Introducing The Shoals Top

Today I’d like to introduce the newest pattern from Vint Hill Knits: the Shoals Top. Perfect for a stroll along the seaside, the Shoals Top is a breezy, loose-knit blouse worked from the top down with a deep scoop neck, … Continue reading

Redskins Beanie

For my brother’s very belated birthday gift, I made a very unofficial Redskins team beanie, as he is a big fan. Since the NFL would have my house out from under me if I tried to sell the pattern for this, I’m offering it to you for free. If you make it, please link up the pattern on Ravelry. For a printer-friendly version of the pattern, download the PDF via Ravlery. Enjoy!


Redskins Beanie


Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids in cranberry (MC) and mustard (CC)


16″ circular US 6 (4.0 mm)

16″ circular US 7 (4.5 mm)

DPN set US 7 (4.5 mm)


16 sts = 4″ (10 cm) on US 7 (4.5 mm) in stockinette.  Note: This yarn states 16 sts = 4″ on US 9 needles but I used US 7 to obtain gauge

Finished circumference:

21″ flat – fits average adult head with negative ease.


K = knit

P = purl

MC = main color

CC = contrast color

CO= cast on

k2tog= knit two stitches together


With MC CO 84 sts on smaller needle. Join in round. Place round marker.

Work k2, P2 ribbing for 3 rounds. DO NOT break MC. Join CC. Work k2, p2 ribbing for 1 round. Break CC. With MC work 3 more rounds ribbing.

Switch to larger needle. Work in stockinette for 3 rounds. Begin chart at round marker. After working each row of chart, continue in stockinette with MC to beginning of round where you will begin next row of chart. You may choose to break CC yarn at end of each chart row and rejoin a new piece at beginning of next round OR carry CC around, catching floats every 4th stitch. Breaking after each row means more ends to weave but less bulk and floats to worry about. Remember if choosing to carry CC around to work loosely, as this beanie is fit with negative ease.

After chart is complete, break CC. Continue in stockinette with MC until piece measures 5″ from CO edge.

Begin decreases as follows, switching to DPN’s when stitches become tight on circular needle.

round 1: *k9, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 2 and every even round: k all.

round 3: *k8, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 5: *k7, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 7: *k6, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 9: *k5, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 11: *k4, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 13: *k3, k2tog* repeat around to last 3 sts. k3.

round 15: *k2, k2tog* repeat around.

round 17: *k1, k2tog* repeat around.

round 19: *k2tog* repeat around.

Break yarn. Use tapestry needle to draw yarn tail through remaining stitches. Secure tail on inside of work. Weave any loose ends. Enjoy rooting for your favorite football team or gift it to the big Skins fan in your life!


redskins chart


Remember to link your project to the Ravelry pattern page! If you find any errata, please email me at

Boy’s Cardigan

My son had a serious lack of lightweight outerwear that he could fit over his giant head as most of the hand-me-downs we received were over-the-head jackets with half zippers. I decided to knit him up a thick and quick cardigan to solve the problem.


I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Santa Fe Tweed, a super bulky weight yarn that works up at 2.25 stitches per inch, making it really fast to work with. which is a good thing as I ended up winging the design as I went, resulting in lots of ripping and retries. I should have just sat down with a pencil, measuring tape, and calculator to figure everything out but of course that would have made too much sense.

I started this project way back before the summer hit, but lost motivation as the temperatures started into the 90’s. I set it aside and picked it up again as the weather cooled off this fall and we tried to cram his head through necklines that just wouldn’t fit.

After countless restarts, I finally finished it up and he wore it a few times. Sadly, I made the fronts too big because I stupidly added the button bands in addition to the stitch count that equaled the finished width. That made for too wide of a neckline and it’s a little breezy.

I added shaped pockets to the front, which my son LOOOVES to jam his hands deep down into and straighten out his arms.



I had some leftover yarn so I worked up a little beanie hat for him to match. It was so fast I was done with it in less than an hour, I believe. Bonus: I made the hat just the right size for his noggin.

He loves both pieces- enough to wear them out to play and roll in the leaves & moss. The final result is a way stretched out sweater that’s full of embedded moss and leaves (even after several washes) which is nearly useless and a lovely little hat that matches.


P.S. – Sorry for the cruddy cell phone pics with my cracked camera lens! He wouldn’t cooperate in modeling when I had my good camera, yet when all I had was my cracked cell in my pocket, he said, “Take my picture, Mama!”