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Bearly Bonnet: Pattern Review and FO

November 9, 2017
Bearly Bonnet

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a good week. This week we have reached “it finally feels like fall” weather. Somehow we have also reached “Halloween’s over so let’s go straight to Christmas” with everything else. Come on, people! Respect Thanksgiving! If we extend the Christmas season too long, it won’t feel special. Speaking of seasons, I’m currently in the Everyone is Pregnant (but me) season of my life. Old coworkers, new coworkers, college friends, that girl you used to talk to a few years ago before she moved away. Everyone is preggers. The one perk to the everyone is preggo season, is that it allows for lots of cute baby knits. Like the Bearly Bonnet.

I swear, I tried to resist the Bearly Bonnet. It’s knit on size 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 needles, which is obnoxiously small. But it’s also obnoxiously cute. Look at those ears! Plus it’s a great unisex baby pattern, for those people who don’t know what they’re having. (Maybe it’s a pterodactyl! I hope so…)

The Pattern

Bearly Bonnet

First of all, the adorable Bearly Bonnet by Pure Stitches pattern is free. Score! I love not paying for patterns! (Like, freely given. I don’t steal them…) In terms of good free baby patterns, this one is going in my archives as a solid pattern. I will be making this again. Possible with leftovers from every section of my fade shawl, because it’s that cute.

Like I mentioned before, the Bearly Bonnet pattery is knit on ridiculously small needles. I used some mystery double pointed needles (DNPs) with no markings whatsoever for the ribbing. I have no clue what size they were, but they were smaller than my size 3 circular needles. Then I switched to the size 3 circulars for the rest of the hat.

Bearly Bonnet

 

I made a mistake on the pattern and didn’t join in the round as soon as I was supposed to, but I just sewed that section up at the end. The Bearly Bonnet pattern uses centimeters, rather than inches, so I just blazed through the section where it said to combine in the round. Whoops. The pattern is meant to fit like a bonnet, not like a beanie, so the brim is not a complete circle. Instead it has cute little tassels. 

The only criticism I have about the Bearly Bonnet pattern is that is was extremely vague about how to sew the ears onto the bonnet. I wish it had given a bit more detail about exactly where to put the ears, and maybe some help on the best type of stitch to use to sew them on. I used a whip stitch to attach them, but found that the edges were a little wonky that way. 

The Yarn

Bearly Bonnet

I used Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Thunderhead colorway. I used this color in section 1 of my fade shawl (still pending) and I had a lot left over. Some people have mentioned that this bonnet in gray has a tendency to look like a little mouse more than a little bear, but that doesn’t deter me. It’s still super cute. This would actually be really cute in any color. Maybe a bright red or a creamy white…You could even contrast the ears with the rest of the bonnet!

Bearly Bonnet

 

I like Stroll Tonal for this because it’s washable, and therefore good for babies. It’s not the softest yarn out there, but it’s not rough or scratchy either. It’s a fairly sturdy yarn and it gets the job done. I have noticed with Stroll Tonal that the texture is not always consistent between different skeins. I have a skein in green that feels much softer than this skein in gray. I’m not sure if the difference is in the color or when I bought the skein, but I believe that there is a bit of variation within Stroll. 

I would happily knit this pattern again, and in fact, I expect to! The whole thing took me maybe a weekend of casual knitting to finish, so it’s not a huge time commitment. I will probably consider buying circular needle in a size smaller than 3 for the ribbing on this. Doing it on DPNs was not the greatest decision. Once I get those, I’ll be unstoppable! Expect to see more Bearly Bonnets in the future, because it think it make the perfect baby knit!

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Yoda Baby Hat and Lightsaber

October 19, 2017
Yoda Hat and Lightsaber

The observant among you will notice that I never shared the Yoda Hat from my Summer Knitting List. It was the last item of the Summer Knitting List that I had to share with you. I actually finished the hat a long time ago, but didn’t give it away until recently. The Hubs and I went to a baby shower this weekend where we were finally able to give the Yoda Hat to it’s recipient. But of course, I couldn’t stop with just the hat. We gave them a full Star Wars themed baby gift, complete with knitted lightsaber!

The Hat

 

I used this Yoda Hat pattern by Shinah Chang.  There are a LOT of other Yoda Hat designs out there, but this one seemed less floppy than the others. It was a fairly easy design to follow, and took maybe 2 days, tops. The ears were a little fiddly. They required a very tight gauge so they wouldn’t flop all over the place. They’re knit separate, and then sewn to the hat.I folded mine a little, like the pattern suggested, so that they would get that distinct Yoda curve. I think they turned out pretty well. 

Yoda Hat and Lightsaber

For the yarn, I used Cascade 220 Superwash Merino held double. I’m always stumped when it comes to yarn for baby projects, but I thought that a superwash wool seemed like a nice choice. I actually ended up really liking this yarn, and bought more to make a Veronika sweater out of it.  It’s very soft and smooth and easy to work with. I used color no. 11, which was the most olive toned of the green Cascade 220 options. Choosing a Yoda color was harder than I thought it would be, because he actually goes through a bit of color variation as he ages. This green is a little more Kermit than Yoda, but I still think it was the best choice.

