Monday, May 26, 2014

May 2014 #1 - Spring Stripes

I've had this hat finished since the middle of the month, and the pictures taken almost as long. So why has it taken me till the last day of the month to post it on the blog? It's May, its the end of school and I'm simply too tired when I get home to start up the computer. Only a few more weeks and still so much to accomplish before the start of summer. And I refuse to call it a summer break since I have such a long "to do" list that I find it hard to think of it as a break at all. Perhaps this year I'll actually finish a piece of personal knitting? Yes, I'm not holding my breath either.

This month's hat is designed Darleen Hopkins. She is a big supporter of Halos of Hope and has created some adorable designs for the various past campaigns. We've met online, but someday, hopefully, I'll get to meet Darleen in person. The pattern, Candy Corn Cap, is available for purchase on Ravelry. I used Lily Sugar n'Cream yarn in Yellow, Soft Ecru, Blue and Hot Green. You'll notice I chose not to make it in Halloween colors (for obvious reasons) and I'm pleased with the stripe look. Which can be easily adapted to any of a variety of color combinations. The hat is crocheted with a size I hook. Stitches used are chain, single crochet, double crochet and slip stitch. There are multiple sizes for the pattern and each comes with well written directions for beginning with an adjustable ring/magic loop and was easy to follow (even for me). The stitch pattern is easy to remember, even if I struggled with doing so, and I think the experienced crocheter would find the pattern very easy. Me, being me, of course, had to look at the pattern constantly which just slowed me down until I finished the increases.  I do however really like the look for the stitch pattern, so I'll most likely give the hat another go at some other time.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

April 2014 #2 - Violet, Flower Power and Blue Brim

Not exactly super original names, but there are times it becomes more important to get the hats posted about as opposed to named. If you know what I mean. This particular trio has been sitting on my desk for about three weeks or so as I've been overly busy at work and more than a bit tired in the evenings and playing catch-up on the weekends. So I either gave up on some creativity and went with what I had, or let them languish on. I choose to post, especially since I'm late in my April posting. Again.

All three hats were originally intended to be baby gifts. All three hats fit me, so obviously they are a bit too large to fit a newborn. Oh well, I just made new gifts and had a couple of bonus hats for the monthly count. Violet is from one of my favorite designers, Susan B. Anderson. It appears in her book Itty-Bitty Hats. Susan is a very warm and friendly person who is both an accomplished designer and wonderful blogger & photographer. If you not already familiar with her, you can find links to her various Craftsy classes, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry accounts from her blog site.

Violet is the Felted Flower Child pattern and is made with HiKoo Simpliworsted in Grape Jelly with the Flower in Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints in Purple/Pink on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, k2tog, and p2tog. The first two rows are knit flat and then joined in the round for the remainder of the pattern. The flower is crocheted and because I had the hat sitting about for so long I've lost track of what pattern I used. I apologize for that.

Flower Power is basic hat pattern with a picot edge. I used the same two yarns as before, the HiKoo Simpliworsted in Grape Jelly as the brim with the body in Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints in Purple/Pink on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, and k2tog. The flower is in Berroco Comfort in Rosebud and is crocheted with a size G hook. Stitches used are sc, dc, and slip stitch. I found the pattern on Pinterest (Love that site!) at I added the little purple bit to the center because I just thought it needed a little something more. I don't really remember what I did, but I think its simply single crochets around. I will admit that after paging through the Itty-Bitty Knits book again, I realize Susan B. Anderson has a much better way to do a picot edge (on page 74) that I used and I believe I will have to try that method on one of my future hats. The way I do them is very cumbersome and awkward.

The last hat is another basic hat with simple 2x2 ribbing and stockinette. I used HiKoo Simpliworsted in Silver Blue for the brim and Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints in Cornflower/Silver/Off White for the body on size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used are knit, purl, and k2tog.

A longer than normal post, but then I usually don't have three hats in one. Thanks for indulging me.