Thursday, December 28, 2017

December #1 & #2 - Big Stripe & Little Stripe

What do you do when you are in the middle of making a hat and run out of yarn? That's exactly what happened when I was making the Big Stripe hat.

Big Stripes is a personal pattern that uses Berroco Comfort in Dusk (dark gray) and Pot-Au-Feu (rainbow multi). I originally used a black but when I ran out, the hat just sat in the project bag for about a year. I kept telling myself I would buy more yarn, but I finally faced the fact I couldn't justify it when I literally have bins of it, so I ripped it all out and started over with the dark gray. I used a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl and k2tog. I c/o 88 stitches, k2p2 for 1.5" and two rows of each color until there 5.5" from the cast on edge. I did a simple decrease pattern with a knit row between until the K4 row, when I omit the knit rows. 

I had a bit more of the dark gray and wanted to make a child's hat, so....

The child’s hat is the Boys Gone Loopy hat. I wanted a different look than the bright rainbow multi so I switched it out for the Berroco Comfort Raspberry Tart by Bethany McRae. It is knit with a size 7 16" circular needle and a set of 7 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl and k2tog. I was afraid I might run into the same situation as before (and run out of the dark gray) so I only knit 2.5” instead of 4” called for in the pattern before changing colors. I also only knit only 7.5” before starting the decreases. The loopy bit at the top is crocheted with a size H hook and single crochets.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

October #1 & #2 - Stripe 1 and Stripe 2

My knitting mojo still hasn't returned so simple hats continue. Both hats were knit with Berroco Comfort on size 7 needles and 7 dpns.

Stripe 1 was finished first and uses colors Lovage (green), Goldenrod (yellow), Iron Oxide ( and Bitter Sweet (brown). Stripes are 14 rows each with decreases in the last color.

Stripe 2 was finished second and uses colors Smoke Stack (gray), Chalk (white), Primary Yellow, Raspberry Coulis (dark pink) and Rosebud (light pink). There are nine rounds of the 2x2 ribbing with one row of knit in the gray before I started three rows of each stripe color. I started standard decreases about 6” from the c/o.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Catching up...yet again

School started up again, this year being a bit out of the norm in how much work I needed to do to get ready. Consequently, fiber time came to an almost stand still. I did manage to finish a few nondescript hats by simple stitching without a pattern.

The first hat reminds me of tiger strips, not certain why since it isn't the coloring of a tiger. The yarn is a discontinued Hobby Lobby yarn - Italia in the colorway Umbria. I used a size 8 needle and size 8 dpns and just did a simple stockinette stitch until the simple decreases. Simple!

This hat used a mystery yarn from my stash, size 7 needles and 7 dpns. I did a 2x2 ribbing for 1.5 inches. I knit five rounds and then did a purl, knit, and purl sequence. I repeated the eight rounds two more times beginning my decreases in the round before the final KPK rounds.

I wasn't certain I would have enough of the blue mystery yarn to make an entire hat, so I added some white mystery yarn stripes. Same needles, with four rounds of the blue, six of the white, three more blue, six more white and then I finished in the blue beginning the decreases.

I'd love to get back to patterned hats, but for now at least I'm knitting.

Monday, July 3, 2017

June #3 & #4 White Bread and Stripes

Neither hat is all that exciting, other than I can say I made more than two hats for the month. I'm still a bit behind for the year, but I'm catching up.

The pattern is the Gingerbread Hat and is available as a free Ravelry download. I used my favorite Berroco Comfort in grape for the band and Lion Brand Pound of Love in white for the remainder of the hat. I used 16" size 7 circular needles and a set of 7 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). I've made this hat before and it is an easy pattern that knits up rather quickly.

My other hat I'm calling White Stripes (so creative!), using again that Pound of Love yarn since I need to use that stuff up! I also used some Bernat Satin Solid in Sable. Since the tan yarn is thinner than than the white I used a size 6 needle while knitting that yarn and a size 7 needle while knitting up the white. After the ribbing I just knit five rows of each color until I liked the length and called it done.

