Monday, April 30, 2012

Classic Newboy Hats

Remember back at the holidays that I crocheted matching hats for J & E? My SIL took these great photos of the kids on a recent outing. How cute are they!?! The pattern is the Classic Newsboy Hat from Adrienne Engar and is available for purchase in Ravelry.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Molly Ringwald Vest

After working on some recent Brownie Knits designs, I decided to give my brain a rest and knit from some existing patterns. One of the patterns I've had in my line of projects for a bit now is the Molly Ringwald vest from Knit Scene Fall 2006. I thought it was such a cute vest and last year I decided to knit it out of a silk/wool blend that a friend gave me years ago for my birthday.

Here she is! I love the red cranberry color and the yarn was LOVELY to knit. 
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
US needle 6

It knitted up very fast (around a week with other projects going on). The construction was interesting around the sleeves, but if you just go with it all will end up well. The rib, as you would expect, has lots of give to it. I look forward to wearing it with some black dress shorts for a date night. I do think that I will insert an elastic around the arms and top front to draw it in a bit. After wearing it, I noticed that it gaps some (as others reported in Ravelry, too).

One other note: I added almost 2 inches to the length for the size I made. It still could be a little longer for my liking. However, I think after a blocking where I stretch the length, she should work out.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Plaid Bag

Last week I had a sleepless night...okay 2 hours. Anyway, I typically try to stay off Etsy during these times to keep myself from insomnia shopping. It didn't work on that night! After snapping up a few patterns, I pulled some yarn out of my stash, picked up a matching color at the LYS, and started knitting The Plaid Bag. The original pattern calls for 6 colors, but I wanted to create a Burberry-inspired bag so I only used 4. I knitted it out of Cascade 220 on US 10.5 needles. The pattern is from Lavender Hill Knits.

Here is the bag with only the horizontal stripes knitted.

Here is the bag with the vertical stripes added.

I forgot how nice it was to work on a knit project in the round, on larger needles, and to be felted. Ahhhh...the freedom! The bag is constructed by knitting the bottom of the bag and then knitting the rest of it in the round. You knit the horizontal stripes and then crochet on the vertical ones. I followed the total number of rounds in the pattern, but created my own color changes. 

After felting...with both dogs checking it out! Leather handles from my stash are attached.

In addition to the handles, I put on a button, two snaps, and feet.

All finished and ready to carry my knitting projects!

Please note that I followed the original patterns instructions for the total number of horizontal stripes, but I did my own color combinations for both horizontal and vertical stripes. Do your own thing and create your own unique design!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Little Piggy Hat Pattern Available for Purchase!

Exciting Thursday around Brownie Knits! We are releasing our latest pattern: Little Piggy Hat. This pattern was such fun to create and work up. I let my mind run free to get the three-dimensional elements to the hat. As fun as it was to make, it is even more fun to see it worn. You will love knitting it and they will love wearing it. Perfect for boys and girls of all ages--change up the color to create some different looking piglets!

This super fun pig hat is three-dimensional with raised ears and a stuffed and raised snout. The little tail on the back is a corkscrew and is great fun to make. The eyes can either be created with yarn or buttons. The hat is knitted from the brim up in the round and the ears, tail, and snout are knitted flat and sewn onto the hat. From newborns to adult, all will love this Little Piggy!

User level: Adventurous Beginner/Intermediate
Skills include knitting in the round, using DPNS, knitting flat, simple increasing and decreasing, and VERY simple sewing.

Sizes: newborn (0-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler, child, adult)

Yarn: Berroco Vintage (217 yards/skein); this is a worsted weight yarn
Gauge: 4.5 sts = 1 inch in St st

Needles/Notions: US 7 DPNs; US 7 16 inch circulars
Tapestry needle
Contrasting colored yarn or buttons for eyes.

Not a knitter and want to order a custom size/color? Convo us and we can do that, too!

Pattern is available on 

Brownie Knits Etsy Store
Brownie Knits Ravelry Store
Brownie Knits Craftsy Store

Are you a retail shop who wants to carry our patterns? 
Email us at and we can send you a price list!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Little Easter and A Little Photo Shoot: Part II

After all the birthday and Easter celebrations, E was patient enough to do some modeling for us. She is such a cooperative little one!

