Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lil’ Punkin’ Hat

Dee:  A dear friend is welcoming her first grandchild this month around Halloween.  I designed this sweet little hat for her little pumpkin to wear on the way home from the hospital.

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Lil’ Punkin’ Hat

Size: around 6 months


  • 100 yards of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in orange.
  • small amount of brown worsted weight yarn
  • US size 6 needles in both a 16-inch circular and dpns
  • stitch marker


Cast on 72 stitches.  Join in the round and knit 5 rows in stockinette stitch.

On round 6 begin pattern (K8, P1)* repeating round until hat measures 4.5-inches from cast on edge.

Decrease rows:

Row 1: (K2tog, k4, ssk , p1)*

Row 2: (k2tog, k2, ssk, p1)*

Row 3: (k2tog, ssk, p1)*

Row 4: (k2tog, p1)*

Row 5: (k2tog)* 8 stitches remain at the end of row.   Break orange yarn and begin using brown yarn.  You can begin knitting as you would an I-cord.

Rows 6-9: Using brown yarn. Knit 4 rows.

Row 10: (K2tog, k1)* repeat twice, k2tog.  5 stitches remain.

Rows 11-13:  Knit.

Row 14: K2tog twice, k1. 3 stitches remain.

Row 15-16: knit

Row 17: Cast off remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

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Happy knitting!


I Wanna Knit With Somebody

Dee:  Autumn is the season when a frost first hits in the air, when the leaves begin to change and knitters everywhere begin nesting and knitting with one another more than any other time of the year.  Every fall I make the pilgrimage to Marshfield, Wisconsin.  Two of the reasons I do,  are to knit with these two women Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen.

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This year the workshop focused on woolen sweaters knit in the Guernsey way.   The fishermen of Guernsey wear traditional Guernsey sweaters knit in off white and a dark navy, yet they are not wearing knit hats.  Many of the historical pictures show the men wearing a traditional fisherman’s cap atop their heads.  Since I wanted to knit a hat, I had to adapt.   By combining ideas and charts from multiple sources I came up with this lovely little knit hat and my October entry for hat of the month.

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The trek to Marshfield was extra special fun this year with Desiree flying into Chicago and traveling with Jodee and I up to Wisconsin.  Along the way, we hooked up with Sylvia, Ruth, and Amy at KnitCircus in Madison.

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We all stopped for lunch at La Baguette in Madison where I ordered my usual fare, tuna on ciabatta…and a pumpkin tart of course!

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There are so many delightful sights in Marshfield, Wisconsin…this is just one of them.

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Happy knitting!