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did i not promise you a cute child? look at those cheeks! can you stand it? i finished the hat quite early in january, but i wanted to wait to post it as an FO until i had pics of this handsome chap wearing his new chapeau.

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FO: pom pom kid <– ravelry project page

pattern: none. my own. this was the inspiration. i’m not 100% certain, but i think i cast on 80 stitches, and knit 2×2 ribbing for an inch or so, then single row stripes, decreasing by 8 every other row when i’d reached a good length.
yarn: berroco ultra alpaca for the blue, elitespun fingering in charcoal held double, and some worsted oatmeal yarn, maybe patons?
needles: size 4 for the ribbing, size 6 for the body of the hat.

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i made the pom pom with the assistance of a pom pom making tool, because my natural abilities don’t extend to full fluffy pom poms without a little help.

as is inevitable when you’re dealing with a toddler, this happened:

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hopefully i’ve made it big enough, it should fit him for several years to come! the place we met was really cute, a pie shop in evanston, though there’s a chicago location as well.

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it’s no secret that i love to knit hats. they are probably my absolute favorite item to knit. as long as you don’t choose a crazy difficult pattern (or gauge), you can finish a hat in 1-3 days, which makes it a good choice for this close to the gifting holiday.


annepaalandet‘s wood hollow hat.

love the pom poms! this one is fairly gender neutral. in fact, the two wood hollow hats i’ve knit have both been for dudes.


knittingma‘s felicity (free pattern!)

nothing like simple stockinette to showcase a gorgeous yarn. in this case, handspun.


traceynicole‘s opus spicatum (this pattern is free!)

need to toss some colorwork in here, right? i think this pattern is pretty gender neutral, too. who doesn’t like herringbone? and it’s only really the blocking that makes this slouchy. if you just blocked it flat, it’d be more of a beanie style hat. also, i think it’d look pretty cute with a pom-pom…


chronographia‘s pearls and fairy lights (from tinyowlknits orchids and fairy lights)

a little more on the feminine side. so, so pretty. and who doesn’t love an excuse to knit bobbles every now and again? (although, what i’m really looking for is an excuse to knit the deer with little antlers hat. i don’t have quite enough day-to-day whimsy to justify it for myself. maybe for a kid? oh! with imogene’s antlers?)

westknits‘s windschief (as worn by the creator!).

another gender neutral knit, and more of a proper beanie than the rest of them. fabulously simple with a great twist. and chronographia says it is hands down the fastest thing she’s ever knit! which maybe means i should’ve waited til next week to use it…

only one quick knits left, guys! happy holiday knitting!


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FO: waldo sr <– ravelry project page

pattern: my own
yarn: berroco ultra alpaca in heather grey and burgundy
needles: US 6 and US 8 (4 & 5 mm)

up in the air

several months ago, we raised funds for PoPS (we just hit 35,000 subscribers! yay!), so that we could really bring the show to the next level, production wise. it totally worked! but part of the fundraiser was gifts for the various levels of pledges. i was commissioned to knit custom hats at one of those levels. you’ve already seen one of them (grey goose). this is the other (the recipient wanted to be surprised, so i waited to post this until it was confirmed that he had received it).

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big, fluffy pom pom. i’m gonna be real with you guys, i had some help with the pom pom. my pom poms aren’t great, unless supervised by someone who does make good pom poms.



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