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Three Crowns for Christmas {handmade for Kitty, Elma and Pip}

04/01/2016

As is often the way with these things, I had grand plans for Kitty, Elma and Pip’s handmade Christmas presents.  But as the days rattled past and we drew ever deeper into December the yarn for Kitty’s cardigan stayed skeined and for Pip’s jumper sat in neat tidy balls, and the plans for Elma stayed simply in the planning stage.  It was clear that some drastic rethinking of the plan was needed.

It was Kitty herself who gave me the idea.  She was talking about going to visit Father Christmas and what she’d ask him for for Christmas; dressing up shoes, a microphone and an Elsa crown.  Well the first two weren’t going to happen; her feet grow faster than I can keep up with in school shoes, let alone dressing up shoes and a microphone is the very last thing this house needs, but a crown? A nice stretchy knitted crown that would stay on her head, not dig in, and could even be used to hold a playsilk in place for the full medieval princess look.  Now that I could do.

And there in the stash lay the very yarn for the project; a little skein of 50g of my hand spun Florida Tidepools; proper Elsa colours with teal and turquoise and pale green and even a bit of angelina in the mix for some added sparkle.  It was too little to use for more than an accent in any major project and so it had been sitting in the stash for years just waiting for its moment of glory. And this was it.

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The pattern is the Elegant Knit Crown by Kathryn Andrews and it’s the perfect knit for emergency Christmas (or Birthday) knitting.  I started on the smaller size but with my slightly thinner yarn and using 4mm needles not 4.5mm it looked a bit too small so I pulled it all out and started again.  Even so, two evenings’ work and I had a beautiful sparkly crown blocking on the ironing board, discretely covered by a tea towel to hide it from curious eyes, and more importantly than that, I had the pattern memorised.

The next two crowns, first for Elma and then for Pip, flew off the needles.

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They’re both knit in the smaller size, still on the 4mm needles, Elma’s from the end of a ball of handspan that once made Kitty a hat and Pip’s from the end of the yarn that made Elma her very first newborn baby surprise jacket.  This is a brilliant project for using up the tale end of a beautiful ball of yarn.

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The crowns do need wet blocking after you finish the knitting, just to make the points all pointy and everything unfurled and crisp like a crown ought to be, but they were a quick enough knit that they were all blocked and dried and wrapped on Christmas Eve, ready to be tucked up in the tree.

And once we were back from church and all set for a round of presents it was to these squishy little parcels that the girls made a beeline.  They’d seen me knitting in the previous days and wondered what it was but I’d always said I was just knitting, which I’m pretty sure they know translates into something for them.  I’m happy to report that (a) they fit, and (b) the girls love them.  Pip is fairly ambivalent about being a prince, although I did find it was quite a useful extra ear warmer when we were out on a windy day; a multipurpose crown if ever there was one.

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And with that we wrap up the Christmas knitting, of sorts anyway.  H’s Christmas present (four skeins of sock yarn and the label “some assembly required”) is well under way, but I’m pretty sure it’s not Christmas knitting if you never had any intention of casting on until after the big day. Epiphany Knitting perhaps, or maybe even Easter?!

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  • sustainablemum 04/01/2016 at 8:49 am

    They are brilliant! What a great idea for a quick, easy handmade present I am always on the lookout for them……

    • Carie 04/01/2016 at 10:14 pm

      Then store these up because they’re awesome!

  • erica 04/01/2016 at 8:27 pm

    you are soooo talented…and they are perfect for your princesses !!!xoxo

    • Carie 04/01/2016 at 10:13 pm

      Aww thank you lovely

  • Kim 05/01/2016 at 12:13 am

    What gorgeous crowns, and Carie the photos are stunning. Happy New Year!

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 9:03 pm

      thank you my dear and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  • Zena 05/01/2016 at 10:19 am

    Oh the crowns are so whimsical and your children are just gorgeous.

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 9:02 pm

      Aww thank you so much 🙂

  • sally 05/01/2016 at 11:09 am

    I love these, they make me want to be able to knit! And I especially love the idea of them holding down a play silk.

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 9:01 pm

      I’m certain you could – they’re really very easy – that or we need to organise a swap!

  • zauberflink 05/01/2016 at 11:30 am

    Oh, they are so very lovely! And you can see the happiness in your childrens sparkly eyes 🙂

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 8:59 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain 05/01/2016 at 1:37 pm

    Adorable! You can tell that the kids LOVE them! What a great way to encourage their imaginations!

    • Carie 05/01/2016 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you – they were definitely a win for the last minute Christmas present!

  • karen 06/01/2016 at 1:04 pm

    oh those crowns are adorable but the photos of your little models is beyond precious!!

    • Carie 07/01/2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you – they do look rather sweet!

  • Jeanette 06/01/2016 at 7:43 pm

    these are adorable…and so are the sweet girls wearing them! what a great gift idea!

    • Carie 07/01/2016 at 9:41 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • hydeeann 08/01/2016 at 4:42 pm

    those look cute and comfy! much better than the sparkly plastic ones my children keep getting gifted. the kind i step on in the dark – ouch! nice job, mama.

    • Carie 08/01/2016 at 8:42 pm

      Oh the pain of stepping on the prongs of a plastic tiara – it’s almost as good as lego – ouch! So yes, definitely much better!

  • eleanor 08/01/2016 at 5:15 pm

    Dress up shoes, schmess up shoes, I love the dresses with boots! The crowns are great, happy they are so loved 🙂

    • Carie 08/01/2016 at 8:43 pm

      Well of course, what princess doesn’t wear wellies!

  • Judy 08/01/2016 at 8:04 pm

    Oh, Cari! The crowns are absolutely adorable but the pictures of your kiddos wearing them are just priceless!! Those smiles!! It is clear they love them and how convenient that they can be worn to keep ears warm too! So awesome that your kids wanted to open the gifts that they knew you made for them first 🙂

    • Carie 08/01/2016 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you – I think they are some of my favourite pictures of the girls of late; I must remember to print them for their walls!

  • Jenny Benton 08/01/2016 at 8:27 pm

    What a clever, loving Mum you are!

    Jenny from New Zealand

    • Carie 08/01/2016 at 8:47 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Heide 08/01/2016 at 8:28 pm

    Just adorable!Brought back fun memories of my daughter always wanting to dress up and be a princess. You kids look like they are having much fun with he crowns. TFS.

    • Carie 08/01/2016 at 8:48 pm

      They do love being princesses – and it’s so much fun to see what they think a princess should do!

  • Caryl @cinnamon holiday workshop 09/01/2016 at 12:45 am

    These are adorable…both the crowns and your kids. What wonderful memories they will have of these special crowns.

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:20 pm

      Thank you, I’m so pleased they like them 🙂

  • tammy stack 09/01/2016 at 3:21 am

    thank you for sharing! I know a certain young kansas city royals fan who would love one of these come May!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:21 pm

      Oh that would be perfect, and so much more comfy than plastic or paper crowns

  • Kaholly 09/01/2016 at 1:52 pm

    Sweet! I need to make a couple of these!

    • Carie 10/01/2016 at 11:21 pm

      It only takes an evening!