FO: Pink Baby Earflap Hat

More of my friends are having little bundles of joy this year.  More baby knitting is on the horizon and this is just the start.

One pink baby earflap hat

One pink baby ear flap hat

Ending with a simple tassel

Ending with a simple tassel

I enjoyed knitting this hat.  The design is beautiful and results in ear flaps without joining lines.  The short rows reminded me of turning the heel for knitted sock patterns and were not overly complicated.  The ending tassel was a simple embellishment to an adorable hat. I will definitely be making more of these – Maybe one for myself.

Adorable hat with matching booties

Adorable hat with matching booties

Ravelry Project Page: Pink Earflap Hat

Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Laura from Purl Bee (Booties – Chaussons mignons)

Needles: Size 7 and 8 dpns

Yarn:  Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine

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FO: Rhythm Week Socks

During the coldest parts of the winter (and honestly, during the warm days of summer), I crave the warmth of hand-knitted wool socks. Nothing beats the warmth and love your feet feel upon slipping into a pair while cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Rhythm Week Socks

Rhythm Week Socks

I’ve heard people complain about hand-knitted socks ranging from hatred to disgust with one of my favorite garments. Honestly, I think that these people may not have worn a properly knitted pair of socks.

Yes, the inside of most knitted socks has a bumpy, garter stitch pattern. However, the softer the yarn, the softer the bumps. Yes, hand-knitted socks can be thick, but if they are knitted tightly enough, they can be worn with any shoe.

Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels

Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels

Yes, hand-knitted socks can have a tendency to fall down, but elastic can be woven into the band if you desire socks that stay up without fail. The band can also be knitted with a smaller needle for a tighter fit.

Knitting socks properly could be called an art. I haven’t mastered the art, but with each sock that I knit, I understand a bit more and feel a bit warmer.

My latest sock art creation was supposed to take a weekend. It took one full week. However, they are warm and soft. I can’t wait to slip my feet into them tonight and sip hot cocoa.

Warm, warm socks

Warm, warm socks

My Ravelry Project Page:  Rhythm Week Socks

Yarn:  Jojoland Rhythm

Needles:  Size 4 dpns

Pattern:  Weekend Socks

FO: Baby V Love

What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted gifts?

I knitted up one adorable blanket, a newborn hat, a baby bonnet, and two pairs of baby booties. Most of these patterns took less than a few hours to knit and turned out so lovely.

Plus, an adorable baby wreath that can grow with the baby was crafted up for good measure.

My Ravelry Pages: Wolfe Baby Blanket & Estelle for Baby V

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and Reef + Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Flannel

Needles: An assortment of sizes

Patterns: Brooklyn Tweed  – Tweed Baby Blanket, Basic Baby HatEstelle bonnet, & Chaussons mignons

FO: Jilted into a Crocodile

This project started off as a striped Jilted sweater, but after a set-back of knitting the wrong size (and a year), I decided to change patterns. Fingers crossed that this one looks amazing!

The In A While Crocodile pattern worked better for this yarn. Using a size 4 needle (instead of a size 7 for the Jilted pattern) caused the drape of the pattern to be much lovelier than I expected.

My copy of the pattern had an error in the sleeve section. As written, the copy had the knitter knitting a 6 row pattern and then continuing in a 8 row pattern. I first knitted the sleeves knitting in a 8 row pattern (the 6 row pattern + a knit row + a purl row) – however, this caused the sleeves to be two inches too long for the body of the top. After knitting the sleeves according to the 6 row pattern only, the sleeves fit neatly into the body.

I originally wanted to crochet the crocodile stitch.  However, I am not very good at crocheting.  My skills are basically limited to uneven single crochet.  In retrospective, I decided that crocheting (that seemed to require more skills than I have) was not a good way to advance my limited crochet skills.  Maybe next time.

Ravelry Project Page:  Jilted into a Crocodile

Needle Size: 4 dpns

Yarn: Regia Design Line Ombre Stripe

FO: Deer Baby

One of my dearest cousins is expecting a little baby boy early next year. This means that little baby stuff must be knitted.

The baby blanket was bought from Etsy seller JuteBaby.  The base of the hat uses my basic knitted baby hat pattern, but the antlers and ears were knitted using the Woodland Stag Deer Baby Hat pattern.  The warm booties were knitted using the Chaussons Mignons pattern.

Ravelry Project Page: Deer Me!

Needle Size: 3, 4, and 6 dpns

FO: Holla Holla Back Tank

A years ago, I started knitting the Holla Back Tank from Holla Knits.

The front of the tank was finished in a few weeks, but the lace back completely threw me for a loop.  When I finally started knitting the lace again, I realized that I didn’t have enough yarn to finish the top and that the yarn was discontinued (lesson learned).

Once I started knitting the lace again (after a year-long break), everything made sense.  The lace pattern was easy to memorize and was a perfect distraction during lunch breaks.  Before I knew it, the lace was finished – without the frustration from before.  Sometimes, you just need a little break from a project to make everything fall into place.

This project required blocking – due to the lace.  The blocking was quick and the seaming was painless.  After seaming, I altered the pattern by using an i-cord bind off around the neck and arms.  It was very quick and I think it gives the piece an elegant look.

I’ve already worn it out – and most people don’t realize that it’s handmade!

Ravelry Project Page: Holla Holla

Yarn: Shibui Knit Socks in Lily (021)

Needle Size: 5

FO: Pep in My Java Socks

This yarn caught my eye during a trip to the LYS and just begged to made into something beautiful and peppy.  The Java sock pattern (designed by Cailyn Meyer, published in Knitty) seemed just pep and energetic  enough for the colorful yarn.

Finished Peppy Java Socks!

Finished Peppy Java Socks!

These socks are some of the softest socks that I have knitted.  Plus, the ribbed pattern of the sock causes the socks to expand more than most knitted socks.  They almost form to fit your foot.  I knitted the small version and there is still room for a bigger foot than mine in the socks.

This heel and stockinette stitch sole are my favorite part of this design

Up Close View of the Heel and Sole

My favorite part about this design is the heel and sole.  The entire sole is knitted in stockinette stitch while the top of the foot and the arch area are all knitted in the ribbed pattern.  This heel design is super thick but very comfortable.

My Ravelry Project Page: Pep in My Java Socks

Needles: Size 1, dpns

Yarn: Shibui Sock (colorway 4103 or Roppongi)