Happy 2020 everyone! This was a momentous past year for me – it’s the first time I’ve spent the ENTIRE calendar year in ONE location, without any temporary moves, medical evacuations, pregnancies, births, nothing! My belongings have finally been in … Continue reading
Here is a list of all the patterns I used for my recent contribution to Lion Brand Yarn’s #hatnothate campaign. You can read more about it on their website. (Left): Bulky Knitted Hat by Close Knit Portland (@closeknitpdx) (Right): Ribbed … Continue reading
In late 2018, I stumbled across Lion Brand’s #hatnothate campaign, a movement geared towards anti-bullying. The founder requested blue hats (the color against bullying… I didn’t know this was a thing, but there it is) to be worn or mailed to their offices. It was too late for me to mail any hats in, but I made a few blue hats and vowed to be more timely this year.
Early 2018 coincided with both 1) the birth of my (miracle!) third baby in 3.5 years and 2) the diagnosis of my 3 year old with autism. It also followed closely on the heels of moving to Slovakia in late 2017. Suffice to say I was quite overwhelmed with life, but the well-being of my children is the first and foremost important priority, especially in a lifestyle as hectic as ours. Thankfully, we have been blessed with a marvelous pre-K teacher for my son, along with friendly and loving classmates. I know the road ahead won’t be easy for him, and his beloved personality quirks may be met with resistance by his future peers. I am ashamed to admit that I have been both bullied and a bullier. The best I can do is to teach my own children to be compassionate and understanding, with the hope that they will grow up to be better adults than me.
I purchased ten #hatnothate wooden tags from the Lion Brand website with the ambitious task of mailing ten blue hats to their New Jersey office before the first of August. My first step was to gather all of my blue scraps. I was thrilled to find that with just a few small balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick, I was able to squeeze out three hats!
Here is the ‘quick and dirty’ pattern below, for my own future reference and for you!
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (or other super bulky yarn) – I used scraps of two contrasting colors to make a striped hat
Size 13 circular knitting needles 16″
DPNs, size 13
Using main color, cast on 38 stitches to circular needle
Rows 1-6: alternate k1, p1 (1×1 ribbing)
Rows 7-8: knit around
Rows 9-10: switch to second color, knit around
Rows 11-12: switch back to main color, knit around
Continue with stripes until you have seven stripes total, ending with a stripe of main color
Row 21: switch to second color, knit around
Row 22: continuing with second color, k2, k2tog (you will have 2 stitches at the end of the row, knit each stitch individually)
Row 23: switch to main color, knit around
Row 24: k1, k2tog (knit last two stitches individually)
Row 25: switch to second color AND knit onto DPNs
Row 26: k2tog
Cut yarn, weave tail through remaining live stitches and cinch tightly. Fasten off.
Notes: when knitting stripes in the round, carry the alternate color up on the right side every time you switch colors. This prevents gaps. Give the yarn a little tug to tighten up the last stitch from 2 rows below and with the bulky yarn there was barely a noticeable jog in the stripes.
Enjoy this pattern!
This owl has been one of my favorite hats to make over the ten years of my crocheting history. I’ve finally written up an official pattern to share with all of you! It can be easily modified to create a kitty hat, and can use either double crochet or single crochet (or really, half double crochet or any other stitch you want). The detailed PDF is available for purchase on Ravelry, Etsy or directly from my website. Hope you have as much fun making these hats as I have!
After all these years, I’m *finally* publishing a new pattern! Like all the rest, this one has been on my docket for-ever. It’s super easy, fun, and looks much more complicated than it actually is. It’s simple enough that this … Continue reading
Today’s final preemie pattern is one of my favorites, the little spring duckie. It’s modified from my full size pattern, available on Ravelry and Etsy. You can also buy it directly here. Pattern With yellow yarn, start with the basic … Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! In honor of the holiday I made up a bunch of sweet little heart hats, which I feel are pretty appropriate year round when it comes to beautiful babies. I made hats in several different sizes … Continue reading
Today’s hats are my favorite of the bunch… the cute animals!! I love that these can be unisex and I think it’s a truth universally acknowledged that tiny ears and eyes on anything baby related is just too adorable.
I’m saving the ducky hat for another day and cover the ‘ears/eyes’ today.
The body of the hat is the basic beanie hat. Today’s ‘pattern’ is essentially finishing instructions.
The birdy hat is super simple. Make the basic beanie body. As a little touch at the end, I changed the last row to very thin ‘fluffy’ white yarn. Some hospitals are very sensitive to anything other than plain acrylic, so you could also just use regular white yarn.
I sewed on tiny black buttons (make sure they are super secure) and used about 12″/24cm of yellow to stitch on a small beak. That’s it!
These ears are a modification of my original little bear ears pattern. I made them a bit differently for the frog and bear, you can decide which you like better.
Make your basic beanie body. With bears I like to use two shades of brown, dark for the body and tan for the trim and insides of ears. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Ears (make 2):
Row 1: Using tan yarn, ch2, 9 hdc into first ch (or use a magic circle).
Row 2: Switch to dark brown, ch1, turn, *2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next st*, repeat to end of row.
Row 3: ch1, turn, 1 sc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving long brown tail to attach ear to hat. Weave in all the other ends.
Sew ears firmly to hat. I fold the ears a little bit while I’m sewing so they stand up better.
Make your basic beanie body. I like to use light green for the body and red for the trim. For the frog I wanted the middle part to be larger to make space for the black button eyes so I modified the pattern a bit.
Eyes (make 2):
Row 1: Using white yarn, ch3, 9 DC into first ch (or use magic circle).
Row 2: Switch to green yarn. Ch1, turn, 1 hdc in each st across. Fasten off, leaving long green tail to sew to hat.
I like to use one of the white yarn ends to directly sew the black buttons in the middle of the eye(s), it saves me less ends to weave in. If you choose to do the same, make your starting white tail about 8 inches long to accommodate the extra sewing.
That’s it! Super cute itty bitty animal hats. Happy crocheting!!
Today’s pattern is the ever popular football hat, miniaturized for tiny adorable heads. I wanted a quick sporty design to round out my collection, and this one was so easy and perfect. Please see the basic beanie post for some … Continue reading