Saturday, March 26, 2011

March #2 - Crazy Nights

While it would seem that the title implies that the hat itself is crazy to make, it was actually the time frame in which the hat was created that was crazy. This past week was a challenging one for my husband's family as his mother became ill and needed hospitalization. This in turn required that someone from the family be with her 24 hours a day. Since I happened to be on break for the week I volunteered for the task of sitting with her through the wee hours of the night. I choose to crochet rather than knit as it is quicker to put aside and easier to rip out when fatigue sets in and mistakes begin. As I sat and worked I often felt this weird "this feels like a movie" moment, and wondered when life would return to normal. This in turn made me think of cancer patients and how often they must ask that same question, when will their life return to normal. Obviously I don't have any answers (wouldn't it be nice if I did) so instead I just made more hats.

The pattern is available for free from the Playin' Hooky Designs. Although the hat can be made up in a wide range of colors, I choose the relatively calm color choice of Berroco Comfort yarn in Goldenrod and Seedling with a bit of Chalk. The hat is crocheted with a size I hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch. As always I felt my hat was a bit small so I added a couple of extra rows of single crochets to lengthen it. The pattern often instructs you to "Count your stitches". My advice - count. It does actually save you time. It was a fun and easy pattern I hope to make again wilder colors. (I'll have someone else help me pick them out)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March #1 - Gilda Green

Given that it's March and all, I felt compelled to create a 'green' hat. I had finished a little leprechaun hat for Fuzzy Bear which didn't quite fit and started to make another larger one. However, I wasn't really thrilled with the way it was coming out and I started to think that I was using up a lot of good yarn for something a bear would wear for only a couple of weeks and then what? So, I started frogging away. Searched Ravelry for a pattern that used Comfort (as if I didn't already have a bunch to choose from), and found this one. I started it up on Friday while watching the horrific scenes coming from Japan and finished it up today.

The pattern is available for free from Gilda's Club Twin Cities. I used a partial skein of Berroco Comfort Gooseberry Heather yarn. I went up in needle size knitting the hat on 16" size 6 and 8 circular needles and 1 set of size 8 dp. Stitches used are knit, purl, P2tog, and K2tog. I did use stitch markers to keep track of the pattern repeats (to help keep me focused). When I started I didn't plan on making the bow flap, but once the hat was completed I felt the band needed a bit of embellishment.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

February #2 - Chocolate Sundae

Yes, I know it is not February and that I'm a bit slow getting this hat posted, but the darn sun was never out on a weekend for me to take a picture.  I ended up taking my hat (with head) and camera to school to take a picture during the week.  It was quite funny when a colleague walked around the corner and here I was holding up Mrs. White (yes I've named my head).
The pattern is available in the Chemo Caps & Wraps book by Annie's Attic.  I originally planned on making the entire cap out of a skein of Bernat Cottontots that I had in my stash.  After making the band I realized there was no way I had enough for a whole cap so I went back to my stash and pulled out a skein of Berroco Comfort in Bitter Sweet.  Since I am typically a tight crocheter I went up in hook size to use a size I hook. Stitches used are chain, dc, fpdc, bpdc, fpdc dec, bpdc dec and slip stitch. Since I moved up in hook size I felt as if the cap was coming out way too big so I skipped rounds 13 & 14.  Also on rounds 18 & 19 the pattern should note that the fpdc repeats. I’m a slow crocheter and working the double crochets in the back post took more time than I’d like so I’ll probably not make this hat any time in the near future. It’s cute though.