Baby Hats and Big Girl Blankets

Received a baby boy announcement last week from Hubby’s cousin — isn’t he a cutie pie? Had some variegated blue baby yarn and size 4 double pointed needles handy, so just went for it. Turned out pretty cute …

Rolled Brim Baby Hat

I used Bernat Softee Baby Acrylic #3 Light weight in color His Jeans Ombre

Size 4 dpns

Cast on 88 stitches

Join and knit until  it measures 5″ from cast on edge

Decrease Rows:

(I use my cast on tail as my place marker, always keeping the first stitch at the beginning of a needle)

Next row: Knit 9, knit 2 together

Next row: Knit around

Next row: Knit 8, knit 2 together

Next row: Knit around

Next row: Knit 7, knit 2 together

Next row: Knit around

Continue decreasing in this manner until you have completed Knit 1, knit 2 together

Knit one more round

Cut yarn, leaving about 8″ to work with. Using a yarn needle, take each stitch off and close the hole by pulling snugly. Bring yarn through the hole inside the cap and weave in end. Weave in cast on tail. And it’s ready to wear!

And congratulations to my baby sister and her sweetie on the purchase of their house. All that moving and unpacking of boxes is exhausting so I made a Big Stix Afghan and sent it so they could take a nap with it.

I used skeins of Caron One Pound acrylic yarn in Black, Country Rose, Taupe and Off White. I love those Big Stix size 50 knitting needles!

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Big Stix Afghan

Finished the Big Stix afghan that I’ve made as a wedding gift and shipped it out today. I have to say, as someone who loves instant gratification, this was a very satisfying project. I will make many more of these and it really did only take about 6 hours total to complete. Knitted size is 40″ x 60″ and I added an edge of single crochet with a size Q hook around the border to keep the edges from rolling. Fringe is about 8″ long. It’s amazing how soft and cozy it feels.

Completed Afghan made on Big Stix Needles

Completed Afghan made on Big Stix Needles

 

I was so thrilled with the Speed Stix size 50 knitting needles, I wanted more patterns to try. There are a few free patterns available on the Lion Brand website — mostly afghans. Then I found a booklet available for sale that I ordered on eBay — Quick Knits for Big Stix, 9 Fabulous Projects in 1-10 Hours or Less. I think the Cropped Jacket on the cover is so cute. Unfortunately, there wouldn’t be too many opportunities to wear this in Arizona, even in the winter months, but I’ll make it and send it to someone where real winter happens.

Quick Knits with Speed Stix

Quick Knits with Speed Stix

Wilma Flintstone Knits

Size 50 Needles and yarn for afghan

Size 50 Needles and yarn for afghan

I bought these size 50 knitting needles last year (commonly called Speed Stix) and hadn’t done a thing with them. Need a wedding gift for a young couple and want to make them an afghan so I’ve been buying the One Pound skeins of Caron in their colors (the brown is Espresso and the beige is Lace) with my coupons at Michaels and Jo-Ann.

Cast on plus first 4 rows

Cast on plus first 4 rows

 

Just got out the yarn and big needles today and started. What a hoot! I feel like Wilma Flintstone with the oversized needles. I keep picturing the cartoon intro where the server at the drive-in movie puts the big slab of ribs on Fred’s window and tips the car over.

 

 

Halfway through the 13th row

Halfway through the 13th row

It is awkward at first and the cast on row is tight so knitting the first row is difficult. Each stitch is 1″ so I cast on 40 stitches for a 40″ wide afghan. I am doing straight stockinette stitch and after about 45 minutes, I was halfway through the 13th row. I timed myself and it takes just over 5 minutes to knit 2 rows.

 

I love the brown and beige together — makes me think of marble cake and my stomach is growling. Looks like this is going to be fun and easy. Probably the most time intensive part of the whole thing will be the fringing at the end.

Close up of afghan on big needles

Close up of afghan on big needles