FO: Windschief

This is a hat. Specifically, this is the Windschief hat by West Knits. I made this hat for my husband two weeks ago. Thankfully I took this picture of it before he got home. Why? Because I haven’t seen it since I gave it to him. Let me explain…
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At the beginning of the month my husband made a request for two hats, one grey and one black. He wanted them short so there wasn’t a brim, fitted like another hat he had and preferably with a cable. I opted out of the cable because I kind of hate them. He also wanted to go to the yarn shop with me to pick out the yarn. He picked out Spud and Chloe Sweater in a lovely deep heathered grey and a black. Did I mention to you guys how particular he is? And since he never makes requests when he does I take them seriously.

So I settled on the Windschief because I’ve made it before and since he wasn’t getting a cable, I wanted the hat to have some interest and texture. I whipped it up on a weekend while he was playing golf, showed it to him and asked him to try it on before I blocked and then I never saw it again. He’s worn it every day since. And since he gets home before me by the time I get home to photograph him he’s stripped down from his cute work clothes. So this is all you will see of his hat and I’m not mad because at least I know he likes it and it’s serving its purpose. Maybe by the time I knit the black one I’ll get him to pose for some pics for me. Fingers crossed.

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FO: Liebelle Hat

As my hair has been growing, I’ve been growing it more in an upwards direction…which means hats to fit my hair are getting tricky! I hadn’t really thought about my hair and how my hats might fit or not fit until I started to put some on and thought ‘well that looks horrible,’ so I was a little nervous as I was finishing my Liebelle Hat I cast on last month. This has been a good commuter project while I ride the subway and I wasn’t in any rush but I finished it just in time for some November snow we had and hoping it didn’t look silly when I finally put it on.
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And it fits (also I’m wearing my Pink Professor cardigan, I just took out the collar bind off and made a stretchier bind off for a better fit). Fortunately, the hat has enough height before you start shaping the crown and it accommodates my growing mane.
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And here’s my hair contained and then unleashed. LOL I love it being a bit wild.
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I picked this pattern because I’ve knit another by Katrin Schubert and I like her brioche designs. I also know that I do not do gauge swatches for hats  (always for sweaters, but never for hats) and after knitting one of her hats before I decided I needed to go down a needle size to a size 3. I also picked this because I could combine a bunch of fun colors and do some striping in the hat. I had a teeny tiny scrap of the sparkly magenta Tempting Ewe yarn from my sister’s sweater I made a while ago. And the light grey is leftover cosmic silver dk from my Dotted Rays shawl (I wear that thing all the time because it’s so big and squishy and warm) and then I pulled out of my stash some limited edition color, Catskills, from the Lemonade Shop yarns. It’s a deep almost olive green with little flecks of rainbow.
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Brioche always keeps me engaged and the end results always make me happy. And because it’s essentially double knit it’s such a warm hat. I was perfectly toasty walking the dogs in the snow. Couldn’t ask for more!

FO: Toddler Cardigans for Two

I told myself this month I was going to do a lot of baby knits. Whenever I have repeat presenters to my courses I knit them something and two of them have children, so I knew I was going to knit this toddler cardigan for Cait’s 18 month old, Graham. And my friend’s little boy Eli is 3 days younger than Graham and I promised her he’d get a new sweater. Add on another presenter has a newborn and one of my favorite people just had her second daughter (you will remember her first daughter and dog in matching sweaters) and I’m itching to make coordinating knits for the trio. But first up, the toddler sweaters I just finished! Let’s start with Graham’s in a glorious green.
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Both sweaters were made using the Child Sophisticate Pattern (I’ve made so many of these) using Caron Simply Soft yarn. For Graham’s I went with their cool green color since he’s got light blonde hair and blue eyes. I thought it would go great with his complexion (it did). I knit both in the 18 month size and his fit perfectly!
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I went with rainbow buttons for a bit of fun with such a bright and vivid green. I love the Simply Soft yarn because it washes and dries beautifully and is so soft. For Eli’s sweater I told his mom Leah she could send me some inspiration.
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She sent me a link to this Baby Gap cardigan and I pulled through my stash of Simply Soft and this is what I was able to create.
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Pretty good, right? I love when inspiration turns into such a great piece of knitting.
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I didn’t get to see it on him but Eli’s about the same size as Graham so I’m not worried about fit. And for the buttons I mixed up the blues and greys I had in my stash for a fun mix. I can’t wait to see this one on him too. I love making knits for kids, they’re just too cute.