May 29, 2015

Flowerett Brimmed Hat

Keep the sun away from baby’s eyes with a super soft brim beanie. Add a little color by accessorizing the hat with a cute flower, or omit the flower and work the hat in a masculine color and you have a hat for a baby boy.



Knitting Loom: All-n-One Loom

Yarn: Hat–approx 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. Lion Brand Cotton-ease in Almond was used in sample for MC. Flower–Approx 45 yards total (3 different colors, 15 yards of each color).  Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK weight in Yellow (Y), Orange (O), and Red (R). –

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, measuring tape.

Gauge: 8.5 sts x 13.5 rows=2 inches

Size: 3-6 months


BO=bind Off

CC=contrasting color

CO=cast on

K=knit stitch

MC=Main Color

P=purl stitch


SCC=secondary contrasting color


W&T=wrap and turn (lift the loop off the peg, wrap the peg with the yarn (take yarn to the inside of the loom and wrap the peg so the yarn ends up to the front of the peg).

KF&B=knit front and back. Instructions on the KF&B



Using, MC, CO 64 sts, join to work in the round.

Rnd 1-6: *k2, p2; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 7: k to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 7 until item measures 5.5 inches from CO edge.

Next rnd: Decrease evenly 8 sts all around (56 sts remain)

Next 3 rnds: Rep last rnd (48, 40, 32 sts remain).

Bind off with gather removal method.


CO 26 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end of rnd.

Row 2: p to end of rnd.

Row 3: k to end of rnd.

Row 4: p to end of rnd.

Short row 1: k23, w&t on peg 24.

Short row 2: p from peg 23 to 4, w&t on peg 3.

Short row 3: k from peg 4 to 20, w&t on peg 21.

Short row 4: p from peg 20 to peg to 7, w&t on peg 6.

Short row 5: k from peg 7 to 26, to the end of the row, picking up all the wraps with the stitches.

Next: Bind off all sts, be sure to pick up the wrap with the stitch as you bind off.


Sew the brim to the hat using the invisible horizontal seam method. Weave all ends in, block lightly.

Invisible Horizontal Seam: With the bound-off edges together, line up stitch for stitch, insert the tapestry needle under a stitch inside the bound-off edge of one side and then under the corresponding stitch on the other side.

(make 5 petals as follows)

Using MC, CO 3 sts.
Row 1: kf&b, k1, kf&b (5 sts).
Row 2: k to end of row.
Row 3: k1, kf&b, k1, kf&b, k1 (7 sts).
Row 4: k to end of row.
Row 5: k1, kf&b, k3, kf&b, k1 (9 sts).
Row 6-Row 10: k.
BO with Gather Removal Method. Weave ends in.


Using CC, CO 6.
Row 1-Row 6: k to end of row.
BO with Gather Removal Method. Use tail to seam the side close and stuff the center with remaining tail end to form a little ball.

Using MC, join petals together. Add the center ball to the middle of the petals where all five petals meet. Weave all ends in securely.

Using crochet hook and SCC yarn, single crochet around the petals of the flower.

Weave all ends in.

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May 28, 2015

Ballerina Baby Socks

Ballerina-SocksA sweet pair of baby socks that brings a little special touch. Knit them in different colors to create a matching set for any outfit.

Loom: Sock Loom 2.

Yarn: Approx 60 yds of light weight merino wool yarn. Sample used Louet Gems, 100% Merino Wool, 175 yards/100 grams. Colors: White for main color (MC), Crabapple for contrasting color (CC).

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, two sets of stitch markers (4 stitch markers total), double pointed needles (for Kitchener stitch).

Gauge: 11 sts x 16 rows= 2 inches in stockinette (unblocked)

Size: 6-9 months


CC=Contrasting color

CO=Cast on

K= knit stitch—sample uses the U-stitch; may substitute with the regular knit stitch

MC=main color

P=purl stitch

W&T=wrap peg and turn to knit in the opposite direction


SSK=Slip, slip knit. Over 2 pegs—peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left. Move loop from peg 2 to peg. Knit peg 1, treating both loops on peg as one loop.


YO=yarn over. Ewrap the peg. On the following row/round, undo the ewrap and place it in front of the peg (the yarn will be loose).


Prepare loom: Set up loom to 28 pegs. Place one set of stitch markers (matching color) on peg 1 and 14. Place the second set of stitch markers (matching color) on pegs 18 and 27.

Using MC, CO 28 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-4: K to the end of rnd.

Rnd 5: *SSK, YO; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 6-8: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 9: Pick up cast on rnd and place those loops back on their respective pegs. Each peg will have 2 loops on it. k to the end of rnd (treat the two loops on each peg as one loop).

Need some help with the first 9 rounds? Here is a video to help you.

Rnd 10-17: k to the end of rnd.

Join CC.

Rnd 18-19: with CC, k to the end of rnd.


**First set of stitch markers mark the pegs for the heel. **

Heel—the next portion continues after Rnd 19. The heel is worked in short-rows (partial rows). A short row heel has two parts, the decreasing section (Rows 1-8) then an increasing section (Row 9-17). On the pegs that have move than one loop, treat all those loops as one and knit them as normal.

Row 1: k13, W&T peg 14.

Row 2: k12, W&T peg 1.

Row 3: k11, W&T peg 13.

Row 4: k10, W&T peg 2.

Row 5: k9, W&T peg 12.

Row 6: k8, W&T peg 3.

Row 7: k7, W&T peg 11.

Row 8: k6, W&T peg 4.

Row 9: k7, W&T peg 12.

Row 10: k8, W&T peg 3.

Row 11: k9, W&T peg 13.

Row 12: k10, W&T peg 2.

Row 13: k11, W&T peg 14.

Row 15: k12, W&T peg 1.

Row 16: k13, W&T peg 15.

Row 17: K14, W&T peg 28.

Heel section complete. The sock will be worked in the round from this point forward, until the toe section is reached.Ballerina Baby Socks 8

Need help with the heel? Here is a little mini-video to help you.

Next rnd: with CC, k to the end of rnd (pegs 15 and 28 have two loops on them, treat both loops as one loop).

**Place second set of stitch matching stitch marker on peg 27 and peg 16. **

Peg 27 will become from this point forward peg 1, placing the matching stitch marker on peg 18. The bottom portion of the ballerina sock is worked over these 18 pegs in CC; the top section is worked in the MC.

Next rnd:

PU CC, k18 (from peg 1-18).

Make slip knot with MC and place it on peg 19. Join both yarns with a square knot.

With MC, k10 (from peg 19-28).

Next rnd:

PU CC, k18 (from peg 18-1).

Cross yarns (if they do not cross, there will be a gap between the two colors).

PU MC, k10 (from 28-19).

Next rnd:

PU CC, k18 (from peg 1-18).

Cross yarns.

PU MC, k10 (from 19-28).

Next rnd:

PU CC, k18 (18-1).

Cross yarns.

PU MC, k10 (from peg 28-19).

Rep last 2 rnds: 3 more times.

Cut MC, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.

Next rnd: with CC k to the end of rnd.

Remove second set of stitch markers. Only heel stitch markers remain. Continue to toe instructions.


Repeat heel instructions.

Lift the bottom loop off peg 15 (this peg has one wrap).

Kitchener the toe close.

Weave in all the ends. (Make sure that there are no loose stitches or long floats of yarn as they can wrap around the baby’s toes and cut off circulation).

Block lightly.


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