Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 2016 #1 - M. Wood

A little late to the party, I know. I had the pleasure of meeting Myra Wood at a Stitches Midwest event several years ago so now was the time to show my support by knitting up one of Myra's SchKnit Happens Scratch Caps. The only problem is that she uses fingering weight yarn (gasp) and I'm not certain my feeble fingers would hold up for an entire adult sized hat. (little preemie hat, okay, but adult hats are a different story all together) So I decided to do a little modification to the pattern. She did mention the pattern was a basic formula and that we should experiment and try different things. Soooo, I tried a different weight yarn. Which obviously required additional modifications, BUT its better for my fingers. Which means I can knit more.

The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download. The hat is knit with Berroco Comfort in Indigo, Smokestack, Iron Oxide, Goldenrod and Marum on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl, and k2tog. I c/o 84 stitches with a k2p2 for about 1.5 inches, a seed stitch for about 1.25 inches, four rows of garter stitches, a 3x4 basket weave stitch and then stockinette standard decreases. I should mention that I have a thing for how color changes bleed together on purl stitches so I always do a knit row before I actually change colors. I should get over it.

Thank you for the pattern Myra and I wish you all the best.

Monday, April 18, 2016

March #1 & #2 - Smokey Stripes and Just Stripes

Obviously I haven't been very good at keeping up with my postings. Both of these hats were quick and easy and both of them were actually finished in March. (not in April as in the posting date) I haven't a clue where the time has gone. Spring is coming late this year. The weather is just now starting to warm up, the trees just starting to bloom, and the birds just starting to return to the backyard feeder. Thankfully school will end soon and I'll have lots of sunny days to enjoy leisurely days of knitting AND getting my postings written on time.

Smokey Stripes was inspired by the Cherry-O! pattern by Susan B. Anderson published in her Itty Bitty Hats book.  I used Berroco Comfort in Lavender Frost and Lillet on a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit, and k2tog. I c/o 88 stitches, followed the pattern for the stripes and then changed my decreases accordingly. I even paid attention to the directions and carried my colors correctly. Yeah me!

There was no pattern for Just Stripes.  I used a size 7 16" circular needle and c/o 88 stitches and then did a k2p2 ribbing for 3.5 inches with four rows of each color stripe. The yarn is all Berroco Comfort, the ribbing in Copen Blue and the stripes are Chalk or Pearl (the band was off and the two colors are too similar) and Iron Oxide. Simple, yet it does the trick.