When I needed an extra, last minute (as in, a month’s notice, which is last minute to a knitter!) knitted gift, I turned to a pattern that I had been eyeing for a while. So Many Little Cats is an adorable pattern using colorwork knitting to create cats all around the base of the hat. So cute!!
I usually plan out my gift knitting at the beginning of the year, to fit all of the projects into my yearly goals. This was a last minute addition, due to a trip with friends and not knowing what to get for one of them. Hand-knitted gifts are usually greatly appreciated and I hoped that would be the case here.
Worsted weight yarn! It’s so lovely because it knits up so quickly! Unfortunately, I had little worsted weight yarn in my stash and, of course, no colors that would work with the vision I had in my head for this hat. I settled on Manos del Uruguay Maxima because I love Manos and it wasn’t too expensive.
I fell in love with this pattern a while ago. Being a cat lover and owner, I’ve been tempted to knit it for myself. Alas, it was fun knitting it for a fellow cat lover, who I knew would appreciate it.
Upon starting out, I knew I wanted a pom on this hat. Thankfully, the Barrett Wool Company has some great poms and fast shipping!
Pattern: So Many Little Cats by Vanessa Ewing
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Maxima
Colorway: 2445M and 2314 M (Fern)
Needles: US 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5 mm)
Made for: a friend
Time to Completion: 1.2 weeks
This was a fun knit. I wasn’t ecstatic about the results, but I liked the hat. And it was mistake-free – miracles really do happen! And my love of colorwork continues!
The recipient seemed to really like the hat, as well. After we parted, she sent me pictures of her wearing it! Yay!