There were a couple of comments asking where one could find patterns for knitted caps for Shanti’s Mom’s project that I mentioned in my last post.
If you google “free watch cap patterns” you’ll find a bunch of them. I searched for “watch cap” on Ravelry and came up with 29 free patterns.
I am going to knit a traditional watch cap in a 2×2 rib in Dream in Color Classy (which is a superwash wool — wash-ability is important for this project). I wanted a nice military-looking color, but with a little omph, so I ordered a skein from The Loopy Ewe in the “Midnight Derby” colorway.
I plan to use the free pattern on the Hats for Israeli Soldiers blog. The hat pattern uses worsted weight yarn and is linked to from the left sidebar and is available in English and Hebrew, and includes both a version to knit flat and seam, or knit in the round. I should get my yarn in a couple of days, so I’ll be able to knit my hat next week.
There was a question in the comments asking for yarn recommendations. A very good cheap yarn you can use is Lion Brand Wool-Ease. Other possibilities include Plymouth Encore, Cascade 220 Superwash (not regular 220), and Lambs Pride Superwash Worsted, to name a few. There are lots of worsted weight superwash wools and wool blends out there. If you use the advanced search function in Ravelry, you’ll come up with a wide range of choices.
ETA: Wool blends will not work because acrylics will melt in the event of fire. You need to use a superwash 100% wool.
Now, if you wanted to knit a hat in a bulkier yarn, try my Transitions One-Skein Hat pattern. It is really fast and easy. My hat was knit using Noro Transitions, which is not a machine-washable yarn, but any washable bulky weight wool that knits up at a gauge of 12 stitches to 4″ on around a size 10 needle would work beautifully. For example Lambs Pride Superwash Bulky, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Bulky, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, and Plymouth encore Chunky would all work nicely.
Meanwhile, I am still working on my sweater, just a little more slowly now because I’ve got other things eating into my spare time.
A Great Prezzie!
You know what’s inside the package is going to good when it is addressed thusly:
And this is what was inside:
This is approximately 240 yards of a heavy worsted weight wool, hand-spun for me by both The Knitgirllls, Leslie and Laura, as a thank-you for the weekend they spent with me. (If you follow the link to their blog, you will see there is a great photo-heavy recap of our visit together.) I absolutely love this yarn and the fact that it was made for me by two good friends makes it even more special. It will likely become a hat for me, and if there is enough leftover, perhaps wristwarmers as well. Thank you so much, Leslie and Laura! I can’t wait to fling a needle into this. But I’ll knit my sailor watch cap first because there’s a deadline for that.
Knitting on the Edge Winner
The Random Number Generator has chosen Rona to receive my review copy of Knitting on the Edge. Rona, I have emailed you.
Lucy would wish you all a happy weekend, but she is obviously very busy.