Saturday, May 28, 2011

May #1 - Blue Bonnet

Here we are at nearly the end of the month and I'm sadly posting my first hat of May. The month has been filled with preparations for my daughter's graduation from college, moving my son home from his first year of college, and the end of school (which means inventory) for me. Needless to say it's been busy around our house. Leaving not of needle time and selfishly what time I have I want to spend working on a project and not blogging. Shame on me, I know.

The pattern is available for free from Caron. I used a Cotton Ease by Lion Brand in Violet. I went up in hook size to an H hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, slip stitch, and reverse single crochet. The hat is worked in the round so a stitch marker is essential. The reverse single crochet creates the band and was a new stitch for me. I'm not so sure I worked it correctly, but I think it looks OK. I'm not real happy with the brim however since it doesn't seem to be as "brimmy" as I think it should be. The hat looks much better on me than on Mrs. White (my hat dummy), but then I couldn't take a picture of it. Even going up a hook size the hat is on the small size, which is why it fits me better than Mrs. White. Oh well... I'm keeping all those small headed chemo patients well turned out.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

April #3 - Bunny Hat : donations accepted

Would you believe that April's hat #3 was actually being posted on May 15th? Well, given that I posted hat #2 on May 1st and then Blogger was having issues, makes it not so hard to believe at all. Needless to say, May hats will get posted rather quickly, because they're already done! Well at least two of them anyway. But I digress... back to the Bunny Hat.

This cute little Bunny Hat was not originally intended to be a challenge hat. It was created for my LYS's mascot, Fuzzy Bear. Apparently there was a request or two for the pattern and I was asked to write it up. Thus began a very short lived debate of whether I should just give it away or charge for it. Would anyone really purchase it? But...perhaps they would consider a donation. So...I set up my Ravelry store account to "sell" the pattern for $1.00. I'll then donate any purchases to Halos of Hope. We'll see what happens. If it actually happens, I might try a few more.

The pattern, Durango, is available as a Ravelry download . I used Berroco Comfort yarn in Chalk with Raspberry Sorbet for the inner ears . The hat is crocheted with a size I hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch. The finished circumference is about 17" and would probably fit a small baby. If a larger hat size is desired a simple continuation of the increase pattern will make the hat large enough to fit the intended recipient.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April #2 - Misty Taupe Star

This was supposed to be written and posted last weekend, but my kids were home for Easter weekend.  My son was looking to earn some money and for some bizarre reason I had him paint my laundry room/office.  I'm just now getting everything back into place.  I mean, really, what was I thinking?

I found this pattern on Ravelry and really liked the star it made on the top. So even though it had dreaded yarn overs (which it seems a lot of patterns I like do) I thought I'd tackle it anyway. I also thought I'd try the new Caron Spa yarn that had been recommended a good chemo yarn. As we supposedly moving into nicer weather (non-Illinois states that is) I need to move away from my beloved Comfort for a few months. I wasn't totally thrilled with the yarn since it wasn't as twisted as I'd like and, as least for me, kept splitting while I was knitting. It was however uber soft which I absolutely loved. The other issue the softness created for me, cause I'm sure I was doing something weird, is that the pattern calls for an i-cord bind-off. This created a very tight binding and made the hat completely un-wearable. I ripped that out and then tried simply knitting two rows and then purling five rows with a purl bind-off. Again the binding made the hat too tight and unwearable, so.... I ripped that out and tried a knit bind-off. Better, but still too tight. On a friends suggestion I used a sewn bind-off. I not only learned a new bind-off technique I achieved exactly the loose edge I wanted to match the loose fit of the overall hat. Fourth times a charm? I added a simple crocheted flower with a button center for embellishment.

The pattern, Tähdellinen, is available for free as a Ravelry download. I used almost a full skein of Naturally Caron Spa yarn in Misty Taupe with a bit of Naturally for the trim and flower. The hat is knit on a 16" size 6 circular needle and 1 set of size 6 dpn. Stitches used are knit, yo, and K2tog. And yes, I did use stitch markers to keep me focused on those darn yarn overs.