I don’t tend to do a lot in yellow or black, but by coincidence both the hat I crocheted last week and the scarf I’m now knitting are in those colors.
The hat was a present for my nephew.
And the scarf is for me.
The scarf has a story. It turns out four members of one of my writing groups are all in different Hogwarts houses (according to Pottermore). Back in elementary school and junior high I liked to think I was a Gryffindor, in high school I prided myself on being a Ravenclaw, but I have recently come to accept and embrace that I really have been a Hufflepuff all along. If you will, I’ve come out of the Hufflepuff closet.
On an unrelated note, Featherfolk is gliding along!
There are lots and lots of cute and simple baby hats out there. Here’s one that I made up.
Hat for 2-4 month old baby:
5mm hook, light weight yarn.
Rnd 1: ch 2, sc 6 in second ch from hook (6)
Rnd 2: sc 2 in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: [sc 1 in first sc, sc 2 in next sc] repeat around (18)
Rnd 4: [sc in each of next 2 sc, sc 2 in next sc] repeat around (24)
Rnds 5-9: continue this pattern, increasing by 6 each round until you have 54 sc around
Rnd 10: sc in each sc around (54)
Rnds 11-23: repeat previous row 12 times (Optional: crochet rounds 15-16 in a different color)
Rnd 24: (For boy’s hat, omit this round and do one more repeat of Round 10) sl st into first sc, ch 3, dc 2 in same sc, dc 3 in each sc around (Optional: crochet this round in a different color)
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
It’s so easy to change this pattern to fit any head or work with any yarn. Just add more or leave out some increasing rounds and even rounds.
It turns out intarsia is quite fun!
Only, don’t try to do it in the round right off the bat.
My husband asked for a haircut so he wouldn’t “look like a bum” in all the pictures with our newborn. Of course, the morning after the haircut, when he stepped out into the frosty weather, he asked for a hat.
(This sounds like a children’s book I could write: If you give a husband a haircut, he’ll probably ask for a hat.)
Anyway, he wanted a Minecraft creeper hat. So I went to the internet, learned about intarsia–knitting large blocks of color–and then learned some tricks for making intarsia work in the round, because it doesn’t actually work in the round.
This video by planetpurl was helpful.
Then I proceeded to blunder through this hat. Ta da!
(Here’s the back side and inside.)
I can think of all kinds of projects where intarsia will come in handy. I’m glad I’ve begun to learn it.
The nesting urge is real. Lately it’s got me replacing dead light bulbs around the apartment, putting up Halloween decorations, and knitting. Here’s the hat I made on Wednesday.
I used light weight acrylic yarn and size 2 (I think) double-point needles. I made up the pattern with the help of these handy sizing measurements from Bev’s Country Cottage website.
It was very satisfying to finish a knitting project in one afternoon. I can’t wait to put this on a tiny little head!