My first knitting project and a little bit of baby-hat link-love

Categories: Crafts,Crafty Stuff,LinkLove
June 25, 2010

First knitting project, knit hat, Natural knits for babies and moms

Here is my first knitting project, a hat for my lovely new niece Quinn.  I knitted it up with Paton’s Baby Bamboo yarn in purple with a pattern from the book Natural Knits for Babies and Moms (that my dear mother in law so sneakily lent me.)

I added the pom-pom using Bella Dia’s pom-pom tutorial, and I was so happy with it!  It was so cute and soft!  Too bad the hat is way to small for Quinn.  Oh well, maybe one day one of her doll’s will enjoy it 😉

Newbie Knitter lesson 1: Always do a gauge test and always use the needles and yarn weight listed on the pattern.

Anyway, here are a couple of free baby hat patterns that I sourced online for your knitterly enjoyment.

1. From Magpie Patterns, this one is very similar to the one in Natural Knits, except she has added a pom-pom on top (and hers turned out so much nicer than mine.)

2. From SockPixie, this one must be hard because it’s toooo cute to be easy!

3. This one is pretty little thing is from Natural Nursery Knits (requires Adobe Acrobat reader)

4. And last but not least, how could you resist this free pumpkin hat pattern from Sonnentaler.  I think this would look similar to the number 2 pattern by Sockpixie, but would be more do-able for a beginner, although I’d have to confirm that with my knitting expert MIL Karen.

Taken over by the knitting bug

Categories: About Me,Crafty Stuff
April 30, 2010
Pretty yarn and a garter stitch

My first project. Taken with: Nikon Coolpix s710

On Monday I had the urge to knit.  I was on my way home from work and walking through the Yonge-Eglington Centre Mall, and for some inconceivable reason I felt a strong pull to the nearby Mary Maxim yarn shop.  Why this happened is a mystery, because the last time I picked up knitting needles was when I was fourteen and my mom tried to teach how to knit a pot-holder.  I was young and knitting was for old people, and anyway I was way to cool for that.  The potholder never got finished.

Anyway, I ended up at the Mary Maxim and bought myself this lovely ball of pink yarn (acrylic of course, I’m a beginner) and a pair of 6mm needles.  I have been knitting every day since.  I knit while watching TV, on the subway, on the comuter train among business people and their laptops, and at the park.  I don’t know what’ s come over me…I’m channelling my Grandma Stewart..or Martha Stewart…or my MIL Karen.

Ok, I’m not being totally truthful here.  I do know why I started to knit.  A couple of weekends ago we visited Scott’s parents and I happened to pick up At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Toronto knitting celebrity Stephanie Pearl-McPhee of the yarn harlot.  I was charmed by her words, and by the prospect of getting zen while doing something productive like making scarves for myself and my loved ones (I’ll graduate to sweaters eventually…after I master the stockinette stitch maybe.)   I was charmed right into my nearest yarn store.

My first project is a scarf from Vogue Knitting on the Go! Beginner Basics, a book someone gave me years ago that I never once opened.  The scarf is just row upon row of garter stitch, basically just practice for getting an even gauge.  And now I’m getting ahead of myself with visions of beautifully knit cardigans, hats, socks, gloves, everything!

I am officially on the bandwagon.

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