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More Baby Sheep Hats

Are you sick of these yet?

TWO BABY SHEEP HATS!

If you can tell by my use of all caps in that pic caption, I’m not! These are my third and fourth Baby Sheep Hats. It’s starting to be my job to make these. I made one as a donation, and one for a friend’s baby, and now I’ve got two freshly bound off for two more pregnant friends.

Sheep Butts! SHEEP BUTTS!

I made these two identical to the 2nd one I made. FOUR of these finished hats out in the world means there will be an epic babies wearing hats post in the near future! Promise!

Pattern: Sheep Baby Hat from 60 Quick Baby Knits, pattern by Renee Lorin

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in White, Dublin, and Squirrel Heather

Needles: Size 7 16″ circular and DPNs, and size 4 DPNs for face

Ravelry Project Page

WIP Wednesday (for once!)

(Hey! It’s a thing! I never publish my work in progress posts on Wednesdays. It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!)

I know you are probably having a slow day in the office, just ticking down the minutes until you get to leave work and enjoy your long weekend of giving thanks. I’m in Michigan right now snuggling puppies and babies, but I couldn’t leave you hanging. My needles are going to look pretty bare, compared to what they have been looking like lately, but here’s what I’ve got cooking.

Glittery Short Row Sweater

And I might as well start with my most guiltiest knit. If you follow me on twitter you probably saw me start freakishly obsessing over Purl Bee‘s new sweater pattern, the Short Row Sweater. I got in my head that I needed it in Knit Picks new yarn Stroll Glitter, and before I knew it the yarn was on it’s way. I cast the sweater on (all, like, 380 stitches!) a couple weeks ago and haven’t been working on it too much because I feel guilty every time! I’m saving it for when I’m home for Thanksgiving and can’t work on anyone’s Christmas presents.

Vauge Striped Stockinette Stitch? YES!

I’m making progress with my unnamed stockinette stitch something or other.

MORE SHEEP!

And does this look familiar? I knit two of these Baby Sheep Hats already, and they turned out so cute that since I’ve got three pregnant ladies in my life right now I might as well knit three more. I’m knitting all the hat parts first, then knitting all the faces and tails and ears. Baby Sheep Hat assembly line might be the cutest assembly line in the history of assembly lines. And being from Michigan I KNOW my assembly lines!

Ruffle Rose Pillow #2!

I might as well sneak an FO in here at the end! I finally finished my second Ruffle Rose Pillow! It’s a mirror image of the first one I crocheted – one pound of Caron Pound of Love, one 16″ circular pillow form. And it turned out just as amazing as the first one.

See? Despite these selfish projects I keep managing to pick up, I’m getting my holiday knitting done! And I didn’t even tell you about my new obsession! … shit.

Have a great Thanksgiving, Americans! Don’t eat so much that you can’t knit!

FO: Baby Sheep Hat, The Second

I finished my first sheep hat a couple weeks ago, and knit through the second one a few days ago.

MORE SHEEP!

I paid a lot more attention to the pattern this time, because my stitch count was consistently off last time, and there is an extra stitch at the end of a few of the hat stitch pattern rows. Nothing remotely important, but it’s always nice to prove to yourself that you aren’t crazy and terrible at knitting!

Last time I used size 6 dpns for the face, and this time I used size 4s. I LOVE it with the smaller face! I attached him a little crooked, which I also love. Highly recommend this modification!

This hat is off to my high school friend Shannon, who is cooking up her THIRD baby! She also happens to be the commissioner of my fantasy football league, so taking time off from talking shit about our fantasy teams and being able to send her an adorable baby hat was a nice change.

Pattern: Sheep Baby Hat from 60 Quick Baby Knits, pattern by Renee Lorin

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in White, Dublin, and Squirrel Heather

Needles: Size 7 16″ circular and DPNs, and size 4 DPNs for face

Ravelry Project Page

FO: Baby Sheep Hat, The First

You know when you knit something so cute you can help but just laugh? And you show it to other people and they just laugh? And then everyone is laughing at something you knit and you feel pretty damn good about it?

SHEEP!

Am I right?

SHEEP BUTT!

Like I said last week when I cast on, I’m planning on knitting four of these hats for gifts over the next few months. The first one is for my coworker Patsy, who is building a hospital in Africa. Her foundation is called Ivory Coast Mothers and Children, and they are having a fundraiser this weekend. I knit a Dino Baby Sweater for her last year that brought in some money, so hopefully my little hat will do the same.

Giggle! GIGGLE! Giggle!

I used barely any yarn for this guy – not even half a skein of white and practically no green or brown. I followed a bunch of ravelry instructions for duplicate stitching on the legs instead of intarsia-ing them on and it worked out great.

One down, three to go!

Pattern: Sheep Baby Hat from 60 Quick Baby Knits, pattern by Renee Lorin

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted in White, Dublin, and Squirrel Heather

Needles: Size 7 16″ circular and DPNs

Ravelry Project Page

Work In Progress Round Up: Issues with Vogue Sweater

Last week I had three projects on the needles, and despite the fact that I got my Wedding Shrug bound off, I still have three projects on the needles this week!

Sheep Baby Hat!

This is a pattern you’ll be seeing a lot of over the next few months. It’s Sheep Hat pattern from the book 60 Quick Baby Knits! Is it the cutest?! I hope I like it so much after FOUR of them. One of four got a good start this week! I’m using Knit Picks Swish Worsted, which is fantastic for baby hats because it’s washable and one of the softest yarns Knit Picks has.

Tiny Ruffle Rose Pillow Progress

The Ruffle Rose Pillow was the odd man out this week. It’s too big to carry around and when I had been home I’d been working on the wedding shrug and Vogue Sweater.

#25 Rib Yoke Topper

And that is where all the problems started. I finished the back easily enough, and ass you can see there is some crazy shit going on with the front. The bottom rib section got put on a holder to add pockets later, then stitches are cast back on and each side is worked one by one.

PROBLEMS

I finished the front as written and it was very wrong. The decreased section was way too long, and didn’t leave enough room for the side to increase back out. You can tell in the picture for the sweater and the schematics for the sweater that the decreases don’t go up that high, so I ripped one side back and tried something else.

In the picture above, the left side of the sweater is the pattern as written, then I fudged the increases to get back to the right stitch count in the short amount of space left. On the right side of the sweater I did a sssk decrease instead of ssk, and that got the decrease section in the place it should be by repeating that decrease 14 times to get down to 13 sts. That let me follow the increases as written in the pattern for the most part. I still ran out of room at the end and had to increase at a quicker rate, but as you can see it looks a ton better than the first try.

So I’ll be ripping back the left side, too, and matching the shaping for the yoke.

But how crazy is that? I don’t understand how the pattern can work out as written. My gauge is spot on. Even if it is a tiny bit off, following the pattern as written gets a REALLY bad result that can’t just be my gauge. I’m hoping there aren’t any other surprises in the rest of the pattern.

This is my project for the weekend, so hopefully I’ll have the majority of a sweater to show off next week! Baring any more incidents.