Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Garter Ribbing My Baby Hat!

Here's a simple baby hat that knits up quickly with a soft and lovely DK weight yarn. The pattern features a garter-ribbing, which is an interesting variation of the conventional rib that blends in perfectly with a classic garter stitch hat and ear flaps. Top it all off with an adorable pom-pom and your baby will be both irresistibly cute and warm when the snow flies.                           


-1 ball of Sublime Organic Merino Wool DK – Main colour (MC) is shade 0112 (cream)
-1 ball of Sublime Organic Merino Wool DK – Contrast colour (CC) is shade 189 (pinkish purple)
-3.5 mm 16 inch circular needle
-4 mm 16 inch circular needle AND Double Pointed needles
-stitch markers
-darning needle

MC – Main Colour
CC – Contrast Colour
K – Knit
P – Purl
K2tog – Knit two together
SSK – Slip Slip Knit
CO – Cast on

Gauge – 22 sts per 4 inches with 4 mm needles in garter-stitch should fit a 9 -12 month head (and even beyond) though there’s lots of room for play with baby hats…their heads grow so quickly that at some point, the hat will fit!

NOTE: the appearance of a “ridge” characterizes garter stitch, which you can observe after knitting a few rows. When i refer to a “ridge” I’m referring to 2 full rows of garter stitch (alternating K and P rows in the round; straight K stitches when knitting back and forth). 

Main Body of Hat

With MC and 3.5 mm needles, CO 76 stitches the join in round.
K 2 rows of garter rib as follows:

                row 1- *KKKP* repeat until end of round.
                row 2 - *KPPP* repeat until end of round.

repeat these last 2 rows for a total of 18 more rows.

Switch to MC and 4 mm needles and work the remainder of hat in garter stitch (K a row, P a row, repeat) and knit 3 full garter stitch ridges (or 6 rows alternating K and P, ending with a P row). Switch to CC and K one full ridge (2 rows). Repeat these steps (3 ridges of MC, 1 ridge CC) 2 more times for a total of 3 full repeats. Then, knit 3 more ridges of MC . Beginning in the next section, you will work one final ridge of CC, which is where you will start your decreases.


You’ll be on a CC row now. Continue in colour pattern; reminders to switch colours will be indicated in italics.

row 1: (K2tog, K14, SSK, PM, K1, PM). repeat 4 times. 68 stitches remain.
row 2: P, slipping stitch markers as you go. DO THIS FOR ALL EVEN NUMBERED ROWS, IN THIS SECTION. 14 will be your last even row.
row 3: Switch to MC.(K2tog, K 12, SSK, PM, K1, PM). repeat 4 times. 60 stitches remain.
row 5: (K2tog, K10, SSK, PM, K1, PM). Repeat 4 times. 52 stitches remain.
row 7: (K2tog, K8, SSK, PM, K1, PM). Repeat 4 times. 44 stitches remain.
row 9: SWITCH to CC, (K2tog, K6, SSK, PM, K1,PM). Repeat 4 times. 36 stitches remain.
row 11: SWITCH to MC(K2tog, K4, SSK, PM, K1, PM). Repeat 4 times.  28 stitches remain.
row 13: (K2tog, K 2, SSK, PM, K1, PM). Repeat 4 times. 20 stitches remain.
row 15: (K2tog, SSK, PM, K1, PM). Repeat 4 times. 12 stitches remain.
break yarn, place on darning needle and weave yarn through the last stitches, secure.

Ear Flaps

if you look closely, you can tell where the beginning of the rows were (where the knit turned to a purl) as there is a line, or a break in the fluidity of the row. i attempted to centre this line in between the ear flaps but you don't need to be so picky. however, if pickiness is your thing, read on...  

with right side facing, begin the first ear flap by picking up stitches about one repeat of the garter-rib away from the beginning of the row. measure how long your ear flap ends up being (mine was 5 repeats of the garter rib). measure that distance PLUS the 1 repeat give from the centre line to determine where to start your second flap. hope this makes sense. if not, just experiment with it. it's the kind of thing you know how to do with practice.

row 1: with CC and 4 mm DPN, pick up 19 stitches on the ribbing with right side facing.
row 2: (WS)knit
row 3: (RS)knit
row 4: k1, SSK, K until 3 stitches before end of row. K2tog, K1.
row 5: K
continue the last 2 rows until 3 stitches remain. with right side facing, begin i-cord. knit i-cord to desired length.

make a pom-pom, then fasten to top of hat.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this pattern. i kept basic scratch notes while creating this hat and i haven't done any test-knitting yet. email me at lux.arnott@gmail.com if you need clarification. Ravelry link to the pattern is here.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

it's november!

so i'm at the in-laws and have snuck away to write a quick post because my baby is asleep on the bed in the next room and my son is playing with his cousin and i forgot my knitting needles...what better time to do a little typing!

so i've been doing a lot of thrift store shopping and have made LOTS of scores lately! cashmerino and angora yarn, whole seasons of deadwood (still have to catch up on this series which everybody raves about), amazing deals on kids clothes...and recently, these totally adorable plates! i couldn't resist. in our attempts to keep down on clutter (i can't escape clutter, i think it's in my genes), i'm swapping them for plates i already have, which i will donate. yay organization!

also, i wanted to post halloween photos! i found this great blog which inspired me to make my own cardboard thomas costume. like most 3 year olds, my son loves thomas and after seeing the lame assortment of thomas costumes available, i decided to create my own. here's the blog. and here's some photos. 

and finally, here's my latest knitting project. it took nearly 3 skeins of Cascade 220! lots of yarn. but lots of easy garterstitch. and it's one of the most gratifying projects i've ever knit! so comfy, so cute and so incredibly practical! the wind never sneaks into my neck anymore. i think i might be done with the toque/hat combo, at least on a day-to-day basis. this will be my go-to protection from the cold. the patter is called "loxley" and can be seen here on ravelry.