Here are a couple of projects to work on for when the weather cools down again. Mind you, in Melbourne at the moment it is about 18’C, so I could sure use another cardigan and hat!
I can’t tell you how much I love the knitted Streymoy Cardigan by Tod Gocken. A great unisex design, you could always girl it up with pinks and purples; however I love the neutrals used in this photo. A classic, ageless design this is knit using 12ply/aran weight/bulky yarn, and uses stranded knitting which creates an extra layer of warmth on the inside. This project also uses steeking, a Norwegian technique where you knit your jumper/cardigan then *shock, horror* attack it with a pair of scissors to create armholes. I understand that steeking is fairly easy and fool-proof, but having never attempted it myself I know that I would be hyperventerlating with anxiety. Knitty has a great article about this little-known technique.
I couldn’t resist this cute crochet pattern for a Unicorn Hat by Amy Lehman. The pattern itself is quick and easy, and is written using US crochet terms. There are size suggestions for the hat from newborn baby to adult women, using different sized crochet hooks. The yarn used is not listed, so I would suggest that you let the hook size determine your yarn thickness. I guesstimate that you would need at least one 100g ball of the main colour and less of the contrast colour, but in thinner yarn/smaller sizes you would need less; conversely in thicker yarn/larger sizes you may need more. Perhaps it is best to use this pattern as a ‘recipe’ rather than as written.