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cozy feet

I first saw these booties on Soule Mama and soon after found the pattern on ravelry. I thought they would be the perfect knit for this new baby of ours. Every little newborn needs cozy warm feet and it was time for me to learn how to knit some booties! Since I had never before knitted booties I was feeling a bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to pull this off. They looked pretty hard to knit since they were just so cute and not that simple looking. However, I did find them under the search “easy baby knits” at one point and told myself then and there that if I really put my mind to it I could knit anything. So my attitude going into this was to just go for it, not to hold back and not to be overly causous either because sometimes that is what causes me to stop and give up when it comes to a new pattern because I simply get overwhelmed thinking it is too hard and that I can’t do it, when really I never even give myself the change to really try in the first place.

I was so excited about making these little booties that I got started in quite the hurry. I stared into my basket of yarn and chose my favorite yarn, then my favorite needles, not paying any attention to following any sort of gauge. I soon discovered these booties would not be fitting my newborn baby any time soon but kept on knitting as I thought they would look equally adorable on my Kai. In plus I just couldn’t stop knitting these things. It became such an easy knit and I was having so much fun learning all sorts of new techniques I had never used before. Four hours later I had one complete bootie; well not counting the straps. The straps are actually very challenging. I ended up taking them in to my local knitting shop to get some help and even she said the pattern was quite confusing when it came to the straps.

Despite the challenge and frustration of finishing the straps I thoroughly enjoying making these booties and can’t wait to get started on my next pair. Which will hopefully fit a newborn! My due date is actually in two weeks now so not too sure if I will be able to complete them before this baby arrives but one day I will master newborn size booties, I will! As for now our little Kai has toasty feet and how adorable will it be for him to have matching booties with his little brother or sister!!

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washcloths for us

Remember I told you I found a replacement for the washcloth yarn I loved so much? Well this is it! Araucania Ulmo Multy is 100% cotton and feels just as lovely to wash with as the skinny dyed cotton. I don’t normally go for multicoloured yarns but this one jumped out at me in the skein. At least they are all colours I would like individually? It also comes in solid colours, which I picked up once I knew how much I loved washing with this yarn. One skein of this cotton produced 3 waffle washcloths. They are a welcome addition to our kitchen AND are the first knits i’ve ever kept for myself and not given away as a gift. So far, they are very loved. Ravelry Link Here.

- Jenna

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twin button hats

A lot of people in my family knit. My grandmas were both knitters, my husband knits, his parents both knit.. and my mom knits. I didn’t pick up knitting until my first year of photo school, right before the winter holidays. With help from my mom it became my Christmas hobby. That was the same year Tristan and I fell in love, and so on Christmas day I spent the entire day knitting him a ‘Christmas Day Scarf’. Don’t worry, I still spent the day with my family, and my 10 year old god-brother sat next to me for a lot of it admiring the length and encouraging me as I went. I have continued to knit scarves every holiday season since. Finally last year I decided it was time to learn something new, beyond the scarf. So I started with hats for my cousin’s twins.

I personally am really drawn to the simplicity of knitting. I like when knits and purls are used in simple patterns and so I had a hard time finding a basic beginner toddler hat pattern. So as April mentioned in her post about knitting for Owen, I used videos and links to guide me, and came up with these hats. This is the video I used here and the sizing chart I used is here. I’m going to post the pattern for you regardless and decoded (for you Ape!) so it is easy for the beginner.

The beige hat was the first one I made and it was not without frustration. It was my first time using circular needles and I probably threw them across the room eight times before I got it right. I think the difficult part was Tristan sitting next to me whipping up a hat like it was nothing. Watching him knit with ease helped keep me determined though, and I stayed up past him until four in the morning until I could finally get a hat on the go. The next morning I ripped out what I had done once more and then finally my hat got started. I call this hat my fighter hat, and I gave that one to Sidney because he had to fight a bit at the beginning, being in the hospital a little longer than William. Regardless, both hats were a big deal for me at the time.

If you’re trying to adapt this hat for different yarn or a different size child or adult, use this chart to help you : and make a gauge with your yarn and needles to find out how many stitches you need to cast on. For example I was guessing that the twins had an 18 inch head circumference, and when I knit a square with this yarn and my size 9 needles I found that I knit 4 stitches per inch. So I multiplied 4×18 to get 72 stitches! Just make sure you are casting on for an even amount of stitches, if you want to make a ribbed brim. If you have an odd number of stitches, the brim of your hat will become a seed stitch. Another brim that is really nice is a 2×2 rib. Instead of doing knit 1 purl 1 like I did for these, you could do knit 2 purl 2 and it makes a bit of a more snug brim.

At the end of the pattern, Instead of me trying to describe how to decrease to you, have a look at the knit picks video that April and I mentioned earlier. It was so helpful to me! Again it is here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_hl7HGMDy0

If you have any other knitting problems in general, I would check out Knittinghelp.com It is my new favourite site for knitting videos and how to’s!!

My Pattern – Toddler size!
I skein of each colour makes two hats
Size 9 circular needles
2 wooden buttons per hat

I used Spud and Chloe’s ‘Sweater’ – a worsted weight yarn made of superwash 55% wool and 45% organic cotton – in the colours chipmunk and toast

Cast on 72 Stitches
Join in the round and place a marker at the beginning of your row

Brim of hat
Rows 1-7= Knit 1, Purl 1
Row 8 = Knit
Row 9 &10 = Knit with Contrasting Colour
Row 11 = Change back to the main colour and knit

Continue to knit until hat reaches 5 1/2 inches in height from the cast on row.

Place a stitch marker after every 8th stitch on your needle. You can use scrap pieces of yarn for this if you don’t have markers, it’s all the same!

First Decrease Row = Knit until there are two stitches left before the marker, and then knit those two stitches together. Continue this for the whole row.

Continue this pattern (knitting stitches until two before the marker, and then knit the last two together) until there is only one stitch between each marker.

Cut the working yarn a yard away from the hat so you have room to work with it. Pull the working yarn through the remaining stitches, and sew the tail into the inside of the hat.

Use a darning needle to sew in the two buttons wherever on the brim you think would be the cutest.. sew in all the yarn tails and you’re done!

Ravelry Link Here

Hope you enjoy these hats or are at least inspired to make up your own! – Jenna

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