31 December 2012

Alpaca Draw String Cowl Hat pattern

This can be worked in stripes or one colour. The pattern is for the two colour green and white one pictured and for a single colour hat (not pictured). All colour changes need to be done on a knit round.




Yarn: 2 colours of Worsted/10ply/Aran weight (Drops Nepal)
Needles: 4.5mm & 5.5mm + 5.5mm DPN.







Using 4.5mm needles and your MC (main colour) (I used Drops Nepal in Olive) CO 88stitches.
Join work and K2, P2 for eight rounds.

Switch to 5.5mm needles. Place marker.
Round one: K2, P2 to marker.
Round two: Knit to marker.
Repeat these two rounds until work measures 8cm from rim.

On a knit round switch to your CC (contrast colour) (Drops Nepal Off White).
repeat the two rows of K2, P2 and a knit round until work measures 18cm from rim.

On a knit round switch back to the MC yarn and follow the same pattern (K2, KP one round, Knit one round repeat). Continue until work measures 26cm.

To make the loop holes:
On a knit round; *K2, yo, K2tog, repeat from * to marker
K2, P2 the next round as usual and continue the pattern for another four rounds.
Cast off in pattern and neaten up loose ends.

To make the icord:
Using the MC and 5.5 mm DP needles, CO 4st. K1, Sl1 purlwise, K1, Sl1 purlwise.
Repeat this one row. (Here are the easiest  icord instructions, I've seen so far).

(Make the cord at least 30cms longer than the circumference of the cowl hat, but I would say, no longer than twice the circumference.)

Using MC knit for 10cm. Switch to CC and continue knitting until the cord measures approximately 80cm. Switch back to your MC and knit 10cms. 
Cast off and tidy up/weave in/sew in loose ends.

Thread you icord throught the loops and you're ready to go!


For a one colour cowl hat:

Using 4.5mm needles and your MC (main colour) (I used Drops Nepal in Olive) CO 88stitches.
Join work and K2, P2 for eight rounds.

Switch to 5.5mm needles. Place marker.
Round one: K2, P2 to marker.
Round two: Knit to marker.
Repeat these two rounds until work measures 26cm from rim. Make loop holes.

To make the loop holes:
On a knit round; K2, yo, K2tog
K2, P2 the next round as usual and continue the pattern for another four rounds.


Cast off in pattern and neaten up loose ends. Make icord as above.



As you can see, my icord is almost twice the length of the circumference of the hat.











If you use this pattern, please leave a comment. 
If you have any questions or suggestions on how it could be improved, 
please contact me.

30 December 2012

Cast-on Methods

I'm in the process of looking for the ideal cast on for the hat rim. Of course it has to give, but it also can't be baggy and loose, like some sock cast ons.

This is a tubular cast on as demonstrated here.

This is ok, but not as neat as I would like. I wont use it again.

At the moment I'm using one of these:
A) the provisional cast on, starting by knitting the rim, casting off, then knitting the rest of the hat. This works well, but it's a bit of a faff. I'll try this version of it next, I think.
B) the old Norwegian cast on, which I love doing, but it's bit hard on my hands and it's not always as stretchy as I'd like.

Here's a playlist I'm putting together on YouTube, of any cast on methods I think look interesting, or that I might try for my hats.

Inspiration


I have a board on Pinterest, where I gather my collection of inspiring knitted hat images.
Have a butcher's!






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Current Projects - 30.12.12

I started three projects today! =D

There's not much to see on any of them but here are the pictures anyway...

Project #1
This will be a hat...obviously. 2x2 rib, 100 stitches, smaller needles, slow grow for calming.



Project #2
Inspired by this image...
... this is a cable band.



I've got a pair of black felt wristwarmers. I'll sew the finished cable band on. A present for Marnie's birthday.

Project #3
This is Mikal's Draw string cowl hat.



Project #3
An(other) oversized 88 Slouch for Mikal.



And these are ongoing...



