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Baby Beanie Pattern

Baby beanies are one of my favorite things to knit. They are small, fast, cute and easy to stylize. One of these hats without the extra duplicate stitch work takes only 2 hours or less.

Materials:

Size 6 circular needles (I use addi turbo 10″ circular needles)

Worsted weight yarn – 4 weight (I use Caron Simply Soft)

Stitch marker

Sewing needle

Pattern:

CO 56 (newborn), 60 sts (2-6 months), or 64 sts (7-12 months)

Rows 1-6: K1, P1

Knit for 4.5 inches (newborn), 5.5 inches (2-6 months), or 6.5 inches (7-12 months) from brim to top

Binding off (Switching to dps when needed): K2tog* one row then K* one row

Stopping on a k2tog row, continue until you have under 10 ers across all of your dpns. *Note: for the 2-6 month size, you will have one extra stitch after k2tog around. Knit this stitch normally to complete the round.

Finishing:

Cut your yarn and weave it through your live stitches to create a circle.

Pull the circle closed, thread the yarn through the middle and flip the hat inside out to weave in ends. Having trouble? This should help.

Now, you can either leave your hat plain or choose to add a pom pom or do a duplicate stitch to add some character.

Here are some of my favorite designs!

Watermelon

Whale

 Polka dots

always, ashley

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Last Minute Halloween Costume!

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“AHH!!! Tomorrow is Halloween!?” – me this morning after realizing I have NOTHING to wear to the party tomorrow. (Seriously though, I had zero costumes or ideas until 11 a.m. on October 30th.)

I needed a costume and I needed it FAST, but I didn’t want to break the bank on a pricey costume from those creepy Halloween stores or try to throw something together from my closet that looked half-assed.

EXAMPLE A

So, I sat and thought hard about all the costumes I could do on a budget that would still be fun and allow for some creativity.  I thought and thought and thought and then…. BOOM. Nailed it. I would be Where’s Waldo.Halloween post2

It was a perfect fit.  I had just purchased some cobalt pants, I found a stripped shirt & glasses from Goodwill and I work with seniors, so finding a cane was a no brainier.  My only issue?  THE HAT!  And then I remembered, oh shit, I knit!  I ran to my craft store, picked up some yarn and picked up my needles.  FYI this hat only took 2 hours! (That’s only 4 episodes of House Hunters!)

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Materials:

Size 13 circular and/or double point needle

Super Chunky yarn in red & white

Stitch marker

Sewing Needle

Pom pom maker or a make shift option

Pattern:

CO 48 in red & join in the round

R1-7: *K2, P2

Change yarn to white

R8-19: *K

R20: *K4, K2tog

R21: *K3, K2tog

R22: *K2, K2tog

R23: *K1, K2tog

R24: *K2tog

Weave yarn through remaining stitches and weave in all ends

Yay!  The bulk of the project is done!  Now all you have to do is the pom pom.  I use a pom pom maker, but it’s up to you how to proceed.  When done, sew that bad boy on!  Costume complete!  Who would have thought that just a few hours ago, I didn’t have a single costume idea.  Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the result of the hat and the costume as a whole; I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow!  Anywho, have a safe and fun Halloween!

always, ashley

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Knit Ottoman Poof

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After a knitting hiatus due to moving, I’m back with a fun new item!  A knitted poof for my new home!!!  YAY!

Actually, it wasn’t even that difficult.  I just picked 6 balls of super chunky yarn, picked up a pair of size 19 needles, and got to it!  For this project, I knitted three balls at the same time to get the bulk I needed.

Knitting Aspect! You need to cast on 25 stitches, then just knit and knit and knit until all 6 balls are pretty much depleted (leaving a good 3 feet). You end up with this pretty large rectangle, kinda underwhelming at this point, I know.  From here, bind off, BUT KEEP THE YARN LIVE, don’t you go cutting it and sewing it in.  (But please make sure your cast on edge is all sewn in and taken care of.)  Keep that sewing needle handy because you’re going to need it still!

Now is the time to assemble the poof!!!

First Step! You need to sew together your cast on and bind off edge by using that yarn you left live (See, I told you that you would need it).  I used a mattress stitch, but whatever floats your boat.  You should now have a cylinder.  NOW you can sew in your ends.

Second Step! Find some more yarn! (Cotton is a good idea, just because it is so strong).  Don’t fret too much about the color, you wont even see it to be honest.  Thread the needle with your new yarn.  You are about to pick up stitches from what was the sides of your long rectangle in order to pull tight and make a little circle (Which will be your bottom of your poof).  DON’T GET SCARED!  It’s realllllllly simple.  Just listen up!  You remember how you were knitting with 3 balls at a time??? Well now were going to take the needle with the new yarn and insert it into ONE out of the three loops.  Got it?  Now you are going to do this allllll the way around SKIPPING every other group of 3.  When you find your way back around, pull your ends tight, tight, tight, tight until it is an itty bitty circle, then double knot it and sew in the end in the inside.  Pleaseeee don’t panic about the puckers, I promise it will look so cute when you’re done!

Third Step!  Stuff that poof!!!  Pick an old bedspread the color of your yarn, OOORRRR do what I did and buy some fabric that matches and wrap your old bedspread (queen sized worked for me).

Fourth and Final Step!  Once it is full (and when I say full I mean STUFFED!), you can repeat what you did in step 2.  You know, the whole pick up one of the three in a stitch, thread your way around, and pull so tight you’re worried it may explode (promise it won’t!).  This time around, you may need a friend to help push down the bedspread in order to pull it super tight like the bottom side.  Double knot.  Tuck in the left over yarn. BOOM!  Poof! ❤

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always, ashley

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