Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Knitting with kids

I did not have to do that before so it is a whole new ball game for me.  I will get used to it and they to me doing it.  It's already working better than the first day I knit while they were playing.  I did make one fatal error.

I took this hat and had Cassie try it on.  She loved it and did not want to take it off.  Stupid beginner mistake and I made it.  Oh well.  We did eventually get over it, but it meant I had to stop working on it.
I wasn't happy with my decrease rate, so I decided to do what the pattern said. Third time is the charm.   It worked.  Funny how that goes.

All is not lost.  This blog is still winging it.  I followed the hat pattern as written only for that and the number of stitches to cast on.  The pattern for this kit is designed for stockinette and that means I would have to know their head size far more closely than I do. Ribbed is always a great way to make a hat fit longer and fit better.  For my two older grandkids, I am using the small adult size and I'm not sure about my little boys.  Carter is about 6 months older and is a bigger kid all around. Bigger bones, taller, sturdier looking.  I think his is going to be this size to make it last the whole season, but Marcus is one of those little fellows who never stops moving.  I think 6 stitches less is going to be a better fit for him.

I have to say, I was skeptical about these kits.  They are cute which is why I bought them, but the yarns are manmade fibres so they are just not going to be as warm as wool.  I have to say that I am really pleased with the end result. The yarn, a scrumptious thick dense blend, at the heavy end of category 4-5  done in the ribbing, makes for a pretty pleasing hat. It is deep and cushy and will do a good job of keeping my wee ones warm and happy.

When I got home last evening, I sat down and wasn't ready to start the next of these Christmas hats.  I couldn't knit on the coat (still fulling it) or believe me I would have.  I started this.

Yes it looks like a hat.  This one though is going to have something a little different.  My daughter in law wants a hat with a little something to keep the kids necks warm too.  I am aiming for something like this kitty hat from an old Paton's pattern without kitty ears.  My plan is to knit a regular watch hat and fold up the brim.  Stitches will be picked up from the inside a little more than 2/3 of the way around the hat and then a few stitches more will be cast on and a ribbed tube will be knitted down from there. The plan is to knit a slightly smaller neck tube so mommy doesn't need to get the kids to wear scarves when they are out walking.  

So today, I will felt the blobs sleeves test swatch and I will play games with yarn. Altogether, it sounds like a pretty good day.


1 comment:

Christine said...

Those hats are adorable. What yarn are you using for them? Are they the kits with the little stuffed soccer balls or animals that go on top like pompoms?