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FO: Luke’s Winter Hat

I know I have previously written about how I can never seem to get the sizing of hats right for my main boy Luke, they always seem to end up too big. A previous post about the many hats for Luke is here. But I have finally managed to make him one that fits him great – that was until I washed it and until the DROPS Merino Extra Fine stretched out.

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The pattern is this adorable Pixie Hat, available for free on Ravelry. It’s a very quick knit and the DROPS Merino Extra Fine works really well for it as it’s luxuriously soft, and it provides the right stretch (that is before you wash it).

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And yes, Luke picked the pink and blue himself…a great metrosexual in the making here!

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The great thing about this balaclava/hat is that it can be worn when it’s getting warmer outside, even when it’s already warm enough not to wear a jacket, as it will keep ears and heads warm!

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This hat photographs best when it’s being worn, but just in case you were interested, here are some pretty boring shots of it lying flat:

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Pattern: Collared Pixie by Trude
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in light grey blue and pink
Needle size: 4mm

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FO Friday: Cardigan for my Niece

Back in November last year, after seeing my brother and his family in October, I was asked to knit another cardigan for my niece. I love it when I get requests like this from my family, especially as I’ve knitted quite a lot for my niece in the last five years. On that note, I can’t believe she’s already five.

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I used this DROPS pattern, and my brother and his wife decided on the colour combination. I was meant to do the stripes in more random spots, but somehow they ended up like this. I actually like it, it gives it a certain geometry.

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It’s a nice easy pattern that calls for stockinette stitch for most of the body and then goes into garter stitch for the yoke. I’ve done the ribs in the cerise and I think they add a nice little accent.

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The buttons were ordered from TextileGarden, my favourite online button store. The choice there is just fantastic. I had one set of buttons and then added one of a slightly different colour as the first button…again it just adds a little something.

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My brother, his wife and my niece were very happy with the cardigan. The sleeves are still a bit long, but I did that on purpose, so that she could grow into it.

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