Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February 2012 #3 - Merlot

What did you do to celebrate Leap Year Day? Not exactly high on the list of holidays that people celebrate, but I decided to mark the day by posting  the extra hat I made for this month.  I also noticed that apparently February was an all purple month, as all three of my hats were of various shades, and its not even my favorite color.  Yes, a bit odd, and I actually shouldn't even have made this particular hat because I shouldn't have bought the yarn.  But I was sitting next to it at my LYS and it kept whispering, "Buy me. Buy me." My gift certificate from Christmas was still in my knitting bag, so....

The pattern can be found on the Cascade website. I used Pacific Chunky Multi in colorway 608 on a size 10 16" circular needle and a set of 10 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, k2tog, and yarn over. Very simple. Super quick.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

February 2012 #2 - Mulberry Smoothie

As I'm sitting with my little heater blasting away it seems a bit odd to be writing about a cotton hat, but cotton hat it is. At the request of Halos of Hope Soothe for Spring Campaign I jumped ahead on the calendar to make my first 2012 Spring hat. It certainly wasn't easy to get in the mood for light and airy. I'll might have to return to some previous patterns if I want to crank out a few more before the April 30th deadline.

The pattern is available from Red Heart, although I made significant adaptions to the pattern because I did not understand the directions for the brim and band. I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! in Mulberry for the hat and Limedot for the flower. The hat is crocheted with a size J hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, double crochet, and slip stitch. After completing the first 13 rounds and increasing to the required 78 stitches I only continued working even for 5.5” not the 7.5” as called for in the pattern. I then followed the band directions completing them in-the-round.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 2012 hat #1 - Wild Raspberry Cables

For some strange reason I wanted to do a quick cabled hat. I'm not exactly sure why since I'm in the middle of putting a cabled yoke on a sweater I'm making and its driving me crazy. Perhaps I just wanted to prove to myself that its not the cables that are driving me crazy, its keeping up with the pattern reading. Which this little hat did well proving. The designer does provide a chart to read, but in my meager opinion it is not well done. However, the written cable directions are more than sufficient to get the job done, and actually much easier to keep track of. Well, at least that's what I think any ways.

The pattern, Gingerbread Hat, is available as a free Ravelry download. I used the ever popular Berroco Comfort in Wild Raspberry Heather (and hence the pilfered name). I used 16" size 8 circular needles and a set of 8 dpns. Stitches used knit, purl, K2tog, SSK, P2tog, C6F (the six stitch cable, cable needle to the front, all stitches knit), and S2KP (slip two stitches as is to k2tog onto right needle, knit next stitch, pass the first two stitches over the knitted stitch). This last stitch was a new decrease for me and as always I found a great video to help me figure it out. This hat knit up in only a couple of nights and I plan on making many more.