Knitting & Crocheting

Twirl and Tie Cap

This is a project that started this summer when I wanted to make my SIL a cute knit hat for their due-soon baby. I made hers, which turned out adorable, and of course Pixie wanted one. So I sized up the pattern and made a matching one for her in the same cotton ease yarn. Well then Fairy wanted one too. So I upped the pattern another size and tested it with a different yarn... the self striping yarn worked beautifully. I just love the way it looks on top. So now I want one... see how this goes. LOL. I have to finish Bug's first though... just cast on this morning in a dark green/gray yarn he chose.

Here is our Twirl and Tie Cap (tie optional) for Babies to Adults. Happy Fall Knitting!
 

 

 

 

Gauge: 11 stitches in stockenette = 2 inches
Size 8 DPNs
1 Skein Worsted Weight Yarn (you might need a little more for the L and XL)
Shown in Lion Brand Cotton Ease and Lion Brand Amazing
sizes: Baby (S, M, L, XL)

Cast on 72sts (84, 96, 108, 120)
Join in Round, careful not to twist

Rib Edge: Work in K2 P1 rib stitch for 6 (6, 6, 9, 9)rows.

Body - Every Row: (SSK, K2, YO, K2) Repeat to end... work in this twirl pattern until the cap measures 4.5 (5, 6.25, 7.25, 8) inches from edge.

Top Shaping:
Row 1: (SSK, K2, YO, K2T) Repeat to end. You will have 60 (70, 80, 90, 100) stitches remaining.
Row 2: (SSK, K2, YO, K1) Repeat to end.
Row 3: (SSK, K2T, YO, K1) Repeat to end. You will have 48 (56, 64, 72, 80) stitches remaining.
Row 4: (SSK, K1, YO, K1) Repeat to end.
Row 5: (SSK, K2) Repeat to end. You will have 36 (42, 48, 54, 60) stitches remaining.
Row 6: (SSK, KI) Repeat to end. You will have 24 (28, 32, 36, 40) stitches remaining.
Row 7: (SSK) Repeat to end. You will have 12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches remaining.
Row 8: (SSK) Repeat to end. You will have 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches remaining.

Optional Tie: You can either cut you yarn now and pull through your last 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts for a finished cap or you can K around for 20 (20, 24, 24, 28) rows to create the cute tie top. After the 20 (20, 24, 24, 28) K rows, cut the yarn , pull through the 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts and then tie the cord into a knot.

SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit the two stitches you just slipped together.
YO - Yarn Over
K2T - Knit two together.

Pixie is modeling a size small with optional tie in Lion Brand Cotton Ease. Fairy is modeling a size medium (btw - med fits me) in Lion Brand Amazing. Add it to your Ravelry queue!
 

 

 

 

 

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Robin Hood Sweater

I love it when I get to craft for Bug. It seems like there are so many different things you can make for girls... headbands and barrettes, skirts and bracelets. Coming up with ideas for boys that actually excites them is a bit more challenging. I mentioned before I bought the awesome book Fairy Tale Knits. I made the Magic Carpet afghan for Meghan's baby shower. Beautiful. I then had Aidan go through the book and see if there was anything he'd like me to knit for him. He loved 4 of the sweaters for boys, with this Robin Hood Sweater being his favorite. He was so excited when I gave it to him on Thursday. It was 85 degrees outside. He put it on and refused to take it off! I used the the Cascade 220 yarns suggested in the book. Definitely the way to go! It's wooly wonderfulness is obvious. I've already started on the next sweater... a gray wool that resembles chain mail. He's requested I add a hood that looks like a helmet. I will have to give this some thought! And don't you think Robin Hood needs a quiver? 

 

This last photo is titled... "Enough MOM - let me play!"

 

Felted Child's Purse aka Mom's Cell Phone Pouch

This project started off on a whim. I was at my mom's and had forgotten my knitting bag at home. What to do while enjoying a cup of coffee while the kids played? I raided my mom's stash of felt-able wool and came up with this cute little pouch.

I was originally intending it to work for me as a cell phone/wallet carrier. My hubby harps on me because I never have my cell phone on me... I always leave it in my purse in the car. The pouch size turned out perfect for my cell phone and wallet... but the strap wasn't quite long enough to work as a messenger style strap... which is what I wanted. BUT it makes the cutest purse for my girls! Fairy inherited this one and I will be making another one for Pixie... and yes probably a third for me with double the length in strap.

Needed:
Worsted Weight Felting Wool (don't know how much... I was stash busting scraps)
Size 11 needles
Large button
Gauge is 6 sts = 2"

Cast on 41 sts with two strands of worsted weight 100% wool. Work with double strands of yarn throughout the piece.

All rows: Slip 1, Knit to end until piece measures 6" x 13".

Fold in half and stitch up the sides.

Cast on 7 sts. Work in garter stitch for 3 feet (for child), 5-6 feet (for adult). NOTE: I like the 7 sts width for the child pouch but I will probably only use 5 sts when I make one for myself. Stitch the strap in place.

Braid 6 strands of yarn into a 4 inch long cord (or make an i-cord). Sew it in a U shape to the top edge of one side of the pouch.

Wash and dry on hot along with a towel to felt. Sew on a large button on the opposite side of the opening for your closure.

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Baby Doll for the Little Lady


 

The next two weeks are non stop busy. Time to put away the crafts and focus on what's important, right? Well, for me, crafting is important. And the busier I am with life, the more important crafting becomes. It's how I find balance. It gives me serenity.

That is why, at the beginning of my week, with enough on my plate to sate an elephant, I decided to make 1 more shower gift for the Little Lady. Meet Baby Doll. (Name to be given someday by her mommy!) Her body was knit from merino wool and her hair is a combination of organic cotton and bamboo. Her little sleeper was made from organic cotton flannel. She is so soft and cuddly. I know that someday the Little Lady will love her dearly :)

I don't have time to share the pattern right now, but I did want to share the Baby Doll before she left for her new home on Saturday. The doll was made using our Basic Knit Doll pattern with a few changes. I knit it in the round instead of flat, I added hair, and a face. I also made a very soft little sweet-pea sleeper. I'll be sharing the directions soon.
 
Just a note... in the past, whenever I've crafted toys, they have always been for Michelle's children. For the past several weeks, Bug, Fairy and Pixie have been watching me create things, then put them away for the Little Lady. Although they totally understand the logic behind this, it is a little difficult sharing my creations. Both girls fell in love with Baby Doll. Although they know this one is being given away, they have both made requests for dolls for their fall birthdays.

"No problem", I tell them. "What color should I make the hair?"

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