My first baby hat

Hooray!  I have almost finished my cousin’s baby hat.  I just need to block it, seam it and add a little embellishment.

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My first hat!

I’m going to use a garter stitch join for the rim and mattress seam for the stocking stitch body.

This is the first hat I have ever made and the pattern is Claire Montgomerie’s ‘Cotton and wool hats’ which I found in her great book, Easy baby knits, but the pattern is also listed on Ravelry.

The yarn is Lincraft Cotton 8ply ‘Periwinkle’, and I used 4 mm (bamboo) needles.

The pattern comes in three sizes and I made it for size 3-6 months as it is still summer here in Brisbane – it doesn’t really start to cool down until about May and baby won’t be needing a hat until then.

I enjoyed working with 100% cotton (first time).  It has a lovely drape.

The embellishment for the hat has been a learning curve in colour, yarn, shapes and techniques.  I was going to try a flower, but it is such a simple little hat, I might try knitting a bow. Or cherries. Or crochet circles. Still not sure.

But I’m a bit addicted now to little hats:  I have another pattern I’m going to try in an 8ply cotton/wool blend which is knit in the round and will be my first in-the-round project.  And tomorrow there will be a delivery of soft 8ply merino for a set of mittens, booties and a really cute hat with an i-cord top which will also expand my knitting skill set.

Hope you had a good week!

Best wishes,

Maree J

Beginning knitting: Simple garter stitch square blanket

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Loving purple

I have several projects on the go, but if I need a quick knit pick-me-up, I work on a project by Jane Ellison from Purl & Jane:  Simple garter stitch square blanket.  It is a free Ravelry download here:

Jane Ellison, Simple garter stitch square blanket

I am using 4 Seasons superwash merino 8 ply (i.e. #3 yarn/DK/light worsted) with 4mm (bamboo) needles, and in pretty much the same colours as the Sublime blanket illustrated in the pattern.  (I have a thing for purple at the moment).

This is the first time I have worked with 4 Seasons 100% superwash merino.  It is not a silky soft yarn, but I admire its elasticity and robustness. I think it will make a good, solid blanket.

This pattern will also give me practise seaming garter-to-garter stitch.  I found simplyknitting.com has a good written and video tutorial on this.  You can find it here:

seaming garter stitch

The simplyknitting.com website also has extra tutorials for beginner knitters that I will be exploring (especially cables – I can’t wait to try cables!).

This is Luka, helping take photos.

Hope your week was a good one.

Best wishes,

Maree J

Beginning knitting: the dreaded long-tail cast-on

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‘And you were so scared…’ – Grover

I love knitting for many reasons…one of those reasons being that knitting can be as challenging as I want or need it to be.

Having said that, I’ll own that I sometimes get an idea in my head that a particular technique is going to be way harder than it actually is and I’ll just keep skirting around it (and yes, that does include knitting in the round 🙂).

That is how I’ve felt about:

The long-tail cast-on.

See – just the name puts me in mind of some kind of mysterious, and maybe even dangerous, creature.

 

I told myself:  knowing cable and knit cast-on really is enough (and I particularly like cable cast-on).

I told myself:  it looks really hard.

I told myself:  I’ll get back to it…I  will, it’s just that there are so many other knitting things I really want to try and…

Etc. etc.

 

But because I really wanted to cast on for a baby hat I’m knitting my cousin and I was really starting to feel my knitting confidence slipping, I looked up a video tutorial…

And see what I did?

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Long-tail cast-on

 

That glow of pleasure when a new challenge is met and mastered is an addictive feeling. 😌

 

Wool and the Gang have a great video tutorial for this cast-on technique:

WAG long-tail cast-on tutorial:

 

Now I can begin my cousin’s baby hat!

 

Hope your week was a good one.

Best wishes,

Maree J

 

 

References

Stone, J 1971, The monster at the end of this book Western Publishing, Wisconsin.

Purl Soho: Dutch knitting stitch

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A beautiful stitch featured on Purl Soho’s site.  Purl Soho has paired this stitch with a pink silk yarn to make a wrap, but advises that the pattern could be shortened to make a scarf.  The stitch does tend to bias (read through the comments).

 

This is the link to the pattern and tutorial:

Purl Soho Dutch knitting stitch

 

I really want to try this out!

 

Hope you had a great week!

Best wishes,

Maree J

Beginning knitting: things I’ve learned so far

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‘What’s this? What’s this?’
– Danny Elfman

A list of my knitting discoveries:

Yarn

  • What I used to call wool, is actually called yarn.
  • There are more types of yarn than acrylic and wool.
  • Yarn also comes in skeins and hanks and not just balls.
  • There is such a thing as a ball winder.

Knitting equipment

  • Other new tools:  there are circular needles, double pointed needles, gauge tools, stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needles.

Knitting in the round

  • At the moment, I am suspicious of circular needles.
  • I am not quite ready for double pointed needles…I tried, it was funny.

(Therefore, I am leery of any patterns knit in the round, but very excited to find patterns knit flat).

Knitting language

  • Knitting has its own language:  Colloquial, Pattern and Official.  Examples:  Colloquial: WIP = work in progress.  Pattern: Sl 1 k1 passo = slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over.  Official:  Size 4 yarn = medium weight yarn, not 4 ply (oh yes, I learned that by the doing).
  • Which led me to The Craft Yarn Council which has an excellent online, printable reference document for Official knitting language translation:

CYC Lexicon

Time disappears…

  • I can spend a LOT of time browsing and studying yarn and patterns.

Fleece and spinning

  • I want to own alpacas because alpacas are very, very cute. They also spit. They are cute and they spit. I love this.
  • From my very cute, possibly spitting, alpacas I will produce fleece and spin yarn.

Knitting is fun.🐑

(Are you a beginner knitter or do you remember some of the first things you discovered about knitting?)

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Best wishes,

Maree J

 

References

Danny Elfman, 1993 What’s This? The Nightmare before Christmas Musical. Walt Disney Music Company


Hello!

Hi, my name is Maree and I am a Mum, part-time student and have recently discovered a love for yarn and knitting.

This blog will be a journal of my knitting experiences, notes and thoughts, and an outlet for my knitting enthusiasm because I know I should only subject my family, who love me, to so much of this enthusiasm.

I live by Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia.