Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 2016 #2 - Nutty Stripes

And you are probably asking, "What does this hat have to do with nuts?" Nothing really, other than one of the yarns is called Mixed Nuts and I couldn't come up with anything better. Sad, but true. Although the name of the hat could have been "Sad Looking Pom". Honestly, I really do need to figure out the whole pom issue that I have. I use a pom maker, but I still end up with poms that look like they've been on a year long diet.

There was no pattern for this hat, I made this up as I went. I used a size 6 16" circular needle and c/o 88 stitches and then did a k1p1 ribbing for two inches. I then knit one row before changing to a size 7 16" needle and began changing colors. The yarn is all Berroco Comfort with the ribbing in Falseberry Heather and the stripes in Mixed Nuts and either Chalk or Pearl (the band was off and the two colors are too similar). Each stripe is three rows and I continued until the hat was six inches from the c/o edge. I then began a standard decrease pattern beginning with (k9,k2tog) and a knit row between. When I was down to the (k3,k2tog) row I eliminated the knit rows and did decreases in every row. Then I added the sad pom in the dark brown. Which really doesn't look "terrible", it just doesn't look great, and let's face it. I'm not going to knit if I'm not going to try my best.

So who's going to take on the challenge of teaching me how to make poms?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

February 2016 #1 - Quick

Charity knitting is a big part of who I am and what I do. Not only am I committed to knitting hats for Halos of Hope, but I also try to participate in other charities as often as can. I recently made a hat that required colorwork and found that my post-surgery hands no longer allow me to hold the yarn in both hands. After several frustrating attempts I did figure out a way to knit the hat, but wasn't all that pleased with the final tension. Which of course got me to many patterns had I saved in Ravelry required colorwork? This of course led me to spend much more time than I wished deleting and organizing my pattern favorites last week. I also found a few patterns I had (obviously) forgotten about.

This was one of those patterns, and as the hat name implies it was quick. The pattern is the Quick and Easy Slouchy Hat which is available as a free Ravelry download. I used Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Claret on a size 11 16" circular needle and a set of 11 dpns. I was supposed to switch to larger needles after the ribbing, but apparently I do not have size 13 needles (umhum...can you say gift?), but other than making the hat a bit less slouchy, it worked out okay. Stitches used were knit, purl, and p3tog.