Friday, July 23, 2010

July hat #3 - Lace-Edged Women's Hat

I hadn't planned on making three hats/cap this month, but I had this one started before I got carried away with the crocheted Cotton Sun Hat, so I thought I'd continue on and finish it. However, that said...again with the lace edging! Again with the knitting, tinking, knitting, tinking, get the idea. I finally just gave in and used stitch markers. I should of learned my lesson with the Foaming Waves hat and just used the markers from the beginning, which would have saved me a ton of time.

Nonetheless, I have a pretty and incredibly soft hat that someone will enjoy. Unfortunately, the picture does not do the color justice.

The pattern is available for free at I used 1 skein of a lovely cranberry Ella Rae bamboo silk. The hat is knit on a 16" size 6 circular needle and 1 set of size 6 dp. The pattern comes with three sizes and I choose to knit the medium. Stitches used are knit, yo, sk2p, and K2tog. Once I used the stitch markers the lace-edged went smoothly along and the remainder of the hat worked up quickly.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July hat #2 - Cotton Sun Hat

This is my first attempt at a crocheted project. At some point in my youth I must have learned the basic stitches, but I do not recall making using the skill in a project. I was giving serious thought to relearning (or should I say really learning) crochet in order to try some of the hat patterns I've found. Swoop in Pam with a pattern and yarn suggestion and voile, I had a new challenge. I spent the day helping Pam at a local fair (see earlier post) which gave me the opportunity to spend a huge chunk of time crocheting and asking questions. I didn't finish at the fair, but came home and and finished later that evening.

I crocheted WAY too tight. I'll need to go up at least one needle size, if not two, when I make this again. I also think I ended up with way too many stitches since my brim is wavier than the I think it should be. I think it came out kind of cute, even if it is on the tiny side. It will be perfect for a young girl.

The pattern is available for free at Cloudy Crochet. I used one skein of Lily Sugar'n Cream in a purple and green variegated and one skein of Cascade Pima Tencel in lilac. The hat is crocheted with a size F5 hook. Stitches used are sc, hdc, dc, sl st.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Spreading the word

I had the privilege today to spend the day helping Halos of Hope founder Pam man the booth at the Midwest fiber & Folk Art Fair. What a great way to spread the word about this wonderful charity and the great work that they do. There were a lot of hats/caps on display, even a couple that were non-yarn (notice the adorably cute tied fleece in the upper right corner of the picture!). Many folks stopped by to pick up free pattern, learn more about yarn choice, and drop off hats. As an added bonus I learned how to crochet and almost finished a hat to donate. It was a relaxing way to end the week and I'm looking forward to repeating the experience next month at Stitches Midwest.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Yarn overs done over and over again

What is it about a lace pattern with yarn overs and slipped stitches? Is it that they require concentration, precision counting, what? I really want to know since I started my second July hat, a Lace-Edged Women's Hat. This is a free Ravelry pattern but I've linked it on my Pattern Page if you are not a Ravelry member. The pattern was suggested to me by Pam, the founder of Halos of Hope, as a quick and easy hat.

I'm using a wine colored bamboo silk that knits up well, is comfy soft, and a pretty color. Pam started a hat at about the same time, she's almost finished. I haven't made it past the first 12 rows yet. I've knitted about 50 rows, but you can't count them since I was technically re-knitting the first ten over and over again.

I think I have however finally figured out why I start with 90 stitches and grow as I go. I'm not completing the sk2p stitch by passing the slipped stitch over. Simple mistake? Yes, but do I have to keep making it. Can I not just learn and get on with it all ready?

Once I make it past the lace-edged the hat is all straight knitting until the decreases so I just need to pay attention. My goal - to finish this hat by Wednesday. I better use my stitch markers!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July hat #1 - Foaming Waves

Hallelujah...I'm finally finished! Why am I so excited? Because it appears that counting to twelve is more challenging than it used to be. I don't know why, but this cap proved to be more of a headache than a relaxing needle experience.'s done and I can move on.

The pattern is available for free at I used 1.5 skeins of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk in coral. The cap is knit on a 16" size 5 circular needle and 1 set of size 5 dp. The pattern comes in two sizes - small and medium. I choose the medium. It is a bit long, but I have a small head. Stitches used are knit, yo, SSK, and K2tog. I think the pattern goes quickly if stitch markers are used to keep track of the wave repeats (or at least they helped my skittish brain).

Monday, July 5, 2010

The heck with January

So I've been thinking...I've already decided to start this project, why wait for January? Do I really need six more months to collect patterns and yarn? It's not like I'm going to stop knitting hats/caps in the meantime, so why not just get on with it? So...I begin.

I'm currently working on the cap from hell. For what ever reason this seemingly basic yarn over pattern is proving to be more challenge than it should be. The pattern is actually so simple I'm feeling a bit embarrassed that it is taking me so long and causing me such problems. I've knitting, tinked, re-knitted, frogged, re-knitted, tinked, etc. so many times it's laughable. However, I'm determined to finish. Unfortunately, I spent two days cleaning and moving my daughter so now my hands and fingers are swollen and I can't hold my needles. I will however, finish this hat/cap by Wednesday. That is my goal.