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FINISHED Teacher Gift

Lucy hat portait

My niece finished her second project last week and I felt like sharing. I learned a few things about indoctrinating kids into knitting, so I’m sharing. It’s easy enough to teach a kid how to knit, but keeping them knitting is an endeavour. Honestly, I don’t blame them, there is a lot of fun playing to be done when you’re a kid. On the other hand, my niece REALLY wants to become a better knitter, and you can’t do that without practice.

So here’s my story …. at the beginning of the school year she wanted to make a hat for her teacher, so I found an easy, basic pattern for her (something knit flat on super bulky yarn and big needles) and brought home some super bulky yarn in a colour her teacher would like, plus a jaunty fur pompom. You know how it goes, best-laid plans ….. first off, all she wanted to do was play with the pompom, it was very distracting. I don’t think she was into the colour I chose (a beautiful eggplant), and the entire concept of consulting a pattern was beyond her. Also, the longer needles required for making a hat flat were awkward and hard for her to use.

lucy hat COMBO

After several months of her project languishing, I threw in the towel and cast on some stitches in a more kid-friendly colour, and on shorter needles. I figured I’d just get her making *something*, maybe a neck warmer. But she’s a stubborn kid and insisted she wanted to make a hat for her teacher. It was hat or bust! So I went along with it, told her we could make it into a hat, and in the end McGyvered into a garment. Below is how the process unfolded (I apologize for the sad illustrations, I didn’t have the right technology with me when I made them).

Lucy Hat schematic 1.png

1. Knit a Long Rectangle

I cast on as many stitches as can comfortably fit on a 10″ straight needles. Next, I got the  kid to knit a rectangle-ish shape that fits around the circumference of a head (all in garter stitch). I found that she really go into knitting while listening to children’s books we downloaded through our public library.

I fixed all the dropped stitches that would unravel, but I did not mend any yarn overs or extra stitches added. I wanted her to get a feel for her progress. She started with a section of light blue, then changed to apple green, and finally light pink – the design concept was hers. Extra stitches were added, especially in the final section, so our rectangle was a bit trapezoidal.

Lucy hat schematic 2

2. Seaming

I seamed the cast on edge to the cast off edge. I offered her this job, but in true knitterly fashion, she wasn’t into it. The edges weren’t the same length and didn’t match, so I lined up one side and let the extra fabric hang down the other side.

Lucy hat schematic 3

3. Pick-up The Crown

Our rectangle was not tall enough to pull in the top of the hat, and the kid was adamant that she wanted a single pompom on top, and wasn’t going in for a flat-topped hat. With double pointed needles, I picked up about 40 stitches around the circumference of the non-wonky edge. I  immediately decreased for the crown, decreasing 4 stitches on every round until I only had about 8 stitches left. I broke the yarn, pulled it through the remaining stitches, and secured it on the inside of the hat. I wove in all the ends (I could have gotten her to do this but bedtime was creeping up fast and she REALLY wanted to give it to her teacher the next day). What can I say, I’m a sucker.

 

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4. Styling and Art Direction (aka. Smoke & Mirrors)

I sewed a button on the side (I tried to teach her how to do it, but getting buttons to the right height for knitwear is a tricky endeavour for the best of us, and making the hat look good was really important to the kid, so she tried and then passed it off to me. (BTW, If you have a good button sewing for knitwear hack please share it with me! I always have a hard time making a post for the flat button.) I flipped the extra fabric up and buttoned it down, turning it into a jaunty design feature. Lastly, I sewed down the pompom.

 

Lucy Hat COMBO 2

5. Document the Occasion

Finally, I took pictures. It was a very multifaceted design, so we did an impromptu photo shoot to mark the big event. She proudly wrapped up her gift, and we got ready for bed, both of us extremely proud.

Did her teacher like it? I don’t know, but I expect it’s the most interesting gift she will receive in her career as a teacher. Did I mention that the day she gave this super wasm hat to her teacher it was super, uncomfortably hot outside? Yeah, it was a very timely gift. Anyway, her BFF at school was totally into the hat and has commissioned one in pink, with a purple pompom. Only time will tell if the aesthetic will trickle down to the runways of Europe …..

