November is such a blah month I think – all gray and dreary all the time. The spookiness of Halloween has past, and the glitter of Christmas has not yet found its way here. Still, it is a busy time here at Joey’s House, with lots of stuff getting started, but not as much getting finished. Welcome to Christmas crafting! It will all get done sooner or later, but in the meantime, there are not a lot of fun things to share. I do (finally) have a couple though!
First up, a completed Turn A Square Hat
I had to cast on a few extra stitches to accommodate a large head, but otherwise, it is Jared Flood’s pattern as written. I think it’s a pretty cool hat, there were no need for modifications this time – which is something I don’t say very often!
Second, Leg Warmers!
It seems they are popular again (I remember the first time!) so I am making a couple of pairs for Punky and her cousin for Christmas. I used this Bernat pattern as a starting point, but really, all you’re knitting is a tube, how much pattern do you need? Needless to say I modified this all over the place. First off, I didn’t knit them flat (I don’t like seaming that much thanks) and I had to fudge the numbers since I was making both a smaller size than the pattern accommodated and using a different yarn weight. These will fit a child from about age 5 to age 8, getting less slouchy as the kiddo grows. They are dead simple to make, and took a minimal amount of time. I used Bernat Jr. Jacquards, as I wanted something washable, and fun, and the acrylic fit the bill. It’s a nice soft yarn, and knits up speedy fast, but I must admit I am not thrilled with the patterning.
Still, Punky saw them and thought they were great, so that is all that matters. I hope her cousin thinks so too. Here’s the pattern if you like:
DK weight yarn
3mm and 4mm dpns
Cast on 48 sts, 12 st per needle, on to 3mm needles.
2×2 rib for 14 rounds
Increase 4 sts evenly spaced, next round.
Change to 4mm needles.
Knit until piece is 11.5″ from cast on edge.
Change to 3mm needles.
Decrease 4 sts evenly spaced next round.
Knit 9 more rounds.
Cast off. I used Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn cast off for stretchiness. It’s qouite easy, I ahd never done it before. There is a nice tutorial here at Wooly Wonder if you need it.
Well folks, that’s it for now. More to come as the season progresses – really!