Rubens: Knit in a Day, Wear it Forever!

I know this is a lot of knitted things in a row. But hey, this is what I’ve been doing! Knitting to keep warm. (And working on stuff at work that isn’t sewing.)

rubens hat

I’ve been loving chocolate brown as a neutral this season. It’s warm, it goes well with those autumn shades I love, like pumpkin orange and golden yellow, and it’s more flattering on me than grey or black.

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So – the hat! The hat is Rubens, from the book Knit with Me. I got this book as a Christmas present this year as I loved the sweaters included. Plus, the designer is the same one that designed the Audrey in Unst cardigan that I love! So I knew the sweaters would be excellent.

The concept is mother-daughter knitting, which I love in theory, except that I don’t have a daughter to knit with. But I can imagine mother-daughter teams all over the world, knitting their sweaters together over a cup of tea. That’s a nice image, don’t you think? All of the sweaters are modelled on real-life mothers and daughters, which shows the timelessness of the designs. When a design looks equally great on a teenager as on her mother, that’s a good sweater!

In the book there are six sweater patterns and six accessory patterns. The accessories are super simple, quick knit projects!

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Ravelry link here. I knit this hat in one day! One day, from start to finish. Less than that, just one movie’s worth of time. I did not swatch, I just cast on with the recommended needle size and hoped for the best. The stitch pattern is simple yet not boring, there’s not enough time to get bored when you’re knitting a hat with bulky-weight yarn. Just as you might be getting bored, you’re done!

The yarn is Puffin, the recommended yarn for the pattern. I had enough yarn to knit the smaller, non-slouchy size and plenty to make a big fat pom pom with the remainder of the skein. (I think the pom pom is totally necessary, it makes the hat way more fun!)

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That’s my Sunset Cowl in the photos as well. I still wear it all the time, even though it’s less than perfect! It was a bit weird even when I finished it, stretching out to a long and narrow cowl instead of wide and chunky. Now it’s pilling and collects fuzzballs and not in the greatest shape, up close. I think I’m less critical of my knitted objects, plus they are always warm even if they’re a little wonky.

Next up from Knit with Me – the Ambrosia cardigan! It’s the chunky cardigan on the cover and the main reason I was drawn to the book. Perfect for long walks with jeans and boots or as they’ve styled it, with a floral dress and rubber boots. Can you guess what colour I’m going to use? (Hint: it will certainly be a statement piece!)

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17 Responses to Rubens: Knit in a Day, Wear it Forever!

  1. Jenny February 6, 2013 at 6:39 am #

    Cute hat!! I liked your brown sweater from yesterday as well. Can’t have too many basics or neutrals.

  2. Craft Sanctuary February 6, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Love the pom-pom on the hat. I really love the cowl, too-even it it isn’t perfect, I’m totally inspired to make one of my own!

  3. Lauren February 6, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Cute hat! I love a giant pom-pom, you are definitely right about how they make hats more fun. All hats should have pom-poms, or at least the option :)

    I still wear my first knit objects, too, actually more than I wear the newer ones I think. My gold Agatha cardigan gets worn almost every day – despite all the fuzz, pills, wonky stitches, all of that! I think handkits are actually a bit more charming when they have a few “mistakes” worked into the stitches. To me, it just shows that a human made it by hand, and not some automated machine :)

  4. Lisette February 6, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Yay for pom poms! My knit objects are also my favorites. They get the most wear of anything I’ve ever made. Your hat looks so cute and I concur about chocolate brown being such a great colour.

  5. Johanna@projects by me February 6, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Such a great hat. You’re very right about that colour on you, you look fab!

    And that Ambrosia cardigan!!! How cute is that??!!! Totally makes me want to take up knitting again. (Unfortunately I just don’t have the patience to knit a whole cardigan/sweater). But yay for you, I can’t wait to see your version.

  6. Jo February 6, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    One movie? How awesome is that?? :D I’m still newbie enough that I’m scared of knitting while watching cos I think I’ll make mistakes, lol.
    This looks great! And you can give yourself more pats on the back for being practical too :)

    • Tasia February 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      I think it was one movie, pretty sure! I watch movies I don’t mind if I miss, so if I get focused on my knitting I don’t care about the movie. (Otherwise if it’s a movie I want to watch, I’m either stopping my knitting, or constantly rewinding to catch what I missed!)

  7. CosIadoru February 6, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Great and beautiful !!!

  8. Gail nelson February 6, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I am enjoying your blog. I am an avid sewer that has just gotten into knitting. You are an inspiration.
    Keep it up

  9. Sabs February 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I love brown too! Cute hat, it really suits you.

    I got knitting needles, wool and a beginners book for Christmas. I started a chunky scarf but seem to have lost interest/motivation halfway through. I see your beautiful creations and WISH I could get up the energy to go back to it as I’d love to get good enough to make cardigans to match my handmade garments but I don’t know what’s happened! Any tips?

    • Tasia February 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      What’s stopping you from finishing: is it energy, or boredom with the project, or the fact you have more interesting things to work on instead?
      For what it’s worth, scarves are kind of boring if the pattern is plain or repetitive, and they look better longer, which of course means more knitting to get there. What if you made a chunky cowl instead? It’s like a scarf, but shorter, and you’ll be able to move on to something more challenging sooner!

      • Sabs February 7, 2013 at 10:18 am #

        It’s a bit of all the things you said – I prefer sewing (which I’m fairly new to so maybe I’m still in the honeymoon phase!) and maybe I just need to concentrate on that until I feel like I’m a dab hand and then start to knit… Although I have thought about knitting the honey cowl as everyone is raving about it! Thanks for your encouragement :)

  10. Julianne February 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    The color looks nice with your hair. Of course every hat needs a pompom.

    Do you use an actual pompom maker? I keep meaning to cut out a template for one; I’ve always done it around a flat object and then had to trim the yarn into a sphere.

    I’ll only say this once, but too bad LA is so warm that I don’t get to wear knit hats that often, and therefore can’t justify making 20 of them.

    • Tasia February 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      I totally used a pom pom maker, I had a hard time getting a pom pom to look good when I tried without. The gadget is easy to use and makes a nice round pom with minimal effort!
      I wish I lived somewhere where I could wear sundresses and light cardigans year round! Here it’s wet and rainy and cold, and we only get about two nice months of summer before it goes back to cold and wet again. But hey, we can wear cute knit hats! :)

  11. Diane @ Vintage Zest February 6, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    That is ridiculously cute! I learned how to knit & crochet a while ago, but since I’m in California I rarely NEED a hat or scarf. But I was in New York a couple of days ago, and I was tempted to either buy a hat or knit/crochet my own! This would have been amazing and so much warmer!

  12. Truly Myrtle February 7, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Yellow? I just love that cardy – and your hat is so cute. Gudrun Johnson is one of those people that I wished lived next door ;)

  13. Gem February 7, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    The hat looks great! I think Gudrun Johnston is one of my favourite knitting designers. I wear my Audrey in Unst cardigan all the time. I plan to knit Empire from the book Knit With Me. :)

    Have you looked at the designer Cecily Glowik Macdonald? If you like Gudrun Johnston’s designs, you might like hers too. I have her book/ebook Landing: Winged Knits which is just lovely.