FREE hat patterns to keep you warm this winter!

It’s getting cold in Wellington – time to knit some hats! Mr. EP requested a new one for him, since the last one I made is in storage – and with plenty of leftover yarn I thought I’d make one for me too.  They were super quick – the beret was done in a day!

I didn’t follow a pattern for these, I just based them off patterns I’ve made in the past, but as a couple of people have asked about what I did I thought I’d write them down and share them.  The pattern assumes you know basic knitting skills and terminology, as well as knitting in the round and either using DPNs or magic loop.  If you find any errors please let me know so I can correct them.

Basic Ribbed Beanie (see my Ravelry project page HERE)

Basic Ribbed Beanie pic

Basic Beret (see my Ravelry project page HERE)

Basic Beret pic
(Please excuse the low-quality phone photos!)

Hope these help you to keep warm this winter!

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Oh, Knitted Tree!

Oh Knitted Tree

Think “Oh, Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!”

So, this was a spur of the moment project (aka: procrastination from packing up my room!), but at least it’s practical!  When we’re in Melbourne for Christmas we usually like to stay in a hotel in the city to have some family time with just us before catching up with extended family.  This means we usually have to go without any Christmas-y decoration for Christmas morning, which just won’t do.  We’ve taken to trying to find some kind of tree ornament on sale that we can surround with presents.  This year, to save us from tears joining the crazy hordes of last-minute Christmas shoppers, I’m getting organised!

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I was inspired by this pin, and decided to use this free pattern on Ravelry to make it a little different.  Mine are all sewn together rather than individually hung, so it stretches a bit when it’s hanging up, but a bit of blue tack fixes that!  I will eventually get around to making a star to put on the top, but this will do in the meantime…

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Something about this picture makes me think of dancing trees – just look at the personality of those bottom corner ones! He he he…

This will be a pretty background for Christmas dinner with the neighbours tomorrow night, along with the magazine trees I made last year.

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Tutorial coming soon!  If you’re looking to make these, fatter magazines work best.  The bigger tree with the star is a Next Magazine, and the smaller one is an Avon catalogue!

If you’re looking for ways to have a crafty tree this Christmas, check out my suggestions on Pinterest:

If you’re away for Christmas too, check out these stick-on trees you could take with you – here and here.

Have a look at my “I ❤ Holidays!” board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Merry Christmas!

Trina xo
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FO: Puppy Jumper

As promised, here are some more photos of our little puppy Eva in her new knitted jumper!  As requested, it was made to match the favourite footy team – although it will really just help us see her when she’s wandering around in the dark!  The pattern I used was BucaLicious Sweater by Machelle Salmeen, and my project page is here.  I ended up making the collar about half as long as the pattern suggested, otherwise she’d just eat it!

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So… taking photos of a fidgety puppy, especially one who isn’t used to wearing anything, proved a challenge, as seen in these blurry attempts!

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Magic mum’s touch was what we needed…

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As soon as we let her go she did in fact start to chew on the collar because she was in a biting phase, so we had to take it off her.  Maybe when she’s out of that phase we’ll try again!

And just because it’s cute… all this modelling and photography proved too much for everyone, so nap time was in order!

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Busy butterfly!

Although things have been a bit quiet on the blog, life has been pretty busy! With so much going on I thought I’d catch you up in one go.  SO – there’s been lots of…

  • Crocheting…

Making a hexagon blanket from this pattern.  No recipient in mind, just a good acrylic stash-busting project!  I plan on adding a border of cream hexagons to match the individual borders.

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  • Knitting…

I made a hat to match this shrug pattern a couple of years ago, but it got snatched away by my sis almost as soon as it came off the needles! I finally got around to making myself another one, with a matching scarf.

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And this – since it’s getting pretty cold here, our new puppy has been feeling it!  More photos to come soon, but project details here.

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  • Reading…

I got this pile of books from my almost-sister-in-law as a late birthday present! I’ve started on “Along Came A Spider” – great so far, as to be expected from one of my favourite authors.

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  • Sewing…

This t-shirt blanket has been on the books for ages! This was supposed to be a Christmas present for sis, then a birthday present, then Christmas present again the following year, and it’s finally been completed – and it was well received!

Pre-sewn: I used a favourite book from childhood as a template for cutting out all her childhood t-shirts…

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After sewing: I used a flannel blanket for extra padding in the middle, with a cute chunky hem, just the right size for a double bed!

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  • Wedding prep…

13 weeks to go, and still SO MUCH to do!  Much of my wedding is DIY, so there’s been lots of cutting…

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… folding…

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… and sheet music cut-outs!

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When things settle down a bit, I’d really like to take on another challenge and get into some style posts, but in the meantime, you can check out these favourites that I read all the time – they are great inspiration!

http://franish.blogspot.co.nz/
http://www.merricksart.com/
http://www.puttingmetogether.com/
http://refashionista.net/
http://www.workclothesisuppose.com/
http://www.ajwearsclothes.com/
http://www.bluepaperlanterns.com/

Or check out my “My Style” Pinterest board to see what I love!

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PS: since it’s the beginning of the month I’ve updated my Popular Posts on the side bar – who knew my “Snapshots of my day” post would be my second most popular post in the last month! Should I do another one?

FO: February Lady Sweater

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Pattern: February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynn – link to my project page on Ravelry
Yarn: Cascade Heathers, 2.5 skeins
Started: 27 September 2011
Completed: 4 January 2012

Finally some completed photos for you! I guess because its actually been cold enough to wear it out.  I very much love this cardi, though I’m still not sure what to do about the buttons, and I haven’t blocked it yet… but its so pretty, I couldn’t wait! The colour is even more lovely in real life, and its super soft and snuggly.

See the work-in-progress details here.

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Do you like it? Any thoughts on what I should do for buttons, or does it look ok without them? Let me know what you think!