Hello my blogging friends! Happy Veteran’s Day to all the Veteran’s out there and thank you so much for your service. I am grateful to all that served and to those that serve today.
So winter will be here soon. Probably much quicker than I want it to be. I have a lot of hat patterns in my Ravelry that I want to make and plenty of yarn, too. My stash is way out of control and I am starting to feel really guilty about it. So, I thought that making hats would be a great way to knock out some skeins. I purchased a kit from Speckled Finch Studios last year. Actually I bought several kits from her. I do love her yarns. Anyway, I pulled out a kit that contained a skein of Cozy Worsted in the color Sangria and The Dragon’s Gate Hat pattern by Gamer Babe Knits.
Casting this on was heavenly! The yarn is so soft, squishy and bouncy.
I can’t tell you the last time I knitted some ribbing. It was actually relaxing and rhythmic.
The chain link looking cable is so easy. I didn’t even have to use a cable. Just slipped the stitches off and let them hang out there. The yarn just stayed in place. You can’t really see much of the cable here, but it is there. Blocking will definitely help open those stitches.
Then it was time for the dreaded Double Pointed needles. I must say that I really didn’t mind them so much for this pattern. The thing that throws me off is when there is a pattern to knit and some stitches are on one needles and the rest of the pattern is on the next needle. But I am getting better at knitting with the Double Pointed Needles. I’m still not a fan of them, but they are needed sometimes. Like the crown of a hat.
And in just a few days of knitting off and on, I have a finished hat. Complete with a really cute tie in Pom that also came with the kit. I was confused as to which size hat to knit from this pattern and chose the size 4, which the designer also knit for the photo. I think my hat is a little smaller than I wanted. It is supposed to be an adult sized hat. I did have quite a bit of yarn left over, so next time I will go up a couple of sizes. My chain link cable stitches are not very noticeable, so I will block it a bit in order to open up those stitches. But all in all, it is a cute hat and I would definitely make it again. The pattern is really easy to knit and easy to remember as you knit along. It is available on Ravelry, too.
Now for my cross stitch followers…I promise you that I have been cross stitching, too. I was working on Rosamund for a little bit, then switched to the Fox & Rabbit MSAL 2022. I am so proud of myself for getting all caught up on this project after starting it so late. And those borders were so long! I just started working on the November section.
Sorry about the lighting on this one. I had trouble getting a good picture of it this morning. I am hoping to get this section finished before the December section comes out. I am assuming that there will be some kind of design around the border, and that will take some time. This piece is quite large, so adding stitching around the border will not be a quick section I am guessing. I am using DMC 115 with a darker solid color (DMC 902 I think) for outlining the lettering. The fabric is 16ct Aida Winter Wishes from Fabrics By Stephanie
That is what has been on my knitting needles and my sewing needle so far 😉 I have visions of starting new projects!! What is on your needles?
10 thoughts on “I Knitted A Hat!”
In place of DPNs, have you tried using 2 circulars? I am forever dropping stitches off the DPNs, but I never have any issues with 2 circs! Give it a try, I’ll bet you like it!
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I have not tried Magic loop, but it is on my list of things to try someday.
I have been working on my crocheted temperature blanket. I am a little behind and want to finish it on time for the end of the year. I am weird but I actually love working with DPNs. I guess that’s where my love for knitting socks came from.
I bet your blanket is going to be so warm and snuggly. Not too much longer left until the end of the year. This year really did fly by.
Some day I will get to socks, probably using little tiny circular needles. Don’t think I would even try them if my only option were DPN’s.
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I thought the same thing about using DPN’s but I don’t mind them at all now.
The hat is too cute!
Love that Pom Pom.
Great progress on your SAL, almost done!
Thank you, Marilyn ❤ The Pom is really cute. And I love that it can be removed easily, too. One more section of the SAL and it will be finished. Can't believe how fast this year has flown by.
Fabulous work on the Sampler, they really are massive projects! I don’t think I’d keep up unless I dropped everything else.
Thank you, Joanne P. I really like doing the samplers as a SAL. Smaller chunks each month make them manageable. Most of the sections can be done in a week or 2 (with me, usually just evening stitching) therefore leaving time for other projects. Not sure I would stick to a sampler project from beginning to finish, stitching only on it. I have stitched 4 out of the 6 from the Fox & Rabbit and really like doing them as a SAL.
That hat is awfully cute! ❤️
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