Sweet Stripes

A couple of days ago, I started a new hat for my cousin Sally’s baby, who will be born at the end of March. Sally, if you’re reading this, sorry for spoiling the surprise, but I love how the colors are blending together and I couldn’t resist writing about them. I’m making the hat large enough for the baby, whose name will be Michael, to wear next fall and winter. I began with a black brim and am creating stripes with Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Basil and Arbor. A thin black stripe in between creates a cool contrast between the colors and makes the blue really pop.


Winter Wear

Handknit accessories definitely make snow days a bit more bearable. Last winter, I knit a ton of these head warmers ($20 plus S&H) pictured below. They’re a fun alternative to full on hats and relatively easy to make. I first saw them two winters ago in my favorite neighborhood yarn store, Downtown Yarns, and was told I could find the pattern, Calorimetry, on Knitty. The first one I made was huge, and stretched out way too much, so per a knitting friend’s suggestion, I cast on 100 stitches, rather than 120, for a perfect fit. Last year I knit them up with Noro Silk Garden, which comes in the most vivid color combinations, and then sewed a vintage wooden button onto the back from a stash I found in my mother’s old sewing basket. The result: headgear that’s trendy and toasty warm. Email me at madebymichellec@gmail.com to place your order!

Hat Tricks

My father asked me to make him a winter hat a couple of months ago, and I’m finally getting around to doing so. (My husband uses the analogy of the shoemaker’s children to illustrate my close family’s lack of Made By Michelle products. Hey, a girl can only knit so fast…) In any case, I used Zara merino wool in black and I thought I’d be able to get away with just one skein, but it looks like I’m going to need another to finish the top of the hat. Hats for adults can be tricky, because you definitely don’t want the hat to be too short (otherwise it will ride up around the ears) and it can be hard to judge when the person isn’t there to try it on as you go. I’ve knit it on a size 6 needle, using a K2, P2 rib, and I’m hoping that it fits snuggly, but not too tight. If it is too small for my dad,  I guess I could always keep it for myself. It fits me perfectly. 🙂 Hmmm…

Pretty As a Pumpkin

Though Halloween is still nine months away, the pumpkin hats I’ve been knitting remain a bestseller. ($25, plus S&H.)  I just received two more orders! Despite their fall theme, the hats are fun and warm, making them wearable throughout the winter season. This most recent batch was knit with Malabrigo, a merino wool, in Olive for the “grass” and “stem” and Rhodesian for the “pumpkin.” Malabrigo is one of my favorite yarns to knit. Like what you see? Leave a comment or email me to place your order!

Made By Michelle Spotted in Beantown!

I love catching up with old friends on Facebook, especially when they post pictures of happy occasions like weddings or births. When I saw that my high school friend Michele had given birth to a baby girl, I immediately added her to my list of babies who’d be getting a Made By Michelle hat. (Yes, I keep a list. I have a lot of new babies in, or about to be in, my life and I don’t want to forget anyone!) Michele was kind enough to share a picture of Sophia wearing her new MBM accessory. I used Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Amethyst for the brim and top, and Basil for the body of the hat. And with the frigid temperatures we’ve been having in the Northeast this winter, something tells me Sophia will be getting a lot of use out of her cute cap!

Happy Customers!

I love when friends send me pictures of their babies wearing a Made by Michelle accessory. Here we have Isaiah, Noelle, and Luca (who is also wearing a sweater that I knit him before he was born.) I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with color combinations for the hats I’ve been knitting this season. Mission Falls 1824 Wool comes in so many amazing shades and I about lost my mind when my order from Yarn Market arrived last month and I had several new hues to experiment with. For Isaiah, I combined Heath, Aster and Basil; for Noelle, Amethyst, Damson, and Putty; and for Luca, Squash, Earth, and Basil. I was very pleased with the results and from the looks of it, so were the babies!

An Expansion

When I started this blog, I thought it would be solely to showcase my knitting projects. But then I started thinking about the title, Made By Michelle, and now I’m wondering if perhaps it’s time for an expansion. After all, there are lots of things in my life that are made by me. Last night’s dinner for one. And the night before that.  And the night before that…but I digress. I don’t plan to post pictures of everything I make (the rosemary potatoes I roasted yesterday hardly warranted a bite, never mind a blog entry) but I do want to share the projects and ideas that are inspiring my creativity these days. And knitting will be a huge part of that. Speaking of which, here is a picture of the dress I started yesterday for my husband’s goddaughter Noelle. I’ve made the dress before, and it came out supercute, but this time I’m using Malabrigo sock yarn in Eggplant. The beginning of the pattern is a bit tricky, but so far so good.

Cute Caps

Babies and toddlers can never have enough hats, so why not choose a handknit cap that will see them through several seasons? These hats are made with Mission Falls 1824 Wool, which is not only soft, but machine washable!  You choose the color combination. $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. This style is also available in adult sizes for $25.

Email me at madebymichellec@gmail.com for details.


These stylish headwarmers look chic and keep your noggin toasty during the winter months. They’re made with Noro Silk Garden yarn, and come in a variety of brilliant hand-dyed color combos that are sure to brighten your winter wear.  $20 plus $5 shipping and handling.

Email me at madebymichellec@gmail.com for details.

Pumpkin Hats

Always a crowd pleaser, these children’s pumpkin hats aren’t just for Halloween. Wear them throughout the fall season! Each hat is made from Malabrigo, a kettle-dyed merino wool. It’s one of my favorite yarns to knit! $25 plus $5 for shipping and handling.

Email me at madebymichellec@gmail.com for details.

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