Friday, January 5, 2018

January #1 & #2 - Poodle & Spumoni

My two first finishes of the year and within the first five days. It helps school is still on winter break, but I'm off to a great start. I think this might be a year of children's hats, at least for a bit. I'll re-evaluate this idea come summer. For now there are many "new to me" patterns to explore.

Poodle (or hat #1) is still using that Lion Brand's Pound of Love, along with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Black and Ivory. The pattern is Simple Stripes Baby Hat, available for free either through the link or as a Ravelry download. It is knit with a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl and k2tog.I also wanted a slightly larger hat so I c/o 72 stitches and opted not to finish the hat with the gathered top. Of course I forgot to make adjusts for this and knit the pattern as written. Then couldn't understand why I had such a wide and short hat. Duh! I ripped it out, omited the eyelet row altogether and at about 5.5” from the rolled up edge (just about at the end of the last pink stripe) I began a standard decrease pattern. I felt the hat still needed a little something so I made a pom using my Llama Lloom. I should have taken a picture of all the yarn I trimmed off the pom, oyi!

Spumoni (or hat #2) uses the same colors as hat #2 with the addition of Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Glacier (I say mint). The pattern is Rollipop, available for purchase on Ravelry. It is knit with a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl and k2tog. I knit the toddler sized with a c/o of 80 stitches and actually followed the directions. Sort of. The pattern calls uses a smaller sized needle for the rolled edge and ribbing. I elected to only use the size 6, which put some of my measurements off, but that was easy to work around. I kept wanting ice cream as I was knitting.

Monday, January 1, 2018

December #3, 4 & 5 - A Pound of Pink

My niece has a little girl who loves everything pink. I've made pink hats, pink mittens, a bright pink sweater and this Christmas a soft pink ballet wrap. I was rather late getting started (per usual) and needed to pick up yarn quickly on my way home from work, which took me to JoAnn's and had be buying Lion Brand's Pound of Love, which I am now referring to as the "Pound of Pink". What to do with so much pink yarn? Make hats of course!
I made a couple of preemie hats for a future charity, baby hats for a current charity, but that barely put a dent in the yarn. Plus I was already fairly sick of just pink. Time to add in other yarn.

Peony (or hat #3) used up the last bit of the Berroco Comfort Pot-Au-Feu from the December Big Stripe hat and took on a whole new look when combined with this soft pink. Pattern is Hat #18 Scrap Happy and is available as a free Ravelry downloadIt is knit with a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, slip and k2tog. I used the pattern last February for my Happy Stripes but wanted a smaller hat than the pattern called for. Simple solution was to c/o only 72 stitches and adjust the decreases accordingly. This hat looks so much different than my first which was a riot of color changes. I'm far more pleased with the results of this hat than I expected. I really, really like the softness of the color. Sometimes I still surprise myself.

Pink Flapper (or hat #2) incorporated some Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Mixed Berry. The pattern is Guinny's Despicable Hat and is available as a free Ravelry download. It is knit on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl, k2tog, and SSK. The pattern called for a c/o of 70 stitches, but I choose to c/o 72 stitches instead. I then adjusted my decreases to compensate. The earflaps were to be picked-up from the inside in order to be seamless, but for me they wouldn't have been, so I picked-up mine from the outside. Which picking up stitches is always a struggle. I use a crochet hook and actually crochet the stitch onto the knitting needle. It works. 

Pink Berry (hat #3) also used the Hobby Lobby yarn on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit and k2tog. I c/o 80 stitches, K2P2 for about an inch then two rows of stockinette before beginning the stripes. Three rows of the dark pink and six of the light pink. I started std decreases at about 5.5 inches from c/o edge.
The lighting is terrible in these pictures, but if I wait for it to warm enough to go outside, it would be June.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

December #1 & #2 - Big Stripe & Little Stripe

What do you do when you are in the middle of making a hat and run out of yarn? That's exactly what happened when I was making the Big Stripe hat.

Big Stripes is a personal pattern that uses Berroco Comfort in Dusk (dark gray) and Pot-Au-Feu (rainbow multi). I originally used a black but when I ran out, the hat just sat in the project bag for about a year. I kept telling myself I would buy more yarn, but I finally faced the fact I couldn't justify it when I literally have bins of it, so I ripped it all out and started over with the dark gray. I used a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl and k2tog. I c/o 88 stitches, k2p2 for 1.5" and two rows of each color until there 5.5" from the cast on edge. I did a simple decrease pattern with a knit row between until the K4 row, when I omit the knit rows. 

