We interrupt the regularly scheduled holiday knitting for a quick knit. Sweetie Boy has a soccer tourney this weekend, and it’s forecasted to rain the whole time. Being the controlling, overly concerned mom that I am (read: my boy can’t run around in the rain and mud, get soaked to the skin and catch a cold!), I decided to whip up a beanie for him. Boy oh boy was it fast! Just what I needed to soothe the holiday knitting doldrums. I started it Thursday evening and finished it Friday morning, probably about 3 hours total.
Project: Beanie hat, based loosely on the Shock Jock pattern from The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Knits for Older Kids
Yarn: Jaeger Matchmaker Merino Aran in black, less than 2 balls, double-stranded
Needles: Susan Bates Silverado US size 10s for ribbing in some weird magic loop like method; 16″ Clover bamboo and Denises size 11s for body, first the Clovers by themselves, and when the yarn was just too sticky on the needles, then Denises on a medium-length cable, then both for the 2-circs method. My Options cables and needle tips were out of commission, so I dug around and made do with whatever I had. That’s how lazy I was.
Start: Thursday, December 14
Finish: Friday, December 15
Thoughts: I cast on 56 stitches, based on what was recommended in the pattern. The pattern calls for the hat to be be knit flat and then seamed up. Pish-tosh, I can’t be bothered with seaming (read: I hate finishing.). The pattern also called for a wider ribbed section, and bigger stockinette section, so the ribbed section can be folded over. Lazy, am I… so much so that I just knit the ribbing for two inches and then started the stockinette part. After a bit, I put it on Sweetie Boy’s head to see if it was long enough. Then, I did the decreases and finished it up. It fits quite well, and when I gave it to Sweetie Boy this afternoon, he put it right on. Hey Mikey, I think he likes it! The added bonus is that the yarn is superwash wool, so after some sweatiness and rain this weekend, I can just toss it in the washer and dryer, along with the rest of his soccer kit.
I received the yarn, as part of a complicated, multi-level trade with KnitDevil, which involved books, needles, more yarn, lunches and probably other things that I don’t even remember. It was destined to be a couple of sweaters, but she ditched it after knitting it up, disagreeing with its fuzziness. Double-stranded for this project, I had no problem with the yarn and enjoyed the feel. Thanks, Madge, for keeping my Sweetie Boy warm!