Silverfox Hats

Soon after I released my Silverfox Cardigan I started receiving requests for a matching hat. I pretty quickly came up with a cute little bonnet using the same cable motifs on garter background — I love bonnets for younger babies and toddlers who will instantly remove any other type of hat placed on their heads, and thus, here’s Silverfox Bonnet (which comes in sizes Newborn to Child:)

But of course, the bonnet style is a bit girly, and I thought I’d better come up with a classic beanie as well, with a slouch option because why not, and sizing from Newborn to Adult. Behold Silverfox Beanie and Slouch:

So here you go, 2 Silverfox Hats, available both as individual patterns and as a discounted eBook (click on image to go to Ravelry for eBook purchase):

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Catching Up post: Silverfox cardigan

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I don’t usually knit cables very much, let alone use them in designs, I’m not sure why, I think I might carry this impression from my beginner-knitter days that they are an expert skill (like fair-isle, steeking etc).

But I do love the look of cables, especially when they don’t overwhelm a garment (well, sometime, cablepaloozas are fun!). I’m particularly fond of garter stitch and cables together, which you don’t see much of for some reason. I think there is a nice contrast between the squishy garter stitch and the disciplined cables imbedded in it, particularly for children’s clothing.

The cable here is very simple and repeated everywhere, so the charts/written instructions aren’t really needed after the first repeat (I really dislike having to constantly refer to a chart, it takes me out of my knitting groove!). I also wanted to do a variation on the raglan yoke, something that looked a bit like a saddle shoulder, featuring that pretty, tight cable. I also used this same cable along the button band and used its natural properties to my advantage: since it pulls the fabric a bit, it naturally lowered the front neckline, meaning no shaping was needed. It stiffness also made the front bands lay very nice and flat.

Finally, I wanted to pay extra attention to the finishing details, including some more intermediate techniques that I haven’t used very much in my patterns: I-cord edgings, I-cord bind-off, grafting (a tiny amount of that only, I promise!!).  The cardigan is worked from the bottom up, completely seamlessly, which I also don’t tend to do, but it was the best option for this design.

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So here’s the result, which I am so proud and happy with. This is another one where my tech-editor and amazing test-knitters were beyond helpful. It’s also one of the handmade things that my daughter has worn the most. For those who are curious, I’m working now on a matching bonnet as well as a beanie. Coming very soon, stay tuned!

Silverfox calls for dk weight yarn and comes in sizes 6 months to 6 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

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When yarn and pattern click

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Some yarns are so pretty, you just have to have them. You don’t think much about what you’ll make with them. That’s what happened with my Malabrigo Worsted in Alpine Pearl. It was so pretty as a skein, so I just bought it. But when I used it a few years ago to make a Trendy Shawl I ended up feeling that it wasn’t the best use for it. Knit up in garter stitch, it seemed a bit muddled or messy to me. Not to mention, the yarn was too bulky for a shawl and I barely wore it. So my shawl got frogged and my beautiful Alpine Pearl lay dormant in my stash.

I was looking to knit a goodbye gift for a friend, and needed something practical, a useful item that wouldn’t be too high-maintenance but still would feel luxurious. I thought about my Alpine Pearl and searched Ravelry to see what others had made with it. I came across a beautiful project on Ravelry, which highlighted the variegation of the yarn perfectly, without  the elegant design being obscured by the color changes. A match made in heaven!

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Pattern: A river runs through Mitt by Aimee Pelletier

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted (Alpine Pearl colorway)

Time to Knit: a couple of days per mitten

My mods: no mods!

What I thought about the pattern: Great. Well written, good layout, easy yet interesting to knit. Thanks to this pattern, I learned how to cable without a cable needle finally! I love it!

What I would do differently next time: nothing! This is a great go-to pattern for gifts. Very nice.

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Alors mea maxima culpa, j’ai honte de l’avouer, je n’ai PAS pu finir mon projet à temps! (et je ne suis pas prête d’avoir fini, même!)…Comme vous voyez, il y a encore des kilomètres de torsades en perspective…

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I didn’t finish this cable-based project in time for the Trico’Treize deadline, which is today! Oh well. Cables take forever, don’t they?

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Et puisqu’on est dans les confessions jusqu’au cou, voici mes autres CRIMES LESE-TRICOT:

  • je ne fais JAMAIS d’échantillons
  • je ne bloque pas toujours mes tricots. Il faut vraiment qu’ils soient très bouchonnés
  • je mordille mes aiguilles double-pointe (celles en bambou — elles ont un petit gout de miel… miam!)
  • je n’achète jamais assez de laine, et je me retrouve souvent coincée pour finir un projet en cours. En fait c’est parce que j’achète de la laine totalement au pif, sans avoir un projet en tête à l’avance.
  • je ne demande jamais d’aide quand je ne sais pas faire. Je détricote une fois, deux fois… dix fois jusqu’à ce que je trouve la solution toute seule, non mais!

Et VOUS?? Quels sont vos crimes? Avouez!!

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And since we’re on the subject of sins, here are my KNITTING CRIMES:

  • I NEVER make swatches. Ever. What can I say, I like surprises.
  • I don’t always block my projects. The drying part drives me nuts, so I only do it when the project looks very rumpled.
  • I bite on my bamboo dpns. They have a yummy honey flavor
  • I never purchase enough yarn. This is because I never have a project in mind when I buy yarn. So it happens very often that I’m stuck, waiting for an extra ball or two of yarn to arrive in the mail to be able to finish a project.
  • I never ask for help when I don’t know a technique. I wait until I am completely frustrated to look it up online. What I do is I try something, frog, try something else, frog etc…

What about YOU?? What are your knitting crimes? Confess!!

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En prévision du prochain Trico’Treize… ça avance tout doucement… Je me suis plantée 5 fois dans la lecture de la grille avant de comprendre comment faire..

Et malgré le calendrier, on vient de se prendre encore une bonne couche de neige… *Soupir*

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I’m making steady but slow progress on my cable project — which will hopefully be done in time for the Trico’Treize on March 13. I think I finally got the hang of it, after misreading the chart and having to start over 5 times (yes, I messed it up 5 different ways before figuring out how to correctly read it).

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Weather-wise, the winter made a come-back last night. Big time.

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