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Recently, I knitted some baby mitts.  They’re also good as no-scratch mitts if you have cooler weather.  The green set will fit a newborn and still fit several months later.

Click here for the pattern.

For the blue set, I used a Weight 3 yarn (baby alpaca?) with US 6 double pointed needles (DPNs).  For the green set, which came out smaller, I used Sensations Sincerely in Grass Green (Weight 4) with US 6 DPNs.  I cast on 24 for the blue set and 16 for the green set.

I made changes when I did the green set, because I wanted to use a larger weight yarn (to make matching mitts for a Yoda hat).  I also wanted to make the mitts smaller.  See below for the adjustments I made to the pattern.

Pattern Changes for the Green Set (to make them smaller):

CO 16 (instead of 24)

R1 – work for 10 rounds (instead of 12)

R2 – end up with 20 stitches (instead of 30)

R4 – end up with 24 sts (instead of 36)

R5 – do 8 rounds (instead of 10)

R6 – no changes

Delete R6-8

R9-12 – no changes

Hand Mits1

Hand Mits2

Hand Mits3

Hand Mits4Here they are with the baby Yoda hat and sleep sack that I knitted.

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Knitted Baby Sleep Sack

Recently, I knitted a baby sleep sack to match the Yoda hat I’d made.  I love this pattern, because it unbuttons at the bottom for easier diaper changes.

This is the Snug in a Bug Sleep Sack pattern.  I used Sensations Sincerely in Grass Green (Weight 4) and US 8 circular needles.

Here is a personal pattern note:  When working on the buttoned bottom, it says to BO 36 sts and K the next 36 sts before turning your work.  In my personal notes, I wrote that I knit 35 and had 36 sts on the needles, because I had one left from binding off.

Yoda Hat12

Yoda Hat13

This is with a Star Wars wet bag that I made.

Yoda Hat04

This shows how the sleep sack looks with a regular knitted hat (non-Yoda).

Yoda Hat02

This shows how the sleep sack can be unbuttoned.

Yoda Hat01

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How to Knit a Baby Yoda Hat

I wanted to knit a baby Yoda hat, but I couldn’t find a pattern that was just right.  I found it best to knit a hat and then add the ears on.  This is based on the You Seek Yoda Hat by N. Lutz, but you don’t leave holes in the hat for the ears.  The beauty of doing a complete hat first is that you can always remove the ears when it’s not Halloween time.

I used Sensations Sincerely Yarn in Grass Green (Weight 4) with US 10 double pointed needles.  The hat is a baby size.  I know it’s too big for a newborn, but I don’t know what size baby it would fit after that.

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First, knit a baby hat.  Then, make the ears.  For the ears, you will be working in the round, but on double pointed needles (not circulars).

Yoda Hat Ears (Make 2):

CO 22

R1-4 knit

R5 K1, K2tog, K to last 3 st, SSK, K1 = 20

R6-7 knit

R8 repeat Row 5 = 18

R9-10 knit

R11 repeat Row 5 = 16

R12-13 knit

R14 repeat Row 5 = 14

R15-16 knit

R17 repeat Row 5 = 12

R18-19 knit

R20 repeat Row 5 = 10

R21-22 knit

R23 repeat Row 5 = 8

R24 knit

R25 repeat Row 5 = 6

R26 knit

R27 repeat Row 5 = 4

Cut yarn, pull through, and weave in ends.  You can stuff the ears with extra yarn if you like.  Then, sew them onto the hat.

Yoda Hat05

Yoda Hat06

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Knitted Baby Bear Hat

I knitted a baby hat with bear ears.  It’s very long and meant to be folded up so that it can fit a child as they grow.  It turned out pretty large.  I know it’s not newborn size!

I used US 13 needles and Bernat Softee Chunky yarn in Dark Taupe (Weight 5).

Click here for the pattern.

Bear Hat01

Starting the hat (above)

Bear Hat02 Bear Hat03 Bear Hat04 Bear Hat05 Bear Hat06

Starting the ears (above)

 Bear Hat07  Bear Hat09 Bear Hat10 Bear Hat11

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Orange Earflap Baby Hat

This is the Papallona Earflap Hat.  Click here for the pattern.

Orange Earflap Hat1

I used US 7 circulars and Caron Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) Weight 4 yarn in Coral.  I made the pattern in the infant size.  I’m not sure what age it would fit, but it’s definitely larger than a newborn size.

Orange Earflap Hat2

I found Row 6 of the pattern to be very tricky.  I can best describe it as being similar to a butterfly stitch.

