Easy Guernsey knitted hat

After completing my Guernsey Wrap, I had enough yarn left for a hat. Luckily there’s already a pattern for an easy Guernsey hat! The pattern called for size US8 double pointed needles, which I don’t have so I used size 10 instead. This wasn’t an awesome plan because the hat was too loose and floppy. A run through the washer and dryer helped tighten it up a bit, and I think it will be a cute addition to my cool-weather wardrobe. The rest of the project details can be found in my Ravelry projects.

Guernsey Wrap detail

Knitted Guernsey Wrap

I started this Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed in July while on vacation back home in Iowa. I’d been looking for something to knit that would be a good challenge but not too complicated since it had been awhile since I’d knitted anything.  Shawls kept coming up during my search, but they seemed too delicate or feminine for my taste. I wanted something practical like a shawl, but with a more timeless design. I like the way the designers at Brooklyn Tweed create projects that merge traditional with modern. And this particular pattern was just knit and purl stitches. Nothing complicated, but the pleasing panels…

Zippered knitting project bag

Zippered Knitting Project Bag

Full immersion into sewing made me forget about knitting for a spell. And recently I was re-inspired to pick my needles up again, which is a good excuse for…a sewing project! Specifically, a zippered bag to hold my current knitting project, the Guernsey Wrap from Brooklyn Tweed. Process Notes Materials: 15 in. nylon zipper exterior: Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Light; Country Classics quilting cotton in Teal Blue; Kona Cotton in Charcoal; heavy cotton denim lining and strap: linen blend in natural; Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Light Pellon SF101 fusible woven interfacing on exterior pieces; sew-in fleece interfacing on lining pieces light grey top…

fair isle zippered pouch closed

Fair Isle zipper pouch

This knitted zipper pouch is a little different format from my previous two (argyle and chevron) pouches. It has a flat bottom so it can stand up on its own, making it good for traveling. To make this one open all the way so it’s easy to see what’s inside, I adapted the tutorial for Open Wide Zippered Pouch for sewing with a knitted exterior rather than a fabric one. I also changed the zipper tab up a bit so it’s a pocket that the zipper slides into before stitching it down, rather than the folded-over style from the tutorial. I designed…

fair isle zippered pouch in chevron pattern

Chevron Fair Isle zipper pouch

A friend and I were recently chatting about how much we like little zippered pouches. What is it about them that makes them so appealing?? Anyway, we love them. Luckily, we had this conversation after I had finished knitting her Christmas gift: a little zippered pouch. I’d describe her style as clean, modern, and casual, so I chose a Fair Isle stitch pattern that fits this style. The color scheme is based on her affinity for greys and peacock blue. The piece was worked in the round on double pointed needles: size US 2 for the stockinette stitches and US 3 for…