Christmas Family Finished Handmade Handmade for Kitty Kitty Knitting

To keep out the cold {handmade for Kitty}


If there is one fundamental rule of life that I have learnt from growing up with a little sister and a fairly crafty Mum it is that in all things, yarn, fabric, thread and all things creative, equality shall prevail.

And so if Elma was going to get a Mama-made Christmas present, then my goodness me so was Kitty.

Fortunately, what Kitty really wanted, really really wanted, was a hat.

She’d chosen the yarn a while back, on an afternoon forage into Mama’s yarn stash, pulling out a skein of my fluffy handspun from goodness knows how long ago.  It’s pink and purple merino, spun to be fuzzy, and plied into a gorgeous smooshy cloud of little miss’ favourite colours in a roughly aran weight.

She popped it into my knitting bag.

It’s sat there for a good few months but every time it crept to the top she’d give it a gentle pat, and remind me;

“That’s a hat for me Mama!”

I did contemplate making up my own pattern but with Christmas rapidly approaching and all the fun and games of Elma’s party my brain ached at the very thought of it, so I turned to Ravelry and into my search for “a nice easy toddler hat, with a bit of interest for the knitter, but not so much that it got lost in the yarn”, walked the Able-Cable Hat.

Five days later, and a whole five days before Christmas, a small squishy parcel made it’s way into the pile, and on Christmas day Kitty finally got her hat.  I don’t think she took it off until bath time.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I love that the cables aren’t really cables but pairs of increases and decreases,

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I love that it shows off all the colours in the yarn

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I dearly love the way that the points come together in a little five petalled swirl at the crown,

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But more than anything else I love that from a little plastic bag of fluff and my hands, I made my girl smile.

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  • Lucy 16/01/2014 at 9:09 am

    That is a super cute hat. You can’t beat hand knitted things in my opinion, you can just feel the love in them. x

    • Carie 17/01/2014 at 2:15 pm

      I think that’s part of the joy in being able to knit for my girls – it’s time I’m giving them, not just a snuggly warm head!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 16/01/2014 at 9:54 am

    So cute, Carie… So nice to have snugly warm things to wrap up in through the winter months, especially if they’re handmade with love!

    • Carie 17/01/2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you, it’s definitely keeping her nice and warm!

  • Ivona 16/01/2014 at 10:54 am

    Beautiful hat.

    • Carie 17/01/2014 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Claire @ Great British Family 16/01/2014 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful. It’s so lovely to be able to make things for our little ones. I’m currently trying to learn to knit.

  • Mandycharlie 16/01/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Its lovely, I really like it, I wish there was a proper pattern for a huge adult head, such as mine. Its just the thing should we get a flurry or two of white flakes.

    • Carie 17/01/2014 at 3:44 pm

      It is an adult pattern too – thicker yarn and more repeats – so in the unlikely event of even the tiniest bit of snow you could be snuggly warm too!

  • Katie 16/01/2014 at 9:57 pm

    It’s gorgeous Carie can you make me one please? 😉 x

    • Carie 17/01/2014 at 3:45 pm

      Now that all depends on the bribery and corruption offered!

  • Mammasaurus 17/01/2014 at 12:01 am

    You have the knitting skillz! I can only knit rows and always seem to muck up the ends – and that’s without any fancy stuff! The colour really suits her x

    • Carie 17/01/2014 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you, I find knitting very therapeutic – it’s just a nice side effect that it makes such warm and snuggly things for the family!