Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 2011 hat #1 - Chunky Pink Cables

Isn't that the most original name for a hat? This was actually the third time I've made this pattern, but the other two had been gifts, this is the first for donation. The color choice is obvious since it's Pinktober and the yarn was a donation. I typically do not work with wool. Not only am I allergic to it, but I also work under the assumption that the recipient of one of my hats may want to wash it, so I just stay away from wool. Since I have made the hat a few times I have a few observations to share about the pattern. The k2p2 ribbing works better than the other brim choice. Apparently my stitching is too tight so I do not use a smaller needle when stitching the brim. You are left with a bit of a peak at the top of the hat when finished, but it stretches out when put on the head so don’t worry about it.

The pattern, Chunky Dean Street Hat, is available for free as a Ravelry download. I used Bouton d'Or Laika yarn in Flamingo. I used 16" size 10 circular needle and 1 set of size 10 dpn. Stitches used are knit, purl, K2tog, and right front cross (RFC). The RFC stitch was a new stitch for me and was a bit tricky to figure out at first, but there is a nice photo-tutorial along with detailed written instructions included with the pattern that I found helpful. I like the end result of the cable look, and obviously I like making it (since this is the third), I wish it knit up just a bit faster, but that could just be me.

Monday, October 3, 2011

September 2011 hat #2 - Bears Fan

Even though I'm finally getting this written after September is over, I actually did get this hat finished during September. The last day mind you, but it was still September. It was a super simple hat to make so I was able to start and finish in two evenings. What I love about this pattern is that there is a chart that details every NFL team's color combination so no matter which team is your special fan's favorite, you can easily figure out the stripe sequence. The pattern is written for Cascade 220, but I was easily able to figure out the colors in my yarn of choice.

The pattern, NFL Superfan Hat, is available for free as a Ravelry download. I used Berroco Comfort in Navy Blue with the main stripe in Pumpkin and the secondary stripe in Pearl. I used 16" size 7 circular needle and 1 set of size 7 dpn. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog. A super hat for any superfan.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

September 2011 hat #1 - A Little Pigskin

First, let me apologize for my lack of posting. Even though I hadn't gotten any hats finished, I should have posted another time during the month, about something. A great hat collection effort I heard of, a new pattern available, something. Oh well, too late now, a good lesson learned. As I mentioned in my last post, September is a typically a tough month for me, how I ever made four hats last year is beyond me.

I finally got this little number finished on the 29th. It is a bit hard for me to accept that my first hat for the month was completed two days before the end of the month. Really? I have lots to say about the timing, but then I'd be whining, and no one wants to listen to a whiner, at least I wouldn't. I found this cute pattern on Ravelry, realizing that I was going to "lace-up" the football at the end I thought I'd add a couple of yarn overs (yeah, I know, me and yarn overs) and then appropriate decreases into the pattern, at appropriate intervals. I thought this would eliminate any bunching of yarn. I didn't like the row decreasing that the pattern called for so I ripped it back to the brim and started again, this time hiding the row decreasing on either side of the laces. Well, the whole yarn-over idea was stupid. While yes, the yarn didn't bunch, the holes were too big and looked out of place. I ripped it out, again. I knew I didn't like the decreases in every other row so I decided to just knit a typically hat and deal with the decreases in a couple of rows towards the top. I also then changed the tip of the hat above the white stripe to four sections to mimic the end of a football. The decreases don't really work out evenly, but it isn't noticeable. The laces were more difficult than I thought, only because I'm so picky and I wanted them to lay just so.

The pattern is available on my pattern page. I used Berroco Comfort in Falseberry Heather and Pearl. I used 16" size 7 circular needle and 1 set of size 7 dpn. Stitches used are knit, purl, and K2tog. Anyone ready for a little football?