Thursday, September 15, 2011

In Which Kitty-Chan Helps Model the Gnomey Ga-nomey Baby Hat

Almost there....
** NOTE: This post was written right after I finished this hat over a month ago so as not to forget anything **

I love bulky yarn. I love, love, love it. The only time I used bulky yarn was my very first project, so I didn't really have a good appreciation of it.  My knitting circle threw a baby shower for one of the knitting girls, Jen, who is having her second child in October.  For a present, I knit a very cute gnome hat in some great autumn-esque, bulky yarn.   And with the help of Hello Kitty, I will show you it in multiple stages.
Kitty-Chan thinks she is a gnome
With size 10 needles, this project flew by.  I was very pleased to see that I remembered how to use the magic loop.  What was not as easy to remember was how to end the hat...but thankfully YouTube is very helpful.

I debated for awhile on whether or not I should add the ear flaps and pom-poms.  I was intimidated by the thought of picking up stitches. Even though it was only 12 was still scary.  In the end, after searching YouTube for some videos, I finally decided to try it. And I'm glad I did! It was much easier than expected. I don't know if I did it correctly or not, but it worked.  
Yeah, Kitty-Chan didn't know what the big deal was either
"I will get even with you for this...."
And finally, the pattern called for pom-poms.  I used my Clover Pom-Pom maker and sewed them on with some leftover brown Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino from the baby blanket. If I had a smaller pom-pom maker I probably would have used that, as it is I used the smallest one I have...and absolutely adore how ridiculous it looks!!

Gnomey Ga-Nomey Project Details:
Pattern: Gnomey Hat by Adrian Bazilia
Yarn: Loops & Threads Charisma in Deep Woods
Needles: US 10 (Thank you Jackie ♥ )


  1. Aww, that's adorable! Nice work. :)

    xo, Liz

  2. Amy, that is so darn cute! What bulky yarn was it? I ordered the clover pom pom maker, too, but haven't had an opportunity to try it out. It looks like it did well - very consistent product. This is hands down a guaranteed smooch-producing product :)

  3. So cute! I love the colors and the ridiculous pom poms!

  4. @ Julie - LOL thanks! I used Loops & Threas (Michael's Craft Store brand) Charisma in Deep Woods. The pom-pom maker is tricky to use....definitely check out Youtube for a guide to walk you through.

  5. Hi Amy, I love how you moved slightly outside of your comfort zone and found the path thru a few Youtube videos. I swear that when we take up a project that forces us to move outside the typical project, we continue to gain confidence and move on to trying new things.

    I have still NOT finished my Tea Leaves cardigan but got brave, ripped back (both sleeves!!!) and I am doing them Magic Loop style so that I get uniform increases.

    I marvel to think that just a few years ago, all I would try were flat garter stitch scarves, and a hat in the round was adventurous!! Tee hee

  6. @ Erin - Thanks! There is so much to learn in knitting, that to stay stagnant would quickly become boring. And thank God for youtube! Since I stopped going to my classes, they are my go to place now.


Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! ~Amy