Thursday, June 23, 2011

June #2 - Campy Crown

So time is running out on finishing hats for the Camp Happy Times challenge and I felt like I needed to do at least another one, or two or three. Trying to be a good girl I used wanted to use some yarn I found in my stash that I’d forgotten about. Not my favorite yarn to work with (just because its a bit stiff), but I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the campers will be more excited about the type of hat it is as opposed to the type of yarn the hat is made of. Call me crazy, I know. Several other needle friends I have had already made several of this pattern so I know it worked up quickly, I figured it was the perfect hat to try.

The pattern is available for purchase as a Ravelry download. I used Red Heart Super Saver in Delft Blue and White. I used an I hook (the size actually called for in the pattern, gasp!). Stitches used are chain, single crochet, half double crochet, slip stitch, and a picot. The picot is is simply a single crochet, 3 chains and a slip stitch into the single crochet. Yep, another new stitch for me. The hat crocheted up very quickly, although I'm not a big fan of working in the round because you have to keep moving the stitch marker. I’m also pretty sure I did something wrong on the crown because the points want to lean to the left and I had to adjust my stitches to make the pattern come out. But its finished and it looks OK. Not as cute as others I’ve seen, but acceptable. I'm hoping to have enough time to work up another before the deadline. I'll let you know if I improve.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June #1 - Jolly Jester

Continuing on with the medieval theme for Camp Happy Times for my first June hat I wanted to make one that didn't have so many little bits to sew on and I was also ready for a bit of knitting again. The hat took me longer than I wished for, reminiscent of my December Santa Hat. But instead of one long point there were three smaller points to knit. Although if I were to do the hat again, I'd want the points longer. I just don't think the hat has a jovial enough feel to that comes from a really floppy hat.

The pattern is available for free from Coats & Clark. I used Berroco Comfort in Goldenrod on a 16" size 8 circular needle and 1 set of size 8 dpn. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog. Stitch markers are needed as are three jingle bells. I choose bells that were 2.22 cm in silver so that they would help weigh the points down. When I went to buy the bells I found them available in purple, blue, red and green. If I had know I would have used a different color yarn and created a funkier looking hat. Oh, well...who knew?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

May #2 - Puffy

With the gloomy month of May finally past and sunny June upon us I finally had the opportunity to take pictures of my final May hat. A cute little novelty hat created for Camp Happy Times as part of a Halos of Hope challenge. Camp Happy Times is operated by The Valerie Fund and is a free one-week camp experience for children who have either have or have had cancer. Each year the camp selects a theme. This year's theme - Medieval, think of the creative hat possibilities...

The pattern is available for free from Coats & Clark. I used a Lily Sugar'n Cream in Mod Blue for the main cap with Hot green for the scales and Yellow for the spots. As always I went up in hook size, and choose to use an I hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and sc2tog. The sc2tog is used on the scales to create the decreases. Yet another new stitch for me. The hat crocheted up very quickly, but took some time sewing all the bits together. As I was sewing the first set of scales onto the hat my husband asked me why I made a blue and green chicken hat. I guess it just wasn't a dragon without its tail.