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Jan 11

Sick Days

The ideal sick day for me is one in which I stay home and do a little knitting while catching up on some television series that I’m woefully behind in (there are many). Instead, my sick days are spent in bed, sleeping and avoiding life in general. Stepping foot out of my apartment just to get the mail feels like such a treat (Oh, hai sun!). Towards the tail end of my sickness last week, I did get some knitting done.
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New hat
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I’m a little behind with my to do list of knitting. My co-worker (and good friend) asked for a new hat for her little boy at the end of last year. She ordered the yarn, had it shipped to me and I said I’d do it over our mandatory Christmas break. I got a lot done over the Christmas break, none of which included her son’s hat! I decided to do that when I started feeling better last week.
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The pattern is b16-13 Hat in 2 threads ”Alpaca” which I made using one ball of Queensland Rustic Wool. I think this is my favorite hat pattern for little kids. I made one for my great-nephew last year and the semi-pointy top is what sold me on it.
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nom nom nom
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That, and those perfect earflaps that hug baby cheeks so perfectly. I didn’t stray from the pattern too much. The only change I made is that I added an i-cord at the start of the earflaps instead of adding braid ties later. Once my i-cord reached the length I wanted, I increased the middle stitch by one and ta-da, I had four stitches and was ready to dive into the pattern. Simple. Oh, and I used US 7 needles and didn’t hold the yarn doubled – the yarn required is fingering weight, so I figure worsted gets me there. I’m terrible at checking gauge, I just wing these things and cross my fingers tightly.
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Don’t worry, one day soon, I will be a reformed gauge checker, just not today.
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You’ll probably see more of this hat – my niece already lost the one I made for my great-nephew (it fell out of his stroller!) and I enjoy this pattern so much, I need to make it in every color for him!

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