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Knitting Past

by Nanc filed under knitting on February 28, 2008 04:16 PM

Looking back, there have been some significant knits that, although completed and enjoyed by their recipients, I never blogged. These projects were all knit in 2007, most in the later part of the year, ta' boot. But still, that's no excuse.

(Long and picture heavy post.)

Matty's Vest

I am incredibly proud of this knit, and I may encourage Matt to wear it more than he really wants to. But any fuss from him has me threatening never to knit for him again. Is that wrong?


  • Yarn: 1 ¾ skeins of Brooks Farm Duet
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 3.5mm (ribbing) and 3.75mm (body) circs
  • Pattern: v-neck vest pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd (borrowed from GoodGirlPurl)
  • Started: April 2007
  • Finished: September 2007
  • Notes: I found the front of the v-neck to be a bit tricksy and it didn’t want to lay right, so I redid it with an overlap v-neck, which I'm much happier with. If I were to make this again, I'ld fix the back of the collar because it rides up a little high. But otherwise, it looks and fits great! (What a panic that was, let me tell you. My first sweater knit for someone else. Eep!)

    I have about 1 ¼ skeins leftover of this yarn that I don't know what to do with. (Matching vest would be a bit too TOO, right?) Perhaps I'll put it up on my Ravelry stash to trade/sell page.

We Call Them Pirates Hat

I knit this hat because I really, really, REALLY wanted to. I didn't have a recipient in mind, and I used it to teach myself how to do colorwork. (My first fair isle, awwww.) It was offered up to Matty first, but he couldn't be distracted from his desire for the Jayne Cobb hat. As soon as Chris plopped it on her cute lil' head, it was perfect!


  • Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby 4 ply; 1 ball of navy and 1 ball of cream
  • Needles: 3.25mm for the hat and 2.5mm for the half liner
  • Pattern: We Call Them Pirates hat from the wonderful and talented Adrian of Hello Yarn
  • Started: October 2007
  • Finished: October 2007 (wow – I must have really hauled ass on this)
  • Notes: I wish this hat looked as awesome on me as it does on Skitter, 'cause I would make tons o' them. I guess I'll have to suffice making baby versions!

Family Hats

Okay, I do not lay claim to making all of these wonderful hats. This was a collaborative effort by all the knitgrrls that attended MSWF last year and stayed at my brother's house. As a Thank You to my bro and his family, we knitgrrls divided up the work and made knit hats for each member of the family. Originally, the dog would've gotten something, but then they (my brother's family) got two exchange students for the year, and they're automatically family, too!

So I knit two hats, one for my nephew Liam and one for an exchange student (I didn't know which one). The Purling Pirate knit an oh-la-la fancy beret (Ravelry link) for Lindsay (wife/mother), Purse-ho knit the Syncopated Cap for Kevin (bro), Bot-Gurl knit a fair isle hat for Julia (niece), and Skitter knit a quicky ribbed hat for the other exchange student. All of these hats are wonderful and loved by their new owners, which in some cases was not the intended recipient. (I hear rumors of hat swapping and multi-wearer hats!)

Liam's Hat Stats

  • Yarn: 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in dark teal (340203) and wheat (340506)
  • Needles: 3.25mm
  • Pattern: Ring of Fire by Cider Moon (psst… the pattern is free)
  • Started: November 2007
  • Finished: November 2007 (before Thanksgiving)
  • Notes: I love this hat and the yarn was wonderful.

Student Hat Stats

  • Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 Wool in charcoal and leftovers (from the Doctor Who scarf) of KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in pumpkin
  • Needles: 4.5mm circ
  • Pattern: some basic ribbed hat pattern; I did the cast-on row and a single stripe in the pumpkin to spice it up
  • Started: November 2007
  • Finished: November 2007 (I think this only took me two nights)
  • Notes: I wish that I made a note of what pattern I used, because I really like how this hat turned out.


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Posted by: botgurl on February 28, 2008 10:53 PM

Wonderful work Nanc. Each of these creations-- especially Matty's vest -- is even more beautiful in person.

Posted by: Jen da purse Ho on February 28, 2008 11:30 PM

OOh thsee are all so lovely. i love how your hat came out. it's so cutesy. :D and matty's vest is truly pretty awesome. and the pirate's hate came out so well. good 1st fair isle project. :)

Posted by: chris on February 29, 2008 07:08 AM

Gorgeous! I have to say, I'm very proud to be the recipient/wearer of your first fair isle project -- it's my favorite hat EVER! And Matty's vest is just beautiful . . . makes me almost want to copycat you. Also, I love that picture of Rosie in Lindsay's beret . . . hee!

Posted by: Rachel on February 29, 2008 09:56 AM

Great work as always. Ever since you visited, I've been inspired to knit. I just never seem to have 2 free hands :-( Keep showing me your beautiful work, and keep the inspiration alive!

Posted by: Kathy on February 29, 2008 12:51 PM

Neal doesn't wear the vest I knit for him very often, either. But he wears his hats and scarves all the time so I don't take it personally (even if it did take forever to knit!)

Love the pirate hat - I'll make one some day!

Posted by: elizabeth on March 11, 2008 05:15 PM

It is absolutely normal to threaten not to knit for your husband if things aren't working out like you thought. It took over a year for my husband to get his second sock! The man has unusually shaped toes. Totally his fault, not mine. :o)

Posted by: mk on March 27, 2008 04:29 PM

How did I miss this post?

Love the pics of the projects.

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