FO Friday – hats and a square

Adult Simple Hat flat

Last weekend we were at Grandma N’s house and I knew I needed a simple everyone-else-is-watching-tv type project that wouldn’t require a lot of concentration nor a lot of travel space as my dear husband thinks I pack too much anyway.  I grabbed a couple of odd skeins I had in my stash, a circular needle and a couple of hat patterns.  Other than the two hats I designed for the contest earlier this year, I’ve never made a hat before.  I think this is going to be my favorite type of quick project!

You know how much I love giveaways, right?  Well, I found one on Ravelry for the SweaterBabe Fans group called Knit-Tac-Toe.  The idea is to knit three items, one each for the next three months that correspond to the tic-tac-toe board shown below.

SweaterBabe.com Knit-Tac-Toe board

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to complete all three months given the holidays coming up, but there are prizes each month.  I decided the first pattern that would be easiest would be a hat.  So I chose the One-Ball Curvy Lace Hat pattern I had in my pattern stash.

One-Ball Curvy Lace Hat flat

It’s a little difficult to see the lace pattern using the dark yarn I chose, but it used up almost all of the skein of yarn (yippee!) and I think it’s a beautiful pattern.

One-Ball Curvy Lace Hat top

Pattern: One Ball Curvy Lace Hat Pattern
Designer: SweaterBabe
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Colorway: Woodsprint
My Rav project page
Would you believe I was able to finish that hat just in working on it Saturday – Sunday? Great! Except then I was stuck not knowing what to do with myself. Luckily I brought along a second skein of yarn.

This is just a simple hat pattern so it made up quickly.

Adult Simple Hat flat

I have a rather large head, but it was plenty big enough to fit me with room to spare.

Adult Simple Hat modeled

Again, it used up almost the entire skein of yarn I had, so there are two less in my stash. I may have to make more in the future!

Adult Simple Hat top

Pattern: Adult’s Simple Knit Hat L20403
Designer: Lion Brand
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease
Colorway: Dark Rose Heather
My Rav project page
Modeled by: me

And last, but not least … I finished my 9th afghan sampler square. Or should I say, the first?! I’m rethinking my whole plan on these squares. When I started, I made just the stockinette one and then tried to judge the size of each one after that. A couple of squares ago I got smart and made a cardstock template that I could use to test out the size.

Lately however I haven’t been happy with the fact that these are not squares – they are rectangles that are wider than they are tall. So, I’ve gathered up all 9 squares and am thinking of fixing or remaking the other eight.

The ninth square is a shell stitch crocheted square done up as 7 1/2″ square.

Afghan Sampler Square #9

And just so you can see what a different it makes, here is the the same square with one of the previous ones laid on top.

Afghan Sampler Squares comparison

I’m leaving for a conference next week, so I’ll have a whole week to think about whether or not I want to start over with the other eight squares, or just make the ninth like all the rest and continue on.

Pattern: shell stitch
Designer: me
Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn
Colorway: Linen
My Rav project page

3 Replies to “FO Friday – hats and a square”

  1. I imagine a little blocking on your hat would make that lace show up nicely.

    Good luck with your square decision. 😉

  2. oooh, goodness, I would have cheated. hat, hat , hat 😉

    I like your projects.

  3. Wow, you were busy! I love how the hats turned out. It’s funny, because I always say I have such a big head because it’s hard to find hats that fit me! I guess if I made my own hats that would solve that problem haha.

    PS – Thanks so much for entering the giveaway on my blog. Best of luck to you!

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