Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Barley Hat by Tincan Knits and more.......

Hello my friends, how are you all doing? This week I've knit a new hat for Caiden, he's outgrown all of his handknit hats that I made him before he was born. I looked through lots of patterns and the one that Jodie and I both liked was the Barley Hat by Tincan Knits, the sizes range from baby through to adult.

It is a free pattern from The Simple Collection which contains eight patterns including accessories and sweaters. As the title says, they are simple and basic knits aimed at beginner knitters or more experienced knitters who want a quick simple knit. The great thing about this collection apart from been beautiful projects, which goes without saying as they are by Tincan Knits and I love all their patterns but the whole collection is FREE.

I would knit every one of them and the are sized from newborn to large adult something for the whole family. The patterns are seamless using worsted weight yarn in stockinette and garter stitch so perfect for beginners. If you've always want to learn to knit in the round or knit a sweater but have always been a little bit imtimitated, these patterns would be perfect for you.

Here's my little hipster grandson wearing his new hat, I didn't have any suitable worsted weight so I used some Drops Lima DK. I would have knit the baby size but as I was using a DK , I knit the toddler size on the same needles as they recommended and it turned out perfectly.

I didn't swatch for the hat, I just took a chance, I thought as it was a small, quick knit ( it took one evening), I had nothing to lose if it was too big, I could just start again with smaller needles. Caiden has quite a large head for his age so I was aiming for 17" head circumference, which I achieved once it had been blocked. I was so pleased how it turned out, it was the perfect size and he looks so cute in it. I will definitely be casting on another one soon.

I've finished my purple "Fairisle" socks which I knit in Rico Design Superba Mexico, these are going to my friend who has a birthday coming up she has been very kind to me over the last few weeks so deserved a special gift. She does a lot of walking and she loves my handknit socks, she says they are so much more comfortable and warmer than shop bought, I've been promising her a new pair for a while now.

Since finishing another pair of socks, I've picked one of my brown paper bags with my Personal Mystery Sock Yarn 2015 inside. February's sock yarn was this, Rico Design Superba Santa Fé, this is very similar to the last sock yarn. I've got to say, I really like this brand for a hardwearing sock yarn, it's not as luxurious like some of the beautiful selfstriping or indie dyed yarns but I think it will stand the test of time like the Regia and Opal.

When I picked this yarn for the bag, I knew I would knit my husband another pair of socks, I love the colours from dark chocolate brown to rust to a taupe with a tweedy look, I wouldn't mind a pair for me.

I wanted to try a new to me cast on for my next pair of socks after listening to Jo's Shiny Bees podcast And her Sock Surgery segment. They were talking about different cast on techniques for socks and the recommended one was the German Twisted Cast-On which the said gave a neat,stretchy cuff. I absolutely love it, it really is the best cast on I've used. I looked on the web for a good tutorial and went for a You Tube video by the Knit Witch, it was easy to follow and I picked it up really quickly.

I've spent a cheeky half hour on them this morning while I enjoyed a cup of Earl Grey. I'm knitting a plain Vanilla sock with 72 stitches.

Now to what I'm reading this week, I've nearly finished Harry Potter and the Philophers Stone so hopefully should be starting a new book by the end of the week. I am enjoying it far more than I thought I would and will definitely read the other books, eventually.

I've also been reading the new Spring PomPom magazine, again it is full of beautiful patterns,mit never disappoints. I'm linking to Ginny's Yarn Along and Nicole's Keep Calm, Craft On, check out all the gorgeous projects for lots of inspiration.

Have a good week.

xxxxDebxxxx

I've just linked up to another link up called Lunamon Design.

18 comments:

steph said...

that bitty hat is adorable!!! thanks for sharing the collection....can't wait to check it all out.

Monica Gullesen Hansen said...

Oh my, lovely!
You can show it off at my link up today :)

harknessangels said...

Such an adorable hat!!! Love it!

elisabethandree said...

Cute hat and your grandson is adorable! The hat suits him really fine!

Donna said...

It's a good thing baby knits are so quick because they grow out of them so fast! He is just adorable. Love your socks. As usual - all your projects are wonderful!

Brienne Moody said...

Darling grandson! The knitters behind Tin Can Knits are unique because they released so many free patterns. I think that it's great that they have an interest in sharing their love of fiber with new knitters.

Lea Lacoste said...

that brown yarn is amazing! I wouldn't consider brown my color but I would totally wear those socks need to expand my stash I think haha!
Love Pompom, can't wait to get my hands on this new one <3

Jo said...

The baby hat is so cute with the little point and everything. Still haven't mastered DPN's. Jo x

Pammy Sue said...

Hi, Deb! I came over from Lunamon Design's Link-Up Party to see your pretty knitted hat. You look like my kind of blogger with all the yarny stuff! Love how the hat is turning out. I'll be back. I'm your newest Follower!

Zauberflink said...

I've come across this adorable hat pattern many times - and still haven't made one. But every time I see it I just think: so simple, so beautiful!

Sarah said...

Darling hat and dear little baby!

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Your grandson's hat is adorable, just like him. I love all your socks. I must try the german cast on. It sounds like a good one.

Jayne Marti said...

All such lovely knitting - and thanks for the link to the free knitting pattern collection. It is wonderful!

Elise said...

Aw what a cute little hat! (and baby of course!) I keep meaning to buy Pompom Quarterly, I think I'd just want to make all the things though! :)

Lilly's Mom said...

I love the hat and socks. Your little grandson is SO adorable.

Kepanie said...

I wanna steal your socks. Purple is one of my colors. And your grandson is gorgeous! I wanna hold him and smell his baby powder head. He looks terrific in his beanie.

Linda R said...

LOVE your Grandson and that adorable hat. Well done my friend. And those socks are beautiful..

Hugs~

sajuki said...

great !
Greetings from Poland :)
Katarzyna


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