Friday, November 19, 2010


Click here for a printable version
This beanee fits newborn to six months with a head circumference
of up to 18 inches.
Gauge: 6 sts = 1 inch, 8 rows = 1 inch
Materials needed: 100 yards DK weight yarn & US size 5 Double Pointed needles required. (1 Addi Turbo 16 inch circular needle is also very helpful if you have used them before, but I would not recommend them for a new knitter.)

Note: Since each yarn is unique, it is strongly recommended that you knit a swatch and make sure it is the proper gauge. Your gauge may also depend on how tightly you knit. If you are a tight knitter you may need to use a larger gauge needle and if you are a loose knitter, you may need to use a smaller gauge needle.

Cast on 80 sts. Join ends
K2 p2 for 50 rows
Leaving a 24 inch tail, cut yarn and with a yarn needle use the kitchner stitch to graft the top of the hat. Weave in loose ends,
embellish with pompoms and your done! Now you can put it on your favorite baby's head..

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My Newest Hanspun Yarn....

Well folks. I wanna say thank you again for your patience during all the changes and for bearing with me. I wanted to share my newest handspun yarns. The drop spindle has been retired for a time to make room for the Ashford Traveller that was generously traded to me from my new good friend Meg B. THANKS MEG!!! Anyway, enjoy the pics.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Here I will show you how to purl encroachment. I prefer this method because it is the first method I learned how to turn a heel with. It is also sometime referred to as the Sherman Heel/Toe. It takes some getting used to because it is less commonly used. But once you get the idea, it's not bad. For those of you who know how to work short rows with a wrap and turn, feel free to apply that instead. My patterns have not been tested with a wrap and turn, so you will be on your own.

So now that your ready to begin the purl encroachment, you'll notice that you have stitches on the left needle, and stitches on the right needle.

Start by slipping the first stitch on the left-hand needle purlwise onto the right-hand needle.

Next, using your right-hand needle lift the stitch below the next stitch on the left-hand needle and place it onto the left-hand needle. I have used a tapestry needle here for demonstration only. Be sure to use your fingers to prevent it getting too close to the stitch that was already on the needle.

Now slip the previously slipped stitch from the right-hand needle back onto the left-hand needle.

Purl the two stitches together.
Here's what your work will look like once you are done.

Monday, November 1, 2010


S: 16 in circumference; 16 in crown (from tip of one earflap to the tip of the other earflap)
M: 18 in circumference; 18 in crown
L: 20 in circumference; 20 in crown.

Additional sizes can be achieved by changing needle size and/or yarn weight to change the gauge.

Stitch Instructions and Abbreviations
k: knit
rem: remain(s), remaining
sl: slip st purl-wise from left needle to right needle st(s): stitch(es)
PM: place stitch marker
SM: slip stitch marker
m1: make one stitch by using left-hand needle, pick up the bar between the stitches from. Use the right-hand needle to knit the bar through the back loop.


*Please remember sizes are only a guide. You may want to adjust according to your preference.
*Pattern is worked in the round with two strands of yarn held together.
*Directions are for all sizes unless otherwise stated.
*All attempts have been made to assure accuracy & to address any potential issues.  Please contact us if you have any questions.
*Printable copy can be downloaded from

S/M/L - CO 64(72, 80). Join ends & begin knitting in the round.

Rnd 1: knit all sts.

S - Rnd 2: k3, m1 & PM. k10, k2tog, PM, k2tog, k10 PM, m1, k10, m1, PM, k10 k2tog, PM, k2tog, k10, PM, m1, k3.

M - Rnd 2: k4, m1, & PM. k11, k2tog, PM, k2tog, k11, PM, m1, k12, m1, PM, k11, k2tog, PM, k2tog, k11, PM, m1, k4.

L - Rnd 2: k5, m1, & PM. k12, k2tog, PM, k2tog, k12, PM, m1, k16, m1, PM, k12, k2tog, PM, k2tog, k12, PM, m1, k5.

S/M/L - *Rnd 3: knit all sts.
Rnd 4: knit until 1st marker, m1, SM, knit until 2 st rem before 2nd marker, k2tog, SM, k2tog, knit until 3rd marker, SM, m1, knit until 4th marker, m1, SM, knit until 2 st rem before 5th marker, k2tog, SM, k2tog, knit until 6th marker, SM, m1, knit rem sts.*

S - Rnds 5-20: Repeat from *to*.

M - Rnds 5-22: Repeat from *to*.

L - Rnds 5-24: Repeat from *to*.

S/M/L – To set up for crown, knit all sts 1 rnd.

Rnd 26: knit until 1st marker & RM. k2tog (RM as necessary). Knit until 5th marker removing markers as you go. k2tog (RM as necessary). Remove rem marker & knit to end.

*Odd Rnds: Decrease number of sts evenly by 6.
Even Rnds: knit all sts*
Repeat from * to * until you have 36 sts left.

Rem Rnds: Decrease number of sts evenly by 6 each rnd until 6 sts rem. Cut yarn & draw through rem sts with tapestry needle. Tie off & weave in loose ends.

FINISHING: Embellish any way you wish or wear it simply as is.