Friday, February 12, 2010

Socks & Hats With the Sock Wizard

I live in the part of the country that has been blasted with snow and lots of it. We've been pretty much confined to the house, but we've been fine. The cupboards and the pantry had been well stocked before the blizzard came. No school for the kids. No work for others.

Me? My yarn is well stashed. ☺ Snow days=knitting days, but then again, I don't need snow as an excuse to knit. Any excuse will do.

At Christmas, I was gifted with 4 sock knitting books. It was almost mesmerizing! I wanted to try out all those patterns, but when was I ever going to have all that time or all the money for sock yarn? Then, I had a moment of brilliance! Booties! Booties could be knitted up from all sorts of yarn from my stash. Then, I thought....socks are knitted in the round are hats!

Using the left over pink yarn that I had from my DD's hat, I decided to knit a pair of pink booties and a matching hat.

The pattern is from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks called "Woven Stitch", which is very similar to the basket weave stitch. I love the Sensational Knitted Socks & the More Sensational Knitted Socks books, because the patterns are categorized into 4-stitch repeats, 5-stitch repeats, 6 stitch repeats, etc.

I used my Sock Wizard 2 software and a pattern from my books to generate a pattern for booties knitted with Caron's Simply Soft yarn and size 6 needles.

It made a pattern for the booties with stitch repeats of 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 12! This software is amazing! After the booties, the hat came easily. Both are newborn to 6-mons. size.

My youngest daughter has been keeping herself busy while being cooped up in the house. She's love's origami, so she made me a little box to hold my tape measure on my knitting end-table.'s pink, too!

Hopscotch Cardi x 3!