I had a bit more of the dark gray and wanted to make a child's hat, so....

The child’s hat is the Boys Gone Loopy hat. I wanted a different look than the bright rainbow multi so I switched it out for the Berroco Comfort Raspberry Tart by Bethany McRae. It is knit with a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl and k2tog. I was afraid I might run into the same situation as before (and run out of the dark gray) so I only knit 2.5” instead of 4” called for in the pattern before changing colors. I also only knit only 7.5” before starting the decreases. The loopy bit at the top is crocheted with a size H hook and single crochets.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

October #1 & #2 - Stripe 1 and Stripe 2

My knitting mojo still hasn't returned so simple hats continue. Both hats were knit with Berroco Comfort on size 7 needles and 7 dpns.

Stripe 1 was finished first and uses colors Lovage (green), Goldenrod (yellow), Iron Oxide ( and Bitter Sweet (brown). Stripes are 14 rows each with decreases in the last color.

Stripe 2 was finished second and uses colors Smoke Stack (gray), Chalk (white), Primary Yellow, Raspberry Coulis (dark pink) and Rosebud (light pink). There are nine rounds of the 2x2 ribbing with one row of knit in the gray before I started three rows of each stripe color. I started standard decreases about 6” from the c/o.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Catching up...yet again

School started up again, this year being a bit out of the norm in how much work I needed to do to get ready. Consequently, fiber time came to an almost stand still. I did manage to finish a few nondescript hats by simple stitching without a pattern.

The first hat reminds me of tiger strips, not certain why since it isn't the coloring of a tiger. The yarn is a discontinued Hobby Lobby yarn - Italia in the colorway Umbria. I used a size 8 needle and size 8 dpns and just did a simple stockinette stitch until the simple decreases. Simple!

This hat used a mystery yarn from my stash, size 7 needles and 7 dpns. I did a 2x2 ribbing for 1.5 inches. I knit five rounds and then did a purl, knit, and purl sequence. I repeated the eight rounds two more times beginning my decreases in the round before the final KPK rounds.

I wasn't certain I would have enough of the blue mystery yarn to make an entire hat, so I added some white mystery yarn stripes. Same needles, with four rounds of the blue, six of the white, three more blue, six more white and then I finished in the blue beginning the decreases.

I'd love to get back to patterned hats, but for now at least I'm knitting.

Monday, July 3, 2017

June #3 & #4 White Bread and Stripes

Neither hat is all that exciting, other than I can say I made more than two hats for the month. I'm still a bit behind for the year, but I'm catching up.

The pattern is the Gingerbread Hat and is available as a free Ravelry download. I used my favorite Berroco Comfort in grape for the band and Lion Brand Pound of Love in white for the remainder of the hat. I used 16" size 7 circular needles and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, P2tog, C6F (the six stitch cable, cable needle to the front, all stitches knit), and S2KP (slip two stitches as is to k2tog onto right needle, knit next stitch, pass the first two stitches over the knitted stitch). I've made this hat before and it is an easy pattern that knits up rather quickly.

My other hat I'm calling White Stripes (so creative!), using again that Pound of Love yarn since I need to use that stuff up! I also used some Bernat Satin Solid in Sable. Since the tan yarn is thinner than than the white I used a size 6 needle while knitting that yarn and a size 7 needle while knitting up the white. After the ribbing I just knit five rows of each color until I liked the length and called it done.

Friday, June 16, 2017

June #2 - Ivy

My hands have been a bit achy so I switched to crochet which offers different movement. Even after all the hats I've made, I still do not consider myself a crocheter since I still have difficulty understanding patterns. Once I figure it out, I can move right along, I just don't "get it". As per usual, I started, ripped out, re-worked, ripped out, tried again, ripped out, and I think figured out the pattern on my fourth attempt. It really shouldn't be this difficult, and I'm not even certain I did figure it out, but it looked okay, so...I just went with what I had.

The pattern is In Bloom Beret and Cap by Brittney Waterhouse and is available for free as a Ravelry download.  I used Berroco Comfort in Lovage for the brim, and Marum body of the hat and I used a size I hook. Stitches used were slip stitch, single crochet and a bobble (made from double crochets). I typically crochet loosely so I went down a hook size from the recommended "J" called for in the pattern, however, I found that the cap was turning out a bit on the small size. I decided to add an extra row of increases to compensate. (no I did not swatch, lol)  I opted not to add the button and might actually make this again.