Baby Knits

With all the work for the shop, I haven’t been knitting much recently. However with the baby on the way I felt that I wanted my guy to have a few handmade knits. And baby things knit up so quickly, it’s hardly a huge commitment. So for right now, the plan is a set of mittens, a few hats and a baby blanket.


I used this pattern for the mittens, from the Purl Bee. I just used leftover worsted weight Caron Simply Soft yarn that I had lying around. The project uses so little yarn it’s a great way to use up the ends of your stash.

The pattern is very simple –no thumbs to fuss with, which makes sense since it’s not like baby will have good enough muscle control to need the mobility. In fact my major motivator in making a set of mittens was to act as a protective barrier so baby doesn’t gouge himself in the face with his nails.


One drawback is that the way the pattern is originally written, it places the “jog” from knitting in the round smack in the middle of the mitten on one side. There are alternative directions for placing the “jog” on the side of the mitten in the comments near the bottom. I did this on my second mitten, and it looks so much nicer.


I also made two hats using this pattern in two different sizes, “newborn” and “6 months.” Again, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn that I had left over from other projects.


The pattern is very simple, so I added gradated stripes to the 6 month hat, which ties them in to the mittens.

Knitting Catch-up

So this is the last of the knitting projects that I had in the backlog. Both fairly simple, last-minute gifts.

First up are a pair of wool handwarmers made for my bike-addicted brother on his July birthday. Because everyone wants wool in the middle of July! Really though, he had requested them very specifically, and he is a long lanky guy so custom clothing is always nice for him.

I made the pattern myself based on several other handwarmers that I’ve made to date, with special attention to accommodating my brother’s size. That’s me modelling above, which is why it looks baggy.

The final project in my knitting backlog was a quick hat made as a Christmas present for a friend. I love knit hats like this, only took a few hours in front of the TV to finish!

Gifts for Nani

I’ll be meeting my grandmother-in-law in a few weeks and by request I made a few gifts. I’m told she needs hats so I made a few, the two on the left are pretty basic.

The third is from the pattern Hurricane Hat by sunshineknits. The pattern is really simple but creates an interesting design.

Finally I have round II of Purl Bee’s Daisy Stitch Handwarmers. I have no idea if she will like any of it, but I’m hoping at least one will make the cut. Fingers crossed.

Calorimetry II

I received another request for a Calorimetry headband. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red.

After trying a couple of places and failing miserably, I headed down to Tender Buttons and found this guy:

He’s got a bit of a dead-eye stare, but the recipient and I like foxes enough that he’s still a winner. The color is more true in the second image, my camera is a sad 10 year old point and shoot.

Striped Short Row Hats

So I’ve neglected the blog awhile. Going to try updating again, semi-regularly. Last Christmas I got ambitious and made knitted presents for everyone in my family. My brother received these striped short-row hats that I made from the “Tychus” pattern on

They require double strands of each color, but are a great way to use up leftover yarn. The only problem is that they are definitely made for someone with a larger head, and they don’t have much elasticity. Very warm though, and quite striking.

Mother’s Day Present

My mom made a request for her birthday for a knitted headband based on a pattern she found on Knitty. I didn’t have enough time to make it before her birthday, but I had plenty of time to make it for Mother’s Day.

It’s has a bit of an odd shape so it covers your head while still allowing you to put up your hair.

I thought it turned out decently, but my favorite part is the horse button that I found at Tender Buttons. I literally stumbled upon this store on the Upper East Side while on an errand and wondering where on earth I could buy buttons within walking distance. Definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in need of a button.

Since I had lots of extra yarn and time, I decided to make a matching scarf. Knit 2, Purl 2, to match the headband.

Simple Grey Hat

This past winter my husband decided that the hat he had on permanent loan from me wasn’t work appropriate because it was too “fuzzy.”  He loathes clothes shopping, so he went cold headed for most of the winter.  Since I’ve been on a knitting kick, I wanted to make sure he didn’t go another winter without a hat.  Very simple pattern (made it up as I went) and I fitted it on him as I knitted so it’s nice and snug.

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky yarn in charcoal, which for some reason is much stiffer than the other colors I’ve used in the brand, but I’m hoping it will soften up with use.

Baby Gifts, Part II

After completing my elephant, I felt like I should add something else.  The book had numerous baby shower gifts, so I opted for this baby bonnet.  The pattern was relatively simple and knitted out really quickly.  I especially like how she designed the ties/border around the face.

I was a little concerned about the seams being too stiff in the back, but otherwise I think it turned out well.  To get a better idea of how it looks on an actual baby:

This pattern is also from Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Knitted Gifts. More knitting projects on the way…