Thursday, November 13, 2014

the mercury is falling...

and the handknits are emerging! I've been knitting like a fiend as of late. Not only have I been using yarn from the stash, I've been rocking the free hat patterns.
I've made a couple of these Saint Anthony Cable Hats in the past month or so. Erik's sporting an adult-sized hat with the brim rolled up. Honestly, I was hoping to wear it for a modeled shot, but it ended up being a chilly morning at the park. Handknits to the rescue!

pattern: Saint Anthony Cable Hat, by Heideh Sarfehjoo (free!)
yarn: Orange Flower Twist HW, petrol, .6 skein
needles: US 8 and 10 bamboo circs and DPNs

I liked the pattern so much that I made a second one right away. The first hat I worked per the directions. With the second one, I used size 8 needles for the first 7 rows, then went up to size 10. I wanted the hat to be just a touch longer, so I added an extra row of ribbing to each pattern repeat. Worked like a charm. The yarn is a dream to knit -- soft, squishy, beautiful colors. Naturally, it has been discontinued. Sigh!
Goofing off at the playground. I'm wearing not only my Aidez cardigan, but also another new hat.

pattern: milanese lace topper, by tante ehm (free!)
yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, 9452 summer sky heather, .6 skein
needles: US 4 and US 7 bamboo circs + DPNs

This color must speak to me, since it's the same hue as my Aidez (which is knit from Eco Wool). The pattern was fun and easy. I squirreled up the decreases at the top a bit with an extra stitch somewhere, but it looks just fine nevertheless. I suspect that the designer was using British needle sizing, so I used US size 4 for the ribbing and switched to US 7 needles for the rest of it. I continued the 1x1 ribbing for the first 14 rows, since I didn't like how the stockinette section rolled on so many versions on Ravelry.



Caffeine Girl said...

So cute! I haven't knit cables for a long time, and I think I better do it again soon because I'm getting phobic about them.

Rue said...

The hats look great! If you're looking to add twisted stitches into the mix, Shedir is a terrific pattern (that seems to be my go-to hat when I'm pawing through the accessory bin).

Ness said...

Cute hats! Love the Aidez, too. It is definitely the perfect time for cranking out hats!

Gillian said...

I just finished a cabled hat for my husband. I love cables! You've certainly been doing a lot of knitting.

Tracy Altieri said...

How have you found the time!?

Gillian said...

I've just nominated your blog for a Liebster award. Hope you can take part.