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pair of squares and a PSA

November 8, 2007

pair of hats

This is the fastest hat to make EVER. So I made two.

Pattern: Center Square from
Yarn: Worsted weight wool, held double. I used up some Cascade 220, some Patons Classic Merino, and some Nature Spun Worsted.
Neeldes: US 10.5, 16″ bamboo circular.
Start – Finish: Nov. 4 – Nov. 7 for the pair.
For: A pair of secret recipients.

What am I knitting next? I can’t decide, and swatching doesn’t seem to help. I’ll probably end up making more hats. Here’s what I have going.


Swatch for a Norse Sweater or SIWASH Sweater (same diff) for Jerry. The pattern is from The Opinionated Knitter, and it’s a drop should sweater. I don’t like the light blue, and if I go ahead with this I’ll use cream in place of it – closer to what is in the book. Part of the problem with this is that I don’t think I have enough yarn. That is always the problem with me.


I want to make Jerry a cabley vest, and this chunky wool was on super-sale at the yarn store. It’s Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed. The swatch pictured is the fourth swatch I’ve made. I just can’t seem to pull all the pieces of the puzzle together, but I really want him to have a vest.

more reclaimed yarn

This is a bunch of wool from a sweater I got at the thrift store a long time ago. The sweater was a large men’s J.Crew raglan with a “hand knit” label. The yarn is bulky, but it’s actually just three strands held together, not spun together. This yarn screams garter stitch.

Have I told you how much I like unraveling wool sweaters from the thrift store? I really really love it. Don’t know why. Here’s two, though, that I haven’t been willing to unravel yet.

Made Especially for You


Public Service Announcement:
Go to your local thrift store today and rescue the hand knits!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2007 1:57 pm

    I love the vintage cloth label! I don’t think I could unravel those sweaters either; they’re lovely.

  2. November 8, 2007 2:27 pm

    Ok. WHERE are you finding these sweaters? I look and look and I do not find wool. LOTS, lots, and LOTS more cotton. Please, please, pretty please, share your secrets!

    The hats turned out great!

  3. November 8, 2007 3:51 pm

    I can’t help thinking that those two should be repurposed rather than recyled. The one with the green yoke could make a nice bag if you cut it off below the points, seam it and attach handles to the top.

  4. November 8, 2007 5:01 pm

    Oh I wouldnt unwind those last two sweaters either, they look good. I really like your two hats, they look great. I need to knit some hats for Christmas presents too, and will have to check out the Knitty website for some inspiration.

  5. November 8, 2007 6:50 pm

    What cute hats. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for Jerry.

    Yeah, those two would be hard to rip.

  6. November 8, 2007 8:34 pm

    Great hats – yay for quick knits! Those sweaters are too nice to unravel. It’s interesting how much yarn you got from the J.Crew sweater.

  7. November 8, 2007 11:01 pm

    Wow, awesome finds at the thrift store! I never find anything super nice like that… I have unwound one small banana republic sweater (wool/angora) that still needs a project, but was a great find.

  8. November 10, 2007 10:03 pm

    these two are heirlooms. one is so similar to something i had as a child that it is almost eerie.
    some people can wear thriftshop sweaters with much grace. and some like me just look like someone who put on an old sweater. unfortunately. i think you will look lovely in them.

  9. carpoolknitter permalink
    November 11, 2007 12:50 am

    how do you find such things? Lucke-e-e-e-e.

  10. November 11, 2007 2:34 am

    Those are some amazing finds! I will do my duty to the cast-away woolies soon.
    Love the tweedy chunky cabley stuff, can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  11. November 12, 2007 2:20 pm

    You must live in some sacred thrift Shangrila! (sp?)

  12. November 15, 2007 4:50 pm

    I am with nuttnbunny, because I can’t find anything half as good around these parts. I like to winder yarn to a degree that I can not describe. Do you love unraveling like that? I totally get it.

  13. Jennifer permalink
    November 18, 2007 6:20 pm

    Keep the light blue in the swatch but maybe just 2 purled rows in the middle (or somewhere) and try cream for the rest of the curly parts.

  14. November 23, 2007 1:44 pm

    Wow. I need to get myself to a thrift shop, STAT.

    Cute, cute hats!!!

  15. January 10, 2008 10:23 am

    I just posted the subject of my current unraveling obsession. My thrift store is filled to the brim with sweaters and I have only looked into the women’s. Most 100% wool sweaters cost between 1-2$. I am itching to go back and buy more but I have to make a dent into the pile I got last time. Some of the thrift store sweaters are fit for the 80’s and I am sad I left them behind. Colorful kids wear is always appreciated 🙂

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