 This is my knitting bowl. <3


Stash & Queued projects - 29.12.12

Project Queue (in no particular order)
Hat for SiL#2: Off White Mandolin Cable
Hat for BiL#3: grey & blue beanie.
Hat for Ken: based on baby beanie
Hat for Mikal: off white oversized 88 slouch
Draw string hat cowl for Mikal: black & ???
Indoor hat for me: white cotton blend
Try out the hat loom

New needles!
I bought a pack og these bamboo needles on ebay. I already had a set, but I'd bought 80cm length instead of 60 and I started to shorten them myself, which worked fine, but these are SO CHEAP! I just decided to buy another set. The only downside is that they smell extremely toxic. I wouldn't recommend these if you have  small children or are very sensitive to that toxic plastic smell. I left them by an open window, but I'd leave them outside for a few days if the weather would allow it.

 I love that they have the size printed on them.



Stash

I've just bought six balls of Drops Nepal Alpaca. Denim Blue, which I've used on the Baby Beanie for Ole.
I have 2 Off White and 2 Dark Grey and one ball of the Denim Blue left. 
I bought the Off White for sister in law #2. Mandolin Cable or something similar.
The Dark Grey was for brother in law #3. I'm extremely uninspired here. I'll find somethng. A beanie of some sort.




The King Cole blue merino aran was a Christmas present from my sister. It's divinely soft! No plans for that yet. The cotton blend I bought for another indoor hat. That grey one I knitted is so perfect, I'm lost without it!


 This was a Christmas present from my daughter. I've never used one of these, but I'm excited about trying it out.


After watching the midnight mass from the Vatican on Christmas Eve, I went out and looked for cardinal pink yarn. This was the closest I could find. No plans for that yet, but I think I'll stripe it with the red, maybe...? The off white is for my daughter boyfriend, Mikal.
All from SparKjøp.


These are from SparKjøp too. Not sure why I bought two similar reds... ?
The black I also bought for Mikal, but I that was before I knew he wanted the off white. I gave Marnie (my daughter) a ball of the black and a ball of bright turquoise I had lying around. She's going to knit a striped hat for a friend. =D


This is also reserved for an indoor hat. I do try to stick to natural fibres, but the Rubin Superwash is obviously not natural and this little baby is 100% Polyester!!! This will be another indoor/spring/summer hat.




29 December 2012

Mitered Squares

About a year ago I bought masses of wool from Rema 1000... because it was grey and cheap and 100% wool. It's super itchy and I'm stuck with it, so I decided to use Staci Perry's Mitered Squares pattern to use it up and to ensure I always have something to knit between projects.



Needles 5mm
Grey Rema 100 Sock Yarn Mor Aase

Using 5.5mm CO 40st
Knit 20 PM knit 20
Turn work and attach marker to mark front/right side
Start pattern (in one colour).



Baby Pointed Beanie pattern


This is the basic pattern for a simple baby hat which will fit most babies from 1-3.
I could stretch it onto my head, and my head's too big to fit into any average milliners hat! The finished diametre at the rim is 17cms.

Yarn: Drops Nepal in 6314 Denim Blue and 0100 Off White
Needles: DPN 4.5mm & 5.5mm

With 4.5mm needles, CO72
K2, P2 for 4 rounds.
Switch to 5.5mm needles.
Knit 12cm**

Crown
PM
Rnd1: K7, K2tog
Rnd2 and all even rounds Knit
Rnd3: *K6, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Rnd5: *K5, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Rnd7: *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Rnd9: *K3, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Rnd11: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Rnd13: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Rnd15: K2tog to marker

Alternate between a knit round and a K2tog round until 6 stitches remain.
Knit these 6 stitches on 3 needles (3 stitches on each of 2 of the needles, one needle to work with) for 5 rows.
Cut yarn and use a darning/tapestry needle to thread through loops. Pull tight and weave in ends.

** The stripe is two rows of the contrasting colour and two rows of the main colour. You can doo any variation youy like here.
Also, this colour change jog fix trick is invaluable!


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If you use this pattern, please leave a comment. If you have any questions or suggestions on how it could be improved, please contact me.