I started the Prayer Collection for 2018 and this year it will be… Beanies! There’s a lot of newborns on the way so it just made sense since I didn’t have much time between baby showers to get them ready.
The first one I made was for Karis using We Are Knitter’s The Baby Wool which is 100% baby alpaca in Natural and Camomile. It was made using 5.00mm knitting needles. You can also make hats using double pointed needles or circular needles, but I decided to use what I had at the time to create this piece.
Pattern: Striped Baby Beanie (Newborn, Knitting)
- Cast on 60 stitches with Color A.
- Row 1: Knit 2, Purl 2.
- Row 2: Purl 2, Knit 2.
- Repeat 1-2 2x totaling 6 rows.
- Row 7: Use color B to knit entire row.
- Row 8: Continue B to purl entire row.
- Row 9: Use color A to knit entire row.
- Row 10: Continue A to purl entire row.
- Repeat 7-10 until you the 11th stripe finished is color B or row 22.
- Row 23: Use color A to knit entire row.
- Row 24: Continue A to purl entire row.
- Repeat 23-24 2x totaling 6 rows. (Bind off on the last row.)
- Leave a long tail to sew through top edges to bunch top of hat.
- It’s up to you if you want to bunch it right side in or right side out, but I flipped mine inside out to bunch it.
- Sew in end tails and voila! Finito.
The hat will stretch to fit the baby’s head and it ends up being about 5″ tall.
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I finished my first cardigan! This used 9 skeins of the DROPS Andes yarn. They recommended 1100 grams (11 balls) but it ended up being too much for a small. I think it was written into the pattern for mistakes, but if you’re pretty careful I wouldn’t get more than 10 balls for a small.
You can get the pattern for free from GarnStudio.com and they also have a section filled with videos to show you the different techniques you’ll need for the pattern. I found them super helpful. They do use a different technique when wrapping the yarn on the needle, but if you understand the process it shouldn’t mess you up too badly.
I did make my sleeves slightly shorter since I’m more petite, and I used huge buttons instead of the regular large. I bound three stitches for buttonholes instead of two so the button would fit through. And I also noticed at the end the arm holes did not perfectly fit into the 40 stitches of the sleeves. I sewed it to fit, but with more patterns I’ll learn if that’s normal or not…
To insure that I made each side exactly the same, I took row by row notes on a notepad so I made sure to purl in the same row number or knit. It was a helpful thing to do since measuring cm or in can be a little off since the material is stretchy. Can’t wait to wear it!
Here’s my work in progress so far for the Aredhel cardigan.
I always have a hard time unraveling work I’ve done if there are mistakes because like any newb, dang we spent a lot of time on this! J always makes me unravel the mistake though, and in the end I appreciate it, because then it looks perfect. 😍 But it’s also kind of like life, I mean you’ll never get the time back, but to be able to fix your mistakes, make it right again, is something so human and beautiful. Can’t wait until this is done!
Scroll through the gallery to take a peek!
I’ve been kinda obsessed with alpaca of late, can you tell? ☺️ These lovely skeins of yarn come from Garn Studio’s DROPS Design (shipped by Nordic Mart based in San Luis Obispo, California). They were having a 30% off alpaca party during the holidays and I couldn’t resist. I picked up the Andes (size E yarn) and Nepal (size C yarn). Although the sizes are different the content is the same, 65% wool and 35% alpaca. These colors looked so beautiful online and getting them in person was even better. I guess you can say that about any yarn mail I get though… They were the perfect shades of off white/grey I was looking for, although, please keep in mind that computer monitors can vary in display color.
I really liked this company mostly for their vast array of free patterns! I was so surprised when they mailed me three books of patterns with my order. It was really nice to have the patterns in print and online available for me so I could take them with me without needing to open my phone or computer. Plus it definitely gets me excited to order more yarn and get cracking on some of these… Marketing is working on poor me. 😂
Of these three colors I’ll be making (or attempt to make) three sweaters. Two for me, one for J. It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve picked up knitting needles, the first pair I borrowed from my mother as a pre-teen. For the patterns to work with the yarn, I went ahead and picked up the recommended sizes along with the types so I could accomplish it without needing to convert (since I’m such an amateur). If you’re in my shoes, don’t fret. Be ambitious. Just like the WAK company, DROPS has videos on the pattern pages to help you get started. (SO HELPFUL these videos… Yay for 2017 and videos.)
I’ll post up my WIPs and which patterns I’m working on, as well as the finished projects soon!
Scroll through the gallery to see the beautiful skeins!
Christmas Sale at We Are Knitters meant a mini yarn haul!
I purchased a gift card for 20% off, then turned around and used it for 10 balls of the meriwool (100% superwash merino wool) and 5 of the baby wool (100% alpaca). Ahh, so soft and beautiful! This is the stuff yarn dreams are made of. Well, mine anyway. I have projects lined up for these babies and will post up my WIP (work in progress) soon…
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