Just kidding. My editor wouldn’t let me title the book that – so I went with Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners, and I am so happy to present it to you.
Inside you’ll find directions for these lovely hats
The Peaked Beret
The Plum Fedora
The Twisted Stitch Pom Pom Hat
Why You Should Buy It
Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners has six original, fun and unique designs inside that are easy to make and quick to work up. If you’re new to knitting, they are a great place to start! If you’re a professional level knitter, these patterns are fun for you too!
They’re all made with big yarn and big needles so they work up quick – and if you are anything like me, you will appreciat the the instant gratification! I like quick results, and I love great results, and you will also.
The lovely Penelope loves to model our latest designs, and thank goodness she is not camera shy! I don’t know what I’d do without her. You can follow her on Instagram at #penelopewearsitwell
How to Buy It
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Cotton Napkins, that you can totally make yourself! Seriously, this project is just loaded with instant gratification. Easy to make, quick to finish, good for our planet, and 100% tailor-able to your colour preference… why not just give yourself that pat on the back right now.
Now That I’ve Convinced You
Reusable soft cloth napkins are washable, re-usable and ideal for cleaning sticky little faces and fingers. They are way better than any paper product, but they are also expensive. Have no fear, you can totally make your own with scrap fabric, and I highly recommend it, and there are a couple of ways you can make them without having to worry about tidy mitered corners and so on, and that is a DIY for another day. Today though, I’m going to show you how to knit your own cloth napkins. For real.
Hand Knit Cotton Napkins
So, yeah, you’re going to need to know how to knit. But don’t sweat it, I’ve got you covered. Head over to our How to Knit Series, and grab the tutorial for Casting On, Making a Knit Stitch, and Binding Off as those are the only knitting skills you’ll need for this pattern.
This napkin is used with three strands of yarn held together. This means your project will work up quick, and will be nice and thick – a good quality, sturdy handmade napkin is what you’re after. You do not need to purchase three balls of yarn. 340gm ball of Key Lime Pie by Bernat will be enough yarn to complete several napkins. Just pull out three different strands ( approx 100′ each should do) and use them held together as seen in the photo below.
100′ of yarn isn’t actually all that much, and this napkin took me about 20 minutes of knitting time. I had to take a one hour road trip between rows, but that’s another story for another day. An easy way to pull out 100 feet of yarn is to find the end of the ball from the centre, and pull out your arm span worth of yarn until you get to approximately the right length. I am just over 5′ tall so I pulled out my arm span worth 20 times to get 100 feet, cut the yarn and repeated that two more times, giving me three strands, all to the right length. You can wind these strands together to make a ball, or you can just get knitting! It won’t take you long.
3 balls or strands of 100% Cotton Yarn in your favourite colours. I used three strands of key lime pie and see the notes above on how to get three strands from one ball
Bind off the stitches, cut yarn, secure the last stitch, and weave in ends.
Make an entire set!
Multi Purpose DIY Cotton Napkins
So we already know why we should use these DIY Cotton Napkins instead of the paper ones – and we know how to make them too. That’s awesome. Did you also know that you can totally use these for wash clothes, dish clothes, and they make great rags when they start to wear out? These possibilities are endless.
Project: Recycle & Create. Take a predetermined recyclable item, and create something fabulous with it. The recyclable: glass jars. The something fabulous: DIY Nature Gifts in a Jar. I can hear the collective ooh-ing an ahh-ing.
DIY Nature Gifts In A Jar
These perfect gifts in a jar are made from Upcycled glass jars, fillers that are found in nature, such as beach glass or your favourite rocks, and photos of your favourite things to do outside. Imagine giving ( or receiving these lively treasures for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even Teacher Appreciation Day!
About the glass jars. I avoid using mason jars for crafting. Mason jars have a very long life and are perfectly suited for storing and preserving food, and I hesitate to use them for anything else. That said, I am not about to get all judgy on you, for your project, you can use whatever you like.
About the photos. We used our favourite pictures from seed catalogues and lawn and garden supply stores. We ended up with an image of a beautiful cherry blossom, a garden bench surrounded with potted flowers, and a super fun image of a play structure.
DIY Gifts In A Jar
Nature / Outdoor photos that you love
Filler materials, such as beach glass, rocks, sea shells etc
Wash jars, remove labels, and dry.
Cover one section with masking tape (this will be the window for your photo)
Paint the entire surface of the jar
Let dry, and then remove masking tape once dry
Place the photo inside the jar so that the image is visible through the window. Place the image so that the back of the image is against the inside of the jar.
Add your filler to the bottom of the jar and you’re done!
This is not your grandpa’s lumberjack hat, that’s for sure! Knit with 100% Baby Alpaca, and garnished with a fun fur, this Most Awesome Kid’s Lumberjack Hat is warm, and so sweet!
