a variegated yarn.

Little Beauty
Little Beauty

And followed it with this one, which I made using Size 3 circular needles instead of the double pointed ones.

Boy Hat
Boy Hat

So finally here is a picture of the yarn and needles used for each hat. And after all that work I got my copy of Vogue Knitting magazine in the mail and to my great delight they are featuring this exact pattern. So not only are these super fun to make, I can honestly say they are also ‘in Vogue’.

All hats and supplies
All hats and supplies

P.S. In Canada this hat would be referred to as a Toque, pronounced  tu-k.