Friday, January 14, 2011

Hats Hats Hats & One Lonely Scarf

Now that Christmas time has come and gone, it's finally safe to show you the projects that were knit in secret.  I have VERY nosy family members who would think nothing of stalking this blog in the hopes of glimpsing their gifts before the big day.  Quite scandolous!

This years knitted gifts consisted of mostly hats with one lonely scarf thrown in.

Fish Madness: 

Now tell me - who couldn't use a lucky fish hat??  Picture one in pink and green's for the little girl on your knitting list.  Super cute.  Grab the pattern here on and whip up a few for your little (or big!) ones.  Totally easy to knit.  You'll love 'em!
Here's a fish hat in action - worn by Noah -

Time for a Butterfly Beret!

And in action - worn by Shilo-

This picture cracks me up.  Obviously something surprising was going on~
Now, this pattern gave me a couple of fits.  If you decide to follow the link above for the pattern and knit it, know that there is a bit of errata at the end and you really need to pay attention when you start decreasing to finish the hat.  As the pattern is written, you would end up with one butterfly sitting right on top of the last one instead of staggered.  Just pay attention and adjust your butterfly's accordingly and you shouldn't have any problems.   I used a light-weight merino wool yarn and it the hat turned out just right. 

Jacob's Jaunty Cap-

Knit with a soft alpaca wool, this one turned out pretty nice.  Because the yarn was so soft, I thought the hat needed a little something to give it some heartiness so I lined the brim with a nice brown fleece lining.  Just what it needed!
You can find this pattern on Ravelry where it's called the Salute hat and the pattern costs $6.00, which I think is worth the cost. 
A nice warm wool hat needs a nice warm wool scarf, don't you think? 

I held a strand of the same yarn that I used in the hat and also a pumpkin-colored wool together to knit this simple scarf.  I love how the colors of the two yarns blended, made me hungry so I called it Gingerbread.
For this scarf,  just cast on 26 stitches using size 9 needles.
Knit in a 2x2 rib until scarf is the length you want. 
Easy Peasy!

Well, the title of this post says "One Lonely Scarf", but I totally forgot that during my Christmas knitting I got carried away and made one for myself.    That's okay, who else was going to make me a new scarf if not me???

My friend Denise gave me this beautiful variegated yarn for my birthday and I thought it was perfect for a new scarf.  This pattern can be found on Ravelry also and is called 2 Weeknights with Warrick.  Apparently the pattern is named that because you should be able to complete your scarf in just two evenings of knitting while watching tv.  Took me a couple days longer than that, so I called mine Autumn Waves.  I love the fun waving pattern in this one.

Last but not least is Puppy Paws Beret ~

I love this hat!  I actually knit it after Christmas and it's for me too!  Wasn't meant to be but that's how it turned out.  I knit it as a test knit for a designer on Ravelry and the pattern is actually called a baby hat.  Did not at all turn out sized for a baby, but instead fits me.  It was going to be for our new granddaughter who we are waiting for, but I'll just have to make Mazzy something else.  (The other test knitters had the same problem with their hats turning out adult sized instead.  The designer will be fixing her pattern before releasing it.)
In action -

Right now, I have a very pink yarn on my needles that will soon be a felted diaper bag for that new grandbaby.  Lots of other pink crafting going on that has nothing to do with yarn also.  That's another post.

What's on your needles or coming out of your craft room these days?

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Bonnie said...

Love all your projects. This year I didn't knit anything for Christmas! I suppose there is always next year.

Paige said...

I am in AWE of all your amazing knits!!

Affiknitty said...

Love all of your projects, but esp. those fish hats!

mtnchild said...

Oh my goodness, what a lovely bunch of fish!! All your projects turned out really nice, I like the colors of them all.

I did some knitting and lots of beading. You can see them over on my blog.

Right now I'm slowly working on a toe-up sock. It has given me fits and starts, but I'm determined to get the hang of this!! I'm tired of cold feet.

Stacey's Treasures said...

Wow, you have been so busy Paula!
You forgot that awsome scarf you made for Dawn.
I'm starting to come out of my crafting slump. If a project isn't done in a year & a half it is time to move on to other things. I've beaded two necklase's & started an embroidry peice.

Tami Klockau said...

Welcome to FO Friday! I'm so glad you found us. All of your projects are amazing. I love the scarf you made for yourself and added it to my queue on Ravelry. I'm new to knitting but would love to give it a whirl. I have the perfect yarn for it, Malabrigo worsted. :)

Jeni said...

Loved these hats and scarves, Paula! Especially the fish hats!
I knitted a sweater about two weeks ago, intended for myself but unless it tends to stretch a bit, it may have to go to someone else as it seems not to be as long as it looked to be in the pattern photo. I still have to put it together and then, do the neckline too. Couldn't do that when I knitted it because I didn't have a large-size needle (circular) to do the neckline but I ordered one and it should be here tomorrow or Tuesday -I hope! (Had to order a whole bunch of embroidery floss colors as well and have 1 embroidery project on hold till the floss arrives and I will need other colors for the tablecloth I am working on right now too!
Keep knitting, my friend! You do fantastic work!

Adrienne said...

Those fish kill me - I love them! You ~know~ you haaaave to make something for yourself - it's the rule of the yarn goddess ;-)Now you can go forth and knit for others and she will smile upon you (he he)

Karen said...

Those fish hats are absolutely the most adorable! I wish I could knit just to make them for my 4 grandsons! I wanted to "Thank You" for my package that I received yesterday! The chicken cozy is even cuter in person! I'm also thinking pink these days getting ready for our first granddaughter (due May 12th). Can't wait!!!!

SillyLittleLady said...

Woah! That's a LOT of Christmas knitting! congratulations :D Love to fish hats, I've been wanting to make some as gifts but haven't gotten around to it yet, someday!

lisa said...

They are awesome! You are so talented, lucky family.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Those fish hats are amazing and they look like so much fun. If only I could knit.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Those fish hats are just adorable!
Nothing coming out of the craft room right now, too busy with other things. Can't wait to get back to crafting, though.