16 November, 2008

Go Blue Beanie

In case you are wondering, NOT M Go Blue!

Another finished object!

This one was finished a couple of weeks ago, but I just haven't blogged about it yet. I made it for Isaac, my principal's adopted-from-Russia son. It's a little big. Isaac has a pretty big head, but I think this hat is big enough to cover his eyes. Had I knit eye holes into it, he might even be able to wear it Dumb Donald style. Yes, I am showing my age. I also think that Dumb Donald would be a ridiculously easy but cool Halloween costume, but it would only work if you had a sidekick to play Fat Albert. Anyway, the brim is just going to have to be folded up for a little while.

This was the first time I had used Meg Swansen's jogless jog, and I think it worked pretty well. You can see a slight diagonal line, but hopefully it won't be noticed by Muggles.

While I'm at it, I must put a plug in for Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. It's a great basic pattern book that I recommend as a first book for budding (pun totally intended) knitters. Aside from hats, the book has patterns for mittens (from which you could also do fingerless mitts), gloves, tams, scarves, socks, vests, a cardigan, and a pullover. The best part of the book is that you can use any gauge yarn. Just knit a gauge swatch and follow the charts for your size and gauge. In the hat section, Budd includes five edging choices (single rib, double rib, rolled, straight, and picot—I chose the double rib) and six toppers (pompom, tassel, bobble, I-cord topknot, corkscrew fringe, and crochet loop—I chose the topknot).

It's December weather here. It's snowing, and it's sticking. It's time to make a vat of soup and get under my flannel blanket. Today the soup will be an easy bean soup from a mix, but I bought a butternut squash today, and this recipe is on the horizon.

Caron Simply Soft in Dark Country Blue
Caron Simply Soft Brites in Lemonade

Size 6, 4.0 mm

Basic Hat Pattern from The Knitter's Book of Handy Patterns by Ann Budd


Emerald said...

I love the hat! And thanks for the link to the jogless seam. My son needs a new hat. I made him one in his school colors last year, but he's in a new school this year so... new hat!

Amber/Rayne said...

I love the beanie! Shoot I'd wear one like that lol.
I'm going to have to go pick up that book too. I'm just now picking up knitting again after a few years of crochet only.

bitchnstitches said...

Missed my opportunity to comment as part of the comment train on rav... but I loved your blog so I had to comment anyway!

Great layout, lots of pictures, interesting subject matter and writing style... well done :) I look forward to reading more.

I'm curious how you were able to add the date of the last post to each link in your blog roll?

cici said...

cute beanie. I will try out the jogless seem for sure. thanks