Thursday, December 29, 2011

Simple Projects-Elf or Wizard Hat

A couple months ago I bought this book

The main project that caught my eye was the elf hat on the cover.  Its very easy to make as you only need to know how to do the knit stitch and simple decreases.   

The hat is also a good introduction to using double  pointed needles and only takes about two hours to make.  I used Habu Thick and Thin which is a really fun yarn to work with.   You only need one skein to make a toddler sized hat.   Basically you just cast on about 42 stitches and distribute between three double pointed needles (I used size 13) and them knit in the round until the hat measures around five inches.  At this point you being decreasing two stitches at the start of each needle for every other round until you have done ten decrease rounds.  Then you decrease every round until you have three stitches left.  Cut  tail of yarn and thread the yarn on a needles and then pull it through the remaining stitches and down through the top of the hat.  I  made several of these fun hats, one for my friend Pat's adorable grandson Luca  Here he is in his hat at Steak Frites:

Me and Luca at the restaurant

The pattern describes the hat as an elf hat but since Luca's mom and grandma know what a Harry Potter nutter I am we referred to the hat as Luca's Wizard's hat.  It does seem to have magical sleep inducing powers as Luca napped most of the time he had it on.   Hopefully, the hat will help mom and grandma get more sleep.

Our friends at Brando and Bogart gave us the Liebster Award.
We are so honored!  This is our second time receiving the award.   Everyone should visit Brando and Bogart to see the adorable cavaliers and get their puppy fix.

Here are five blogs I want to pass the award on too:

Too Cute Pugs-Just as the name describes this great blog is about too super cute puggies

Sheltie Times-Two adorable shelties and their adventures

Shalloweir Stories- Beautiful pictures and uplifting stories

I Tell Ya' What- The adventures of one super cute good ole' boy pug

Embee Cavaliers-Gorgeous cavaliers and lots of wonderful information about the breed and about responsible breeding


  1. Nice! A magical hat! It came out lovely!

  2. I need to learn to knit. Cute elf hat...and what a cutie and his mom too.

  3. Its actually me in the pics, not mom

  4. Thank you so much for the award! We're very honored!

    (btw - we love the hat. That book looks fun. Mom has tried knitting but she's not very good so she's sticking with crochet but one day she'd like to learn to knit better).

    Pug love from,
    Pearl & Daisy

  5. Hey there, honey! Thanks fer the award!! I'll be bloggin' 'bout it after new year's. I got a party tuh attend this weekend an' I'm SURE that'll be blogworthy I tell ya what.

    That's a cute kid (but don't tell nobuddy I said that!)

  6. adorable hats but don't give mom any ideas
    Benny & Lily

  7. That is an adorable hat and an adorable little boy!

    P.S. I didn't forget about the question you asked me ... still trying to figure that out! :)

  8. Padded over to wish you all a very Happy New Year... got an elf pattern...and beautiful pics :-)

    Gonna have to come here more often :-)
    Have a very Happy New Year Guys :-) xxxxxxx