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Autumn Fair Isle Knit Hat (with free chart!)

It's the most wonderful time of the year...AUTUMN!

Well, I guess not technically until the 23rd, but I count all of September as autumn. In fact, I'm one of those obnoxious people who starts baking pumpkin bread and prepping for Halloween in August, LOL. It's just my favorite time of year.
Planning My Hat Last winter, I knit some hats for myself and my kids, seen below. I loved how they turned out, especially the fair isle leaf pattern on mine. I love to use color work and fair isle in my knitting. It's probably my favorite knitting method. These hats were also nice in that they were a relatively quick project. (I have a short attention span when it comes to crafting. I also started a sweater last fall. It's only halfway done.) This year, in my excitement for the coming autumn months, I started a plan for a new fall-themed hat.


I started with a little sketch, just to get a little idea and some inspiration. You'll see that these aren't the patterns that end…

Niki Knits: Baby Vests (with free pattern)

As I revealed previously, I am currently pregnant with my first child, a girl. I am due in December, and my husband and I are so excited.

In my return to crafting, I've once again been bitten by the knitting bug. This is in large part due to the fact that now I have a new area to explore: baby clothes. And not just for my own little angel... There has been a small baby boom recently in my circle of friends, so there are a few other little ones on the way that I have been busy making gifts for as well.

Much of the appeal of making baby clothes (besides the obvious adorableness) is similar to why I like making doll clothes. They are fun to design and execute, and the small scale keeps projects relatively quick and easy, which suits my short attention span. (Case in point: my adult-size fisherman cable sweater that I've been working on for probably 5+ years...not to mention all the other projects I've abandoned altogether because I got bored with them.)

I started out my baby…

Back to the Craft Table

Every artist goes through creative block once in a while. It just happens. Life gets in the way and all of a sudden, you have no time. Or you become frustrated and insecure about your abilities. Or you just don't feel inspired to create. I feel like I've gone through all of these things in the past year. It's as if the artistic, crafty part of me has been dormant for months.

The biggest factor has been the whole life and no time thing. I've gone through some major changes this year, including falling in love, getting married, and very quickly after, becoming pregnant with my first child (whoa). So not bad problems to have, but between a move, a wedding, newlywed life, and baby prep, I've given little attention to my sketchbooks and knitting needles recently. But I'm starting to feel the itch to get going again. 


Perhaps this new burst of creativity has come because it's now August, and fall looms around the corner. Autumn is my favorite time of year, when …