Category Archives: Hats and Gloves

A Little Nightcap

Once the summer is on it’s way, I like to keep my hair curly.


It’s a chore for me to set my hair in rollers every week and then sit under a dryer.  Ever since Cristi taught me how to use a diffuser two years ago, it has been even easier to maintain curly.  The only problem I had was for sleeping.  I didn’t like that my curly hair would sometimes get all knotted up at night.  I toss and turn a lot. I have several tight handmade crochet hair nets to sleep with when I wrap my hair when it’s straight.  I bought a loose one at the beauty supply to try on my curly hair and it started unraveling after just a few uses.

So, in comes A Little Nightcap.

Hair net 1

Perfect for keeping my hair in curls at night with no knots in the morning.

Hair net 5

I am a happy camper!  You can make it small enough for a bun net, too.

bun net

The nets stay in place because you hem in either a snagless (no metal) headband for the slumber cap or a ponytail elastic for the bun net.  It can also double as a quick cute cap to run to the store with if your hair is not done on any given day.  :o)

Hair net 2

A special thank you to Sara (BaconPony on Rav) for helping me name my cap and winning one knit by me in the process.

A Little Nightcap

  • A Rosi G. design.  Ravel it for your free pattern download.
  • Sizes: Slumber cap and bun net
  • Yarn: fingering weight, shown in Hazelknits Artisan Sock
  • Yardage: 50 yds for bun net, 150 yds for slumber cap, more if you need a larger cap
  • Color: Chocolatier
  • Needles: US 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9
  • Gauge: not important
  • Cost: slumber cap: $7.50, bun net: $2.18
  • Started and finished: Bun net takes about 1.5 hours tops, slumber cap maybe 2.5 hours


If you’re like me, you have a bunch of single skeins in your stash that half the time you don’t know what to do with. Most are probably hand-painted yarns that are difficult to find patterns for.

I can help with a few of those.


Let me introduce D’Lado – a quick hat and cowl set from ONE SKEIN of Brooks Farm Solo Silk.

That’s right, one skein for BOTH of these.

The hat starts off with an I-cord edging.  You pick up stitches and knit a twisted rib.  Then follow the charts along to create a cute swirl at the top with hidden crown decreases.


The cowl is knit as if it were a scarf, back and forth, with built-in I-cord edges.  You then seam the back to create the cowl.


Both of these will take you about 3 days total.

So, pull out your most gorgeous, soft, handpainted yarns and get to knitting!!

D’Lado – A Hat & Cowl Set

  • Source: Rosi G.
  • Yarn: Brooks Farm Solo Silk (about 220 yds for the hat and 184 yds for the cowl)
  • Cost: I got the skein at Rhinebeck for $18 – that means a hat AND cowl for $18, ya’ll!!
  • Needles: US 7 for the cowl; US 6 and 7 16″ circular and dpns for the hat.
  • Started: December 20, 2008
  • Finished: December 23, 2008

The First and Last

Hiya.  Thank you for all the birthday wishes to hubs.  He had fun reading them.  😀

So remember how at the end of last year I started loving dpns again?  The love intensified when I found Lantern Moon Sox Stix.  I bought my first two sets from Cristi who was destashing; and, that’s it.  I’m officially HOOKED on them. The ones I got from Cristi are ebony wood.  I then went and purchased a rosewood set from The Loopy Ewe but I don’t love them as much as I do the ebony.  They’re ok, just sharper and I don’t really like sharp needles (as you’ll soon find out).  I prefer my needles blunt and rounded.  Like me. 😉

As my last FO of 2008, I made a pair of Knotty Gloves on the Sox Stix.  These are my first gloves.  With fingers, that is.  I have always made mittens or fingerless or wristwarmers.  Never full-fingered gloves.  Can you say LOVE??  And, WARMTH??

Knotty Gloves

I used some gorgeous STR Mediumweight that I got from Cristi a couple of years ago in one of our Bday swaps.  The colorway is Backstabber.  No, she wasn’t trying to tell me something.  I hope.  LOL  Ain’t it gorgeous though??

Knotty Gloves

  • Source: Free pattern on Rav
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock, Mediumweight (0.7 of the skein; about 266 yds)
  • Color: Backstabber
  • Cost: This yarn was a gift but since it usually costs around $21, the gloves come out to about $14.70.
  • Needles: US 2.5
  • Started: December 10, 2008
  • Finished: December 30, 2008
  • Mods: I used larger needles and a heavier yarn to fit my large hands.

During my holiday vacay, I cast on for a pair of New England socks (from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush).  I used some Koigu yarn I’d gotten from the Yarn Tree when they had all of their Koigu on sale because they will not be carrying it anymore.

New England Socks (3)

Koigu never has enough yardage for my size 11 feet, so I did the heels and toes in a solid-colored Louet.

New England Socks (1)

I love the star-shaped toe on these socks so much that I’m using it on all of my top-down socks from now on.  It’s so easy to do (you just k2tog at 4 even points every other row until you have half the sts left, then dec every row until you have about 8 sts left – no grafting!) plus it fits my feet better than a square toe.

These are my first 2009 FO.  I could’ve probably finished them in 2008 but I was too busy reading (yah, I got roped in).  😉

New England Socks

  • Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
  • Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (2 skeins) in a speckled blue and Louet Gems Pearl in Neptune (.15 skeins)
  • Needles: Used US 1.5 ndls for the leg and US 1 ndls for the heel and foot
  • Cost: Koigu = $9.75 * 2 = $19.50; Louet = $8 * .15 = $1.20; Total cost: $20.70
  • Started: December 25, 2008
  • Finished: January 4, 2009
  • Mods: None really except for the two different sized needles.