Repost from All Knit & No Sheep Blog by Elizabeth Helmich at Counting Sheep Studio
This hat was a labor of love.
I really wanted to make a dwarven-inspired hat for David, we are both huge fans of the Lord of the Rings, and have also enjoyed the newer Hobbit trilogy.
My first instinct was to use cables to capture the designs I wanted, but realized that most cables are very swirly by nature, more of an elvish look than the more angular dwarven style.
Sometimes you simply have to go back to the drawing board multiple times to get the look you want. For the men’s version, I used Dubai Knits MCN Sock, which is nice & springy as to be expected, with the added softness of cashmere = super yummy.
The bottom panel is worked using a simple knit/purl design, which changes to a different textured ‘boxes’ pattern along with a twisted stitch leaf pattern for the main body & crown. The nice thing about the twisted stitches is they are very easy to work and do not require a cable needle!
Then I was done. Finally. But….it wasn’t enough. I needed one! Found some Madelinetosh Sock in the stash, this is colorway Smokey Orchid.
I am super happy with both versions now, and I really love that you can wear these basically any time of year since they are so lightweight. Perfect for hiking!
The little patient Mia, who got to ham it up after we were done taking pics.
Oakenshield is still on sale over on Ravelry until the end of tomorrow (Valentine’s Day) – go over and grab a copy here.
By the way – I’m having a baby.
As in really, really. Soon. I’m in full-on nesting mode, and was completely possessed recently to make her a quilt.
I know I don’t talk much about my first real crafting love, sewing. Years ago I gave away most of my fabric stash to a lovely lady who I knew would give it a good home. She ended up becoming a yarn shop owner here in Asheville! Ha. She made sewn bags as well and would sell those in her shop.
Every now and then I remember my old love and have a need to put together fabric pieces. Hopefully I can finish this before the new bundle of Joy gets here.
My Mia has been bugging me for a scarf for some time, and I ended up making 2 quickie scarves for her and older Big Sis. When I did my stint for Universal Yarn, I ended up with some of this fuzzy, crazy yarn. Which I am convinced ALL kids love.
Cast on 15 stitches on large needles, switch colors every 2 rows until you get bored.
For some added sweetness, I wanted to put little hearts on the end. Found this quick & easy pattern on Ravelry and viola! Two super fun & soft scarves for my #1 Sweetie Pies.
Heart Attack! (A free pattern offered by Wool & Flour.)
Have a wonderful Heart Day!