f.o. | baby hats + socks.

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Some little Purl Bee baby knits for an old friend that recently had her second child. This is the garter stitch baby hat and the baby socks from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Purl Bee has the best patterns for babies. Simple, gender neutral, soft, adorable, tiny. They are my go to source and I tend to knit every new baby I know a version of this hat and these socks.

Knit up using odds and ends of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the whiskers colorway, and Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in flan. Some Malabrigo Merino Worsted in ravelry red for the tassel on top. This project was a complete stash buster–my favorite!

See my project notes here.

f.o. | striped hat.

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Back in 2013, I bought several skeins of Quince and Co. lark for their Striped Hat pattern. For some reason, they went in one of my stash bins to languish for four years.

I have no idea why this project got away from me for so long. Usually, in these cases, I rediscover the yarn years later, cannot for the life of me remember what I purchased it for, and repurpose the skeins into something else.

This pattern must have really stuck out in my mind because I rediscovered the yarn the other night and immediately dug out the pattern I had already purchased. This hat knits up so fast and the fit is like a dream. I love the rolled, turned in brim and its interesting construction.

My only modification was to do one less of the final row 1 -7 repeats. I thought the hat would be too tall if I didn’t make the slight adjustment. The height is perfect with the modification and it’s the only one I’ve been wearing since I completed it last weekend.

The pattern uses four skeins of Quince and Co. lark; I used the same color ways as the pattern called for: honey, frank’s plum, and gingerbread. I had mere yards of the main color (honey) left over because I didn’t complete all the pattern repeats, which means I have enough leftover to make another hat.

Read my project notes here. Expect to see a whole bunch more of these hats in my winter making this year; the color combinations are endless.

wip | first rug

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Recently, I found myself trying something new: punch needle rug hooking. It’s pretty amazing. After a few small, freeform rugs about 2 inches by 2 inches, I decided to dive into this much bigger 18 inch circular design.

I could envision this being the covering for a cool, round stool, or something similar. But in actuality, this will likely just be another practice piece. With the holidays coming, I have an idea for some cool hooked rug pillows to gift.

This piece is worked up on monk’s cloth using a bulky weight yarn and a Amy Oxford punch needle #10. You can purchase these incredible punch needles here–but be prepared to wait. Apparently the rug hooking craze is here and Oxford punch needles are in high demand.

What new makes have you tried?

f.o. | stripes.

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My modified Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirrmaier is finished and it fits like a dream. I’m really pleased with the finished product and feel like this will be one of the well worn additions to my wardrobe.

Here’s how I did it: I love the neckline of this pattern, so I used it as a base for my yoke. My stripes are approximately 2.25 inches wide between every color change and I decided on a split hem 2×2 rib at the bottom for a more relaxed fit. This garment is knit in the m1 size and has at least 7 inches of positive ease in the body.

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Knit up using perennial favorite Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the fossil and cast iron color ways, this neutrals sweater is a perfect fit for my sweater wardrobe. I definitely will use this pattern again in the future as a good top down modifier–the yoke takes on a square like quality because of the short row shaping at the neckline for a higher back (great for fit!).

Here are my project notes. Should I make one in a solid gray with pockets on front?