Feeling Festive

This year I really seem to have got my festive spirit back. It may be a bit early for some of you, but I got very excited when I saw these  lovely cup cakes in Sugar Junction last week. I went home and whipped up this little santa hat.

This pattern makes a hat for a child with approx 35 - 45 cm head circumference.

You can have one just like this if you have a ball (or approx 100m) of Aran weight yarn and a 5mm circular needle (40cm long). Just cast on 50 stitches, knit until you have a piece roughly as long as it is wide, turn inside out and bind off using a 3 needle cast off. (If you can’t manage a 3 needle cast off and don’t have the time or inclination to look at  a video simply cast off as usual and sew up. Embellish as you wish. I used 2 beaded felt balls bought from Fibre and Clay in Knutsford, but you could easily make a couple of pom poms or tassels with the same or contrasting yarn.

PS I was in Sugar Junction with my lovely friend Debbie. Do check out her latest workshops, especially the dye and steeking days which I am desperate to attend.

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  1. Love that hat! So cute x

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  2. heikeknits

     /  November 23, 2011

    You are a very busy knitter, crocheter, blogger, baker ….at the moment, well done and thank you for sharing x

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  3. Ali

     /  November 23, 2011

    COOOOL hat Tracey! xx

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  4. Tracey Todhunter

     /  November 23, 2011

    Thank you everyone, I just love the build up to Christmas :)

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  5. I love the hat – although I don’t think Malcolm would want me to wear one in public! I keep looking at steeking – it really scares me …. I should take the plunge and do a little sample piece,

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  6. Tracy Anderson

     /  November 25, 2011

    Adorable! Isn’t it interesting what inspires us?

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  7. Love it! You went to Sugar Junction without me :-) I really think this is a brilliant idea x

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  8. I can imagine it with bells on as well! Very cute, I love Christmassy things. (Swap parcel now in post)

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  9. I wondered when the cupcake would be making an appearance! Love the hat : ))

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