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My March 1 blog post shared with you my efforts with the Frenchie Hat designed by Susan B. Anderson and featured in her Itty Bitty Nursery book. I have loved this hat from the start, and couldn’t wait to make it! I confess I started it a few times because I confused myself by over thinking the directions. Any seasoned knitter wouldn’t have had a bit of trouble, but I was rather new at this.

I don’t want to keep you waiting another moment… here is Frenchie Hat on my grandson The AshMan. Asher is almost 14 months old and he just loves his new hat! He and I took the hat for a stroll this morning and he sported it like it was “made for him”! Good thing because it was! I chose these colors because he will get the most use out of it in the fall. It’s for a toddler and is just a bit large on him now. Room to grow, I always say!

There are several things I love about this hat. I love the height of it, the tassel (mine is a lot longer and fuller than the one in the book, so that part is one’s own preference) I love the seed stitching… a first for me… and the changing of color. I also love the yarn I used. The colors are Cotton Ease from Lion Brand and the brown yarn is “I love this yarn!” And can be found here.

On Sunday I finished the hat for the exception of the swirly detail, while waiting in the car for Ninja Man to come back from the store.

This is a technique that I haven’t seen before… I assume it is something Susan created but I might be incorrect on that. Anyway, you crochet onto the hat then wrap the yarn around. What a cool, cool effect! Two evenings with this and the TV and I was done!

Thanks to Susan B. Anderson for a great pattern! I am ready to start the next one now! If you have another minute, please check out my March 1 blog on the hat.

God bless you all!


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Without a doubt, Susan B. Anderson is my very favorite designer for knitted baby gear. Her hats, sweaters and toys are so far superior to what else is out there that I get all wiggly thinking of the colors and yarns I’ll use for the next project!

I’m not an advanced knitter. I’d say I’m barely intermediate and if I could just follow directions I might actually BE intermediate! Anyway, all that to say that even I can produce something cute, cute, cute from Anderson’s patterns!

I was so excited to share my next project with my Saturday needlework group that I carried one of Anderson’s books with me. I took Itty-Bitty Hats to the coffee shop and poured over it, trying desperately to find the little baby hat called Frenchie.

I turned page after page, checked the table of contents, went back through the pages… It wasn’t there! Then I realized… silly, menopausal me! It is in Itty Bitty Nursery!
Soooo, when I got home I opened the book right to it and was so happy to know I wasn’t going crazy!

As you can see below, this little hat is just CALLING to be knitted and perched on a baby head!
I’ve just started this hat and I’m loving the colors!

I’m using Lion Brand Cotton Ease, mainly because there is no one local carrying the Spud and Chloe line of yarn! While I could order online, I have to see it and feel it before I can buy! Lion Brand’s Cotton Ease is W O N D E R F U L ~ AND it was on sale at Michaels! The colors I selected were terracotta, maize and lime. I already had the brown yarn, same weight, so I tossed that into the mix. The Lion Brand yarn is made in Turkey (so refreshing to find something not made in China) and is machine wash / dry. I love it! By the way, the brown yarn is called “I love this cotton” and I’m pretty sure I bought it at Hobby Lobby. I confess this is my second attempt at Frenchie. Yes, I tried it when I first got my book. It would have turned out great had I known how to count my rows and keep up with which is the inside and which is the outside. Yeah, I had trouble with all that.

So here I am, a few projects later and finally having those basic foundational steps under my belt, it is actually turning out like it is supposed to! By the way, that little chain link detail will be added at the end… it will go on the brown stripe and I’ll probably do it in green and yellow. Will see about that. Meanwhile, life goes on and I have to work for several hours today before I can knit some more! Oh, to have been born into money so I wouldn’t have to work for a living… but then again, I might not appreciate something as totally wonderful as an Itty Bitty hat, carefully knit for my little grandson. I thank God for making me who I am and that while sometimes I struggle with the foundations of things, He’s right there keeping me grounded.

Have a blessed day!

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I saw this pattern by Susan B. Anderson and just HAD to make this baby hat. It is called Sweet Peas and can be found as a download for $5.50 here.

The idea was to make it for grandson Asher, but seeing as I didn’t pay close enough attention to the size, I messed up and made it in a 2T. The AshMan should be wearing a 12 month hat this winter so this one is up for sale.

Anyway, the pattern calls for two skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic, but I used “what I had” in yarn… the green I used is Vanna’s Choice Dusty Green acrylic 3.5 oz yarn. The blue has a chenille effect and is TLC Amore. The color is Seagrass and the yarn is 80% acrylic and 20% nylon worsted weight.

So I was knitting the hat when in walks a baby. Oh yeah. She is only 16 months but I figured a little baby head is better than no baby head, so I put the tips on my size 7, 16″ circulars and plopped the hat upon said baby. It just so happens she is the cutest 16 month old on the planet, so she made my little hat look soooo cute!

Here’s the adorable result!

This was shortly after a scrumptious spaghetti dinner…

Anyway, I finished the “peas” yesterday and since my little model had to go home, I photographed it with a towel stuffed inside, hence the lumpiness!

So there it is in a nutshell… or pea pod… I enjoyed making this so much that I will be making a few more in the next days. This one whipped up in no time at all and besides, the AshMan needs one and there is something in the water here as several friend’s babies are due soon. I think there will be a whole GARDEN OF PEA PODS on my knitting needles!

I forgot to mention that I took the hat to church and tried it on a baby head and it fits a 2-3 toddler just fine!

Thanks to Susan B. Anderson for her delightful designs! And by the way, check out Susan’s new Spud and Chloe line of yarn here!

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