Knitting Season

Almost finished knitting up my scarf

During the warmer months I don’t tend to think very much about knitting.  For me, I always reach for my yarn when the first sign of fall hits.  As always, I have a long list of projects on my brain especially this close to Christmas.  Let’s face it though, my dream of knitting everyone in the family a hat and scarf set is probably not gonna happen at this point.

My Crocheted Beret
Completed last year

For right now, I’m finishing up a replacement scarf for myself with a neat little yarn I picked up at an estate sale a couple of years ago.  Once that’s done, I’m moving onto knitting Harry Potter themed scarves* for my kids.  The twins are in first grade so I can get away with knitting something a little shorter in length but I’m sure my oldest would like his full scale.  His will be in the colors of Slytherin house.  I guess my Griffindor scarf will have to wait until after the holidays because I’ll be really busy until then.

This leaves me with very little time to knit or crochet up a nice beanie for when my hair is still in braids on cold mornings.  Whenever I do a braid out my hair is sometimes not completely dry until the afternoon.  For this reason I just keep it braided up while I take the kids to school.  For now, I’m using the beret I crocheted last year but I want to change it up a bit.  Also, it would be nice if I could just wear french braids as a protective style under a cute beanie a few days each week until I reach my goal length.  I’m really pushing for APL (still!) by New Year’s but I’ve got to start wearing my hair up more.

Up Close

Luckily, I just found out about a good deal on crocheted beanies at from (natural hair blog by Kinky Curly Queen of YouTube fame).  She mentioned that some hats on the site were priced as low as $5.50 so I’m gonna jump on it before they’re gone.  As far as crafting goes, it looks like it’ll be a cup of tea, a movie and some knitting needles every night until the holidays if I want to get those scarves in.  Happy Crafting!

* CLICK HERE If you want to find out more on How to Knit a Harry Potter Scarf

Crochet on the Brain

My “Rasta” Slouchy Beret

I want a hat that is large enough to cover up my braids when I’m trying to do a braid-out. For some reason my hair is never dry by morning when I’m taking the kids to school. Then, when I wear my hair out, the hats that I see at the store are just not big enough for my hair…lol! So, I’ve decided to make my own. That way I can make it as big as I need to.

Which brings us to the slouchy beret that I’ve been working on since early September.  I found the beret crochet pattern on YouTube (my second home).  It was posted by Bethintx1 in four seperate videos where she takes you through it step by step.  The color I used (Limelight) is not really something I would wear out but the hat turned out kinda cute anyway.  I did a couple more increase rows to make a “Rasta” style hat.  I’m gonna start the pattern again (the first try was for experimentation) and make a few variations this time. 

Back View
used double
crochet throughout

The yarn I’m using is called, “I Love this Yarn,” and is available at Hobby Lobby for about $3.50 (USD) per skein.  I like that it’s acrylic for easy washing and is super soft which makes it nice to work with.  It’s not only perfect for my budget but it comes in so many fabulous colors.  My second beret is going to be done in the color “Ivory” which will be a fun look for the winter months.