All the holiday gifts have been given, so I’m at last free to share a bit about all the knitted things I created in the past several months.
My final count was 37 knitted gifts. Mostly I made hats. I didn’t intend to make so many gifts; it happened almost by accident. I made a hat for a hat loving friend. I showed it off a bit and the person who taught me to knit thought it turned out so well that I should make more of them. She proposed that I make the same hat in different colors for each of my sisters-in-law for Christmas. That sounded like a lovely idea, so I made a second one in a different color.
My second first hat. It’s a slouchy style. Hard to get a good picture without a head beneath it.
After making two, I decided I was bored with the pattern and instead of all the same, each sister in law would get a different hat and different yarn. Then I ran into a bit of a mistake. That bright pink hat in the picture? It turned out a bit small. I decided that would work better for a niece. So the nieces and nephew were added to the list. I also kept hearing how much the guys liked those silly bearded hats. So I added beards and guy hats to my list… and so on and so on until I had a pretty long list of knitted gifts to make.
I really had lots of fun making all these things and I learned so much. What follows are some of the ones that stick out as highlights of my knitting experience from the last year.
The Spock hat. I was really worried about the ears turning out right. My ears don’t have quite as defined a shape as the ones in the pattern picture, but they’re nice and pointy and I think they get the point across just fine.
The Feather and Fan hat. I just adore the scalloped bottom. Mine came out more pronounced than the one in the pattern picture, and as it first appeared beneath my needles I thought I’d made a mistake somewhere. I was delighted to discover I was wrong about that.
The King Charles Brocade hat. The pattern is very subtle, but oh so pretty, and continues nicely into the decreases.
The Tri-Peak. The directions for making the peaks almost scared me off from attempting this one. So glad I went ahead and tried it. It’s actually quite simple and so cute. One stitch at a time. That’s my motto when I get scared of a pattern.
Shilling. I did my first cables here.
Scarves. The one to the right is the mistake rib – the same pattern I used for my very first completed project. I changed it up and added a buttonhole. Confession: that wasn’t my plan. The scarf turned out a bit on the short side and I wasn’t able to get more in the same color. Adding the button seemed like a good solution because then you don’t have to have the length for wrapping. I think it turned out pretty nicely. The infinity scarf pattern is called Diagonality. It looks like traditional stockinette rows except they’re running on an angle. The pattern was really fun and just knit up beautifully.
Smokey the Bear…. er, Granger the Ranger Bear? This was the project I was most nervous about of all, but I think he turned out rather well. He was worked on size 2 needles, which was enough there to scare me just by making me think it would take an eternity to finish. I did a couple other little critter type projects also. I’m glad Smokey was worked flat; I found I greatly prefer that to doing teeny tiny things in the round. I did run into a few errors in the pattern. There were a handful of places where the instructions and stitch count did not match. I made the decision to match the stitch count rather than the instructions and that seemed to work out well.
And some beards. Just because. These were a quick, but slightly challenging project. I found that it needed to be a single sitting project. If I walked away from it in the middle, I pretty much had to start over.
And I’m already making out my yarn list for next year’s projects…