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Scrappy Colourblock Hat

Hi everyone, I’m here today with a free knitting pattern for a super bulky weight hat. This scrappy colourblock hat is a great pattern for all of your leftover bits of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or other super bulky weight leftovers.

This is also an easy level free knitting pattern and it is a beginner friendly hat pattern. This is a really great free knitting pattern for your first hat if you are just learning to knit.

You only need to know how to knit and purl, knit two together and slip slip knit, and knit in the round. I know that seems like a lot if you’re just getting started and learning to knit, but it’s easy I promise!

If you’re learning to knit and don’t know how to do those things you can pick them up really easily! Here are some helpful tutorials:

Knitting in the round

1×1 ribbing

Knit two together

This free hat pattern also makes for a great last minute gift because it works up super quickly and it only requires a bit of each colour so you can make it with bits of leftover yarn from your stash.

I wanted to call this hat the Oh Sh!t last minute gift hat! If you’re anything like me you leave your Christmas gift knitting until last minute. I do this every year and whip up some last minutes hats, mittens or ear warmers using super bulky yarn. These projects come together so fast and make great handmade Christmas gifts.

So this year I started to tally up who still needed a gift. We are not doing any Christmas gatherings this year, but we do have some family dropping by to do a socially distanced gift exchange. I wanted to knit up a couple quick handmade gifts, but when I looked in my yarn stash…there was not a full skein of super bulky in sight!

This year with the lockdown it’s hard to just run out to the craft store and grab some super bulky yarn, and even if you can run to a store yarn has been in short supply. And this hat works up SO QUICK I knit the adult, child, and baby size all in one day.

I always have a TON of leftover bits of super bulky weight yarn like Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. But never enough for a full hat, a half skein of one colour, a quarter of another, bits and bobs leftover from hats and mittens.

This hat is knit in the round from the brim up. 16” circular needles are used until the decrease rounds when it is necessary to switch to DPNs or magic loop to maintain tension.

This knit hat comes in three sizes: baby/toddler, child, and adult. This knitting pattern is written for the smallest size with the numbers for the larger sizes in brackets. 

Required skills: knitting in the round, knit, purl, knit two together, slip slip knit

Yarn

  • Super bulky – Sample used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick
  • Colour A: 9 (11, 12) yds
  • Colour B: 9 (11, 12) yds
  • Colour C: 9 (11, 12) yds
  • Colour D: 9 (11, 12) yds
  • Total: 36-48 yds

Needles

  • US 13 (9 mm) 16” Circular needles and DPNs or size to obtain gauge

Notions

  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
  • BOR marker
  • 3 stitch markers (different from BOR)

Gauge

  • 10 sts and 14 rows = 4” by 4” in stockinette stitch

Sizing

  • Baby/Toddler (Child, Adult)
  • Fits head circumference 17-18” (19-20”, 21-23”)

Abbreviations

BOR: beginning of round

CO: cast on

dpn(s): double-pointed needles

k: knit

k2tog:  knit 2 together

p: purl

pm: place marker

Rnd(s): Round(s)

ssk: slip slip knit; slip next 2 stitches one at a time as if to knit, return to left needle and knit 2 together through back loops

sm: slip marker

st(s): stitch; stitches

Pattern Instructions

With Colour A CO 36 (40, 44)  sts.

Join to work in the round and place BOR marker

Brim

Work 3 (4, 4) rnds of 1×1 ribbing (k1, p1 around)

Knit 1 (1, 2) rnds

Hat Body

Switch to Colour B

Knit 4 (5, 6) rnds 

Switch to Colour C

Knit 4 (5, 6) rnds 

Decreases

Switch to Colour D

Set up row: *K9 (10, 11), pm, repeat from * to end of rnd

Rnd 1: *Ssk, k to 2 sts. before next marker, k2tog, repeat from * to end of rnd

Rnd 2: knit to end of rnd

Repeat rnds 1 and 2 until 12 (8, 12) sts. remain, switching to DPNs when circumference becomes too small for 16” circular needles.

Finishing

Cut yarn leaving at least an 8 inch tail, using a yarn needle weave yarn tail through remaining sts. and pull tight. Weave in ends.

