Category: baby ruffle hat

Baby Booties Coming Right Up!

These booties are coming along very quickly. The pattern is available for free from Howstuffworks.com. They are relatively simple, but I learned a few new stitches:
  1. Make: Basically you add a backwards loop and “make” a new stitch. This helped shape the toe to give that rounded appearance. Thank you knittinghelp.com for the excellent video!
  2. Cable Cast On: This allowed me to make the strap by casting on using only one piece of yarn. It was tricky to figure out. I kept trying to do it on the wrong side of the needle, after I figured that out, it went pretty smoothly. I ended up using a crochet hook as noted on the side of the knittinghelp.com website which made the cast on much easier.
  3. Joining Yarn: I haven’t had a lot of practice joining yarn, but again, knittinghelp.com came to the rescue.

Now to find some really cute little buttons…. any suggestions?

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Ruffle is done – ready to decrease

This newborn baby girl ruffle hat is coming along nicely. The ruffle is finished and I’ve sockitnette stitched about 3.5″. I’m ready to begin decreasing. The ruffle wasn’t nearly as complicated as I thought it would be. It’s just two rounds of knit two together (k2tog). Knitwtich has a very clear video demonstrating k2tog in addition to just about any stitch you would want to learn.

When casting this on, I thought I had miscalculated for sure. I used 288 stitches! But, after the first row of k2tog the number of stitches was halved and then halved again on the second row to a much more manageable 72 stitches. Good thing I powered through it even though I had my doubts and recalculated the number at least 3 times, just to make sure.

My current dilemma is what yarn and color to use for the crochet flower. Right now I am going back and forth between a neutral medium brown, or a creamy soft white ivory. There is a subtle variation in the pink color where it fades to very pale pink, it almost turns ivory, which is why I’m drawn to that. But, I also think it would be very sophisticated for little one to have the chic brown and pink color palette. Some times I also think a little pop of green would look nice too. I don’t have any cashmere yarn left either (boo hoo), so I’ll have to make due with what I have. I’m sure I’ll be making several flowers to test them out… maybe that can be a feature… pin on your own bow 😉

Oh decisions, decisions… what color for the flower detail? Brown, Ivory, Green, Black – help!

Fun Fact #3: The average sheep yields its entire coat in one piece with very little protest. And there are about 8 to 10 lbs of wool that comes off each sheep. A good shearer can shear from 175 yo 200 sheep in one day and the method has not advanced with technology. That’s nearly 1 ton on average!

New yarn YAY!

A new Purlsoho box at my doorstep means new baby pink 100% Cashmere yarn! New baby pink 100% Cashmere yarn means new little baby girl on the way!! Not for me of course, but for my best friend’s sister. She is due in July. I decided to make her a little hat… it might be too hot to wear at first, but in a couple months when the weather cools down a bit, it will be perfect!! I found a very sweet little hat pattern for free at Little Sesame Knits. You must check her blog out, she’s very talented!

I started making a swatch to measure my gauge last night and OH MY GOSH, working with cashmere is like working with angles hugging each finger gently and signing on high a sweet sweet melody. Really, I am not exaggerating. If you have never spent the money to buy cashmere, I highly recommend you do it at least once. Keep an eye out for sales. This yarn was originally about $50 and I got it for $25. About the price I would spend on a non-personal baby shower gift – and I get the pleasure of working with this exquisit yarn.

I joked about getting a goat in my previous blog post… I may really consider it now. The yarn is that good.