What I Gleaned

Did I learn anything? You bet:

  1. Kids gonna be kids – just go with it. If you want to get a kid into knitting, do it in kid colours.
  2. Kids do things differently than adults – just go with it.
  3. Don’t rush to get stuff done before bedtime.
  4. Kids like to knit while listening to audiobooks too!

FREEBIE Beginner Slouchy Hat

Urth Uneek Worsted Hat

Beginner Slouchy Hat

I worked up a quick little hat so everyone could see how gorgeous and magical the Urth Uneek Worsted is, you asked for the pattern …. so here it is!  A hat only takes 1 skein ….

Size

To fit head circumference:

  • 21(22, 23, 24) inches
  • Child(Small, Medium, Large, XLarge)

Materials

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

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PROJECT Slouchy Urth Hat

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URTH SLOUCH HAT

Last night I cast on for a hat with the Urth Uneek Worsted (I’m trying to get a sample done before the Toronto Knitters Frolic). I’m not really in a hat place right now, but the yarn is SO GORGEOUS that it doesn’t really matter, I can’t wait to get past the ribbing and just let the colour flow! 

PRE-FROLIC SALE!

Use code FROLIC18 at check-out to receive an extra 15% OFF ALL YARN, from now until April 27, 2018.

Note: discount applies to online purchases only, discount does not apply to in-store purchases. We can not accept returns on April 28, 2018 at the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic. 

FREEBIE Flux

 

 

Flux

Banish the last vestiges of winter with this joyful hat! It’s knit in a gorgeous new yarn, Urth Uneek Worsted. This simple pattern will creates something really special that will get you through to the good weather (when it sees fit to arrive). I think it would also make a great neck-warmer or cowl. Many thanks to Deborah for bringing this one to my eyes!

Materials

Urth Yarns Uneek Worsted DISPLAY

Urth Uneek Worsted

Urth Uneek Worsted is a super soft 100% superwash merino wool which is hand painted in stunning stripe patterns. Not only does it work up beautifully, but it’s ethically made by a small family business from Istanbul, so you won’t have to feel *too* bad about cheating on your loved ones with it. Plus, for every skein purchased Urth Yarns will donate the money to plant a tree in Sub-Saharan Africa (which apparently has a very positive impact for both the environment and struggling communities).

  • 100% Extrafine Merino Wool
  • worsted weight
  • 4mm to 5mm (US 6 to 8) needles
  • 5 to 6 sts = 1″ (2.5cm)
  • Made in Turkey (by a Women’s collective)
  • Self-Striping
  • FREE Patterns

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

Urth Uneek Worsted COMNO BLOG

Urth COmbo Blog

FREEBIES Last Minute Gifts

 Believe it or not, you’ve still got a little bit of time to get a project done.   I suggest making something small and simple, knit with super bulky yarn, and your last minute gift’s in the bag!

Photo: dandiliongrl

Avery Slouch Hat

 Keep it simple silly! Hats are fast & easy last minute gifts, and this one is almost brainless – no purling!

Yarn Options

If you want a marled look like in the photo, use 2 strands of different coloured bulky weight yarn held together:

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 10mm/US15-16″ circular needles
  • 10mm/US15 double pointed needles
  • jumbo tapestry/darning needle
  • jumbo stitch marker

 

Twistin the Night Away

Headbands are fast & easy, and always well received (especially by people with big hair).

Yarn Options

Materials

 

 

Red Hot Neckwarmer

A neckwarmer is a perfect gift for men and women, in a cold climate everyone can use one – and on those blustery days that you do need one, they’ll be thanking you!

Yarn Options

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 10mm/US15-16″ circular needles
  • tapestry needle

FREEBIE Nour

 

 

Nour

One ball of gorgeous yarn makes a hat – it’s a no-brainer holiday miracle gift! And yes, we sell fur pompoms (both real and synthetic) and excellent pompom makers!

Yarn Options

Materials

FREEBIE Cocoon

 

 

Cocoon

I tried this pattern a couple of years ago and it was definitely a very popular choice around here. It’s a great project that doesn’t require too much brain power but makes a great gift! It works up relatively quickly with a bulky weight yarn like Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Mecha, or budget friendly Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • FREE Pattern
  • Our Project Notes