Saturday, February 21, 2015

anna knits - traveling cable hat

A few months ago I knit a Brooklyn Beanie (free pattern) for my boyfriend. He got great use out of it at the beginning of the winter, but with snow storms and record low temperatures hitting New York he needed a warmer hat. About a year ago, I bought some luxurious merino wool from Purl Soho, and after knitting this hat I still had a little over a skein of the Toasted Charcoal yarn left. With this yarn in mind, I started looking at The Purl Bee for a pattern. I settled on the Traveling Cable Hat, which was free (yay!), and would allow me to practice cables.

MODIFICATIONS: After reading some of the reviews for the pattern on Ravelry, I decided to use size US7 and US8 needles, instead of the recommended size US5 and US6. (My boyfriend's head circumference is about 23 inches.) I also modified the pattern to be less slouchy by knitting the cabled pattern a total of three times rather than four. The pattern used just over one skein of yarn (164 yards per skein). While the hat fits well and has stretched out a bit since I finished it three weeks ago, if I were to knit it again I might even go up another needle size, just to make it a little roomier. The one technical issue I had was that since I did not own 20-inch circular needles, I knit the hat on 16-inch circular needles, which was a little fussy (due to the over-crowding), especially at the beginning.  

In the end, I think the hat turned out beautifully, and I would recommended this pattern (with the needle adjustments I mentioned above). As you can tell from the picture of the hat being modeled (reluctantly) above, it has already gotten a lot of use. While I love seeing my knitwear in use, I am definitely ready for some warm weather. How many days is it until spring??

Monday, January 12, 2015

knitting, etc. - vogue knitting live

If you are going to be in the NYC area this weekend, don't miss the fifth annual Vogue Knitting Live Conference. There are classes and lectures suitable for all levels, as well as many other knitting inspired events. I am very excited to attend for the first time, and see the Norwegian/Swedish knitting duo, Arne & Carlos (I signed up for their Friday lecture). Plus you can now get HALF OFF all remaining NY classes with code NEWYEAR15. I hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

anna knits - last four of 2014

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. In the last few weeks I have travelled from Brooklyn-->Scituate-->Boston-->Brooklyn-->DC-->Palm Beach-->Miami-->Brooklyn. I managed to get in some knitting along the way, and below are four of my most recent projects. 

Here's to the knitting we finished, the work that is coming with us into the new year, and all the projects that will inspire/pacify/consume us in 2015. Cheers! 

Pom Pom Peds by The Purl Bee
Yarn: Kambgarn (Glacier Green)

Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns, Woolspun (Cranberry)

North Star Hat by Mary Ann Stephens
Yarn: Lion Brand Yarns, Wool-Ease (Navy and Gold)

And of course, more headbands by anna knits, etc. 
Yarn: Loops & Threads, Cozy Wool (Velvet)

Monday, November 17, 2014

anna knits - brooklyn beanie

I was gifted some beautiful North Light Fibers Fingerling 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Bamboo 2 ply yarn a few months ago. I was not sure what to make with it at first, but since I was not in the mood to knit on tiny needles, I decided to hold two strands of the fingerling yarn together and knit a hat with size US6 circular needles. I love the color combination of the gray and blue yarns, so I included a thin contrast stripe at the bottom. This is an easy unisex project that would make a great holiday gift. I included the pattern I used below. 

You can see a different style hat I made with the same yarn here

~Brooklyn Beanie Pattern ~

Yarn: I used 2 strands of North Light Fibers Fingerling 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Bamboo 2 ply held together in main color (MC) Stone Wall, and 2 stands of North Light Fibers Fingerling 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Bamboo 2 ply held together in contrast color (CC) Cerulean Sea Glass. A thick sport or light worsened weight will get the same result.  
Needles: US6 circular and double pointed
Gauge: 25 stitches = 4", 30 rows = 4" in ribbed (K2, P2) stitch.
Finished hat size: fits 20" - 23" head circumference

K = knit
P = purl
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together

Cast on 100 stitches in MC to circular needles
Round 1: Join work, place marker, and work K2, P2 around
Rounds 2-7: (K2, P2) around
Round 8: Switch to CC and K2, P2 around
Rounds 9-11: (K2, P2) around
Round 12: Switch to MC and K2, P2 around
Continue with K2, P2 until hat measures 7" - 7.5" from Round 1

Crown Shaping (switch to double pointed needles when needed):
Round 1: (K2tog, P2) around (75 stitches)
Round 2: (K2, P1) around
Round 3: (K1, P2tog) around (50 stitches)
Rounds 4-6: (K1, P1) around
Round 7: K2tog, (K2tog, P2tog) around (25 stitches)
Round 8: K1, (P1, K1) around
Round 9: P1, (K1, P1) around
Round 10: K1, (P1, K1) around
Round 11: K1 (K2tog, K1) around (17 stitches)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Draw firm and fasten on inside. Weave in loose ends.  

Block using your preferred method.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

anna knits - preemie santa hats

A few weeks ago a friend asked if I would help out with an effort to knit santa hats for preemie babies at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). I myself was born at BWH, so I was particularly excited by this appeal, and volunteered to knit five hats by November 1.

For my hats I used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Really Red (809) and White (871). It took two skeins of red yarn and one skein of white to knit five hats. We used this free pattern by Sandy Davis, which I found easy to follow.

If you are interested in knitting for charity, especially as the cold weather and holiday season begins, Lion Bran Yarn has compiled a list of organizations seeking knitted donations for those in need. Browse the list here.

Friday, October 31, 2014

anna moves, part duex


{left to right}

taxi lights * lady liberty 
roof view * neighborhood juice 
cocoa art * rope art @ j.crew
g train* financial district
job searching * "Killer Heels"
met opera * purl soho

At the time of my last blog post I had just packed up my Boston apartment and was bound for my new home in NYC. Since then I have managed to find AND move into a new apartment (a feat in itself), unpack/furnish said apartment (mostly), take in beautiful views of the manhattan skyline (see proof above), drink delicious juice from my neighborhood juicer (again proof above), ride the subway (a lot), and much, much more. Life has been so busy I have not had much time to reflect on all the change. But I did take a few pictures along the way, which I wanted to share here. 

Now that I am more settled, I have a few knitting projects in the works that I plan to share soon. I also created a Cousin Itt Halloween costume out of yarn this year! I will post pictures of it tonight which you can view on Instagram and Twitter: @annaknitsetc.

Friday, August 29, 2014

anna moves - part one

{left to right}

packing * driving 
my temporary apartment's bedroom view * my boyfriend's grandma's library
 us open * nyc

As you may have noticed, my blog has been pretty static for the past few weeks. This hiatus was not because I had no updates to share. The opposite was in fact true, as I have been so busy with big life changes that updating anna knits, etc. took a backseat. In the past month I quit my job, packed up my apartment, and moved 200 miles south from Boston to NYC. It is a lot of change, but I am excited about all the new possibilities - and yarn stores! - that await in the big apple. 

I know August is not the biggest knitting month, but I am starting to get the itch to take on a new project. If you have any suggestions for great knitting resources in NYC, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email -

More to come! xo anna
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