Hello knitters! Love is in the air and Valentine’s day is approaching. I know that it is super corny, but I really enjoy this holiday because I love pink! AND I like cheesy romance movies, particularly of the ’90s variety.
So this week while I’m sitting on the couch with my knitting here are the movies on my Valentine’s Day knitflix list.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This movie is on the top of my list because I haven’t seen it! I didn’t jump on the bandwagon when this movie was trending, so now here it is on my list and little bit late for all the hype.
A classic! I saw Dirty Dancing for the first time on TV one weekend when I was a teenager and have loved it ever since. This movie is a must-watch for me every year.
P.S. I Love You
Get the tissues!! This is a great movie, but boy oh boy what a tear jerker. I just love the story, it’s different from your typical romance film, and the soundtrack is excellent.
Romeo + Juliet
You can’t get more classic than Shakespeare right? I have been wanting to watch this movie again and Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion.
To be clear I’m talking about the 1996 one with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. But the more traditional one from the ’60s is good too!
10 Things I Hate About You
If you want a ’90s teen romantic comedy movie than look no further! This is another of my favourite movies, but I’m not sure I’ll be giving it a watch this week because I just watched it a couple weeks ago…
Fun fact: this story is based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew. The first time I watched this movie was for English class in school. So I guess two points for Shakespeare on this knitflix list!
If you need a knitting project to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit, check out my For the Love of Stripes knit hat design on Ravelry. This free hat knitting pattern is inspired by Valentine’s Day!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here’s a free knitting pattern for a ribbed hat! A very easy knit hat pattern that’s great for beginners. This unisex slouchy beanie is worked in a 1×1 rib stitch and will fit most adults and some children.
This lightweight hat is the perfect accessory for transitioning in and out of Winter, thick enough to keep your head and ears warm, but not so thick that you’ll be burning up.
The Hacked Hat
You might be wondering how this hat got its name. I mean what does a nice knit hat have to do with hacking? Well, there is a story behind it…
One of the first hats I ever made was a slouchy hat made of denim cotton yarn. But as cotton tends to do, it stretched out quite a bit after a few wears. One day I wore it to work with a black hoodie and had my headphones on at my desk, and all my coworkers told me I looked like a hacker- LOL.
My cotton denim hat is now too stretched to comfortably wear, but I found the perfect yarn to make a slouchy hat that would stay on my head! Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird.
It’s 100% merino, so soft and a great value. Did I mention easy to come by because it’s available and big box craft starts and the colours!! I used the prettiest soft grey for this hat, and I have a bright coral colour in my stash that’s waiting to be knit.
And so with an idea and the perfect yarn, the Hacked Hat was born!
The Hacked Hat is a unisex beanie worked in a 1×1 rib stitch. The stretchy nature of the stitch means it will fit most adults and some children without the need to adjust the pattern. The fit of the hat can be adjusted to be more or less slouchy as desired.
Hacked Hat Pattern
Knitting in the round
Knit two together
Purl two together
149-164yds/136-150m of worsted weight yarn.
Sample used 149yds/136m of Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in Sterling
US size 6 (4mm) circular needles 16” (or longer if you wish to knit with the magic loop method)
US size 6 (4mm) DPNs
32 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm in 1×1 rib st. unstretched
Folded Flat 7” x 10”/18cm x 25.5cm
BOR: beginning of round
CO: cast on
k2tog: right leaning dec; knit 2 together
p2tog: right leaning dec; purl 2 together
st(s): stitch; stitches
CO 100 sts., join to knit in the round, place BOR marker. Be careful not to twist your sts.
Rnd 1: K1, p1 to end.
Repeat this round until hat measures 9.5” (24cm). Approx. 62 rounds, depending on your row gauge. Proceed to decreases.
If you wish your hat to be more or less slouchy then either start the decreases sooner, or repeat rnd 1 until desired length is reached.
Switch to DPNs
Rnd 1: K2tog, p2tog to end (50 sts.)
Rnd 2-4: Knit.
Rnd 5: K2tog to end. (25 sts.)
Rnd 6: K2tog to last st., k1 (13 sts.)
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use a yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining sts. And pull to tighten.
Weave in all ends.
You’re ready to rock your new hat!! And maybe become a computer whiz 😉
Use #hackedhat to share your WIPs and FOs on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me @knitsofsteele!
You are allowed to sell your finished items made with the Hacked Hat 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!