Make sure you share your projects on social media and don’t forget to tag me!

I really hope you enjoy this free hat knitting pattern for the scrappy colourblock hat! You can see my other knitting patterns in my Ravelry store and follow me on Instagram to keep up with all of my knitting adventures.

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November 2020 Round-up

I cannot believe that November is over and it’s already time for another monthly round-up! The monthly round-up post is my opportunity to share with you what I’m knitting, my works in progress, my knit finished objects, knitting patterns I’m working on and MORE.

In this edition: my woeful neglected WIPs, a FREE hat pattern and my new crafting obsession…let’s dive in!

Current Knitting Projects

For Fox Sake Sweater

I wrote about this knit colourwork sweater in my October Round-up, and I had about 20 rows left in the yoke. Now I have maybe 5-7 rows left. I haven’t worked on it for the past few weeks, but I am done the foxes!

A recent photo of my For Fox Sake when I finished the foxes!

This is going to be my last sweater of 2020, if I finish it this year at all and it’s looking very possible that I won’t. But once I get through the yoke and the sleeve separation my pace should pick up quite a bit.

Vampire Vibes Socks

For a second I thought For Fox Sake was my only WIP, but I am also working on a pair of knit socks. These were my Halloween Cast-on if such a thing exists. I’m using KnitPicks Felici in the colour Vampire Vibes.

In my last post I wrote about my experience with my first afterthought heel and I’m going to do another afterthought heel on this pair.

I haven’t knit much on them, I’m mostly pulling out this project for knitting during movie night.

Coziest Memory Blanket

I mean…this a a forever WIP and I promise I won’t include it in every monthly round-up, but I do want to chat a bit about my scrappy mitered square blanket. I started this blanket in August of 2019 and in August of this year I realized that I was barely 10% through.

Scrappy Sunday mornings are becoming my favourite new habit!

A few weeks back I set a goal of doing 2 at least squares every Sunday and I’ve been pretty good so far at keeping that up. If I manage to stick to this goal all the way through the end of December I’ll be 20% done when 2020 ends!

Finished Objects AKA Mini-FO Spotlight

Bear Lak Cowl

The honour of being the only Knits of Steele FO for November 2020 goes to the Bear Lake Cowl (Ravelry link) by Kacey Herlihy. This was a test knit, when I saw Kacey post the testing call I fell in love with this pretty cowl. And it came at the perfect time in my cowl/DK obession!

I’ve been wearing not only my Bear Lake Cowl but all of my knit cowls recently when cozying up at home!

I used KnitPicks Capra for this project. It was my first time using this yarn and definitely not the last. It is so cozy and warm, the squish factor is unreal.

New (FREE) Knits of Steele Design

I released a new free knitting pattern a couple weeks ago! Hazelnut Latte is a simple knit hat is a perfect wardrobe staple for Fall or Winter. I wrote about it on the blog when it was released, you can check that out here.

And you can download your free copy of Hazelnut Latte from my Ravelry store!

Other hobbies

Part of the reason that my WIPs have been so neglected in November is that I’ve been really enjoying some other hobbies outside of knitting this month.

I did A LOT of knitting in the first three quarters of 2020 and I’m not losing my mojo by any means, but I have taken some time to think about slowing down in the amount of projects I’m knitting. Running out of space in my closet…

Cross stich

Near the end of October I thought that I might enjoy Cross Stitch so I purchased some beginner friendly kits and my journey began. And I love it! Look out knitting…just kidding, knitting will always be my love/obsession but it’s nice to have some variation in crafts.

My first completed cross stitch. So proud of my little sour lemon – don’t look at the back 😉

I haven’t posted much about my cross stitching other than an Instagram story here and there when I’m popping in to give updates. I don’t intend for this to become a cross stitch blog LOL. But I do think I will write a post in the near future about getting started with cross stitch, what my experience was like and some tips for beginners, from a beginner.

I’m approaching my cross stitch journey way differently than my journey with knitting and I don’t think cross stitch will ever reach the same level for me as knitting has what with this blog and my Instagram account.

And that’s exactly how I want it! Posting about my knitting hasn’t taken away my love for it, but it has made that love different and I view cross stitch as a bit of an escape from that.