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If you’re new to knitting, you might want to start with the Quick and Easy Kid’s Hat. This patterns uses the same stitches, a basic knit stitch, a purl stitch, plus an increase. I can help you out with those if you’d like, just send me an email, or drop me a message on facebook.
Most Awesome Kid’s Lumberjack Hat
So, what is it about this hat that makes it the most awesome? First, it is made with love and quality materials for my biggest of little helpers. I used 100% Baby Alpaca Chunky Yarn for the entire hat, plus I added Boa Yarn-Parrot when working the front and back flaps. The result is a super soft, warm hat, that is exceptionally cute.
It works up quick, is relatively simple to make, and it is really really cute! I can’t really speak to being fashionable, as you may recall from my epic adventures with my skater coat, but in my mind this hat is definitely trend setting.
I have made this version worked flat, but it could totally be worked in the round. Again, drop me a line if you’d like help converting this pattern to a knit in the round version, I’m here to help!
Notes: ‘inc in next st’ – knit in the front of the stitch, and leave on the needle, then knit into the back of the same stitch, then remove it from the needle.
Chuncky Alpaca Yarn
size 7mm knitting needles
Crown and Rise
Cast on 12 sts
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1, inc in next st;, repeat ( 18 sts)
Row 3 and all other odd number (wrong side) rows until working the flap: Purl
Row 4: K2, inc in next st; repeat (24 sts)
Row 6: K3, inc in next st; repeat (30 sts)
Row 8: K4, inc in next st; repeat (36 sts)
Row 10: K5, inc in next st; repeat (42 sts)
Row 12: K6, inc in next st; repeat (48 sts)
Row 14: K7, inc in next st; repeat (54 sts)
Work even until the hat measures 8″ from your cast on stitches, finishing with a purl row.
Add the boa yarn, and using the boa and the aplaca held together purl the first 16 sts on the needle.
Turn, and continue to work in garter sts (knit every row) until flap measures 3″
Bind off, and fasten last stitch, leaving a long end.
Use this long end to sew the brim flat to the front of the hat, as shown in the pictures.
Continue working with both the alpaca and the boa yarn held together,
purl the remaining 38 sts.
next row: purl
Continue in stockinette stitch – knitting on the right side, purling on the wrong side, until the flap measures 2 inches. Bind off, and fasten the end.
Sew the seam from the crown to the where you started working the flaps, and you have yourself one adorable, and very chic Kid’s Lumberjack Hat
click on the image below to get the pattern in printable pdf. format
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I am by nature, a do it yourself-er. You may have seen an image floating around on social media, that suggests why buy something for $5.00 when you can make it yourself for $90.00 in supplies? Yeah, well, there are a lot of crafters and do it yourself-ers out there. I am totally not alone in this.
A few people who love me dearly suggested I may be over doing it when I wanted to make my own marshmallows from scratch.
Gifting items that are hand made is expensive. Not to mention time consuming. It can be all consuming depending on your personality. And, sadly, more often than not the toiled over, expensive hand made item is met with something far less than gratitude.
By now, I am asking myself, and I bet you are too… if it is expensive, takes up way too much time, and nobody likes it, why on earth do I / you / we do it? Well – if you’re like me, you know the answer. Quite simply, we can’t help ourselves. We are do it yourself-ers. It is what we do.
In an act of solidarity, and in an effort to enable my fellow crafters, I have gathered a collection of quick to make, and totally cool gifts.
Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List
Is there a child in your world you’d like to make something for? Got a Mitten Tree in your neighborhood you’d like to donate to? Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, but have been putting it off? Well, call me the good news winter fairy, cause I have just what you’re looking for.
This Quick and Easy Kid’s Pom Pom Hat (click on the link for the printable pdf) pattern is so easy, if you’ve been wanting to learn how, start here. Use this pattern. You’ll need to know how to cast on stitches, do a knit stitch, a purl stitch, and how to sew a seam. Lion Brand has an awesome tutorial, you can check it out here
I taught myself how to knit, with a how to book, and way too much time on my hands. But it was worth every minute. And before you get started, here is my biggest best-est piece of knitting advice – follow the instructions. Knitting instructions are quite literal. So when the pattern says to K2tog, it means Knit 2 together. Yep. Exactly that. Knit the next two stitches together. Easy peasy.
I often find myself searching frantically for something that I can make up super quick. I am by nature a Do It Yourself-er, and can’t control these little impulses. So while I am constantly adding to my repertoire of quick and easy DIY projects, I will share them with you as well. That is, the ones that aren’t giant fails. ‘Cause, those happen too.
Quick and Easy Kid’s Pom Pom Hat
2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together
9 mm straight needles
CO 44 sts
knit 4 rows
row 1 knit
row 2 purl
rows 3-28, repeat rows 1 and 2
row 29 knit 2 tog across
draw through loops, cinch in and fasten and sew seam
add a pom pom
This hat is worked flat, on straight needles.
