My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Watch Cap Patterns

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.


  1. The Seaman’s Cap from Needle Beetle is my preferred hat for soldier and sailors, or some variation of it. It’s free, it includes a doubled brim for extra warmth over the ears, and the pattern is written for 3 sizes. I’m going to send a cap to Shanti’s mom’s project. Here’s the link:

    My seniors’ charity knit/crochet group has been making soldiers/sailors hats for several years; the 20+ of us have so far this year made over 500 of them. We also support local charity groups, using donated yarn, mostly acrylic, some of which is old enough to vote.

  2. So glad you like it! I didn’t think to wind it before I sent it or I would have done that. I will mention the hat project on the videocast this weekend, hopefully that’ll help a little!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..DC Trip- PhotoJournal style =-.

  3. thanks for the pattern link. LYS has some LP superwash orphans in appropriate colors and I’ll be picking up a few skeins tomorrow and casting on hats on Monday. I hope to buy some other goodies to fill up a small flat rate box. Thanks again for sharing this project.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Double Double Dressin’ Trouble =-.

  4. The most recent column of has a very nice hat pattern that calls for super bulky yarn (specifically Wool Ease Thick & Quick). A nice superwash worsted doubled would probably work well. I’m hoping to use that since I am in the midst of sock & hat & doll clothes knitting for the birthdays of 2 of my grands – in the first half of Nov.

  5. Sharon Moon says:

    I love this blog group. New ideas/input/patterns from a batch of wonderful knitters.

  6. I’ll get over to Michael’s and see if they have any Wool Ease. I don’t have any wool worsted weight yarn — just old, junky, never-gonna-be-used acrylic stuff.

    I don’t see any barber-poling in the KnitGirllls yarn. Did they Navajo ply, or do they have a color matching plying talent that I haven’t discovered yet? It sure is beautiful!!!

  7. I wrote to Shanti’s mom last night at the email you gave yesterday, to ask if my woolease would be ok. She said a blend is NOT ok because the acrylic will melt in the event of fire. Evidently there is a requirement of natural fibers for the military for safety reasons.

  8. Shanti's Mommy (AKA Lynne) says:

    Wendy, I can’t thank you enough for adopting my project for Shanti’s sailors. She is so excited at the response this project is getting. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help. Lynne

  9. You & the other readers (all elebenty billion of ’em!) may want to check out The Ships Project — you can google that to get directly to their site. They’ve got a collection of hat & slipper patterns to knit or crochet, plus sewing patterns and other ideas for supporting the troops. All have been “vetted” by military advisors, so their guidelines are really helpful. Heavens, that’s a lovely blue yarn! And the handspun looks yummy; you’ve got good buddies!

  10. Thanks Wendy for giving us the in’s and out’s to do this project — your blog is always full of information for knitters either as technique, yarn choice, ideas, etc. and you explain things clearly – thanks again for giving us an opportunity to help our service men and women.

  11. Christine says:

    I have no idea what ETA means? Estimated Time of Arrival obviously doesn’t make sense. And if I don’t know, then I’m sure others don’t as well.

    So the message with ETA and the cross outs make it a bit unclear.

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful opportunity with all of us! I am a knitter and a stamper so I have two different circle of friends to share this wonderful idea with. I better get to work!

  13. Is there a reason they don’t ask for cotton?

  14. hmm. I like the way your package is addressed.

    My package would be addressed thusly:

    Super-famous Knitter, in her own mind
    Delusions of Grandeur Ave.
    Denial, NY
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Brave New Knits =-.

  15. I would like to ask you what size needle you plan on using to make the watch cap? They are stating a gauge of 24-28 on the “Hats for Israeli Soldiers blog”. I’m not sure how to achieve that on worsted weight. It seems to me that you have to use awfully small needles. How will that work on worsted weight?

  16. Knit Picks Swish (worsted, but comes in other weights too) is superwash merino and has been “military approved” for projects. Plus, it is very squishy and soft, wonderful to work with and a good price besides: $3.79-$3.99 per 110yd/50gm skein
    .-= Elianastar´s last blog ..YAY! 1-500 page views to our little blog! =-.

  17. If anyone is looking for additional yarns or pattern ideas, I did a fairly extensive search of ideas in the blog I just posted… a live link is posted at the bottom of this comment if you are interested.
    .-= Elianastar´s last blog ..YAY! 1-500 page views to our little blog! =-.

  18. I’ve knitted literally hundreds of black hats to send to wounded soldiers at frontline medical units for a charity I’ve worked with for a number of years, so knitting one or three in a bright color will be a welcome change! Now I just have to find the right yarn in my stash, which is currently residing in giant ziploc bags from our recent move, until I get the second coat of paint on my new craft room walls and shelves up. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it — my stash is seriously out of control, as the large pile of giant ziploc bags in the living room will prove!