A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Bumpy Adventure #1


Knitting is a rewarding hobby. Making beanies is one of the quicky and easiest projects. Whether you knit cool, rather simple hats/beanies for others or yourself, know to use your gauge. A pattern is not always needed. Use your gauge to determine measurements and start creating.

After Lacey Moebius off the needles yesterday, I instantly knit up another Black Forest Hat by Suzy Crancer (see Blue Harmony here.)

This is more of rich wine color than red as shown.
Tight gauge means a smaller hat. It turned out a tad smaller than I intended, with the magic of blocking, Red Forest (measuring to 22″ in circumference) now comfortably fits an average adult.

It looks sophisticated–really–just a tight-fitting cap in the round. This easy, fun and well written pattern has been tried and tested–you will love it. Another one done in a couple of hours.

PROJECT SPECS
CAST ON:
November 7, 2009
BIND OFF: November 7, 2009
PATTERN: Black Forest Cowl by Suzy Crancer
MATERIAL: 93 yards, weighed 39 grams,of Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Cranberry
NEEDLES: Size 7
MODIFICATION: None
COMMENT: Another quick beanie. I’d up needle size to 8 on my next one. Pattern instruction is in free download. Noticeably, I truly enjoyed the pattern. Thanks, again, Suzy. It inspired me to make some more hats…fitting for the chillin’ winter months.

Here’s another great, mobile project, with simple directions and fun style. The thick fabric of textural knit, at a tight gauge, makes this charming beanie warm and durable. I’ve always wanted to knit a part of Amanda. Presenting is my first of many adaptations:

PROJECT SPECS
CAST ON:
November 8, 2009
BIND OFF: November 8, 2009
PATTERN: Amanda Hat by Gina House of Sleeping Eyes Knitting
MATERIAL: 34 yards, weighed 14 grams, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids in Cranberry
NEEDLES: Size 7
MODIFICATION: I did 4.5 pattern repeats, then, changed the second half and crown shaping to a diagonal rib stitch from The Harmony Guide to Knitting.
COMMENT:
Another quick beanie. I’d up needle size to 8 on my next one. Gina’s instruction is also in free download. I love the texture yet relaxed stitchery in Amanda. Even with a few hiccups, it was done in a couple of hours. Thanks, Gina, for your generous gift. I’ve a few more adaptation in the work in the coming days.

Ordinarily, crown shaping is a piece of cake…this supposedly diagonal rib has been giving me trouble. I messed up on some stitches a bit but am letting it go. Don’t judge me! You may or may not spot the misadventure LOL. Next one will be better…I hope 😀

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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