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Simple Newborn Beanie

Simple Newborn Hat

Simple Newborn Hat

Simple Newborn Hat

0.5 to 1 oz (40 to 80 yards) of DK weight baby yarn – scrap sock yarn works great.
Size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, set of size 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles, yarn needle, stitch marker

k = knit  p= purl
k2tog = knit two together

Cast on 72. Join to knit in the round. Place stitch marker at the beginning of the round. K2, p2 repeated across round until the hat measures 1-2 inches.

Rnd 1-3: k
Rnd 4: k5, (k2tog, k10) five times, k2tog, k5 – 60 stitches
Rnd 5-20: knit – or however many rounds it takes for hat to be 4.5-5” tall from cast on.


Rnd 21: K8, k2tog entire round

Rnd 22: K

Rnd 23: K7, k2tog entire round

Rnd 24: K

Rnd 25: K6, k2tog entire round

Rnd 26: K

Rnd 27: K5, k2tog entire round

Rnd 28: K

Rnd 29: K4, k2tog entire round

Rnd 30: K

Rnd 31: K3, k2tog entire round

Rnd 32: K

Rnd 33: K2, k2tog entire round

Rnd 32: K

Rnd 33: K1, k2tog entire round

Cut 8” tail. Using a yarn needle, put remaining stitches on tail. Pull tight. Weave in ends.

Give colorful hats to friends expecting babies!









Who doesn’t need a wool hood during the summer?

Cowl hood for Finny


When I recently visited Finny, she said she’d like to have a hood she could wear under sweatshirts when it was rainy or cold. We looked for a pattern and a color of yarn she liked. And within a couple days, this simple project was done.

Cowl hood for Finny

While this makes no sense for a Phoenician, I am considering knitting a few more of these for family and friends in Colorado. I can see how this would be super cute under a pea coat, or pulled down like a chunky cowl.

What’s on your needles?



One Way Tee


One way tee

One way tee

When I saw the One Way tee on the cover of Interweave Knits, I knew I wanted to try it. I’d never knit lace before, and this is the perfect blouse to wear over a long-sleeve t-shirt in the depths of a Phoenician winter.

Logically, I finished this project in June. It took about a month to knit in Madeline Tosh Shire.


  1. Madeline Tosh yarn is gorgeous, but doesn’t come in dye lots. The next time I use this yarn, I’ll buy it all at once to ensure the color scheme is close.
  2. Saddle shoulders with lace are a pain. So is knitting a sweater in pieces. I prefer knitting bottom to top, in the round. If I made this, or one like this, in the future, I’ll do the math to knit the body in one piece.
  3. Lace takes a lot of precision. This is not a project I could do while watching Netflix.


Next up: Big Cozy knit scarf

Let’s Knit Together, Shall We?


Seattle SweaterMy friend Rachele recently completed watching Gilmore Girls and would occasionally text me, “OMG. Paris is the best!” or “OMG, I love Emily!” Or “Why do Lorelai and Rory consistently make the worst decisions possible?” #maxmedina #thedeanrendevous


Just, yes.

Seattle Sweater

And then came the text, “Um, Paris’ scarf is amazing and I totally want to knit it!”

Paris and Rory’s scarves are amazing. They are also double knit and way too much scarf for Phoenix at anytime of year, much less so this week when we are going to be in the 90s. I told Rachele I’d read something online about a GG scarf knit-a-long, with yarn kits and the patterns, and we could host our own. And then I took a closer look at the pattern and thought, “I’m never going to be able to wear that. It is going to take me a year to knit. And it is not going to be inexpensive. Hey! I know, maybe I should knit that Purl Soho dovetail scarf I’ve wanted to make forever instead.”

Seattle Sweater

And that, friends, is how we came upon the Spring Knit-a-long (SKAL). Here are the rules:

  1. The first rule of the SKAL is you do not talk about the SKAL. (Just kidding. Tell anyone you want, especially those who love to knit.)
  2. Pick a scarf you want to knit.
  3. Knit it.
  4. Send me a photo of your project in the works, or completed, and ideally: you wearing the end result!

There is no timeline, no pattern and no need to stress. This is an open invitation to knit something pretty for your neck and show it off. That’s it. I think Rachele may just bite the bullet, learn to double knit, and make the Paris scarf — which she could rock in Colorado.

I bought a soft merino yarn in a buttery yellow and another skein in a royal purple. I hope to get started this weekend. I’ll share my progress here, and on Instagram.

Knit on, friends!