Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2-3 Hour Knit Hat Pattern

I've been making a lot of hats. Once I've got up a collection, they'll be donated, likely to the Soldiers & Sailors Home. Easy pattern, & if you have moderately proficient knitting skills & no interruptions (& the ability to sit still for more than a few minutes) you should be able to knit this up in about 2 hours. If, however, you have 3 dogs, 2 kids, a cat & a Husband (all of whom need something from you every 47 seconds), it might take you 3.

You'll need:

Size 13 Straight Needles (4 st = 1") or size to obtain gauge
4-5 oz of yarn

( I used 2 strands of worsted weight for most of these hats, but you can also use either one strand novelty bulky, 3 strands sport weight, or 4 strands baby weight. )

Row 1: Using 2 strands worsted weight, CO 56 stitches. K2, P2 across
Rows 2-40: Knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches
Row 41: Knit 2, p2tog across (37 st)
Row 42: K1, p2tog across (18 st)
Row 43: k2tog across (9)
Row 44: p2tog to last stitch, p1 (5)

Cut yarn, thread on needle. Pull needle through remaining loops, sew seam

Simple, right? They fit most size heads & are very warm. The wonderful thing about this pattern is it's so versatile. Switch out the size 13 straight needles for size 8 DP's, use 1 strand of worsted weight instead of two, & you can knit up quick baby hats :)

Hope you enjoy the free pattern & if you make a hat, I'd love to see it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finally Back! & Some Crafty Type Giveaways

I meant to take a few weeks off, to settle in & get ready for the holidays & maybe finish off a few WIPs. Life took over, & by the time I was able to sit down get back to all things internet, my computer broke :( 2 months having no computer of my own & having to borrow someone else's kinda blew. On the positive side, I finished off 6 quilts & somewhere around 30 knit hats. So, yay productivity?

Anyway, now that I'm back online I'll be getting back into giveaways. I'll mostly put up crafty type giveaways on the blog, but if you like other types, you can always check out my Twitter feed @pixie13sweeps.

* Momo's Linen Mochi Dots Sampler FQ Bundle ~ Fabric Worm ~ 3/17
* Pattern from Color Girl ~ Fabrics & Flowers ~ 3/15
* $20 Southern Fabric GC ~ Katie's Quilting Corner ~ 3/18
* Great Granny Squared by Lori Holt ~ Clover & Violet ~ 4/1
* Mark Lipinski Basics box of 12 Aurifil 50 wt spools ~ Poppyprint ~ 3/17
* Home is in the Kitchen FQ Bundle (3 Winners) ~ Clothworks ~ 3/16
* Bloomin Fresh Charm Pack ~ Fort Worth Fabric Studio ~ 3/16
* Two Sisters Traveling Stash ~ Quarter Incher ~ 3/22

Also, check out Missori Mel's weekly giveaway round-up

Best of luck, & may you win something wonderful

Saturday, October 26, 2013



* Steelers Quilt
* Halloween quilt #1
* Halloween Quilt #2
* The Pink Quilt
* The Pet Quilt
* Postage Stamp jelly roll quilt
* Monster High cheater quilt
* Denim Rag Quilt
* Christmas Mouse Joy Quilt
* Star Surround quilt
* Lucky Star quilt
* Rainbow scraps quilt
* Random Scraps quilt #1
* Random Scraps quilt #2
* Baby Quilt
* Bunny quilt


* Pink & Purple granny square afghan
* Rainbow afghan ~ may frog
* Strip afghan
* 2 Scarves


* Baby sweater
* Baby Afghan
* Christening gown
* Hat & mitten set
* Black hat


* 3 baby hats
* Random square scrap quilt
* Slapped together dog blankie
* Hat for S&S

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Some Giveaways

Quilty Type Giveaways

+ Studio Stash Collection ~ See How We Sew ~ 10/10
+ 14 FQ Bundle from Stash Modern  Fabrics ~ Red Pepper Quilts ~ 10/11
+ Simply Style charm pack ~ Sassy Quilter ~
+ FQ set of Trucks & Tractors ~ The Sometimes Crafter ~
+ $20 Southern Fabrics GC ~ Katie's Quilting Corner ~

Some older ones if you missed 'em

+ Lucey Longarm ($21,900 value) ~ APQS ~ 12/5
+ Alison Glass FQ Bundle (these are really awesome fabrics) ~ Alison Glass Blog ~
+ Fabric for Life (52 yards a year/20 years) ~ Keepsake Quilting ~
+ Northcott Magical Dragons FQ Bundle ~ Heart Zipper ~

Not Quilty but still Good

+ HP Pavilion Desktop ~ Rita's Reviews ~  11/4
+ Udderly Smooth pp (best handcream for crafters, really really) ~ Mommy's Memorandum ~ \
+ $250 WalMart GC ~ Mom Luck

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yay! for Husbands!

Last year,when we were saving up all of our pennies for a down payment & various moving expenses, I saw the 25th Anniversary Star Trek Next Generation Pez set, & I really wanted it. (Because I am a giant nerd) But...we were saving all of our money...and I couldn't justify spending $15-$20 on something I didn't really need...so it stayed on the shelf...

Until today :) Looky looky what The Husband searched all of the local WalMarts for:
Yay for husbands! It's been over a year & it was such a surprise this morning when he handed it to me :) & Of course my 7 year old daughter asked for the candy. Um, no, not opening this. We'll go to the store later & buy you your own Pez & a cute dispenser. For now it's hidden in my bedroom where no one can touch it. Did I mention Yay! for husbands?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Another One Bites the Dust

In spite of the lovely help I received from the cats, this quilt is finally done. It only took 3 weeks from start to finish; not a bad time for me.
 I may have figured out why it's so much harder quilting with my current sewing machine vs how easy it was on my old Singer. And more importantly, I think I've figured out how to make adjustments to compensate for a less powerful motor, a smaller throat, & an expensive walking foot that pushes the top fabric forward instead of feeding it even with the bottom layer.

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday@Crazy Mom Quilts, Link A Finish Friday@Richard & Tanya Quilts, & Can I Get A Whoop Whoop@Confessions of a Fabric Addict,