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two hats: “one for now, one for later”

My backlog of finished things is out of control right now, and I plan to get them documented ASAP! now that we’ve tackled the hacking of the site and corrected the outdated “pointing” information, I think we’re back in business. First up, a combined knitting and sewing gift for a wee one!

purl soho hats | pepperknit

When I sent these two hats back in March, I told the mom it was “one for now, one for later.” Because she lives in a cold climate, I figured she’d still get some use out of a knit hat, and the bonnet was sized to be a few months older so that the little one could wear it over the summer. Of course, I know nothing about baby head sizes, and the weather stayed iffy well into late spring this year, so it seems the knit hat got a lot of wear–it wasn’t as small as it had seemed to me! And the bonnet is in full summer rotation already.

purl soho garter earflap hat | pepperknit

The knit hat is the Garter Earflap Hat from Purl Soho. I think this is such a cute pattern, and it knits up very fast. I used Malabrigo Rastita, which is DK weight, so I needed to knit one of the larger sizes in order to end up with a baby-sized hat. I used the final measurements for the baby size and coordinated that with my gauge to determine which size to me. (I now cannot remember the stitch count I used.) I did garter in the round (working a wrap and turn at every end of row) rather than alternating knit and purl rows in order to make it even faster. I ended up knitting a few extra rows because it looked impossibly stumpy to me; after seeing pics of the baby in the hat it seems that was unnecessary!

purl soho baby sunbonnet | pepperknit

The sewn bonnet is also from Purl Soho (they design such consistently great basics): the Baby Sunbonnet. A friend had made several for her baby, and I was eager to try the pattern. It was very simple and straightforward and I had no issues, other than picking two fabrics to work together! I used very lightweight interfacing for the brim, because it’s what I had handiest, and two quilting cottons, and I sort of wish I’d had a slightly heavier interfacing to give the brim slightly more body, but it’s fine. It was done in one evening.

And it seems to be well enjoyed by its recipient. I mean look at that face!!

purl soho baby sunbonnet | pepperknit

a hat for jason

pepperknit | basic hat

I’ve really been on a stockinette kick of late. This time, put to good use in a hat for Jason that I knit last fall. Cast on, worked k2,p2 rib for a bit, switched to stockinette, decreased in quarters. Not much more to say! The yarn spoke for itself—any stitch pattern seemed unnecessary with the lovely mottle that the Skeinny Dipping Yarn (in worsted) had.

pepperknit | basic hat

His only requirement for knit hats is that they can cover his ears. I guess because he wears a hat every day as it is, the only reason to switch to a handknit is to get that extra coverage. I don’t think this hat is especially warm, but hopefully it’ll get some use.

pepperknit | basic hat

gloves for me

I’m a devout mitten-wearer, with several pairs knit by me or friends in constant rotation depending on the temperature and windiness of any given day. But I realized I needed a pair of gloves—basic, black gloves. Wardrobe staples are really where my head is these days. I could’ve just figured out my gauge and cobbled together a pattern myself, but a quick search revealed that Purl Soho had already done that work for me in the Gem Gloves.

pepperknit | gem gloves

I cast on with Skeinny Dipping Yarn while at my aunt and uncle’s for a weekend lazing by the pool last August. (I’d bought the yarn on my first visit to Gauge + Tension.) With the basic k1,p1 rib followed by stockinette, they were perfect for working on while socializing, and I steadily worked on them at the end of the summer. In fact, I finished the first one two weeks later back at my family’s place for Labor Day weekend! In a short time after I’d finished the second one.

pepperknit | gem gloves

Overall I followed the pattern closely, though when I picked up stitches for each finger I picked up lots more and decreased them away quickly in order to prevent any holes from forming. Each finger is custom built. No other alterations, and I’m thrilled with them. They’re so thin and light I’ve been tossing them in my purse even if I’m also bringing mittens so that I have a lighter option. They’re not toasty warm, of course, but they keep the chill off. Here they are on my Ravelry page.

pepperknit | gem gloves

pepperknit | gem gloves

color dipped hat

Pretty much the moment I saw this hat from Purl Soho, I wanted to make it. I even knit a too-small version up in worsted-weight yarn. It was okay but something about the larger gauge and the colors I chose made it pretty meh. So when I was at Vogue Knitting LIVE in Chicago, I scouted the yarn a little with the hat in mind. Apple Yarns, from Washington, was selling Cedar House Yarns, which I’d never seen before. They were selling small skeins as well as full-size, and it seemed perfect to get a pairing that way.

pepperknit | color dipped hat

I cast on and started on the flight home from Chicago on size 2s, which I had handy. Within a few rows I knew they were too big. Ultimately I ended up on 1s, which gave me a nice-looking gauge. I knit the adult woman size. Within a few rows I’d dropped a stitch—slippery yarn on metal needles, lots of stitches jammed together… I had to frog back several rows to fix it. This happened again a few rows later. And then again at least one more time before I finished the darn thing! Dropping a stitch in fisherman’s rib/brioche is an ordeal, let me tell you. I just could never figure out how to ladder it back up correctly.

But I persevered, and ended up with a squishy, super-warm hat! 

pepperknit | color dipped hat

pepperknit | color dipped hat

pepperknit | color dipped hat

I can wear it basically 4 ways, though I only shot it in 3 versions. I can wear it uncuffed with either side showing: the dominantly gray or the dominantly blue edge. Or I can cuff it up as more of a toque, again with either side of the cuff out. I managed to weave in the ends and clip them so tightly to the work that I don’t think they’re poking out anywhere (at least I can’t see them).

I look forward to the weather really getting cold, because this hat is so very warm! So far the fall had been incredibly mild (50s), so I don’t really need this one yet. But soon, I’ll be ready!

macro mitts for emily

I knit my first pair of Macro Mitts by Lauren Osborne years ago, and they are my most-worn mittens every winter. Every time my friend Emily saw them, she’d make it very clear how much she wanted her own pair. It’s not as if she couldn’t just knit them herself, but I’d always said that I would make her a pair, though I never got around to it.

But just a week ago, Emily announced she’s moving across the country, from Queens to San Diego. And even though she will have limited times to wear them in San Diego, I knew I had to knit her a pair as a going away present. Of course, we were having dinner on Saturday night and I had this brilliant idea Friday afternoon. But we had nothing but a marathon of Justified Season 4 on the docket so I managed it!

macro mitts | pepperknit

I even knit all 4 Latvian Braids. (I omitted the top ones on my own pair, because I detest knitting those braids!) If that doesn’t show how important this gift was, I don’t know what does.