Bunny hat from Itty-Bitty Hats book. A great little knit! 
US 7 needles
1-2 year size
Karabella Aurora 8

Flower Pot hat from Itty-Bitty Knits book.
US 6 needle
1-2 year size
Jeanne DK yarn
Used pattern for hat and then made up my own crocheted flower with center felt ball.
Flower is sewn onto a pin for easy removal.

Upcoming pattern from Brownie Knits!!!
Little Piggy Hat
US needle 7
Yarn is Berroco Vintage
Toddler size

Pettiskirt! So that tummy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Little Easter and A Little Photo Shoot: Part I

This past weekend, we traveled to PK's family home to get together with the entire Kanouse clan. It was both a celebration of E's birthday and Easter. Meg and I added a little photo shoot on the end with Miss E. She was SUCH a good sport about it, too!

I didn't get many pictures of the first half of the day, but I did get J modeling his sister's Tinkerbell glasses. Doesn't he look like, "I'm cool!" ?  Just wait...there is more to come!

E is modeling her headband and flower to go with a little summer outfit we got her (not pictured here). Can I say I have a blast shopping for a girl! She will probably hate pink and all things girlie!

Snapshot of how the blue in his shirt brought out his eyes. 

Carefully watching everybody as we ready to hunt eggs...

This little sequence CRACKED ME UP! 

Pretty girl...

 I didn't manage to get many pictures of A this visit. (Bad Aunt Gina!) On the positive note, I think this was because we were chatting with each other and I just didn't grab the camera. It's nice to be able to sit and have a conversation with a nephew. I guess this means he is getting older, too. But we stay the same age! We did get him a funny card (total boy humor from Uncle P.) and a mentos kit to blow up soda. Uncle, dad, and nephew are planning a cookout in our backyard to put it all to good use!

Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Part is full of knits!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Girlfriends Shawl

I am super excited to announce that the Girlfriends Shawl pattern from Brownie Knits is now available! This pattern was inspired during a girl knit day at a garden party. The colors of the plants, the promise of spring and summer, and all the hugs from good friends spun together to form the Girlfriends Shawl. Knitted out of Rowan Summerspun, which is a cotton and wool summer blend, it is a great shawl to toss on during cool spring and summer evenings out with your girlfriends. The shawl is knitted from side to side in simple garter stitch with small details on the edges.

You can wear the shawl around your shoulders with it tied in the front.
My original thought for the pattern was that I didn't want it very deep...just enough to cover the shoulders when wearing cute summer dresses.

A front view...special thanks to my hubby photographer. I HATE being the model, but he puts me at ease and makes me smile. :)

I love to get lots of use out of my shawls.
They make great table runners and decorations on the mantle. 

Rowan Summerspun is a great yarn! It is two strands of variegated yarn spun together to make one DK weight yarn. You never get bored knitting with it because the color constantly changes. A fun technique for this shawl would also be to hold two different colorways of sock yarns together as one yarn. You would create your own unique creation!

You can also wear it just open and laying around your shoulders.
The increase and decrease sections of the shawl keep it on your shoulders.

You can purchase the pattern from any of the following locations for $2.99:

Details, details, details:
Gauge: 5.5 sts / 8 rows = 1 inch in garter
US needle size 6 or size needed to get gauge; I used circulars in 32 inches length.
4 balls of Rowan Summerspun, which is a DK weight yarn with 131 yards per ball. (If holding fingering weight yarn doubled, you will need 1,048 yards total--524 of each color.)
You will also need a safety pin, scissors, and a tapestry needle.

I hope you enjoy knitting the Girlfriends Shawl and making them for all your friends! Not a knitter? I can make you one for purchase via the Brownie Knits Etsy shop. Simply convo me and we can determine the color you desire. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Newborn Little Piggy

This fun Little Piggy hat is available on my Etsy shop in a newborn size. (As always, if you would like a different size or color, please feel free to convo me and we can work up a custom order.)

This adorable little piggy hat is handknitted out of a machine washable purple/pink yarn. The front is embellished with a raised snout and pointy ears. The eyes are embroidered on to look like the little pig is fast asleep. The back features a curly pig tail. Your little one will look adorable in this unique animal-themed hat. 

Hat fits 12.5 to 15 inch circumference and features a rolled brim.