Sunday, October 16, 2005

Secret Pal Goodies

I received a wonderful package from my Secret Pal yesterday. In the box was 3 skeins of Silk Twist from in yellow, green and blue variegated, some delicious Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice coffee, chocolate covered pretzels, a pumpkin spice candle, some cute knitter's note cards, sheep sticky notes and a card. How awesome is that? My friend came over again yesterday to finish her clogs and Brandon made us a pot of the coffee. It was incredible! I really wasn't sure that I would like it as I'm not normally crazy about spiced drinks but this stuff was great. Diane and I drank the entire pot. Dailaesse helped us munch on the chocolate covered pretzels too. They're one of our favorite treats around here. A huge thank you to my Secret Pal!!! I really appreciate your time and thought!

In other knitting related news, I finished the hat I was asked to make for Polly. She's a really sweet woman. I called her yesterday to let her know it was done and she came and picked it up today. She seemed quite pleased with it. I hope she wasn't just being polite. If anyone is interested I wrote the pattern up as I went along. The original hat shows the pattern much better than the horrible photo I took of the one I made.

Polly Wolly Doodle Hat

Worsted weight yarn (I used Lamb's Pride)
16" size 7 circular needle
47" size 7 circular needle or size 7 dpns

CO 90 stitches on the 16" circular, place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work 6 rounds of K1 P1 rib.

Begin pattern repeat:

Row 1: *Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of work, K1 from circular needle, K2 stitches off cable needle, P2 stiches from circular needle. Repeat from * around to marker.
Rows 2-4: *K3, P2. Repeat from * around to marker.

Work pattern repeat 10 times then work one round of Row 1 to end.

Change to 47" circular needle for Magic Loop method or dpns.

K89, m1, K1. (91 stitches total on needle)

*K5, K2tog. Repeat from * around to marker.
Knit one round.
*K4, K2tog. Repeat from * around to marker.
Knit one round.
*K3, K2tog. Repeat from * around to marker.
Knit one round.
*K2, K2tog. Repeat from * around to marker.
Knit one round.
*K1, K2tog. Repeat from * around to marker.
Knit one round.
*K2tog. Repeat from * around to marker.

Cut yarn leaving 12" tail. Weave tail through remaining stitches and pull tight to close. Work end in on wrong side and you're done.

You'll have to excuse my lack of pattern writing skills. This is the first one I've written down to share.

Hope everyone's having a great weekend!


Lisa D. said...

The hat turned out great! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

CrazyFiberLady said...

Love the hat. Thanks so much for the pattern! I'll have to add that to my list of to knits.

Carol Ann said...

Looks to me like your knitting skills are better than whoever made the original, even if your photography skills aren't quite as good. That's a beautiful hat! :)

Knitcrazy said...

Hey.. I'm not getting a picture here... Where is this cute sounding hat???

tweezle said...

First - thanks for the pattern! I've got it printed down to make - really nice!!!!

That's one great pal you've got there, and one with fantastic taste. Just look at all the goodies she sent. WOW!

valerie said...

I think you did a great job copying the hat. She should be very happy with her new one. Also thanks for the pattern!

Susan said...

I love the name of the hat. That alone makes me want to make one. Thanks for the pattern.

deb said...

The hat is way cute! I'll have to try it!

Jeri said...

I'm crazy about Green Mountain Coffee. I haven't ordered the fall flavors yet; I'll have to go get some for myself!

Thanks for writing down your hat pattern.

Jeane said...

Morning Kerry
I love the hat and I'm glad that you posted the pattern. I need to make a few hats for x-mas gifts. You're a life saver.
Hugs Jeane

Anonymous said...

I started your hat last night looks great but did you put a few rows of seed stitch before the K1 P1 rib?

Anonymous said...

I'm looking at the Original Hat the white one.


Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to do the Secret Pal thing since #4, but everytime I find info about it, it is too late to join and I can't find who is hosting the next one to sing up. Grrr. It looks like so much fun! You got a great package :)

Anonymous said...

Hi,Im still working on the polly welly hat,om the 3rd repeat.its coming along great.Thank you for including me in your contest.Jean

Tanja said...

Hello. Thank you for sharing your hat pattern. Just a quick question about the needle sizes? Are these 7us or 7mm?? I'm assuming that it is 7us....thanks!! Please let me know at

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