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
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Truth be told, there is nothing quick about knitting a scarf. A scarf is a scarf. You can make it a quick project by using really thick yarn and multiple strands held together, throw in some oversize needles, and you’re getting there. Make it a short scarf, and you’re cooking with gas. But then again, time is relative, right?
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So, I made this scarf in my quest for cozy rainbow knits, and even though it took a while to complete – and by a while I mean, I started it Monday morning, and completed it Thursday morning, but no – I did not actually knit continuously the entire time, but I estimate it can be done in a few hours. I will probably make another one soon, and I will set a timer and report back. That’s how I established the time it takes to make that Brilliant One Hour Neck Warmer I shared with you the other day.
My Creative / ng Process
(Did you see what I did there? Pretty clever, right?) It’s important for me to share with you that when I post a knitting pattern here for you on my site, these are the steps I take.
Dream up something fantastic
Try to replicate what is in my vision – this quite often involves a few do overs, and rip outs, and multiple interuptions, etc… but I eventually get it right – OR I don’t…
Write down all of the details of the pattern and the list of materials and prepare to share them here with you, all the lovely knitting enthusiasts, and then 4
Repeat. I follow the pattern I created for you, to seek out any errors, and to ensure that it is indeed followable. ( Who knew that wasn’t a word?)
There is an exception to #4 in this circumstance however because first, the pattern is really really easy. It’s just a knit stitch over and over and over again, and next, I was just really excited to share it with you so you could have it in time for the Top Ten DIY Rainbow Accessories list I was putting together for you. Without further ado, I present to you
DIY Rainbow Scarf
The completed scarf measures approximate 8′ long by 6″ wide.
A circular needle is used in this project, to accommodate the many stitches. Work back and forth on the circular needle, and DO NOT JOIN
There are two ways to achieve instant gratification when knitting, you can either choose a small item to make, like a dishcloth, or some adorable yarn hearts, or a child’s hat. Alternatively, you could use big needles and / or big yarn. Using both larger needles and a bulky, or super bulky yarn of course gets you to the home plate even quicker – and prepare to be shocked – using large needles and multiple strands of the biggest yarn you can find will have you sipping wine by the fire in no time. If you are new to knitting, I totally think you should start here ( clicking on the link will bring you to our How to Knit Series, which you are going to love ).
Big Hat Knitting Pattern
wyif = hold yarn in front as if to purl
This is worked before the slip stitch, and then the yarn is moved to the back, to knit the next stitch.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 17″ from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.
Knit 20 sts. You will now have 20 stitches on each needle. Fold one side over, as shown in the picture below, and work a three needle bind off:
Three Needle Bind Off ( crown)
After knitting the first 20 stitches, and folding one side over on the other, right sides together, bind off as follows:
Use the third needle, and insert into the first stitch on the front needle and the first stitch on the back needle, and knit these stitches together.
Repeat with the next stitch on both the front and back needles, knitting these stitches off the needle together.
Slip the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch on the right needle as you normally would to bind off.
Repeat until you have one stitch left, and secure your last stitch.
Sew up the side seam, turn right side out, and add a tassel Secure the tassel to the top corners of the hat for a cozy slouchy big hat.
Big Colour = Big Hat
When I created this pattern, I didn’t know what to call it. But the overall bigness of the hat is what prevailed, and since this hat is so big, with such big colour, and such big stitches, it seemed remiss to ignore it. The Big Hat was born.
It’s Friday and we’re in love with snow! How could you not be, really?
Wonderful snow fun to be had in the garden, yard, and even the kitchen sink. We’ve got you covered with snowy treats, artificial snow recipes, great activities, and inspiration for snowy adventures. Check it out, and embrace your inner snow fairy.
It may come as no surprise that we are big lovers of snow over here. Snowshoes and crazy carpets are perhaps some of our most treasured items. Snowshoes are great for adventuring, playing, and working. Hey, and you know what, crazy carpets are even great for all of those things too! Besides being the funnest things in the world – they can come in handy for moving stuff.
But let’s get back to the great white fluffy stuff.
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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Celebrate Winter with an Eco Friendly Snowman Craft made of juice jugs, and well, lots of glue and glitter. Cause, we love glitter, don’t we?
