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    How to Knit a Hat

    Learn the basics of how to knit a hat (also known as the One-Ball Beanie pattern from our October 2021 print issue) with our easy knitting tutorial from GH Design Director Mariana Tuma. It’s so simple to make, and it’s the perfect DIY Christmas or holiday gift for family and friends. Plus, the world’s your oyster when it comes to the colors you choose!Before you begin, watch the following videos to learn (or brush up on) the stitches you’ll need to know for this pattern: Long-tail Cast-on, Rib Stitch (Knit 1, Purl 1) and Whip Stitch (to seam).

    Philip Friedman

    Winter Hat Pattern

    What You’ll Need:• Stitch and Story Chunky Wool Yarn (one ball)• Or Comparable Yarns: Sugar Bush Chill, Loopy Mango Marino No. 5, Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool• 13mm/US 9 Circular Knitting Needles• Or 13mm/ US 9 Straight Knitting Needles (for those who prefer these to circular)• Or Full Set, Straight Knitting Needles (for just a bit more!)• Faux Fur Pom Pom With SnapHow Do I Knit a Hat Step by Step?GLOSSARY: K: Knit – P: Purl – k2t0g: (decrease) knit two stitches together – p2tog: (decrease) purl two stitches togetherStep 1: Cast on 42 stitches (we used the long tail method).Step 2: K1, P1 until your piece measures 11” tall (about 34 rows).Step 3: K2tg, p2tg to end of row (21 stitches).Step 4: P first stitch, K1 P1 to end of row.Step 5: Cut yarn, leaving an 18” tail. Thread a tapestry needle on the tail and pick up all the stitches left on your needle. Cinch to tighten closed. Use the remaining length of yarn on your needle to whip stitch the back seam of the hat. Weave in ends.Step 6: Turn up the brim and attach a pom pom, if desired. We used a faux fur pom pom that came with a snap that is easily sewn to the top of the hat. Find at your local craft store or online.Download and print the full knit hat pattern to complete the project and give the ultimate gift to a pal, sibling or other loved ones this season.

    Mariana Tuma
    Mariana is the Design Director of Good Housekeeping.

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    Inspired By: A Cozy Island Home on Martha’s Vineyard

    Photos in this post: New England Home
    Before I begin to decorate or remodel a home, I first try to picture how I want it to feel to be there in every season. Now that we have our new home, I’ve been spending lots of time daydreaming about our life here (as I’m packing up our old house to move our belongings in, that is haha)…
    For fall and winter, I visualize our home feeling like the most inviting charming bed and breakfast hotel in a seaside town. A place where you’d come in from a day of adventuring to get warm by the fire. You’d be able to curl up in a comfy spot to spend the evening in a cozy chair reading a book, listening to music or having lively conversations over hot spiced cider and hors d’oeuvres. 
    I already love calling our new house our home, and I know I’ll have so much fun making it our own. As I’ve been looking for inspiration, I found this amazing guest house on Martha’s Vineyard in New England Home (where all the photos in this post are from) and it got my creative wheels turning for cozy ideas. This home also gives me lots of fall feelings and ideas…hope you are inspired by it, too!
    I’ve shared many times here on The Inspired Room that I like to observe interior design from many different sources and styles. This practice helps me to begin to think of my own style in fresh ways and inspires me to create more interesting spaces.
    Enjoy the photos in this post! Below each photo I share a few design elements that stood out to me. I call this the observation game (I’ve been sharing posts like this from the beginning of The Inspired Room back in 2007!). If you observe and study good classic design, it will inspire you for years to come!

    Observations: Grasscloth wallpaper, green painted doors, substantial statement lighting that also adds contrast, an interesting pattern mix, a cozy sisal rug, botanical artwork, lots of texture, paneled ceiling and wood beam

    Observations: inviting wood dining table, mint green vase, candle-style lantern for mood lighting, rustic tray

    Observations: soft blue/green painted paneled ceilings, fun teal chairs, nautical stripes, cozy lamp in corner, black lights, walls of windows/doors

    Observations: simple mantel styling, cozy fireplace, texture and pattern combinations

    Observations: island paint color in a soft minty blue, warm wood floors, green Dutch oven on display, casual woven baskets, interesting architecture, covered range hood, covered dishwasher, mostly clear counters, dramatic greenery

    Observations: rich wood furniture, simple linen window treatments, cozy conversation area, simple coffee table styling with stacked books

    Observations: matching navy twin beds, footed nightstand, simple greenery, fun blue and white patterned bedding, botanicals throughout home, coastal striped rug

    Observations: interesting wallpaper, unique but simple black light, cute reading chair with side table and brass pharmacy lamp, plaid rug, four poster bed, blue and white bedding, little round mirror, substantial lamp, wood secretary desk, simple curtains with black rods

    Observations: charming rocking chairs on the porch, shingled exterior, beautiful glass French doors, black pendant light

    See more of this lovely guest home here: New England Home
    Do you dream about how you want your home to feel before you start decorating? 🥰 Tell me about your home over in our free community Facebook group or in my Instagram comments! What do you envision your home feeling like? I’d love to know!  More

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    Parachute's Very First Furniture Collection Is Here, and It's a Minimalist's Dream

    If you’re all for making your bedroom a true sanctuary, chances are you might have tried Parachute’s popular percale sheets, which have been tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute. The bedding brand is hoping to win its fans over once again with the launch of a brand new category: furniture.

    Dune Bed Frame



    Crafted in the U.S. and inspired by the beauty of Los Angeles (think Laurel Canyon or Venice Beach), Parachute’s new furniture collection features three upholstered bed frames in seven fabric options, including a linen cotton blend, a relaxed linen and a soft faux shearling. The padded hardwood frames, which Parachute founder Ariel Kaye says can complement any home style and “offer something for everyone that can easily be mixed and matched in the home,” range from $1,800 – $3,050. Two of the bed frame designs — The Canyon and The Horizon — can be purchased along with a footboard.

    Parachute’s new Canyon bed frame.
    Jessica Schramm

    “These pieces are timeless, unfussy, minimal and design-forward, just like all Parachute essentials,” Ariel told Good Housekeeping. “As a textile-first business, we knew we wanted to create a collection of upholstered bed frames to showcase what we do best. We believe we are at the center of the comfort movement as people are investing in their coziness as a new form of wellness. “Keep in mind that Parachute’s bed frames require white-glove delivery service as well as assembly. Shop the collection at the brand’s 12 retail stores across the country or online now.

    Monique Valeris
    Senior Home Editor, Good Housekeeping
    Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers decorating ideas, home tours, gift guides and more.

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