Friday, June 16, 2017

June #2 - Ivy

My hands have been a bit achy so I switched to crochet which offers different movement. Even after all the hats I've made, I still do not consider myself a crocheter since I still have difficulty understanding patterns. Once I figure it out, I can move right along, I just don't "get it". As per usual, I started, ripped out, re-worked, ripped out, tried again, ripped out, and I think figured out the pattern on my fourth attempt. It really shouldn't be this difficult, and I'm not even certain I did figure it out, but it looked okay, so...I just went with what I had.

The pattern is In Bloom Beret and Cap by Brittney Waterhouse and is available for free as a Ravelry download.  I used Berroco Comfort in Lovage for the brim, and Marum body of the hat and I used a size I hook. Stitches used were slip stitch, single crochet and a bobble (made from double crochets). I typically crochet loosely so I went down a hook size from the recommended "J" called for in the pattern, however, I found that the cap was turning out a bit on the small size. I decided to add an extra row of increases to compensate. (no I did not swatch, lol)  I opted not to add the button and might actually make this again.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June #1 - Bable

Has it really been since February that I posted a hat? Shame on me. But then again, my head has been in a stressed place and my hands have not been cooperating much either. Sadly this hat was actually started and probably finished in March, but I have not had the energy or mental state of mind to look at my computer when I get home. Enough of that, you want to know about the hat, right? Guess what, I don't really remember! lol.

Not certain why I still insist on naming my hats, but I do, but I'm running out creativity. This one is lamely called Bable because it is a cabled hat knit with brown yarn (I can hear the groans already). The pattern Declan's Hat which is available as a free Ravelry download. I used Bernat Satin in mocha on (I think) a size 8 16" circular needle and a set of 8 dpns. The pattern calls for size 6 needle, but I found the size 8 in the bag with the finished hat and yarn waiting to be put into Ravelry, and honestly, it's been awhile since I finished. However, looking at my stitches it certainly looks like I used the size 8 and based on my stitch count I knit the small size. Since the hat fits me loosely, I'm fairly confident I picked up the larger needles. Oops. Which could explain why I had such a difficult time getting the cables to lay properly. I knit and ripped, knit and ripped, so many times I was getting frustrated. I really didn't understand what I was doing wrong. I just figured my head wasn't in the game. It never occurred to me to check my needle size. Yet another lesson learned.

Monday, February 20, 2017

February #1 - #5 A Solid, A Stripe, and A Chunky Trio...Oh My!

Winter has been mild this year, but nonetheless, I have been fighting multiple colds and feeling like a hamster in a cage at work. No matter how quickly I spin my wheel I can't seem to catch up on my work. Therefore, work has been coming home with me on the weekends. Sigh... Which we all know to mean, less time for knitting, and certainly less time for photos and posting. With President's Day and a lovely Spring day (I'm certain we'll pay for it later), I was able to photograph and catch up.

I've called this hat "Seasonally Green" is because the pattern is the Dark Seasonal Hat which is available as a free Ravelry download. I used Berroco Comfort in what I think is Adirondack (the band is missing, but I remember having ordered this yarn for another, never finished, project) on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. The pattern calls for an aran weight yarn, but I just used this and stayed with the same needle size. I used my now favorite Old Norwegian cast-on and used were knit, purl, and a mock cable. I've had this hat in my Ravelry favorites for a few years now, so I was happy to have finally tried it.

"Happy Stripes" is one of my favorite hats. I had made a less stripey version for my daughter and found it to be so quick, I thought I'd make another using all the bits from my Comfort scrap bag. While I am completely in love with the hat, I really didn't love weaving in all those ends! The pattern is the oddly named Hat #18 Scrap Hat which is available as a free Ravelry download. I used Berroco Comfort on a size 6 16" circular needle and a set of 6 dpns. Stitches used were knit, purl, slip stitch and k2tog. Super cute.

I really do try my best to use the yarn that I have when making projects for charity. But....I was making hearts and just "needed" something different, happened to notice this yarn on sale. And. Well.... I made the hearts and used the "leftovers" to make a few hats using Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern available for free on their website. These are the women's size, made with Premier's Serenity Chunky yarn in Spring, Majesty, and the Seven Seas colorways. The stitches used are knit, purl and k2tog.  I love chunky yarn, I just don't like the size 11 needles I needed to use. They were however super quick to make. I not only made these three, I also made three baby hats to finish off the yarn. All in 2.5 days, but my hands are paying the price. Ouch!