The Lightsaber

 

Speaking of difficult color choices, did you realize that Luke goes through two different colored lightsabers? I wasn’t really aware of the fact until I went looking for reference pictures for my knitted lightsaber. He starts out with the blue lightsaber given to him by Uncle Ben/Obi-Wan Kenobi. This was the lightsaber originally constructed by Anakin and lost in Empire Strikes Back. This is the same lightsaber that Rey eventually uses in the most recent movies. Later, Luke constructs his own lightsaber (apparently using a synthetic lightsaber crystal, who knew?) and that one was green. Details…

Yoda Hat and Lightsaber

Eventually, I settled on making the blue lightsaber because:

  1. It match the pajamas we bought to go with it.
  2. It looked easier to knit.
  3. The Hubs said it would work better for a baby boy (I tend to get huffy about color coding babies, but sometimes you gotta go with the flow.).

 

I used mostly leftover acrylic trash yarn for the lightsaber. The silver and blue were both Vanna’s Choice, and the black was some Hobby Lobby yarn. I made up the pattern as I went. I am not sharing it here, because it is Not a Good Pattern. There was a lot of fudging going on. I wish I had stuffed the end product a little tighter, because it had a slight tendency to droop and look a little…suggestive… Still, I’m happy with how it turned out. For a baby toy, I think it will be fine.

We paired the two knitted gifts with a Star Wars pajama set and a little gold book about being a Jedi. I thought it was pretty cute. Themed gifts make things so much more fun. I’m on the lookout for new baby patterns now. I am currently in that All My Friend Are Making Babies (On Purpose) stage of life, so I need lots of baby knit ideas. What is your favorite baby knitting pattern? Got any suggestions for my next baby knits?

 

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Morning Walk Hat : Pattern Review and FO

February 23, 2017
Patter Review: Morning Walk Hat

I am excited to show you another finished knit: The Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson knit in Woolfolk’s TYND and SNO. This hat and yarn have a special place in my heart because The Hubs and I picked out this yarn when we were on our honeymoon in Austin.  The Hubs put it in his vows that he would find new yarn stores for me to visit and he delivered!

Patter Review: Morning Walk Hat

How could I resist that face?

I’ve wanted to go to Hill Country Weavers in Austen since I moved to Texas. This is mainly because they are the only yarn store in Texas to stock Brooklyn Tweed yarns. Oh my is their stock beautiful! I believe I circled the store about 5 or 6 times, cooing at the yarn and debating what to buy. The Hubs was the one who found the Woolfolk yarn. (He has good taste in women and in yarn.) He like the marled effect on the SNO yarn, and REALLY liked the softness. The Hubs asked if I could make him something with it. How could I say no?

The Pattern: Morning Walk Hat by Ann Patterson

At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with Woolfolk SNO. Then I saw the Morning Walk Hat on Woolfolk’s Instagram and it was perfect! When I showed it to The Hubs, he confirmed, “Yes, I want one of those.” Thus began my first knit of the new year.

The Morning Walk Hat is a ribbed beanie with a foldable brim knit by holding together one strand of Woolfolk TYND and Woolfolk SNO.
Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat
I cast on for this project while waiting in the DPS to change my last name (a joyful place if there ever was one). I didn’t cast on using smaller needles the way the pattern instructed because 1. There weren’t any in my knitting bag and 2. I sure as heck was not going to wait for 2 1/2 hours at the DPS without something to knit. I used a tubular cast on like a freaking professional, so the hat has a nice stretchy brim.

A lot this hat was knit during our yearly pilgrimage to Tulsa for what The Hubs refers to as “family Christmas.”(This is when his side of the family gathers around New Years to exchange all the gifts they got for each other when the Christmas stuff went on clearance.) I got a good chunk of road trip knitting done on this hat, but I also came to an important realization.

1×1 ribbing is hard on your hands!

This hat is literally all 1×1 ribbing. That’s all there is to it. It’s great for mindless road knitting, but the constant back and forth between knit and purl really made my hands sore. My knitting fingers must be out of shape, because I had to take a lot of breaks. Overall, it’s a simple pattern and it creates a classic, timeless finished product. The Morning Walk Hat is also totally unisex, which means I can steal it from The Hubs!

Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat

Hat: Stolen

The Yarn: Woolfolk TYND and SNO:

This hat is knit with one strand of TYND, a solid yarn, and one strand of SNO, which is marled, held together. I expect you could get pretty adventurous with your color combos here, but I played it pretty safe. Plus, I’m a sucker for burgundy.

The most noticeable thing about these yarns is how soft they are. As mentioned, I walked around a yarn store and pet all the yarn before buying these and I can confirm. They really are some of the softest yarns out there. That being said, they were a pleasure to knit with. The finished fabric has a lovely little halo to it. However, I wonder if it might have problems with pilling as the hat gets more use. The jury is still out on the durability because it’s currently 75 degrees in the middle of winter here in Texas. Maybe next week…

I still have one unused skein of Woolfolk SNO that I bought before I knew what I was making. I would love to try this yarn in another application, but haven’t seen a pattern that looks worthy yet. I’m thinking a nice cowl or scarf so I can keep that soft squishyness close to my neck. No matter the project, I would wholeheartedly recommend this yarn. I think both TYND and SNO are beautiful and luxuriously soft.

Pattern Review: Morning Walk Hat