Ninna Beret

This is  absolutely the most precious  little girl’s hat I’ve seen all year. Originally written in Finnish for Ulla magazine, it was designed and  has recently been translated into English by Sari Astrom.  I  knitted one up for my four year old grand daughter Corina. She wore it yesterday,  and I liked it so much, that I’m now about to cast one on for myself as well. It’s available at the link below, translated from the original Finnish into English.


Vintage Knits: 1830’s Night Cap

One of my absolutely favorite historic textile books is The Workwoman’s Guide, published by Old Sturbridge Village as a reproduction of the 1838 original. I’ve made  shawls, a twisted fringe, and muffatees from patterns in this resource, but they do require lots of “translation”, from the archaic terminology to the modern that we can understand.

 Franklin Habit, author of It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons, has made all the necessary adjustments for a gentleman’s night cap, and did a test drive. Don’t you love a man who knits? The full story, with pattern, is over at Knitty. It’s a beauty. If you have the patience to cast 208 stitches on to size 2.5mm, US size 0, needles, this is the pattern for you. The lace edging is lovely, and when you’ve  completed the borders, it’s fairly easy with lots of decreases. After Christmas, I may just try it myself.

Thank you kindly, Franklin, for doing us this great service!

“Tricorner” Hat for Kids

So cute! A pattern that I  discovered a couple of years back at is this jester-like 3 peaked little honey. So far I’ve made 2. They knit up in a flash using bulky weight yarn and 10 1/2 size circular or double point needles. Self striping or print yarns work so well with this style. You can make the points as long or short as you like, and maybe even add some little bells.

The picture link is broken at the site where the pattern’s listed, but shown here are a couple of my own versions, modeled by 2 old friends


Pony Tail Hat

Here’s a cute, cozy, quick, and easy hat to knit for the pony tail wearer in your life. Materials:

  • Bulky weight boucle yarn, 125 yards
  • Size 13 circular or set of double pointed needles
  • Small length of thin elastic cord
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 7 stitches = 4″ in pattern, slightly stretched

With circular needles or dpns, loosely cast on 40 stitches. Join, being careful not to twist.

Work in rounds of k1, p1 knitting for approximately 12 inches.

Bind off loosely in rib.

Thread elastic cord through sts about 3 inches below 1 end. Pull cord in tightly to gather and tie securely.

Trim cord ends and allow top of hat to roll naturally to the outside.

If you’d like to knit a matching scarf:

Cast on 15 stitches on size 13 straight needles

Row 1: K1, *P1, K1, repeat from * across to end. Turn.

Row 2: P1, *K1, P1, repeat from* across to end. Turn.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 to desired length. Cast off in rib.