Gaming

Like many people I got really into Animal Crossing new Horizons during lockdown when it came out earlier this year. But over the past couple months my enthusiasm for the game was waning. And while I didn’t feel like I wanted to play, I was sad about that because it’s such a cute game and I was having a lot of fun.

In November I’m happy to say that my Animal Crossing motivation was back and I’ve had a lot of fun improving my island (hello five stars!) and making plans for cute little areas I want to create in the future.

Pikman

If you’re not familiar with Pikman it involves cute little creatures called, well Pikman! I had one of these games for my Nintendo DS and Matt surprised me with the new one for the Switch.

I just started so I’m not very far along, but this game is also going to be keeping me entertained when I’m not knitting!

Bugsnax

This game is the reason I have played on the new Playstation more than Matt has! It’s so cute.

You can check out the trailer here.

One of the reasons I am loving this game is the world is so whimsical and cute it’s nice to escape reality for a bit. And it’s like Pokemon, but sometimes I find Pokemon overwhelming, in Bugsnax it seems really do-able to actually catch all the critters.

Knitflix

This blog is already loooong enough so I’m going to try and keep the knitflix section short! Here are the shows, movies, podcasts I’ve been enjoying while I work on my knitting projects.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

If you have been following me on Instagram than you know that Buffy is my favourite show. At the beginning of lockdown I started a re-watch and it has taken me until now to finish it.

This was my first time watching the series beginning to end since I first watched it back in 2015. When Buffy aired I was too young for it and although I caught some of the later episodes on cable when I was older I didn’t really follow the series.

I’m a bit of a collector and I have way more Buffy stuff than I realized. When I dug out props for this photo I had totally forgotten about that colouring book!

Now that I’m finished the series I’m going on to read the comics which pick up where the show left off! And if I can get my hands on it, I’ll re-watch Angel which is a spinoff show.

Big Mouth

Matt and I love adult animation and after watching Archer a dozen times and finishing Rick & Morty we needed something new. With the 4th season of Big Mouth coming this week we figured it was a great time to get into this show.

This show is SUUUUUPER for adults only – very R rated and if a lot of sexual content is going to make you uncomfy I would avoid it. That being said it is hilarious and has had us laughing out loud and cringing all at the same time.

Wine and Crime Podcast

I used to be really into the podcast Wine & Crime (this is another one with graphic content for adults only), but with so many podcasts to keep up with, and not having a commute in 2020 I’ve fallen behind on episodes. Near the end of November I started listening again and now I’m working towards getting all caught up.

I really love the format of this podcast compared to other true crime shows, it’s broken down into segments with each host tackling the background of their topic or a case. And they have a wine pairing for every show!

That’s a wrap on November 2020! I’m not sure how this post got so long when I feel like I’ve hardly done any knitting…I hope you enjoyed it. Please share with me in the comments what you’ve been up to this month.

What’s coming up in December….I mean who knows, but I think I can say that the December Round-up will include a few words about chunky knits, a new cross stitch project or two, some Christmas knitflixes and maybe even an FO!

OH and my Christmas Eve cast-on because I already have that planned! Maybe I’ll even share some of my favourite cookie recipes here on the blog.

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Free Hat Knitting Pattern: Hazelnut Latte

I’m so excited to share this new free knitting pattern with you for this pretty worsted weight knit hat. This free hat knitting pattern is great for beginner level knitters.

I started this knit hat in late 2019 or early 2020, I’m not really sure because I ended up putting it down at some point and leaving it dormant for a while! But it’s finally finished and now it’s available as a free knitting pattern for you.

My inspiration for this easy knit hat was something really squishy and cozy to wear in the early spring and late fall. The perfect knit hat for that chilly transition weather. A simple style with just enough detail to keep it interesting. 

And the name….well I bet you can guess what I was drinking when I thought up this design 😉

This is a fairly easy knit hat that would be suitable for beginner level knitters who have knit a couple of hats already. This free knitting pattern is a unisex design and would look great in any colour, I think it would suit variegated yarn very well!

