Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 2012 hat #3 - Flurry

To finish out my January series of snowman hats I decided to depart from using either needles or hook. This rather funky take on a snowman is made from ordinary fleece and requires no sewing. If you can cut around a pattern and tie knots, you can make this hat. I added some buttons from my stash for the eyes and mouth. Really I couldn't have asked for an easier hat to make.

The pattern is Kwik Sew # 3173. I purchased a half yard of both the black and white fleece, made the medium size, and have plenty left for another hat. The nose is also a fleece scrap I happened to have from some previous hats my daughter had made. Although I created a snowman from the pattern, it is really adorable when made up using two different coordinating prints.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Happiest Hat Contest

Before you even start reading, I should apologize for not having this written and posted weeks ago.

Early last November, one of the members of the 12 months = 24 hats Ravelry group gave me an idea. She had commented on another member's hat saying it was a “happy hat”. It was indeed a hat that would make the wearer happy, but was it the "happiest" hat possible? I decided to have an end of the year contest to find out.

The rules of the contest were quite simple. Make what you think is the happiest hat possible and post a picture of it. The contest ended December 31st at 11:59pm and was judged by family, to determine the winner. The first hat posted by Sandy a month later and was quite spectacular. A blue, teal, and white Anemone Hat that just made you smile. Several other members also posted great hats, but our hands down winner was Kim Fluck's Look out! There's an Octopus on Your Head! Does this hat not make you just giggle? Kim's prize was a couple skeins of Berroco Comfort DK, a notepad to keep track of pattern modifications, a Halos of Hope project bag, and a copy of Hattitude by Cathy Carron.

I'll be hosting another Happiest Hat Contest, but most likely in August when people are not so busy with gift giving projects.  For now, enjoy a giggle or two, courtesy of Kim.

© kimfluck

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 2012 hat #2 - Flakey

The second snowman in my January series. Not the one I had planned, but then my knitting does not always go as planned. So I opted to take a crocheted hat I had actually finished in December, that was supposed to have other embellishments on it (but they were not working out so I quit the project all together), and added the elements that a snowman would need. The first version looked a bit off in some way. I wasn't sure if it was the nose (too long perhaps), or the spacing of the eyes (too wide), or the mouth (not enough coal). But whatever the reason, I wasn't thrilled, and that is saying a lot, because I've never posted a hat I haven't liked. I had decided to just go ahead and post it as is, but I just couldn't.  My husband and I decided it was the nose that made the hat look almost creepy, so I took it off and played around with the yarn some more and came up with a flat version I like so much better.

I used Berroco Comfort in Pearl, Licquorice, Pumpkin and Primary Blue. The hat is crocheted with a size H hook, the face elements a G hook, and the scarf a F hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet and half double crochet. There is no pattern to post since I've simply improvised what is already available, using a basic hat pattern.  For the nose I just fiddled around until I got something I liked.  Since I'm not really a crocheter, it might be hard for me to describe what I did. The scarf is five half double crochets for 25 inches and then whipstitched across the bottom on the hat. If you crochet, you can make this (and I'm sure do a much better job of it than I did).

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012 hat #1 - Frosty

Happy New Year and happy snowy day. There is actually white flakes falling from the sky, of which we haven't very much of it yet this winter season. It's January and I thought I'd try something a bit different this month by creating a series of different hats on the same theme. So hopefully you like snowman, because there will be a couple more to come.

The pattern is by Susan B. Anderson, from her Itty-Bitty Hats book - Snowman. I used Berroco Comfort in Pearl, Liquorice,Wild Cherry and Pumpkin. I used 16" size 7 circular needles and 1 set of size 7 dpn. Stitches used are knit, purl, knit in the front & back of the same stitch, SSK, and K2tog. The hat's brim and the scarf are knit flat and then whipstitched onto the hat. The eyes and nose are knit as 3-D elements and also whipstitched on to make the face. Not that I've knit another snowman yet, but I'm certain this will be a top favorite, he's just so darn cute!