A QUICK AND EASY TODDLER HAT [FREE KNITTING PATTERN]

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A few weeks back I set out to knit Orla a cosy winter hat using some long neglected yarn from my stash (you can see the work in progress here!). Children’s hats are tricky things – on the one hand they need to be warm which to me means real wool but on the other hand they tend to disappear into the ether so they’re not something I want to spend too much money or time on…

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KNITTING OUT OF NECESSITY [WORK IN PROGRESS]

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I’ve had this yarn in my stash forever – in fact it’s the remnants of the first jumper I ever tried (and failed) to knit. It’s 100% merino wool by Rowan and is now on it’s way to being a cosy ribbed hat for Orla! I’m using size 5 needles and a 1×1 rib – I swatched a 2×2 rib originally (inspired by the work of one of my favourite Instagrammers at the moment) but the scale looked so wrong against Orla’s tiny head!

I’m aiming for a thick cuff in the hope that it will last through next winter as well (who am I kidding though because nursery is a black hole for hats) and might add a pom pom if I feel the vibe. I’m freestyling the pattern for now and will share once it’s finished – which will hopefully be very soon as, goodness isn’t it getting cold now? Knitting for small people is very satisfying for someone used to jumpers that take years of my life – I’m already planning a few more pint sized projects in the run up to Christmas!

ROWAN TWEED ‘MEREDITH’ JUMPER [MY LATEST MAKE]

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I’m so happy with this jumper and so happy it’s finished! It took over a year and it needn’t have done but you know how it goes with knitting…

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MEREDITH FAIR ISLE YOLK JUMPER [WORK IN PROGRESS]

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Here’s a little update on my Meredith jumper! After connecting the front, back and sleeves at the shoulder seams the yolk is knitted in the round which is handy for a spot of trying on…

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A FAIR ISLE JUMPER [WORK IN PROGRESS]

I’m currently trying to shoehorn as much knitting as possible into my already busy evenings before the temperature plummets like it’s been threatening to do this last week. I’ve had this gorgeous jumper on the needles since last Christmas (for shame!) so it’s well overdue. Looking forward to sharing some more progress soon – I’m nearly at the good bit! The pattern is called Meredith and is from the Rowan Tweed book.

As always, I seem to be juggling several crafty projects at the same time which means that progress in all areas isn’t as quick as it should be. Never mind – I’m looking forward to being able to share more exciting news soon!