I am a sucker for a lot of things in life, and glitter and googly eyes are no exception.
The Rules of Crafting
Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? But here’s the thing, there are a few rules, and once they are established and understood, everything will run smoothly.
Do it your way
There, now that that is out of the way, let’s make some adorable snowmen, and clean out that recycling bin at the same time.
Let’s see, this is another one we sort of did ‘on the fly’ but we started by collecting
juice jugs ( the 2 ish litre plastic bottle kind)
tissue paper ( white)
coloured pom poms in various sizes
did I mention glue?
construction paper ( black)
scissors and a pencil
Wrap the tissue paper around the juice jug, from bottom to top, gather at the top,and secure with an elastic
Tie a ribbon approximately mid way down the jug, as a scarf ( this clearly distinguishes the face from the tummy, so your little helpers can easily determine where to glue on the eyes and buttons, etc
Glue on googly eyes, and pom poms for a nose, and a mouth ( or not, as you can see from our photos)
Glue on pom poms for buttons, and add cotton balls if desired. These made great cheeks on one of our dashing fellows.
Use the cap from the juice jug to make the top hat. Cut out a large circle to form the brim of the top hat, and cut out the cap sized circle from the middle of the brim of the hat. Cut a strip to roll into a tube, to form the top hat portion of the top hat. I want to call it the rise, but I don’t know that that is correct. Anyway… look at the picture, you’ll see what I mean.
Lightly spread glue on the hat portions, and cover with GLITTER!!!!!
Add the hat to the top of the jug, sit back and admire your work!
These guys kind of remind me of the muppets – you feeling the same?
Find us on pinterest! We have all kinds of glittery stuff over there!
It’s pretty hard to go wrong with Apple Pie, and there is a reason for the expression easy as pie – because it is so, so easy to make. Even the flaky crust.
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The Secret to a Great Pie
A great fruit pie consists of fruit, sugar and a great crust. Now seriously, don’t be scared by the crust. A lot of people balk at the thought of making a great crust, I did too. However, as you can see from the photo above, I have totally mended my ways, and have learned how to make a really great crust. You can too. All you need is the right tool for the job.
An apple pie is perhaps the simplest of fruit pies, and there’s not much to them, that may be perhaps why the crust is so important when you’re enjoying a homemade apple pie.
“I May Be Bruised, but I Still Taste Sweet”
I can’t help myself but digress here a wee bit. Pretty much every time I sit down to write about some fantabulous thing to share with you all, I nearly always have a song in my head that goes along with whatever I’m writing. I don’t think it is possible for me to even consider anything appl-y without breaking into Bad Apple from Over 60 Minutes With David Wilcox. Does this happen to you?
So about them Apples
When choosing apples for an apple pie, it makes for easier work if you choose larger apples. A lot of people prefer a tart apple, for their homemade apple pies, but the real trick is choosing apples that aren’t too juicy. The really juicy apples with leave you with a soppy mess on your bottom crust, and no amount of perfect flakiness skills will save you then.
Typically, the best apples for the job are courtland, jonagold and honeycrisp. McIntosh apples will do in a pinch as well.
Crust with the Perfect Flakiness
As I mentioned earlier, the secret to the crust, is all about having right tool for the job. Make sure you have a Pastry Knife / Blender, and you’re good to go. Yep, that’s it. There is no real secret recipe, you can have tremendous success if you follow the recipe on the box of lard. Fear not however, I will share with you my favourite pie crust recipe that I have written down in an old faded book, that to tell you the honest to goodness truth I have no idea where it came from, but I’m going to take a guess that it was my Grandmother’s.
Homemade Apple Pie
Homemade Apple Pie Recipe perfect any of time of year that is super simple to make for every day dessert, and delightful enough to serve on special occassions
Around this time of year, everyone is basking in the holidays of old, and reliving their family traditions, and making new ones. However, I really do love to keep things simple, and if the day calls for frozen pizza, frozen pizza it is.
That said, there are some traditions that we hold dear, and like most, there is food involved.
My family is french Canadian, and so is a lot of my cooking. Thank goodness! So many amazing foods to be had! Think classic sugar pie, meat pie, and poutine just to name a few. I’d love to share my meat pie recipe with you, but in truth it is my Mom’s and she’s holding it under her hat.
