The Knitted Frau

Adventures in knitting, and other things too.


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The Adelisa Earflap Hat (and my very first original pattern!)

Whoops… Haven’t posted since November. Time flies!

Since then, I have (obviously) been knitting up a storm. I made some really nice Christmas presents, followed those up with some very nice birthday presents, then dove head first into baby presents. Times like these make me SO happy for my giant, growing family! I’ll never run out of people I love to knit for.

A few weeks ago, I was showing my grandmother a knitted hat that I designed for my brother. She is a fantastic knitter who knit every one of her grandkids a Christmas stocking (there are a lot of us), not to mention all of the sweaters, blankets, socks, and who-knows-what-else she knit over her lifetime for her kids and grandkids. Needless to say, I respect her opinion as a knitter. She is amazed that I can write my own patterns and make things up as I go along, which I do for the majority of my projects. After showing her the hat I designed, as well as some Christmas stockings I had designed for my newlywed sister and her husband, she encouraged me to start writing down my designs and publishing them.

I’ve been thinking lately that I should start writing my patterns down in a usable form, and her telling me to was the kick in the pants I needed. I had a few little ones lined up to knit hats for, so I looked back on some past baby hat notes, opened up Excel, got out my yarn stash and got writing. The result is the Adelisa Earflap Hat, which I absolutely adore. I’m lucky enough to have a 6 month old nephew, an 18 month old cousin, and a friends newborn on the way, so I could write all three sizes at once and have presents ready for all of them! Here are my three sizes:

Toddler

Toddler

Baby

Baby

Newborn

Newborn

I love how it came out, and had so much fun writing the pattern. The attached i-cord was time consuming, but I am so happy with the end result. I did not have a chance to take good pictures of the toddler wearing hers, but here is Del sporting the baby size.

Delly Bean

Delly Bean

If you, too, would like to knit the Adelisa, here is a PDF of the pattern!

The Adelisa Earflap Hat

This is my first time writing a pattern, and I was my own test knitter, so PLEASE let me know if you find any errors or if I have been unclear at all, anywhere. I would really appreciate the feedback.

Happy knitting!


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Slacking with knitting, but rockin’ organization!

So, I’ve been slacking like crazy for the past week on my third pair of tree mittens. But I have been doing something…

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Organizing my yarn stash!

I’ve been thinking about how the heck to organize snippets of yarn with its tags for a while. I looked around for ideas and didn’t see anything I thought was good enough. Then one day at school, a kid came in with Pokemon cards and I got to thinking about how I used to have a binder full of them in plastic sleeves and BOOM! What an idea.

So I went out and got a cheap binder, a 10 pack of trading card sleeves for a binder and some index cards (about $6 all together). I had to trim the cards to fit the sleeves, but it worked out great.

For yarns I didn’t have the tags to, I just wrote the yarn info down on the card.

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I’m writing down project info for each yarn on the index cards as well so I’ll have a handy-dandy reference guide that’s easy to add to whenever I get a new yarn.

So much better than a box full of tags and scraps! Yippee!

Now I don’t feel so bad about procrastinating…

Have a good week!