Winging it

The baby hat has been finished, blocked, and gifted. Tada!

Little cables hat

Pattern: My own. Also known as the “figure it out as I go” pattern. Added: Pattern is now here.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino colour #340202 (baby blue), less than 1 ball.
Needles: 3.25mm DPNs.

Well, not too shabby I’d say. At first I was just going for a plain stockinette hat. Then I thought about adding those little cables just to add a bit of interest to it.

Little cables

And on the sewing front, I made this bag for Annette to take to créche. I made her this little bag a while ago, which she loves, but now I realise that it’s getting too small for the stuff that needs to be in the bag. It would fit a lunch box and a water bottle, but no space for say, raincoat or change of clothes. Hence this new bag.

Boxed bag

The idea for this bag started with me seeing this trim box tutorial by Melissa from all buttoned up, and then seeing this boxed bag in her archives, and a plan was hatched. I basically just followed the trim box tutorial, minus the Timtex, adjusted the dimensions (this bag is about 25cm long, 20cm wide, and 25cm high, or 10 x 8 x 10 inches), and added front pocket and straps.

I’m very pleased with the bag, even though there are lots of room for improvement.

Close up

This hand stitching on the felt took me longer than putting the rest of the bag together.


And whoops, rather flimsy sides! It’s ok, actually, but next time I might consider using some interfacing.

Boxed bag


laura b says:

The hat and bag are both adorable! The bag would be cute without it, but that hand stitching really puts it over the top in terms of cuteness!

isel says:

Just adorable! You have such great taste. Very nice details.

Kara says:

Adorable overload! Love the hat. And the bag is just too cute for words.

Jessica says:

What a sweet little hat. And the bag is just great. Nicely done.

Sandra says:

Really love that hat! Little perfection!
Great bag!

Lolly says:

That hat is just so sweet. I love the pattern. Are you planning to share it somewhere?
The bag is wonderful! great colors! 🙂

Kylie says:

You have done a fantastic job on the hat and I love the bag – what lovely gifts

Theresa says:

Love it! I want one!

Meg says:

Both are gorgeous! I don’t think I had a stylish bag growing up, can I rewind the clock?!

BrownPants says:

That bag is so sweet! Love the little cables too, clever you!

melissa f. says:

oh, that turned out so well! for the bags I made I put timtex/heavy interfacing in just the bottom of the bag and it sort of helped the sides stand up a bit. you know… trade secrets 🙂

Leisl says:

I don’t know which is cuter – the bag or the hat! Well done.

Sue says:

The hat is so sweet, I just love it. The bag, well what can I say but I just adore it. I love the lettering on the front too, so cute. What fabric is the lining made out of, I really like that one.

Terri says:

The hat and bag are both adorable. YOU are so very clever. :o)

Dipsy D. says:

What a very beautiful hat this is – and the bag absolutely rocks, it’s so incredibly cute! The lettering in front looks awesome!

bells says:

that’s a great hat! Any chance you could write up the pattern? Those tiny cables are adorable.

And that bag is a work of art!

joyce says:

love the hat!

alison forrest says:

I dont have a web site but am a member of ravelry. I am nearly 70 years old. I absolutely adore your adults red hat and wondered if you would part with the pattern? I can see that you are a knitter of note !
Best regards,