Friday, December 30, 2011

December 2011 hat #2 - Licorice

After noticing that I haven't posted a crocheted hat since August, I was determined that I would do so this month. What I didn't count on was the fact that all the crocheted hats I like seem to be more suited for warmer weather. Now I realize it doesn't matter since my hats have the potential to travel to any state, and there are still some states experience warm weather year round, but I just couldn't get "into" any of these hats. Thankfully a few clicks of a mouse in Ravelry's pattern search and I came upon one I felt I could "warm" up to. Off I went. I selected, what I thought was a reasonable yarn substitute for the yarn used by the designer, and began crocheting what turned into a massive blob. OK. I'll make changes to account for the obvious difference in fiber and started over, I got another not so massive, yet ugly blob. I needed a new course of action. I chucked that idea and went back to the pattern search where I quickly found a pattern I liked even more. Fate.

I found the Ribbed-wrapped Kid Cap. I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton in black. The hat is crocheted with a size I hook. Stitches used are chain, double crochet, front post double crochet, back post double crochet, and slip stitch. The pattern offers directions for toddler and child, but there is also a preemie and newborn version. I did have to work at the pattern a bit, but that's just my non-crochet brain at work. The pattern once started is very easy to follow and make. I hadn't realize the photo was so bad.  I had planned on taking another photo before I donated it, but then forgot to do so, so I apologize for the bad lightening.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 2011 hat #1 - Candy Cane

Here it is yet again at the end of the month and yet again I am posting my first hat of the month. Just what has happened to my hat making ability? At least I have an excuse his month - gift knitting. Given the Christmas holiday I was busy making a few items to give as presents to those I love. All of them took far more time than planned, which is always way it seems to work out. I actually did start and finish a hat early on in the month, a fun little hat adorned with a tangle of Christmas lights. Unfortunately I struggled with the crocheted version of the lights, came up with my own knitted version, but needed to put it aside in order to complete my holiday gifts on time (which I might add I finished with only two days to spare).

Instead I decided on another appropriate holiday themed hat by Susan B. Anderson, from her Itty-Bitty Hats book - Candy Cane. Of course I used Berroco Comfort in Wild Cherry and Pearl. I used 16" size 7 circular needles and 1 set of size 7 dpn. Stitches used are knit and K2tog. If you need help with jogless stripes, see the links in my previous post. I think my pom could have been a little fuller, but then I've never been that adept at making poms. I need to get me one of those little tools, perhaps that will help. Otherwise making a hat doesn't get easier than this, and look at how cute this is.