DIY Friday: Growing Rib Hat

This year when we did Operation Christmas Child boxes I thought it would be nice to include some hand knit hats since I have a lot of yarn lying around. Since I was going to be making hats for boys and girls to go with three different age groups, I wanted to make a pattern that would work for anyone.I came up with this Growing Rib Hat (click to find on Ravelry) that has an increasing rib pattern for each size.

I made one for the oldest girl with a white body and blue trim, and the two younger girls got blue hats with white trim. The boys each got black hats, because that is probably the easiest color to give to the boys.

The pattern is written to use just the simple Red Heart yarn you can find at pretty much any store, but you can just as easily substitute any size 4 yarn. For the oldest girl’s hat I actually used a sport weight yarn doubled to get nearly the same gauge.

More info on each hat can be found on the Ravelry project pages:
Pre-teen Boy
Elementary-age Boy
Toddler Boy
Pre-teen Girl
Elementary-age Girl
Toddler Girl

WIP Wednesday: Piling Up

It gets dark at 5 o’clock now. As someone who gets afternoons off only a couple times a week, this means I spend a lot of time inside right now. But it is good for my “productivity”.

For those who don’t know, WIP stands for “Work in Progress”. But I’m sure there aren’t many people out there who don’t know that these days. Anyway, I’ve got a few different things in the works this week.

First, there is the growing pile of hats to be included in the Operation Christmas Child. Hopefully these boxes are going somewhere it gets cold at least some of the time.

The other thing I’m working on is semi-related to the first one. Patterns! One for some arm warmers and the other for these hats. I think the arm warmers will be this weekend, since I already have pictures for that one. I’m being lazy on taking pictures, editing, and formatting these patterns. But I have plenty of time when I’m not going outside after work to get it done, eh?