Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 2012 #2 - Greenwich

In my last post I mentioned a nasty little virus my computer picked up which necessitated a visit to the repair shop. I thought all was well when I picked it up and everything appeared to be working. Unfortunately, it was now working at a snail's pace, which was frustrating me beyond believe. back to the shop it went again. In the meantime, I children returned to school, leaving me tired and lacking any fiber mojo at all. At this point, the computer is home (although I'm not quite sure all is well), I'm beginning to adjust to the back-to-school schedule, and I've hoping to find my mojo again soon. Thankfully I had completed this wonderful hat prior to my woes (I just needed a working computer to upload everything).

The pattern is Avalon Cabled Hat and available for purchase either through Ravelry or KnitPicks. I used Berroco Comfort in Marum on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, k2tog, C6F, and C6B. The cabled brim is knit first with a provisional cast on and then joined with a kitchener stitch. Although I have done a kitchener stitch before to close up socks, I have never done it to create a seamless join with live stitches before. The body of the hat is slouchy compared to the pattern photo, but I'm okay with that. Over all, I like the cabling (really, it was easy), I'd make this one again.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 2012 #1 - Stratford

This wonderful little number was actually completed back on the first! Yes, the first day of the month, while I was busy watching the wonderful Olympics (hence the name). I was quite good about getting my picture posted up to Ravelry, but then got busy on another hat, going back to work (a.k.a. school), and attending Stitches Midwest. I was all set to get my post written when I sat down to my computer and saw nothing but a black screen. As I started to figure out the problem, it actually became worse, which is when I realized I had gotten a virus. I wasn't able to restore it or find my data. Panic ensued. Thankfully the repair was quick and I was back up and running (which is more than I can say for myself these days).

The pattern is available as a Ravelry download. I used Plymouth Yarn Fantasy Naturale in color 6399 on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, ssk, ktbl, ptbl, and sk2po. The ktbl and ptbl create the unique ribbed brim. Which was a new way of ribbing for me and the sk2po creates the lace (another new stitch). This was a very easy pattern to follow once I got the hang of the stitches. I made the child's hat and found it to be more than generous of a size for myself (even with my smallish head).

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

July 2012 #3 - Oceania

This hat was actually started and finished earlier in the month, but because it required me to think about what I did, I've been putting it off. I know, lazy me. Well, now that the month has ended I needed to get my act in gear and as they say, "get it done". I purchased the yarn at a Cascade Yarn Tasting event at my LYS, hadn't brought my knitting bag with me so instead purchased a skein of Pacific Chunky with which to make up a hat. I've used it before, loved it, and thought, why not?

I used Cascade Pacific Chunky in Bluebird on a size 10 16" circular needle and a set of 10 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl and k2tog. It appears that there is a yarn over, however the affect is created by bringing the working yarn to the front of the piece before stitching the k2tog, thus creating the extra loop on the needle (Same basic principle, just worked differently, who knew? Obviously not me.)   The pattern, such as it is, is available on my pattern page as a pdf.  Let me know if you find any errors.  I'm not a hat designer, as I mentioned, I was knitting it up as I went along.