Friday, October 30, 2009

Gift Knitting

All of my Christmas gift knitting is finished, or at least I think it is complete. I made earflap hats for my great-niece and great-nephew. They both live in Minnesota and like being outdoors, so these double wool earflap hats should see a lot of wear.

My great-niece loves to play hockey, so the Thorpe hat was the perfect pattern for her. I didn't have any real issues with the pattern. Instead of adding braids to the hat, I added i-cords because they will be more sturdy. Not being a crocheter, I struggled with the edging, but with the help of the internet and a how-to video, I managed. The only "problem" with the pattern is the garter edge has a distinct line where the rows meet. After I finished I read about a jogless garter stitch on Kathryn Ivy. If you are interested in making a Thorpe, I advise that you use the jogless technique. 

It was a struggle to find a good pattern from my great-nephew, who is two years old. Most of the earflap patterns I found were for adults, teens, or babies. I tried several patterns, only to frog because they were too large or too small. Finally, I discovered a pattern by Kristina at Yarnsticks that was designed for 2 - 3 year olds. The pattern is written for chunky yarn, so I used two strands of worsted weight, and I am pleased with the result. 

I still have two gifts to prepare, but they will not be knitted. 


  1. Nice hats! I'm certain they will be worn and appreciated.

  2. These are sure they will get good use.

  3. Oh my, you didn't blow away yet! I was thinking of you as I watched the morning weather report!

    We have about 14 inches here and I'm staying home to QUILT!!! Clear skies and the wind is calm.

    Stay warm, enjoy your knitting, and don't hurt yourself if you have to shovel! 8-))

  4. Those are so cute. If I was to knit for my 2 year old grandsons, I should have started in June. We didn't have much snow, maybe 4 inches, but the wind plastered it on my picture window so I can't see out. Interstate 70 is closed from here to Denver. Have a good weekend.

  5. Thanks for the cast on tip. Stay warm in Wyoming! Brrrrrr

  6. What a wonderful hat pattern! I wish, wish I could knit...I was thinking of signing up for some lessons. Stay warm and toasty!!

  7. Nancy..such nice hats..I know they will really appreciate those...

    Hugs :))


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