It dawned on me this week that I am a month behind getting Jack’s knitting done for the year. Every September, I knit his scarf, hat and annual sweater. Well, it’s October my friends and the cold weather is nigh. So I put aside my fall coat in deference to Jack’s needs. I already knew what scarf pattern I wanted to use; I’ve used it twice before. Liesl from Disdressed and of Oliver and S fame wrote this pattern a couple of years ago and I thought it was sheer genius. I changed it up a little this year to look a little more boyish, although I still adore her pattern as is. It doesn’t take that long to knit at all, maybe just 2-3 hours, so it’s perfect for my busy schedule and perfect for Jack’s little neck!
Liesl’s pattern has you cast on just 2 stitches to start and then you M2 stitches every other row which gradually forms a leaf shape to either end. That’s just one part of the genius of this scarf. The “tips” of the leaves are how you pull the scarf end through the slit (the other genius part) you create in the scarf by splitting the stitches onto two double point needles. I wrote about this scarf last year.
Anyhoo, this time I knew I wanted it to look more boyish, so I cast on the same amount of stitches as the width of the scarf for a more square look. I also made the middle part shorter as last year’s scarf was a little too loose. While the square ends are not as easy to get through the slit as the leaf ends of the original pattern, they are still quite workable.
I tested the guesstimate sizing on Jack this morning and it was perfect! No picture of him wearing it yet though.
I already cast on for the hat last night. I trawled Ravelry yesterday looking for inspiration. I wanted a hat that would be simple to knit and quick, but it also needed some design feature to give it a little more interest than just stockinette stitch. The perfect pattern was the His & Her Knit Hats from the Purl Bee. Jack’s head circumference is about 20 inches, so I am making the women’s size hat for him.
So that’s what I have been up to the last couple of nights. As for Jack’s annual sweater, I’m not sure I am going to keep that tradition going. Last year’s sweater was great. Until I washed it. Remember that disaster? I don’t think I’ve recovered yet.
I hope to get back to my coat this weekend. Happy knitting and sewing everyone!