Saturday, September 15, 2007

Last Minute Finished Object!!

Today is the day that my friend Beverly is having a baby shower. So, last night I gave myself a challenge. I have been thinking anout making a baby hat for her boy who will be here soon. However, I didn't have a pattern to suit the yarn I wanted to use. I decided to use my SWS (soy Wool Stripes) yarn that I acquired from the Yarn Harlot's booksigning. I used a pattern from "Knitting 2007 Pattern-A-Day Calendar called "Live Dangerously, Don't Swatch Hat". I like that name because I hate swatching, and frankly, I had no time to do so. Also, it is a top-down pattern, so that makes it easier to see what I am doing as I go along, especially with the color variations. So i followed the directions for the crow, and then invented the rest of it.
I was working on it last night, and finished the crown, and about two inches of the "body". This morning I did one more inch, and added an inch of ribbing for elasticity and design. I sure hope Bev's baby likes it, because I really do. I used size 8 DPN's for the crown and body, and size 5 DNP's for the ribbing. I know I should have used size 6, but I don't have those, and the hat was too small to put on a 16 inch circular. I increased the hat to 72 stitches, knitted 3 inches in stockinette, and ribbed 1 inch, and bound off the hat using the size 8 needles. This was a quick and easy knit.



10 comments:

Deborah said...

Awesome! Glad to see you used something out of your stash. The hat is so cute. Great job for knocking it out. Hope she loves it!

Shameka said...

The hat recieved many oohs and aahs. She absolutely adored it, and her friend asked me to make 3 for her kids. Here we go again. It's winter knitting time!!!

sophanne said...

Aren't those Last Minute FO's great???!!!

What a feeling of accomplishment and a real crowd pleaser- hooray for you.

Kim said...

What a cute wee hat! I like your Harlot wool colors better than the skein I got. Knitting a hat is the best almost instant gratification.

NikkiJ said...

So what if the baby doesn't like it. One of the cutest things to watch with a new born is him trying relieve himself of the clothing articles he hates. The feeling of accomplishment he gets after his success is memorable by all.

sahara said...

Shameka, that's a cute little hat. And it's alright that you didn't swatch; items that small tend not to need it.

Good on you for using your stash. I'm trying to do the same thing. Are you getting paid for the kids hats. Altruism is nice, but the money will help renew your stash.;P

Shameka said...

Sahara,
Is 25 cents a yard a good price to charge? I am not doing this for my health. I have loads of sweater yarn that needs knitting. I can do THAT for my health, and my benefit, because they will be my sweaters. LOL!!!

Scheherazaad said...

I luv it! Remember nothing is too small for Magicloop on circulars.

Brown Berry said...

Nicely done! A perfect gift idea and knitting top down for this is very smart. Thanks for stopping by my blog, glad it gave me a chance to come and see yours :)

KimT said...

great job on the cap!