Here are my personal Row 6 notes:  K7.  [Take R needle and pick up all three strands as if to knit.  Yarn over and pull through (go back down through the three strands) sot he 3 strands are caught by this new loop.  Knit the next stitch and pass the loop over the knit stitch (like casting off – decreasing).  K9.]  Repeat brackets.  K2 (last set instead of K9).

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Lots of Knitted Baby Hats

I know a lot of ladies who are expecting fall babies.  I had some fun knitting baby hats for them!

I used Super Bulky (Weight 6) yarn.  The girl (pink) hats are made with Patons Melody Quick & Cozy Yarn in Happy Daze or High Energy.  The boy (blue/lavender) hats are made with Red Heart Baby Clouds Yarn in Lavender.

I cast on 24 stitches for each hat.

Both girl hats

Close-up of one of the boy hats


Lots of hats!

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I recently knitted Hermione’s Deathly Hallow’s Graveyard Beret.

I used Vanna’s Choice yarn in Dusty Purple.

Click here for the pattern.  The instructions up to when you start decreasing are great.  Once you get to the decreasing, the instructions are not as clear.  Below, I listed what I ended up using for the decreasing section, based on what I read in the comments section of the website.  Please note that these are my personal corrections.  With the particular yarn I was using and the rewritten directions, the hat will be more of a slouch hat than a fitted one like you see in the movie.

My rewritten directions for top shaping (decreasing):

  1. (S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  2. (K2, P2) around
  3. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2) – repeat until 2 st. left, then K2
  4. (P2, K2) around
  5. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2, K2) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  6. (K2, P2) around
  7. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2) repeat until 2 st. left, then K2
  8. (P2, K2 around)
  9. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2, K2) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  10. (K2, P2 around)
  11. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1, P2) repeat until 2 st. left, then K2
  12. (P2, K2 around)
  13. (S1, K2 tog, psso, K1) repeat until 2 st. left, then P2
  14. (K2, P2) around
  15. Weave tail through leftover sts and pull shut.

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Knitted Baby Hat with Flower

Recently, I knitted a baby hat for my friend’s baby shower.  I also added a knitted flower to it.  I used Caron One Pound Yarn in Azure (light blue) and Sage (light green).

Click here for the flower pattern.

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Organizing My Yarn Stash

I’ve been keeping my yarn stash in bins on a bookshelf, but the yarn wasn’t organized.  I recently sorted the yarn by weight and labeled the bins.  It makes it much easier to choose projects, because I can now look to see if I have a certain weight of yarn.  It also got me looking up the yarns I had to determined what their weights were.

Here’s how I labeled my bins:

  • Weight 3- DK Weight
  • Weight 4 – Worsted Weight
  • Weight 5 – Bulky
  • Weight 6 – Super Bulky

Above:  Super Bulky Yarn (Weight 6)

I have a lot of Caron One Pound yarn (Weight 4).

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I recently knitted an adorable baby poncho.  I also added a knitted flower.  Click here for the poncho pattern and here for the flower pattern.

I liked the flower pattern, because it was well written and had helpful pictures of each step.  I had tried a different pattern before that, but my finished product didn’t look like a flower!

I used a double strand of Caron One Pound Yarn in Azure for the poncho and a single strand of Sage for the flower.  The poncho came out really thick.  Also, I didn’t have long US 10 circulars, so I used US 8.



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New Yarns

It’s always exciting to go out and buy new yarns, especially when you’ve been trying to use yarn from your stash, and when you’re sick of the colors that you have at home and you want to get some different ones.  One can only knit with so much baby blue.

To be frugal, I picked out the patterns I wanted to do before I went shopping, so that I went armed with a very specific list for yarns, such as “55-110 yards of a brown weight 5 yarn.”  I also used coupons (and competitor coupons)!


  • Sensations Sincerely in Grass Green – Weight 4
  • Bernat Softee Chunky in Dark Taupe (I call it dark brown) – Weight 5
  • Caron Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in Coral (I call it bright orange) – Weight 4

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Pumpkin Hat

I have to say that this is such a cute hat.  It’s knitted with some golden/orange yarn (most likely weight 4), as well as Caron One Pound in Forest Green (also weight 4).  I used US 8 double pointed needles.  It is sized for a newborn.

I based it on a hat pattern, a stem pattern, and a leaf pattern.  There was a little experimentation as I went along as well.

It was tricky knitting in the round on double pointed needles.  I tried it on circulars, but the circumference wasn’t wide enough, so I had to go back to the DPN’s.

When it came time to tack down the leaf and stem, I kept the stem twisted so that I wouldn’t have to do an extra tendril.

Starting the stem

Starting the leaf

The finished hat!

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