28 January 2013

Ear flaps for Baby Pointed Beanie








These ear flaps are for Baby Pointed Beanie, but I'm pretty sure they could be used for any small child's hat.



Using Drops Nepal and 5.5mm needles, I cast on 14 stitches.

(NOTE: The first stitch on EVERY row - slip purlwise, even though it states K2.)

K2 P10, K2
K14
Repeat these two rows 6 times. You should have 7 rows, ending with a K2 and purl row.
On the following rows,
K6, K2tog, K6.
K2, P9, K2
K6,  K2tog,  K5.
K2, P8, K2.
K5, K2tog, K5
K2, P7, K2.
K5, K2tog,  K4
K2, P6, K2.
K2, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2.
K2, P5, K2
K2, K3tog, K2
K2, P1, K2
K2tog through th back of the stitches, K1, K2tog.
Start icord.
Knit the three stitch icord until it measures 20cm.
Cast off and tidy up ends.

I didn't get to sew these onto the hat myself, so I can't give any exact measurements. Once the hat is finished, you can gauge where to attach the earflaps.

Striped Light Stashbuster Hat Easy Crown Pattern

I'm using up my stash on these simple, striped hats.
Knitting in the round creates an uneven stripe. This can be fixed with a simple technique, demonstrated here.




Yarn: DK
Any DK yarn. I try not to mix materials - all the yarn used on this hat is 100% wool.

Needles:
(6mm for casting on) 5mm, 5.5mm & 5.5mm DPN

Using 6mm needles cast on 90 stitches. (Old Norwegian cast on)
Switch to 5mm needles and K4, P2 until work measures 10cm

Change to 5.5mm needles. Place a marker and Knit.

I changed colour as and when I felt like it, or when yarn in that colour ran out. I didn't make a plan.

Knit until work measures 28cm.

Crown
K2tog until there are 10 stitches left, switching to double pointed needles when necessary.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.

Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.

Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.

Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose end.

This technique is demonstrated beautifully in this video by Judy Graham.




If you have any questions or suggestions on how it could be improved, 
please contact me.


Finished Striped Light Stashbuster hat with Easy Crown












Striped Light Stashbuster Easy Crown

The original crown in the Striped Light Stashbuster hat pattern is a gradual decrease, which is quite challenging when you're knitting stripes.

I decided to do an easy crown, the pattern for which I'll upload separately ans add a link here.

I think it's really just a matter of taste. I personally don't think the gradual decrease crown is worth the extra work. it gives a really nice finish, but the easy crown looks just as good in my opinion. 




25 January 2013

Mini Magic Loop

I tried to explain this technique over the phone to my daughter... it was difficult. So, I made a video for her, and for ya'll. <3


24 January 2013

Finished Striped Light Stashbuster hat

I didn't make it to the knitting group yesterday evening, so I decided to finish my hat! I'm quite happy with the results!



It's never easy taking photos of myself...


Striped Light.... today's

Just have to stop and document. ... then I should probably go to bed.

Chaos

21 January 2013

Still...

I've had the most horrible pain in my right hand and arm lately, so I've had a few days off knitting. It seemed to be getting worse rather than better, so I picked up my Striped Light hat and did a few rows.



What do you do when you can't sleep, or knit?


Take photos. 

Here's my little kit box 


 








My favourite row marker... a scrap of wool. <3

17 January 2013

Striped Light StashBuster Hat 2

I've got so much wool in my stash, I don't know where to start! I chose these three balls at random and I'm just going to start another Striped Light #Stashbuster hat.
I just added the yellow scrap shown in the picture.

Morning good.

16 January 2013

Crown Down Hat Rebirth

This is the crown down hat that I'd abandoned. I started unpicking it, with the intention of re-using the wool. I got to this stage and thought, 'Hang on a minute...'
I stopped unpicking and cast off the rim. It's a bit tight, so I'll unpick it again and cast it off... again!!! Fingers crossed.


15 January 2013

Striped Light StashBuster Hat pattern

I used some of what was left of the Spar Garn on this super easy hat. Two colours, but you could easily use up any leftover yarn and do multicolour stripes. I ran out of the dark grey, so continued in one colour.

Knitting in the round creates an uneven stripe. This can be fixed with a simple technique, demonstrated here.


Yarn: DK
Approximately 60g - 75g / 120m - 150m of any DK yarn.
Note that the weight given is for 100% wool yarn.


Needles:
(6mm for casting on) 4mm, 5mm & 5mm DPN

Using 6mm needles cast on 90 stitches. (Old Norwegian cast on)
Switch to 4mm needles and K4, P2 until work measures 10cm

Change to 5mm needles. Place a marker and Knit, change colour every third row (so Knit two rows of each new colour, then change colour)

Knit until work measures 23cm.

Crown (Alternative/easy crown pattern here.)
Row 1: *K7, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Knit the next row, and every other row, to the marker.
Row 3: *K6, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Row 5: *K5, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Row 7: *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Row 9: *K3, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Row 11: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Row 13: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Row 15: K2tog to the marker and there should be 10 stitches left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.

Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.

Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.

Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose end.










If you have any questions or suggestions on how it could be improved, 
please contact me.

It's not all knitting. And it's not all hats.

This is a scarf I'm crocheting for the summer.

12 January 2013

New Rose in Town pattern

Yarn:  Spar Kjøp Spar Garn or any DK, 8ply yarn
Needles:  (6mm, for casting on) 4mm, 4.5mm + 4.5 DPN

CO 96st (using 6mm needles)
Using 4mm, K3, P3 for  10cm
Switch to 4.5 mm, place a marker and alternate the K3, P3 row with a knit row.
(1st row: Knit to marker. 2nd row: K3, P3 to marker. Repeat these two rows)

Continue until work measures 26cm from rim.

Crown. (switch to DPNs when necessary.
K2tog to marker.
Knit  1 row/round
K2tog until there are 9 stitches left. Cut yarn, thread onto a darning needle and sew/weave in loose ends.

For the hat in the pictures, I've use three colours. Each stripe is four rows. 
Make all colour changes on a knit row, as explained below:
1st row: Knit - change to new colour
2nd row: K3,P3 
3rd row: Knit
4th row: K3,P3
5th row: Knit - change to new colour


(TED Talks... good knitting TV.)


For a nice loose and stretchy rim, I used 6mm needles to cast on, 
using the Old Norwegian cast on method. Here's a good tutorial.





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.