Stitch Week 13 & The Infamous Manly Man Beanie


Alright, let’s jump right on in and get to the good stuff!

♥ Stitch Pattern Week 13 – The Triangle Stitch ♥

Dark Orange

Dark Orange

As you can see, I got a little over ambitious with the whole photo editing aspect of this pattern. Even though I knitted it with the orange yarn you see above, I was still a bit desperate for contrast – something that would make the pattern pop out at you. I hope I did it, but if not…well…playing with photos is always fun!

I did the above pattern with Sugar and Cream yarn and size 6 needles, and I will be the first to admit that I am a little in love with it. It is so simple, just knitting and purling and you get this fun pattern that just comes out of nowhere. The pattern however – well – GG had it in for me this week. After last week’s breeze of a pattern the last thing I should do is complain, but boy howdy she made me work for it.

≈ The GG Pattern and The Actual Readable Pattern  

  • k5p5 – Row 1: K5, P5 (Excellent way to start off friends and neighbors!)
  • k4p1k1p4 – Row 2: K4, P1, K1, P4 ( My oh my, am I flushed and heady with happiness…YES!)
  • k3p2k2p3 – Row 3: K3, P2, K2, P2 ( I am swooning, yup – a totally readable pattern!)
  • k2p3k3p2 – Row 4: K2, P3, K3, P2 ( …*this is where I stopped and did a happy dance*…)
  • k1p4k4p1 – Row 5: K1, P4, K4, P1 (Two weeks in a row, things are looking so delecitably simple… I should have figured out that after there was a scribble of a phone number and cost for diabetes medication that things were about to take a turn for the confusing).

Okay, so here is where it gets real weird…just a warning.

  • wrong1 – Row 6: P5, K5 (Okay, not to shabby. Not “wrong” exactly, just the opposite. I will not be deterred).
  • from out work backwards (From here I was on my own. Working backwards makes sense – you are creating triangles that are going in opposite directions, that much I figured out from row 6. I still wonder why she stopped though…odd).
  • Row 7: K1, P4, K4, P1
  • Row 8: K2, P3,K3, P2
  • Marcy should’ve used common sense, I mean how stupid does a woman need to be for me to have to rewrite a pattern, she’s been knitting since God was a baby. Row 9: K3, P2, K2, P3 (The rant was written where row 9 would have been and I wanted to share. As it turns out, Mary and I have something in common…my GG’s patterns are not always the easiest to read!)
  • Row 10: K4, P1, K1, P4

Below this pattern was a note that, luckily, Marcy never received (this is also copied exactly, so please excuse spelling errors):

Dear Marcy,

I have gone through and see nothin wrong with my pattern. A woman as old as you should have the wits in her brain to figure out how to knit, you’ve been doin it longer than I have. If you really need it writen step by step go buy a book cause I’ve another great grand on the way and your wastin my time.

Jessie Sovine

Gesh GG, reign in that temper old girl. 🙂

♥ The Manly Man Hat That Turned Out Better Than Okay! ♥

A Beanie for a Manly Man.

A Beanie for a Manly Man.

So this picture is a little sharp, but the point was to show that there is no decipherable difference from the size 3 needles to the size 4. Success! So for all of you that were so comforting and helpful during my crazy tirade, I want to thank you. The knitting/bloggine community has once again shown its kindness in all it’s splendiferous glory!

The beanie was a blast to knit up by they way, I cannot get enough of cable work. Even when the cables are hard on my hand, that instant twist in my knitting makes me near giddy, and this baby had 2 sets of cables so it was my lucky day. The yarn is from my stash – which is currently getting busted – and very easy to work with. If I hadn’t broken the needles yesterday it would have taken no time at all to finish, as it was I had to worry about twisted stitches and changes in gauge. The last repeat round and all the finishing was done at a snail’s pace to prevent another mishap, and thus another total nervous breakdown.

The Panic Monster has been defeat and my house is spotless! The hat is all done and currently drying on my mat. The best part of this project? T let me take a picture of him in the hat!

My Manly Man in a Manly Beanie.

My Manly Man in a Manly Beanie.

This is a good start to my Friday and tomorrow…OH TOMORROW…there are so many wonderful pictures that I want to share from our recent nature hike. I dare say that I am pleased with every single one of them, even before editing!

So I will end this long post in preparation of another long post tomorrow, just with far fewer words. I will leave this with you as I end this post: So, friends and neighbors, what has been the most disastrous thing to happen to you mid-project? It doesn’t need to just be knitting either, and my ears are wide open.

HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!!!!

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24 thoughts on “Stitch Week 13 & The Infamous Manly Man Beanie

    1. allnightknits Post author

      Boy howdy…she could out curse a sailor on leave, it was amazing! It’s so strange she’s been gone for so long – doing her patterns is like having her here with me.

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  1. Hannah Rose

    Love the manly beanie! I’m currently working on a beanie for my dad for father’s day, just a simple one, knitted flat. Can’t wait to have the skills to make a beanie like yours.

    I can’t wait to see more of your photos!

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      In not wit to see how you beanie turns out! I HAVE to learn how to crochet – double my ability! I have a lot of respect for you for trying to conquer both worlds!

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      The house is spotless! One of the perks of mucking up a knitting project! I was so high strung after the needles broke the gauge may have been the same in size nines!!

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thanks! I thought her notes were a perfect example of her. Her husband left her with two boys under the age of four in the 40’s. She had it rough, and it showed. She was also very find of mentioning (in her 80’s) that she hadn’t had sex for 50 years! 🙂

      Do you think anyone would read a long winded post all about her? The material is endless as well as priceless.

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  2. Curls & Q

    Q – LOVE the letter from GG. So glad you shared! We’re also genealogists and LOVE family history stories. That’s how people’s spirits are kept alive. Still chuckling at the letter. Your translation comments crack me up! And, great beanie!

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    1. allnightknits Post author

      Thanks all around, you are too kind! I’ve been into genealogy since my grandfather passed in 2011, the things I have are fascinating, I just wonder if it is only fascinating to me!
      I’ve been toying with the idea of posting about genealogy, what do you think? Too far off from books and knitting? Your opinion means a lot to me!

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      1. Curls & Q

        Q – We would love to hear about your genealogy. I look at our site as an eclectic site, you could do the same. We do mention our heritage often and the fact when I had dad’s DNA done, we don’t genetically belong to our surname. LOL. I got some good replies about that too!

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