How to deal with the August Blues knitting Mamacha Beanies.

By Letizia De Antoniis @yorokobiness

 

It’s a lazy month August. If you grow up in Italy, you know that this is the time when everything stops, everybody is on holiday and you feel like you deserve a great time of rest and relax too. This means to me, a break from social networks as well, I take a time off, and stop posting photos or stories both in my personal and business account. It’s a lazy month not only because it’s really hot, but also because August is the month just before September when everything starts again: school, autumn, new projects... It’s the end of the season, when you might begin to experience the “August blues” (those feelings of anxiety that are basically the “Sunday Scaries”, just for an entire month instead of a day). 

 

 

 

 

When I want to do something to alleviate those feelings of anxiety, I treat myself kindly and check out a strategy for dealing with this extended version of the Sunday Scaries. During this weird and stressful time, I just take it easy, and go slowly, very slowly even with what I really love to do, even with knitting!

 

 

Trust me, to knit a beanie with Mamacha yarn will likely go a long way towards helping you feel better.

You will find here a pattern for a cozy beanie designed for my little one, our new family member! Perfect for new knitters and new moms!

 

 

Skill level: Easy

Size: 0-6 months

Materials:

  • 1 hank of Mamacha (or 2 hanks if you want mix two colors)
  • 16” Length circular knitting needle, size 13 (9mm) or size to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch marker
  • 1 sewing needle

Gauge: 12 stitches = 4” (10.2 cm); 14 rows = 4” (10.2 cm) in stitch stockinet

 

Abbreviations:

  • Dec: decrease
  • K: knit
  • Rep: repeat
  • K2tog: knit 2 together
  • St: stitch
  • st.: stockinet stitch

 

Techniques used:

  • Casting on
  • 1/1 Rib Stitch
  • Stockinet Stitch

 

Newborn Mamacha Beanie

Cast on 30 st.

Rows 1-6: Rib st. 1/1

Rows 7-20: St st.

Row 21: (Dec) *k3, k2tog* rep. until the end of the row (24 st)

Row 22: St st.

Row 23: (Dec) *k2, k2tog* rep. until the end of the row (18 st)

Row 24: St. st.

Row 25: (Dec) *k1, k2tog* rep. until the end of the row (12 st)

Row 26: cut the yarn, leaving an 8” (20cm) tail.

Finishing: Thread your sewing needle and insert needle and yarn through each of the stitches on your circular knitting needles. Remove the knitting needle and pull on the yarn tail to close up the top of your hat. If you want, you can add a pom-pom or you can knit the last 5/6 rows using another color.

 

Let me know if you try this pattern and also what’s your strategy against the August blues mood.

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