Crystal Palace Yarns - INDIE PATTERN - Knit
The fine folks at Storey Publishing are at it again. I am really excited about the latest of the one-skein books,One-Skein Wonders for Babies. I was fortunate enough to have three designs chosen for the book: the "Circus Rings Baby Hat" in Mini Mochi, the "Circus Balls" in Mochi Plus, and the "Cabled Baby Hat in Merino 5".
This is a great book and a must for every knitter's library! Who doesn't have that extra skein from a long ago project just longing to turn into something beautiful. This is also great for those impulse yarn shop buys, where you fall in love with a yarn and must have a skein, even though you have no current plans for it. (You know what I mean!) This book is especially good for the gift-giving season, as one-skein projects are quick to knit!
The "Circus Rings Baby Hat" has to be my favorite pattern of my three designs, and it landed on the cover, which is pretty exciting! I designed it in Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in the vibrant "Intense Rainbow" colorway. I had designed a set of mittens several years ago in this colorway, using horizontal bands of St st and rev St st to make the coiled, tube-like pattern. I decided the same effect would be great in a child's hat. The colors in the yarn behaved perfectly, so that each outer ridge was a different color. That is what is so great about the Mochi yarns; the color does so much of the work, and it is so exciting to see what emerges as you knit. The piece is finished by using basic decreasing to form the flat top and then working an I-cord for the top knot. This whimsical piece is not only a great hat for a baby-toddler, it also doubles as a toy. The bright color, soft hand and fun construction are very stimulating for babies. I myself couldn't help pulling up and down on the top knot, making the coils expand and contract. Even my husband, Gerry couldn't resist trying it on, although I don't think it quite fit him. And the best thing about this project, and everything in this book, is that it only takes one ball to make!
Still on the rainbow kick, I decided to design the "Circus Balls". These are done in the "Intense Rainbow" in Mochi Plus, the Aran-weight version of Mini Mochi. These are fun toys that are worked in the round with simple decreasing. A provisional cast-on is used so stitches can be picked up to work the secont half of the ball. One ball of Mochi Plus will yield three circus balls! Now, you just have to teach your youngster how to juggle and you'll have a great street act!
TThe "Cabled Baby Hat" is a classic cable design using the luxurious basic, machine-washable Crystal Palace Merino 5.. If you are not experienced with cables, don't fret. The best way to learn cables is to make a cabled project. And this is just the project! It is fairly quick to work up and takes only one ball to make. It features two panels, each with a central cable and two side cables. The top crown is formed so that the cables disappear gradually into the final I-cord, which is tied in a knot at the end for added cuteness.
Book photos courtesy of Geneve Hoffman Photography