I used Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird for this knit hat in the colour Linen which is such a soft and cozy shade of white. This yarn is so soft and squishy. It’s the perfect yarn for a cozy and simple knit hat. You may recognize it from the free knitting pattern Hacked Hat that I put out on this blog earlier in 2020. 

I settled on reverse stockinette for this free knit hat pattern. Knit inside out to avoid all that purling, with knit stitch details along the decreases to create the illusion of a seam. 

One of the most challenging things to figure out for this free hat pattern design were the decreases. I’m used to decreasing on the right side using a knit-two-together and slip-slip-knit to create paired decreases, but this design is knit wrong side out so it required decreasing in reverse. 

So I ended up using purl-two-together and -slip-slip-purl. The slip-slip-purl was a new technique for me and it took a little while to get used to. You can find a tutorial on Very Pink!

I almost gave up and just left it at a purl-two-together on each side, it didn’t look quite right but it would be “good enough”. I’m so glad I took the time to figure it out. It took a little trial and error but I finally got it! And it was totally worth all the extra effort. 

I put this knit hat in hibernation again for a while after figuring out the decreases, but the cool weather sparked my desire to finish this cozy hat and to write it up as a free hat knitting pattern. It’s available as a free Ravelry download!

Hazelnut Latte has been a staple in my wardrobe this fall and I love it so much. I hope you feel the same! You can download the free knitting patter for Hazelnut Latte on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hazelnut-latte

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Free knitting Pattern: Scrappy Knit Coasters

Hi friends! Wow it’s been a minute, but I’m really happy to have a new post for you today AND it’s a fun free knitting pattern! This is free knitting coaster pattern is for a set of knit coasters with a cute lil’ tassel that are a perfect way to use up super bulky weight yarn scraps.

I’ve really been slacking off on the knitting blog lately, although I’m trying to be kind to myself, what with the COVID-19 pandemic and stress at work there has been a lot of change. One of the reasons is that I just haven’t been using my planner to be accountable to myself and the goals that I set.

A floral 2020 Agenda book sits on a brown outdoor table with a glass of pink iced tea on a white hand knit coaster
I really need a hard copy planner to keep myself on track

Earlier this year, I posted about my 2020 knitting goals and one of them was to use more stash yarn and knit more scrappy projects. At the beginning of COVID-19 lock down I decided I would take the time to do some projects around the house. And one of them was to organize my stash.

While I was organizing I realized I have a lot of scrappy balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. Like a lot of knitters this yarn is a staple for me for Winter items like hats, mittens, and scarves. But I always have a fair amount left over and I can’t just throw it out!

So I wanted to come up with a knitting design to use up some of these super bulky yarn scraps and this free knitted coaster pattern was born!

There are instructions for a 1 colour or 2 colour knitted coasters in this free knitting pattern. I love to make a set of 4 using two colours. There’s also a tutorial with photos for making the tassels.

4 knit coasters sit on a brown outdoors table
I used the bright Astroland colourway with the more neutral Fisherman to create this set of 4

These knit coasters are perfect for keeping condensation off your furniture on a hot summer day when you enjoy a cold drink. The knit coasters can also be used for warm drinks, be careful not to place a very hot mug on the knit coasters though, as Wool Ease Thick & Quick is primarily made of acrylic it can melt under very high temperatures.

A glass of pink iced tea on a knit coaster, three other coasters are stacked next to it
Save your furniture from condensation when you enjoy a cold drink this summer!

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Materials

US 13 (9mm) knitting needles

Yarn needle to weave in ends

Scissors

Approximately 20g (33 yds) of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or super bulky yarn per knit coaster

Square coaster or another small square/rectangle item (for making the tassel). You could also cut a template from cardboard for this.

Gauge

8 stitches and 20 rows = 4 x 4 inches

Instructions

1-Colour free knit coaster pattern

Cast on 10 stitches

Knit 14 rows

Bind off all stitches leaving an 8 inch tail, you’ll use this to attach the tassel

2-Colour free knit coaster pattern

Cast on 10 stitches in colour A

Knit 7 rows

Switch to Colour B

Knit 7 rows

Bind off all stitches leaving an 8 inch tail, you’ll use this to attach the tassel

Knit coaster tassel

I used a 3″ by 3″ coaster to create my tassel by winding the yarn around the coaster 12 times.