This pattern uses large diameter needles, and two strands of worsted weight ( category 4) yarn held together, making it work up fast.
click on the image below for the printable pdf. format
I’m not kidding. The great big taste of pumpkin pie, wrapped up in a sweet little indulgent square of fudge. This pumpkin fudge is the ultimate in pumpkin desserts.
If you thought growing your own pumpkins was the cat’s pajamas (See my article here on How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins) You can’t even begin to imagine just how happy you will be when you use that same pumpkin that you grew yourself to make your own Fresh Pumpkin Fudge. Yep. THAT happy. For more on Preserving Pumpkins, read my post on DIY Pumpkin Puree
3/4 cup chopped cold butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk (not sweetened)
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
12 oz white chocolate
7 oz marshmallows
1. Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate and marshmallows, in a large heavy pot. Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining it with foil
2. Affix your candy thermometer to the side of your pot, and heat on low to medium, until boiling.
3. Use a pastry brush to wipe the inside of the pot, sweeping the crystals back into the candy ( this is one part of what helps to get that fudgy texture, as opposed to the brown sugar candy texture)
4. Watch closely! When your candy mixture reaches 235 on the candy thermometer, removed from heat, and beat in with a wooden spoon the chocolate and marshmallows, until all is melted. Beat the mixture with the wooden spoon until it looks glossy. This is the second part to making fudge fudgy instead of sugary.
5. Carefully pour the candy into the prepared baking pan, and level smooth, cover and let harden at room temperature. Once hardened, cut and serve.
One of the biggest landmarks of summer is the end of the school year.
A lot of parents help their children make and or buy gifts to gift to their teachers, in an effort to show their appreciation. I wholeheartedly support this movement! We are blessed with some wonderful teachers, and I am all for giving credit and showing appreciation where it is due.
We put together some pretty flower arrangements for our Teachers, see below for details. Also, I have put together a list of other fabulous Teacher Appreciation Gifts, that you and your children can make for your Teachers.We grow a lot of flowers and vegetables from seed here, and I have set aside some of the various flowers for our Teacher Gifts. Doing this requires some planning – and if growing from seed, you would need to start back in late winter or early spring. However, this is totally possible to do with flowers you can buy from a nursery or garden center.
DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Decorative Pots (in this case I used mugs that had been chipped previously)
Established Plants (we used seedlings that we had started earlier in the season)
Gravel, broken clay, or marbles
Fill your decorative pot with a handful of gravel, or broken clay, or marbles (this allows for drainage for your plants). If you are using a pot that has a slotted bottom, you can skip this step if you want.
Fill the pot about halfway with potting soil.
Carefully transfer your established plants – root ball, soil clumps and all – into the decorative pot and firmly add more soil to secure the plant
Repeat step 3 until you have all of your plants in the decorative pot
Add some water, and keep in a safe, happy sunny place until the end of the school year!
Prepare a nice tag to go along with the gift as an added touch!
More Fabulous Ways to Say Thanks
Check out these other beautiful, simple and inexpensive, appreciation gifts to make for Teacher
Crochet? Me either. Why not learn along side me? Get the pattern for this crochet bath pouf from Daisy Cottage Designs, and come on back to learn how to crochet along with me. It’s gonna be really really fun.
This Pattern and Photo are the Property of Lauren @ Daisy Cottage Designs and can be found at http://daisycottagedesigns.net/crochet/bath-pouf-crochet-pattern/
Crochet Bath Pouf for Mother’s Day
Once again we are working with Ashley from Fehrly Crafty Creations – in order to make some lovely gifts for Mother’s Day!
Plus, I really want to learn how to crochet…I have mastered knitting, but crochet is one of things that I have not been able to wrap my head around. But I will do it. And if I can do it, you can do it!
Seasoned Crocheters (is that a word?) and Learning Crocheters ( I am pretty sure that is not a word.) alike can all tackle this project together. And for any of the experts out there joining in… feel free to jump in with your comments and helpful hints. It is you who we are looking to hear from.
How to Participate in this Event
Its super easy to join in. We are all about letting everybody play… So here’s what you have to do:
Visit the link above to get the pattern (leave a friendly comment for Lauren too if you can – I am sure she would appreciate it)
Get your materials together: cotton yarn (50 gm ball should do the trick), I hook (5.5 mm) scissors, darning needle, tasty beverage
Let us know you’re participating! Leave a comment below, send an message via facebook, tweet or whatever…
As I mentioned, the very lovely and talented Ashley of Fehrly Crafty Creations is with us all the way! She is the crochet guru who is going to help us out when (notice I didn’t say if) we get stuck. She will have helpful tutorials, including pictures and videos to guide us along. All will be made available here, on our Facebook page, and on Ashley’s page too. She really wants to teach us how to crochet – and I am ready to start!
What’s Coming Up
We’re going to check back in a week. We will share some instructional videos and pictures. I would love to post some pictures of what you have done so far – so please feel free to send them!