this girl

How sweet is my girl? I know, I am her mother so obviously I think she is the best girl in the world. But I’m here to tell you. She’s the best girl in the world.

Although I finished this vest a while ago, it was hot all summer and I couldn’t bear to make Maggie put it on for pictures. But then I decided pictures needed to be taken, and even though it was in the 90s that day, I made her put it on anyway. She’s a good sport. In the span of about 10 or 15 minutes, we took nearly 200 pictures (click on the following pictures to see them bigger).

The vest was knit entirely in the round, and steeked at armholes and neck. I picked up stitches and finished the edges with simple ribbing.

I added an afterthought pocket.

The edge of the pocket was finished with i-cord, and is perfect for all the little treasures that four-year-olds love to find and collect.

I think my favorite part of the vest is the hidden personalization in the hem.

It says “MAGGIE [diamond motif] 2010″. I situated the message so that when the wearer flips the hem, it is readable to them. You know, if they could read.

I have sensed that there is some interest in a pattern for this vest. I plan to write the pattern, and I’ll let you know when I do.  I hope to get to it in the next few months.

For more information about the yarn (including specific colors of Chickadee that I used) check out the Ravelry project page (visible to Ravelers and non-Ravelers alike).

Like I said, we had a brief photoshoot. Here is the last picture we took.

And when I got the hand, I knew it was time to call it a day.


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Ziggity

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

Here we go with the next set of patterns from the book, Ziggity. The Ziggity Hat at is super-slouchy. I have a distinct memory of knitting the hat and thinking, “Man, this is taking a while.” It did take a while, because the hat is huge. But huge in that look-how-cool-i-look-in-my-huge-slouchy-hat kind of way.

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

The hat begins with 1×1 Ribbing, then has a jaunty little picot trim. I love that picot! If you buy the Print Edition of the book, there are detailed instructions for knitting the picot.

Then come the wide zigzags. Four pattern rows of colorwork and four single colored rows  – the knitting of this one is easy. It would be a good first colorwork project if you haven’t knit with two colors in the same row of knitting before.

The big slouchy hat (in the pattern I refer to it as “floppy”) is good, but some people prefer something a little less floppy. So I also include instructions for a non-floppy version of the Ziggity hat:

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

The mittens have the same 1×1 Ribbing and picot edge, which takes these from plain ziggity mittens to Ziggity Mittens with Picot! Can’t get enough of the picot, I’m telling you.

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

The Ziggity set is knit out of Ultra Alpaca from Berroco. A great yarn for this project, but also an easy yarn to substitute…you probably have some worsted weight yarn in your stash already!

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

So what are you waiting for? Fall is coming, with winter right on it’s heels! You’ll need mittens and hats, I’m sure!

Learn more about the Ziggity Hat & Mittens:
Ziggity pattern details on my blog.
Ziggity pattern page on Ravelry.


About The Red Collection

The Red Collection has 12 patterns for hats and matching mittens (or mitts, or wristers). This is a self-published book and I’ve been working on these patterns, photographs, book design, and marketing for the last year!

The Print Edition of the book can be pre-ordered now, and will ship in October.

Please note: The Print Edition includes special sections on yarn, gauge, and finishing, and also has a special techniques section to help you knit the projects from the book. These sections are not included in digital versions of the patterns.

Ways to Get The Red Collection

For the best price per pattern, please consider purchasing the complete collection of patterns. The digital versions of the patterns are available for instant download (click the links below for more details).

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Single Pattern or 2-Pattern Pack – from $6

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The last Red Collection pattern pack — Radio Frequency — is coming up next!

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I should have taken more pictures of this vest in progress, but I was too busy knitting it! I have finished weaving in all the ends but there’s still one small detail left to do before I call this finished. It’s something I’ve been meaning to put on a Maggie sweater for some time. Any guesses?

vest for Maggie

vest for Maggie

vest for Maggie

It will get a pocket! As an afterthought (though I planned it ahead of time).

The yarn is Chickadee from the new yarn company Quince & Co. It is so soft, the colors are to die for, and I loved working with it. The yarn is, as far as I can tell, a worsted spun yarn, meaning the fibers are all aligned nicely and it has a very boing-y quality to it. It is very stretchy and delicious and plump.

The trouble with a worsted spun yarn is that it doesn’t have a tendency to stick to itself like a woolen spun (Shetland style) yarn does.  I used steeks, all the while knowing that the yarn isn’t as felty as I like it to be when using steeks.  I reinforced my steek using the crochet method and I’m not too worried about it, but the yarn is not ideal for steeking.

Still, I love this little vest to pieces. I think I’ll make one for Jerry* and write up the pattern.

*Jerry assured me that, while he doesn’t necessarily want a vest, he will “wear it for pictures”. Good boy.