I'm so excited for fall, aren't you? Not only does it bring cooler weather, pumpkins, changing leaves and Halloween, but it reinvigorates my knitting habit. I just can't stand having the beginnings of a wool scarf sweating all over my lap in July.
I just finished my first "fall" knitting project, a hat for SoJo.
I got to try out a pattern from Tot Toppers, a shop created by a crafty mom.
Kate is a knittin' fool like me, but much better. I mean, she designs her own knits and writes up easy-to-follow patterns for them too. I'm just a follow-the-leader sort of knitter. I can read patterns and sometimes modify them, but I don't see myself ever writing a pattern.
Kate also sells her knits, which range from hats for wee ones (hence Tot Toppers), diaper covers and pacifyer leashes. I knitted the Tweedy Cabled Hat for SoJo, which came out so adorably!
I love the cute little brim and the cabled details.I used Paton's Black Tweed wool yarn, about half a skein. I'll admit that I detest doing cables (for non-knitters, it means having to slip stitches onto another needle, continue knitting a few stitches on the regular needles, and then having to pick up those other stitches again); it's a lot of work! However this pattern wasn't cable-crazy, where you were constantly making them. Kate is also very helpful if you have a question. I emailed her once and she was so prompt and friendly with answering my question.
I finished the hat in a weekend and had no trouble with the instructions. I only hope SoJo keeps it on his head, as he's prone to pulling off his hats.
If you're looking for a cute hat for a special little one, or if you're a knitter and you want some new knitting materials for fall, check out Tot Toppers.