Want to make an adorable hat in less than two hours? I've got the perfect super simple pattern for you! With the help of super bulky yarn this hat comes together lickety-split! If you are new to knitting I've included links to helpful YouTube videos, if you can knit and purl, you can make this hat! And if you are an experienced knitter you can cast on and bind off in the time it takes to watch a couple episodes of your favorite show, might I recommend Stranger Things or Call the Midwife?
If the little bear ears aren't your thing you can simply opt for a single pom pom or leave them off all together. In the interest of simplicity this beanie has a very basic decrease and can be made smaller or larger with very little fuss. The pattern is written for a toddler/little kid but at the end of this post you will find tips for making baby or big kid sizes.
Knit 1, Purl 1 to create a simple rib until your work measures 8 inches
Knit 2 together (K2tog) for two rows until ten stitches remain (if not using magic loop you will need to pull your cable out at intervals and muscle it a bit, but I promise it will look good when you're done)
Cut the working yarn, leaving a long tail
Weave that tail through the remaining stitches as you remove them from the needle, pull tight and secure with one knot.
Make two pom poms by wrapping yarn around three fingers, tying it at the center with a piece of yarn, cutting the loops, and trimming.
Attach your pom poms to either side of the hat (about 3" measured from the center down along the curve of the hat with a flexible measuring tape).
Weave in all your ends and try not to be blinded by the cuteness!
For a baby sized hat try casting on less stitches in multiples of 2, I would go with 34 and start your decreases at 6 inches.
For a larger hat cast on more stitches in multiples of 2, 48 should do it, and don't decrease until 9-10 inches.
I love giving handmade gifts. I decided special free printable handmade gift tags were in order, lest someone thinks I simply bought them a present. Or worse still, dares to give a less than thrilled reaction.
These pretty tags have a great sense of humor. I think my favorite one is "Made especially for you - No returns." Click here to download and print: Free Printable Gift Tags for Handmades. The free printable gift tags come in many different color options including: black and white, red and green, earth tones, and brights. Why the big variety? I didn't know what style wrapping you were going with and I wanted them to work year round, plus Illustrator is fun!
But not as fun as arm knitting! How's that for a segue? I got the idea for these gift tags when I was creating this gorgeous squishy cowl for my sister. The pattern is from my dear friend Anne Weil's AMAZING book Knitting Without Needles.
I have never been more impressed with a craft book, I want to create every single project! After feeling how soft and snuggly this cowl is I plan to try my arm at the cable knit blanket next. And my next door mat with be made of rope for sure! Jude already loves to finger knit, know we've got tons of fun ideas for all that chain! Not only are the projects beautiful, they are also totally do able.
The instructions are extremely detailed and clear. And arm knitting is so so quick! There are so many great items from this book that you can create in less than an hour. It's a handmade gifters dream! And the perfect gift for every crafty person on your list. In fact, be sure you add Knitting Without Needles to your own wish list too! Want to win a copy of your own? Head over to Instagram for all the details.
Arm knit all your gifts this year and don't forget to top them with a special gift tag!
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The wants: they travel in the air, through the net, and into the mailbox. Catalogues, pinterest boards, ads, instagram accounts, they all contribute to a false feeling of need. A desire for more: more clothes, more travel, more toys, more time to create. The wants hit our house hard and fast recently.
Instead of being grateful for two shows, Jude wanted a third. He asked and begged for things at every store. There didn't seem to be enough stuff, privileges, or attention to quench his desires. And the grown ups weren't doing much better. I found myself wanting to shop more. Pining for the money to travel and expand our house. Wanting more and appreciating less. I noticed that focusing on want makes you more apt to complain. It is a formula for dissatisfaction.
Luckily, the anecdote is simple and free. You can treat a case of the wants by cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Once we started focusing on the haves instead of the have nots we all felt a whole lot better. Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with striving for more, but it also never hurts to appreciate what you already have. If you'd like to try cultivating gratitude with your family, here are a few things that have worked for us.
6 Tips for Cultivating An Gratitude
1. Keep a gratitude journal. This is a habit that I work hard to keep (I had fallen off the wagon big time). Taking just a few minutes each day to list five things you are a grateful for can really help quell anxiety and place a spotlight on the things you cherish. Any type of notepad will work but I've got a free printable if you'd like to make it extra special.
2. Play three best things. At dinner each night we go around the table and share three highlights from our day. This simple activity has been a lot of fun for us. It allows us a special window into Jude's day at kindergarten and he helps us guess what Ronan would say which often hilarious and sweet. Plus, my husband and I tend to vent to each other about our days so this is a great time to hear what went right!
3. Practice random acts of kindness. This can be as simple as smiling at people as you pass them on the street. Or striking up a friendly conversation in line at the grocery store. Maybe you have enough cash to buy the person behind you a coffee. Spreading happiness makes you feel glad to be alive.
4. Be charitable. Volunteer your time and give to those in need. Nothing makes me more grateful for all I have than truly recognizing those who go without. It can be painful to think about, but helping, even in small ways, is a great way to build thankfulness.
5. Write thank you notes. Do you ever think about that teacher who helped you see the world differently? Do you appreciate how your parents are always there to lend a hand? Does the continued support of your best friend put a smile on your face? What if, out of the blue, you wrote them a thank you note? I'll be honest, I haven't tried this one yet, but I plan on trying my best to write one once a week. (If you'd like to join me, follow on instagram and look for the hashtag #52thankyous, coming soon!)
6. Avoid your triggers. Scale back your social media participation, put those catalogues straight in the recycling bin, go for a hike instead of a trip to the mall. Try to recognize what sparks the wants for you and your family and do your best to avoid them.
I hope these tips help you feel a little fuller and happier this holiday season and beyond. I am so very grateful for my readers. Thank you for visiting my little home on the web.
P.S. - I created the above image as a free printable. Simply save it to your computer, print, and enjoy. (As always all free printable are for personal use only, thank you!)
I am thrilled to announce the sale of a beautiful new ebook: Handmade Winter
Just in time for all of your winter crafting and celebrating! This book is packed with over 50 craft tutorials, recipes, and beautiful thoughts for a wonderful winter. As a collaboration put together by the amazing #creativemamas team, it's like having all your favorite blogs in one place. Gifts to create, meals to share, reasons to cozy in and celebrate - not just the holidays - but all winter long.
I've got a pretty cool jewelry tutorial in there. And if you ask me, the cocktail recipes alone make this book a great value. (Pst - it's only 15 bucks!)
What are you waiting for? Get your copy today! And don't forget all of the creative mamas on your list!
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