Maple Baked Beans
A family tradition. Get this in the oven in the morning, let it cook all day, and anticipation will keep you going until supper!
Add beans to a large pot, cover with water, and soak overnight.
Drain beans. Put them back in the pot, add fresh water, and bring to a boil.
Boil 20 to 40 minutes. Test the beans, they will not get any softer, so boil them to the desired tenderness
Drain beans again, place in roast pan.
Mix in all remaining ingredients, except for the bacon
Lay the strips of the bacon over the beans, cover with a lid, and roast in a 250 degree oven for 8 hrs.
Water may be substituted for some of the maple syrup, but I recommend using as much maple syrup in the 2 cups of liquid as you can manage.
Check the beans while roasting periodically. Give a little stir with a wooden spoon once in a while to check on the liquid. If the beans are getting dry, add a bit of water to prevent scorching and burning
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These are the perfect way to top off a day playing in the snow, exploring the trails, and chopping wood. Served with some simple biscuits, and finished with some gingerbread cookies for dessert, this traditional family recipe is easy to make, and enjoyed by all.
Have you ever read the book, Pooh Welcomes Winter (affiliate link)? It’s a favourite at our house. Pooh, Piglet and Tigger mistake a snowman for Wintur. They believe Wintur is a person that is coming soon. So cute. Anyway, the point of the story is that you can totally have a party to celebrate winter. So I say, let’s do it!
Our winters can get pretty darn wintery. It is not unheard of to have -40 C temperatures and several feet of snow on the ground. When I was a kid I loved that I could reach so many things in the winter! Like the tops of monkey bars, for example.
Outdoor fun in the snow
Now, winter is not the same everywhere, but up here in Canada, it’s pretty cold and snowy, eh?
And while the first instinct may be to hibernate – don’t go lay with bears! Get yourself some layers, and get out and play in the snow! If you can keep your feet, head and hands warm and dry, you’ve already won 80% of the battle. Even without any gear, you can have tons of outdoor fun in the snow.
Outdoor fun in the snow without extra gear!
Make snow angels. Make snowmen. Explore. See some of the posts I’ve linked to below for some really great outdoor fun in the snow ideas!
Outdoor fun in the snow with some toys!
Snowshoes ( my absolute favourite, everyone in our family has them… ), Crazy carpets ( my next favourite) sleds, skis, snowboards… you name it. There is so much fun to be had, in the snow.
I’ve collected the top ten posts for outdoor fun in the snow, see them all below!
Let’s say that you’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner. Obviously you offer to bring something, wine or bread perhaps? Maybe you suggest a quick stop at the bakery to grab a dessert? What if your host says “No, no we’ve got all that covered thanks – perhaps you can bring a side dish?”
Now, either cooking is easy for you or it’s not. If the former is true, you’ll have no trouble whatsoever preparing the easiest side dish ever, and not to mention, yummy! If dabbling in the kitchen is not your forte, you may be inclined to skip that dinner altogether and cozy up with a t.v dinner – or search desperately for something in a can to bring along.
Stop. Right. There.
Even if the thought of slaving in the kitchen causes you to buckle at the knees, this is still the easiest side dish ever to prepare.
Before I go any further, let’s remember Buffy. Yes, that Buffy. In the eighth episode of Season 4, entitled Pangs, Buffy is trying to create a typical Thanksgiving celebration. She has lost her mom, her first year at college isn’t going so well, and she just wants to her friends to gather round for a nice Thanksgiving Supper. And Willow brings frozen peas.
You and I both know that there is nothing wrong with frozen peas, just like there is nothing wrong with cranberry sauce from a can. However, some occasions call for fresh, and some occasions call for homemade.
Let’s say that this Thanksgiving Dinner invite you received, is one of those occasions.
Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
1 1/2 cups whole cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Seriously. That’s it.
1. Combing sugar and water in small pot / saucepan, and bring to a boil.
2. Add cranberries to boiling water, and bring to a boil again.
3. Reduce heat, and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove from heat, cool and transfer to a pretty bowl.
Let’s say you’ve been invited to Thanksgiving Dinner, and straight away you offer to bring some cranberries, sauced.