Friday, January 31, 2014

Sochi - To Russia with Love Hat

This hat leap-frogged the Dutch hat I'm working on (ear flaps, double-knit - one prototype done but not blogworthy ... my valiant husband was even willing to wear it on a ski trip but I spared him the indignity!)
So ... I used size US 2.0 circs (2.75 mm) for this, the third model. It's just slightly too small. I should have used 3.0 mm at the very least. As you can see, it's stretched a bit to straining because it's just that tiny bit too tight.
I've altered instructions in the pattern, suggesting 3.0 mm circs and a gauge of approx. 21 stitches = 4 inches to make the bottom edge work out to about 22.5 inches when done. (My version is 22 inches and just a tad too snug.)

This hat has everything! Polar bears, leaping stags, pine trees, snow flakes, folk art roosters, and of course, matryoshka dolls! Not for the faint of heart. Mostly it's a two color process, but at some hair-raising junctures, you can be juggling 4 strands of yarn. Definitely doable, just takes patience. This is an easy enough pattern, straight-up stocking stitch on circular needles, but cannot be rushed.

And for the curious, here's a sneak peak at the first version of the Dutch hat. That's supposed to be windmills and wooden shoes. Back to the drawing board!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Game of Thrones Hat

I made a Dr. Who hat for my son but then he decided he wasn't really a Dr. Who fan anymore, he would prefer a Game of Thrones hat!
Using the same basic pattern style, I improvised this one.

It's a basic hat pattern (120 stitches on 3 mm circs to make the inside band, 1 row of purl for the fold, increase to 136 stitches. Start k2tog in intervals when it's time shape off and finish the top That's it!)

Here's my Ravelry link to the colour work chart, hobbled together from various sources. 

Oh, here's a pic of the rejected Dr. Who hat.

And here's the ravelry link for this one if you're interested: 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tiny Sweaters

Just to practice some technique and wind-down in between larger projects, I'm knitting up some tiny sweaters in advance of holiday decorating/gift giving.

The link for the pattern I used is here; they require your email address.

I'll also be working on some tiny mitts and toques to complement this series and will probably string a few together for the tree and give a few out to friends. "Here, I knit you a sweater!"  ; )

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meanwhile ... chocolate crochet!

I'm working on and just about ready to assemble another gift afghan. (A bit worried that I'll run out of the dark brown yarn but we'll have to wait and see!)

Video for pattern technique is here (click).

and here's the PDF (click).

Here's a very rough photoshop of what I believe the finished version might look like, will post an update when I get it all sewn together:

The pattern possibilities are almost endless.

Unfortunately I ran out of the dark brown near the end so had to improvise. Here's the finished project:

I also like this similar idea that I crocheted about a year ago using cascading granny squares and the Redheart Tiles Granny Afghan pattern.

Hat of the Month Club - WorldHat01 - Holland

Inspired by the hat  I knit over the recent Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (link at bottom of post), I've embarked on a new design series, World Hats, which kicks off my new Hat of the Month Club.

Once we've run out of countries (how many are there anyway?!), we'll move on to other themes: suggestions and requests welcome.

My first Hat of the Month Club World Hat is Holland, a gift for my Dutch husband.

I've done the sketches, rough graph, and first test swatch (pretty bad - the windmills look like bowling pins wearing bows!)

I've since made some revisions to the pattern and will be knitting up a final version this weekend.Stay tuned for instructions and a knit-along video!

Next up, Canada, then Scotland, France, then Japan.

Here's the link to my Ravelry page, with the finished Witch Cats hat shown.