pair of squares and a PSA

pair of hats

This is the fastest hat to make EVER. So I made two.

Pattern: Center Square from
Yarn: Worsted weight wool, held double. I used up some Cascade 220, some Patons Classic Merino, and some Nature Spun Worsted.
Neeldes: US 10.5, 16″ bamboo circular.
Start – Finish: Nov. 4 – Nov. 7 for the pair.
For: A pair of secret recipients.

What am I knitting next? I can’t decide, and swatching doesn’t seem to help. I’ll probably end up making more hats. Here’s what I have going.


Swatch for a Norse Sweater or SIWASH Sweater (same diff) for Jerry. The pattern is from The Opinionated Knitter, and it’s a drop should sweater. I don’t like the light blue, and if I go ahead with this I’ll use cream in place of it – closer to what is in the book. Part of the problem with this is that I don’t think I have enough yarn. That is always the problem with me.


I want to make Jerry a cabley vest, and this chunky wool was on super-sale at the yarn store. It’s Debbie Bliss Donegal Chunky Tweed. The swatch pictured is the fourth swatch I’ve made. I just can’t seem to pull all the pieces of the puzzle together, but I really want him to have a vest.

more reclaimed yarn

This is a bunch of wool from a sweater I got at the thrift store a long time ago. The sweater was a large men’s J.Crew raglan with a “hand knit” label. The yarn is bulky, but it’s actually just three strands held together, not spun together. This yarn screams garter stitch.

Have I told you how much I like unraveling wool sweaters from the thrift store? I really really love it. Don’t know why. Here’s two, though, that I haven’t been willing to unravel yet.

Made Especially for You


Public Service Announcement:
Go to your local thrift store today and rescue the hand knits!

15 thoughts on “pair of squares and a PSA

  1. Ok. WHERE are you finding these sweaters? I look and look and I do not find wool. LOTS, lots, and LOTS more cotton. Please, please, pretty please, share your secrets!

    The hats turned out great!

  2. I can’t help thinking that those two should be repurposed rather than recyled. The one with the green yoke could make a nice bag if you cut it off below the points, seam it and attach handles to the top.

  3. Oh I wouldnt unwind those last two sweaters either, they look good. I really like your two hats, they look great. I need to knit some hats for Christmas presents too, and will have to check out the Knitty website for some inspiration.

  4. Wow, awesome finds at the thrift store! I never find anything super nice like that… I have unwound one small banana republic sweater (wool/angora) that still needs a project, but was a great find.

  5. these two are heirlooms. one is so similar to something i had as a child that it is almost eerie.
    some people can wear thriftshop sweaters with much grace. and some like me just look like someone who put on an old sweater. unfortunately. i think you will look lovely in them.

  6. I am with nuttnbunny, because I can’t find anything half as good around these parts. I like to winder yarn to a degree that I can not describe. Do you love unraveling like that? I totally get it.

  7. Keep the light blue in the swatch but maybe just 2 purled rows in the middle (or somewhere) and try cream for the rest of the curly parts.

  8. I just posted the subject of my current unraveling obsession. My thrift store is filled to the brim with sweaters and I have only looked into the women’s. Most 100% wool sweaters cost between 1-2$. I am itching to go back and buy more but I have to make a dent into the pile I got last time. Some of the thrift store sweaters are fit for the 80’s and I am sad I left them behind. Colorful kids wear is always appreciated :)

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