Monday, August 30, 2010

Simple Baby Hat Pattern

While searching my stash for yarn to make baby hats for a friend to sell in her co-op, I came across a bag with one ball of each color of KnitPicks’ Comfy Sport. Immediately, I pictured a rainbow display of baby hats. So, through a combination of visual inspiration (aka photos), and a trip to Target (to measure baby hats), this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I do.


0-6 months

14 inch diameter

1 ball Comfy Sport Yarn from KnitPicks (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136yds/50grams)
1 16-inch US 5/3.75mm circular needle
1 set US 5/3.75mm double-point needles
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
8 stitch markers

24 sts = 4”

Brim & Body
Using circular needle, CO 80 stitches.
Join, being careful not to twist.
Place stitch marker to mark beginning of round.
Knit 6 inches.
Knit one more round, placing a stitch marker every ten stitches.

  • Rnd 1:  *K8, k2tog, slm* repeat to end of round.
  • Rnd 2:  *K7, k2tog, slm* repeat to end of round.
  • Rnd 3:  *K6, k2tog, slm* repeat to end of round.
  • Continue knitting one less stitch before knitting two together until you have 4 sts left.
 Switch to dpn’s when knitting on the circular needle is no longer comfortable for you.

Top Knot
Using the 4 remaining stitches & two dpns, work a 2 inch Icord.
End I-cord leaving at least a 4 inch yarn tail.
Run tail into length of the Icord.
Tie I-cord into a knot

Weave in beginning yarn tail.
Trim beginning and end yarn tails.

© 2010 Lisa Santoni Cromar Jacksonville, FL • All rights reserved.
This pattern is specifically for private use only. All commercial uses involving reproduction of this pattern or duplication of this garment are prohibited unless specifically licensed in writing by copyright owner.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Please save me from myself......
Remember how I ended my last post "I'll be back"?   My plan was to make a return trip to Orlando with a friend for some quality shopping time at The Black Sheep.    However, my wonderful Hubby agreed to a quick stop on the way home from Disney.    In I went to quickly grab the Filatura De Crosa lace wt, the tote bag that had been haunting me since Wednesday, and the background threads for one of the canvases that I bought on my last visit.    Maybe two hours is too close to home after all because I am already trying to figure out how to fit in another trip to Orlando before I head North to visit my mom in September.    This sign should carry a surgeon general warning.  The place is irresistible.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I'm Baaack....

1322 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

Yesterday morning we found ourselves with a couple of hours to kill until Disney Quest opened.   Because my hubby is a prince among men, we took a ride over to The Black Sheep needlepoint & yarn shop.   I am so glad that we did.   The shop takes up several rooms of eye candy.   The front room has tons of gorgeous canvases along with the threads and accessories to show them off.  There is also a big table & comfy chairs where visitors are encouraged to make themselves comfortable (where I met a gentleman who self identifies as "Trouble"), and some the nicest tote bags I have seen.  

The rear couple of rooms are where the yarn lives.   To my delight, they carry lots of luscious cottons along with their other yarns (natural & not).    One, in particular, caught my eye.  I don't remember the name but it is a hand-dyed worsted (maybe aran) wt.    Another favorite of mine was a Filatura de la Rosa lace wt. at a very reasonable price.  I left with a small canvas that when finished will be a luggage tag, a belt canvas that will be made into sandals and a key chain when done, and some very pretty sock yarn called Silky Sock by Great Adirondack.  Even though it is two hours from home,  I will be back..

WDW is the place to be....

What is it about Disney that never gets old?    We are just at the end of another Disney vacation and this one was as much fun as all the others.    Our plan, this year, was to do things that we do not usually get to do on our frequent day trips.   Once given some thought, we agreed that what we do not do is take our time.   When we come down for the day, we get up early, rush here, rush to and from favorite rides and attractions, then rush home to let Jack out.   So this trip, we took it easy.    

Off Kilter
We drove down on Sunday afternoon, settled in to the hotel, enjoyed the pool, ate a light dinner and went to Hollywood Studios to see the American Idol round up show (enjoyed by all).  Monday we got up late, played in the pool and moseyed on over to Magic Kingdom, came back to the hotel for dinner, and back to MK for the fireworks.  Tuesday we got an earlier start and spent the day at Epcot, where we saw, among other things, "Off Kilter", a Canadian Celtic Rock band (sounds odd but they were very good).  Wednesday was another sleep in, followed by a trip to a local yarn shop (more on that later) and eight hours at Disney Quest (not restful but loads of fun).   Today, we got up early and hit Animal Kingdom just as they opened.  We managed to do Everest and Kali River Rapids (where I got soaked) before noon, came back to the hotel for lunch and now Hubby and the boys are at Hollywood Studios meeting up some friends from NJ.   The plan for tomorrow is to sleep in, grab breakfast, hit the pool, and wander north (home) when the mood strikes.    

Thanks to friend, Nancy, we have not had to worry about Jack at all.   It has been a wonderful, relaxing week.

Tonight is free hot dog night at our hotel so that is where I am going right now.   I will report on the LYS later (It was lovely.  I have pictures).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Special thanks.....

Special thanks to Sofia Williams for selling me an almost full ball of Shimmer in Flower Garden.   She is a life/shawl saver.   With confidence that I now have enough (as opposed to probably, just barely, enough) yarn to finish a Flower Garden Pi, it is time to cast on.  :-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Once upon a time, I bought some yarn.....

A long time ago (Jun '07), I was inspired by Kelley Petkun (of KnitPicks fame) to knit a Pi Shawl.    In perusing the KP website, I quickly found a lace weight, Silk/Alpaca blend (Shimmer) that appealed.   The only problem was that I could not decide between the pretty blue (name long forgotten) and the pretty pink (Flower Garden).    The problem was quickly solved by buying both.    Now that the blue one is finally done.  I am feeling lost without the calming presence of my simple Pi Shawl.    So, I dug up what was left of the Flower Garden Shimmer (I filched a ball for another project), confirmed that I have very nearly enough (I may need to do the trim in another color as Flower Garden is no more), and have cast on for another Pi.    Three years from now, I will have some really nice pics to post.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Accomplishments Good....

What have I accomplished since last we spoke?   The simple Pi shawl is done!  This baby has been on the needles for years (literally).   It has, at different stages, been my movie knitting, vacation knitting, hospital knitting, and my I knit so that I don't kill anyone knitting.   Now, it is my finished knitting.    I am both happy and a bit sad.   Happy because it turned out well and I am feeling accomplished.   Sad (or maybe lost would be a better word) because I am so used to it, that I do not know what I am going to cast on next as my no thought required knitting.   The Josephine shawl looks good but it won't go on nearly as long as the Pi.  Perhaps, only another Pi will do.   I am thinking.

There are also four new baby hats (one already delivered), for the co-op, to my credit.    They are just so cute.   I keep thinking that my boys heads were never that small.   I have several other ideas for things that would work for sale but have yet to light enough of a fire under myself to get started on them.

I have lost 9 pounds and am wearing (well) a sun dress that I could not get into last summer.   I am so glad that I held onto it.    I was 3/10's of a pound away from 10 pounds but BFF Ginny came for a visit and, although, I stayed within my calories, I mostly ate junk.   I can really feel it and it showed in my glucose test this morning.   Back on the straight and narrow for me.

I survived another summer without my oldest (As I think is often the case, I have more separation anxiety than the he does).    He comes home this Wednesday and I cannot wait to go to sleep knowing that all of my chicks are in the nest.

This is being posted from Panera by choice rather than need.  Clearwire, although not great, has been less bad of late.   If you see no pictures, it means that I did not remember to take and post them when I got home.