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Cut the yarn from the ball and then cut the wound yarn along the bottom of the coaster.

Take one strand of the yarn and put it to the side.

Hang the yarn strands over your needle and wrap the strand you put to the side around all of the strands and tie it.

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Sorry, this is upside down! It wouldn’t let me rotate the image!!

Trim the tassel to desired length.

Attach the tassel to your coaster by threading the tail from your bind off through the tassel and then weaving that end in.

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Weave in all remaining ends.

Enjoy your knit coasters to keep your table looking nice and give your favourite beverage somewhere to sit!

Share your WIPs and FOs on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me @knitsofsteele!

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You are allowed to sell your finished items made with this pattern. You may not use my photos/images to sell your items. Please give pattern credit to Knits of Steele/Cassandra Steele on your listings. Happy knitting!

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Free Knitting Pattern: Reusable Knit Cotton Face Scrubby

This free knitting pattern for a reusable knit cotton face scrubby is a great way to reduce waste instead of using one-use cotton pads. I was inspired to design this pattern by Earth Day and out of a need I had in my own skincare routine!

I was so tired of using toilet paper, tissues and one use cotton pads to take off make-up, remove nail polish, and apply toner. Not only was it a waste to use so many one-use products, but they didn’t work very well!

A white woman's hand holds a bottle of Lush Tea Tree Water Toner against a dark wood table with a reusable knit cotton face scrubby next to it
These scrubbies are great for applying toner – this is my favourite toner from Lush!

When cotton knit face scrubby patterns started cropping up last year, I thought wow that is such a great idea, but something was wrong….nearly all of the ones I saw were crochet!! There’s nothing wrong with crochet, but I cannot crochet more than a chain so making a round face scrubby was out of the question.

So I grabbed some cotton DK from my stash and got started! I knew I wanted to design a knit face scrubby that was pretty enough to leave stacked on the counter and also functional. So I sat down and designed Reusable Cotton Face Scrubbies 4 Ways!

The pattern includes instructions for

  • The Classic style
  • Mitered Square
  • Striped Mitered Square
  • And Bordered style

6 reusable cotton face scrubbies laid out on a white background
Four scrubby styles are better than one!

And today I’m so happy to bring you the pattern for the Classic style as a free knitting pattern on the blog in honour of Earth Day 2020!

Each square takes so little yarn, this is a perfect stash busting project to use up leftover bits of cotton, which adds to the sustainability of the design. I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK for my scrubbies in the colours Dolphin Blue, Duck Egg Blue, and Vanilla Cream.

If you plan on using your scrubbies as knit make-up remover pads or nail polish I would recommend a darker colour so it doesn’t show the stains as much.

A blue reusable cotton face scrubby sits on a grey washcloth
FREE on the blog the Classic Style Scrubby!

Free Knitting Pattern: Classic Style Knit Face Scrubby

Inspired by the classic hand knit dishcloth, this classic style make-up pad is knit corner to corner with timeless eyelet details around the border.

Abbreviations

k: knit

k2tog: knit two sts together

yo: yarn over

st(s): stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Cast On 4 sts

Row 1: K all sts

Row 2: K all sts

Row 3: K2, yo, k to end

Repeat Row 3 until there are 18 sts.

Row 4: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end

Repeat Row 4 until there are 4 sts. 

Row 5: K all sts

Row 6: K all sts

Bind off all sts. 

Finishing

Weave in ends and block if desired. 

And that’s it – this free knitting pattern so easy! I bet you already want to make more. Did I mention that these make great gifts? I sent some pictures to my mom and she said she wants some, so I’m planning to make her a set for Mother’s Day.

A blue and cream reusable cotton face scrubby sit on a grey washcloth on a dark wood table
A close up look of the Bordered style. This one has two different textures on the right and wrong sides!

Don’t forget you can visit my Ravely store to get the full pdf knitting pattern that includes instructions for 4 Scrubby styles:

  • The Classic style
  • Mitered Square
  • Striped Mitered Square
  • And Bordered style

A reusable cotton scrubby sits on an aqua washcloth on a dark wood table
Shhhhh don’t tell the others, but the Striped Mitered Square is my favourite!