A quick post today, of a hat that I made for my nephew in 2015.
It’s the exact same hat I’ve made for him twice before, just a little bit bigger. He loved it so much that he requested it once after it shrunk in the wash and once more when he lost it. I blogged about the other two here.
It’s a great, easy pattern from DROPS Design.
It’s a pleasure to knit the hat as well as I used DROPS Alpaca for it, which is scrumptiously soft when knitting. And of course, having such a happy recipient for my knitting makes it even more of a pleasure to complete!
STATS Pattern:Baby Noel hat by DROPS Design. Yarn: DROPS Alpaca double stranded in lime and white. Needle size: 5mm Knitting time: 13th-14th December 2015.
It’s a shame I never remember to write down notes as I am knitting, as I would then be able to publish some patterns, like for example this sweet popcorn cardigan that I made back in April for a friend’s daughter.
I loosely followed the dimensions of several jumpers to make sure that I got the sizing right, but the rest I pretty much did freestyle.
I love everything about the end result, the colour, the amount of bobbles aka popcorn, which I was sure would be too much almost the entire time I was knitting it.
I love those bobbles all lined up, they look so sweet. And that yellow is such a happy colour. Making so many bobbles does take it’s time, but it’s so worth it.
I made this to fit a child aged 6-7, so the sleeves are a bit long, but that just means my friend’s daughter is able to wear it for longer!
I used a twisted rib, where you twist the knit stitch, which makes the rib a bit stiffer. It works great!
I managed to find these buttons in my stash, which work really well with the finished cardigan, especially as I didn’t want to put something that took away from the bobbles.
I added pockets too, because 5-7 year old kids love pockets, don’t they?
Pattern: My own improvisation. Yarn: DROPS Karisma in dark mustard. Needle size: 4mm Knitting time: 11th-23rd April 2016.
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.
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).
And yes, Luke picked the pink and blue himself…a great metrosexual in the making here!
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!
And what about that pixie point at the back, isn’t it just brilliant?
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:
I made a bunch of hats for my brother’s family for Christmas 2013, every single one of them got a hat…there are five of them.
2013 Christmas hat for my brother
My brother received this hat, a DROPS pattern of course. He loved it, but then his nephew in Germany borrowed it and loved it so much he kept it. Now I take that as a great sign!
So towards the end of the year my brother asked if I could make him another hat, now for those who know me, I LOVE getting requests like this, especially when it’s from family! He really liked the hats I had made for his kids, see below, and requested one in his size. So I used the kids pattern and amended it to fit my head/his head.
2014 hat for my brother
2013 Christmas hat for my sister-in-law
My sister-in-law received this one, which I also knitted for myself and I wear mine all the time in Winter, I posted about it here. She tells me that she loves it too.
2013 Christmas hat for my niece
This one was for my niece Clara, who according to my brother wore it all the time and really, really loved it. The pattern is the same I used for my two nephews.
I told my sister-in-law that she could wash the hats, which stretched it and made it way to big for her to wear, so she asked if she could have another one, and she picked the red and white for the next one, which I just knitted recently.
2014 hat for my niece
2013 Christmas hat for my nephew
This hat was for my nephew, Yoan, who refused to wear any other hat throughout the entire year.
When his mum washed this hat, it shrunk to a size that simply didn’t fit my nephew anymore. So, he said he’d really want another one, but it had to be exactly the same.
2014 hat for my nephew
2013 Christmas hat for my nephew
My smallest nephew, Mateo received this one, which fit perfectly. But being under 1 at the time of receiving this his head grew and he needed a new one this Winter.
2014 hat for my nephew
Overall I made nine hats in total for them and they were all very well received, which makes me very happy indeed.
The lady that ordered a few things from me via Etsy had previously ordered a jumpsuit from me back in 2012. She loved it so much on her son, see picture below, that she ordered another one in a larger size.
When I first knitted this jumpsuit I was a bit unsure, as I’d never knitted any intarsia before, but I actually really enjoyed it and loved how it ended up looking.
Of course, it’s a DROPS pattern. Regular readers of this blog will know that I love them!
The pattern does take a while to knit as it calls for DROPS Alpaca yarn and 2.5mm needles, so you can imagine how long one of these takes for a 3 year old!
I find when I’m knitting with such small needles that my knitting is not quite as neat as when I’m knitting with thicker yarn and bigger needles, but it still looks good nonetheless.
It’s the same colour combination that I used before, although the blue seems just a little bit lighter. And would you look at how beautiful the intarsia looks with these two colours.
I haven’t got a picture of the handsome boy wearing it, but I am sure he looks as cute as he did in his first one.
It’s December, this year has raced past so fast, and next year is going to be very exciting! So, to close off the year I am going to refocus again on posting about all of my FOs…as regular readers know I have tried to do this before…but I am determined to do it this time!
Today’s FO are a pair of socks I made for my mum in November two years ago.
It’s a lovely DROPS pattern that I’ve knitted twice now, once for my mum and once for my sister-in-law. It’s a great pattern to knit instead of the usual bog-standard socks, although they are warm and wonderful too.
My mum loves them too and told me that they fit perfectly…and that’s always a bonus, a happy customer!
Earlier this year I knitted myself another hat. You might remember me posting about my first hat here, which was back in 2012. I really do like my dark purple hat, but it’s just not warm enough when it gets cold and windy here, so I decided on a thicker one with a nice cable pattern, of course another DROPS pattern.
As I have a dark purple winter coat and a bright pink parka I thought this light purple/lilac would work well. I actually love this colour, ever since I used it to knit some gloves for a swap.
I love the cables on this hat and how they create this gorgeous crown…just a shame that when I wear it I can’t really see it.
I’ve promised myself that I’m going to go through all my FO’s in the next few weeks/months and show them all off. There are quite a few… So, to kick this attempt off, here’s a neck warmer I knitted for my previous neighbour and good friend.
She actually asked me to make on for her as one of the children she looks after always had one and she liked the idea. She also picked the colour…and I LOVE it.
As always it’s a DROPS pattern, and a lovely one at that. It calls for two threads of DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk, but I used DROPS Alpaca. I love the marbled effect the two shades of purple created.
It’s embarrassing to say, but I actually knit this in January last year. I do remember it being quite a quick and easy knit and I know my friend loves it.
As you can see I also added my label to it. It’s funny actually, I’ve just last week ordered new labels, that’s how busy I’ve been in the last year with finishing knitted pieces.
I love the finished neck warmer, it looks really good. Interestingly, I recently read a blog post about blocking by Yarn Harlot, and it’s made me look again at some of my work from the last few years and it’s really making me wonder whether they would look even better if I’d blocked them. It’s definitely something that I’ll be doing from now on.