A Revamp of the Cupid’s Mix Beanie, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

A few weeks ago I suddenly realized I had not seen my daughter’s Cupid’s Mix beanie in many months. In angst I up-heaved her room, searched through all my knits and combed the house. The beanie was nowhere.

It goes without saying that a replacement was in order. I quickly contacted Carol of Havirland Yarns and purchased a new Cupid’s Mix set. The old mini skein kit is now a set of 20 mini bobbins, which she has labeled “Cupid’s Mix Frankensocks Kit.” (Her other Frankensocks kits are amazing as well.) My original pattern was designed for the mini skeins, which are approximately 10 grams each. The mini bobbins are 5 grams each, so my pattern could not accommodate them. I fretted at first but then decided to simply revamp the old pattern to include two versions: one for mini skeins (left) and one for mini bobbins (right).

Cupid's Mix Beanie

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How did she grow so fast??? You’ve got to be kidding me. It’s only been one year.

To download my free Cupid’s Mix Beanie knitting pattern click here, or to download from Ravelry click here.

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dsc04599Get your Valentine’s knit on!

Peach Melba Oceana Hat

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I knit this Oceana hat for two reasons:

  1. Look at that beautiful diamond mesh stitching! The pattern is a winner.
  2. The pattern author, Cali (Willoughby Way Designs and @throwstyler on Instagram), is donating all of the pattern proceeds to the organization Oceana, which works to preserve the world’s oceans.

Needless to say, whenever a fabulous pattern is combined with a good cause, I’m in!

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For this pattern I used a tubular cast on, which works perfectly for 1 x 1 ribbing because it gives the appearance that the ribbing is simply continued from the underside, rendering a nice, clean edge. The diamond mesh is feminine, sweet and perfect for a little girl, so accordingly, this hat is for my daughter. I wanted to go with a yarn suited for my Sophie, and while it is a fall/winter hat, I also wasn’t ready to abandon the summer vibes. When I came across this Peach Melba colorway by Manos del Uruguay (Maxima Multi yarn), it was a no brainer–the perfect choice for this hat!

DSC03127This yarn’s multi-tonal personality made the pink and orange appear differently depending on the…Lighting? Mood? It looked consistently amazing, that’s for sure.

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The pattern allows for two different decrease styles: slouchy or with a pompom. I let Sophie choose the style she liked better, so as you can see, we went with the pompom. (She also requested that it be pink, so voila.)

And now I must have one of these for myself…