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Star Spangled Beanie

Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sent me a picture of a store-bought hat that she liked but wanted to tweak.  She asked if I could make it for her for Christmas, and I said yes, of course.  I put off knitting the hat as long as I could, and I finally cast on on December 9th.  I like to cut things close, it seems.

This project required a TON of knitting.  Like, way more than I anticipated.  The stitches are teeny tiny.  I grumbled through the whole process, but the results are amazing and well worth the effort.

Star Spangled Beanie

Star Spangled Beanie

I’m not a fan of flag inspired clothing, but this hat is pretty cool.  I used Cascade 220 Fingering and 2.5mm and 3.25mm needles. The beanie features a turned hem which covers all of my hideous floats from the colorwork stars.  I love turned hems.  I’m going to find a way to use that technique more often.  Instead of coming up with my own chart for the stars, I just swiped this one.  I’m really, really lazy.

Colorwork Stars

Colorwork Stars

006My gauge on the 3.25mm needles measured 16 sts x 21 rows = 2 inches.  Ouch!  I hope my sister-in-law loves it.  I’m going to force her to wear it regardless! 🙂

Raveled here.

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Heart Baby Cardigan – Complete!

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The Set – Heart Baby Hat and Heart Baby Cardigan

 

It’s done!  It’s done!  It’s done!  I must say, I am so pleased with the outcome of this project.  Isn’t it the cutest?

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Heart Baby Cardigan

 

Details: Knit Picks Galileo in “Pearl” and “Valentine,” size 5 and 6 needles

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Heart Baby Set as viewed from the back.

 

I originally wanted to use some cute heart buttons I bought, but they weren’t the right color red to go with the hearts on the cardigan.  😦  I ended up using circular gray buttons and added a little color to them by using red thread.  I think it looks fine the way it is, though, and I still have the red heart buttons to use on another baby item!

I made a ton of modifications to allow for the inclusion of the heart chart.  I didn’t bother to write them down, but there was some increasing and decreasing so that the chart and the ribbing at the bottom worked.  I ended up with 11 hearts when all was said and done.  I also used the sewn bind off for extra give in the hem and the sleeves.  I hate tight edges, which is a shame, because I’m the master of making them.

After washing and blocking, the chest measured 9.25 inches across, the sleeves measured 5.5 inches from armpit to the bottom of the cuff, and the entire sweater measured 10.25 inches from top to bottom.  If you’re super interested in this sweater and want more details, they can be found on my Ravelry page. 


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Heart Baby Cardigan – Third Progress Report

I am ashamed.  I had almost the whole day to knit (Eva went to her grandparents’ house), and all I managed to do was knit a sleeve.  And it wasn’t even a whole sleeve at that!

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I’m still working on the ribbing.  I’ll be using the same bind off on the sleeves (sewn bind off) that I used on the bottom of the sweater.  And let me tell you, binding off the bottom took *forever*.  At least it looks nice, and it’s stretchy.  I hate tight bind offs.

Obviously this sweater needs some serious blocking.  It’s all…bunchy.  I’m hoping it’ll fit our new addition next fall/winter.  Though if she’s anything like her sister, it’ll still be too big by then!


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Heart Baby Cardigan – First Progress Report

Since I love the little heart chart I used for my Heart Baby Hat, I decided to make a matching cardigan with the same yarn and chart.  It’s just a basic raglan baby cardigan pattern with the heart chart added at the bottom.

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Heart Baby Cardigan sitting on top of its future recipient!

So far I’ve done the raglan portion and split for the sleeves.  I did have to mess with the stitch counts so that the chart will fit evenly…when I get to that part.  I’m also planning on picking up some stitches at the armpits to widen the sleeves and close holes.  (I’ve knit this particular pattern before, so I know I definitely need to widen the sleeves.)

I’m thinking this is going to end up being really cute, and I can’t wait to see it finished!


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Heart Baby Hat – Complete!

I finished Baby #2’s hat yesterday.  I washed it and blocked it, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.  It’s a little tight in the colorwork/stranded area, but it’s not bad for my first try.

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Like I said before, this hat is way too big for a newborn.  I’ve already begun seeking the *perfect* newborn baby hat pattern so that I can make something she can wear right away.

In case anyone’s interested, the hat was knit on size 7 dpns with Knit Picks Galileo in “Pearl” and “Valentine.”  The yarn is listed as sportweight, but I think it’s a bit heavier than that.  It has a nice sheen, and it’s very soft, so I think it’ll be very comfortable for Baby to wear!