Friday, August 30, 2013

Test Knitters Needed - Alligator Beanie!

Hello blogging world! I have the beginnings of a wonderful pattern, and now it's needs to be tested out by you!

I have three sizes that I would like tested, more sizes to come later.

Sizes currently:
3-5 months
6-12 months

If you are interested in being a test knitter please send me an email -

I'd love to get this tested and rolled out by the middle of September so I need my testers all lined up by September 6 at the latest!

These are my finished beanies.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dragon / Lizard / Alligator Tail Beanie for Baby

I just finished creating this beanie (and pattern) for a friend who is soon to be auntie! It was so much fun to experiment with this pattern and see what worked and what didn't. I chose to create my own pattern for this because there aren't a whole lot of options on Etsy or just from using google search. There are a few crochet patterns, but unfortunately I don't know how to crochet! I'm working on the final touches of the pattern and will have that up soon in my Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy shops.

I am super excited and proud of this pattern and beanie! It turned out super adorable. It's perfect for the alligator themed baby room and wardrobe! I've made two variations so far, the first picture is the alligator version with two rows of fins. The second picture (below) is the classic dinosaur or lizard tail, with one row of fins. 

Now I'm working on getting the pattern set for all of the different measurements for babies, children, and of course adults, because we all need a dragon or alligator tail beanie in my opinion!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Tyrian Slouchy Beanie

I've got three more weeks before classes start so I'm hoping to knock out a good chunk of my xmas presents for friends and family, and add a few more pieces and patterns to my small Etsy shop!

I finished this Tyrian Slouchy Beanie a long time ago, but never wove in the ends. I had forgotten about it until a couple weekends ago when I was searching for some missing knitting needles.

I wish I remembered the pattern I used too! I'm trying to recreate something similar so I have it on file and don't lose it again. I could sure use some tips on how to keep patterns organized!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Oversized Slouchy Beanie Knitting Pattern - Free!!

I created a new pattern! This one is free since it hasn't been tested by anyone but me. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

I created this beanie for a friend of mine who has a pretty large dome (25 inches!!!). The beanie measures 21 inches in circumference when laying flat, but has a crapton of stretch to it. I kind of like it on me, even though it is pretty big. It's comfy and isn't too tight so I won't get a headache when I wear it - which is always a good thing! I do fear that a gust of wind will come along and take my beanie with it.

Anyway, on to the part you have all been waiting for - the pattern!

Oversized Slouchy Beanie

Approximately 140 yards of Caron Simply Soft (Grey Heather)
US Size 7 circular needles (16 inch)
US Size 10 circular needles (16 inch)

1”=5 stitches on size 7 needle

Using size US 7 circular needles, cast on 108 stitches (multiples of 4) for a
circumference of 21 inches. This beanie is very stretchy and fits larger heads.
It’s very loose on a petite head.

Place Marker and join together to knit in the round.
Rounds 1-4 - *K1, P1, repeat from *

Change over to US 10 circular needs to start Pattern:
Round 5 - *K2, P2, repeat from *
Round 6 - *K1, YO, K1, P2, repeat from *
Round 7 - *K3, P2, repeat from *
Round 8 - *K3, P2, repeat from *
Round 9 - *K3, pass the first stitch over the last two worked stitches, P2, repeat from *
Repeat rounds 5-9 a total of 6 times, or more if you want a longer beanie. 6 times will make a 9 inch tall beanie when complete.

Start decreases.
Round 1 - *K6, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 2 and all even rounds - Knit around
Round 3 - *K5, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 5 - *K4, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 7 - *K3, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 9 - *K2, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 11 - *K1, K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 13 - *K3tog, YO, repeat from *
Round 15 - K2tog around.
Cut yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. String the tail through the remaining stitches and weave in the ends.

Machine wash warm, gentle cycle.

YO - Yarn Over to increase by one stitch
K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together to decrease by one
K3tog - Knit 3 stitches together to decrease by two

Copyright Sara Marie Creations, 2013. Pattern not for distribution or resale. Finished objects using this pattern can be sold, but please reference back to Sara Marie Creations in your listing. Thank you and happy knitting!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Malabrigo Yarn

My husband is the best. For his job he goes to people's homes and does energy audits. He was at a nice woman's home doing his audit and noticed that her 3-car garage was filled 3/4's of the way with tubs and tubs of yarn. He mentioned that I love to yarn and got into a conversation about knitting, etsy and yarn. 

He gave her the link to my etsy shop so she could see what types of things I like to knit. She went to one of her many tubs and pulled out this amazing skein of malabrigo yarn for me. 

I am still in shock that she gave a complete stranger a very nice, and gorgeous, skein of yarn! It's so pretty that I don't even want to knit anything with it. I just want to look at it!

Any suggestions on what I should knit? It's 210 yards of worsted weight. I'm thinking a beanie or a cowl. Maybe the Madelinetosh Honey Cowl that I knit for my grandma a while back??