I’m not sure I’m making progress, but here’s the next 17 yards:
February 7, 2009
Guess what I made yesterday?
1 5/16″ dowel rod + 1 toy wheel (3/8″ hole) + 1 cup hook + 2 hair elastics =
1 spindle + some hand-dyed wool (thank you Naked Sheep dye lady) = this:
Oh, and here’s the dramatic shot:
Two-ply handspun. Not the most even, but I think I was getting better toward the end; of course, I flipped the ply so there’s equal amounts of amateurishness at both ends of the yarn.
I’ll post more when I figure out what to do with it.
January 31, 2009
I always swore I’d never get into the aww-dorableness of baby clothes. Unfortunately, I forgot to have all my friends swear never to have children, so I’ve now found myself a little stuck. I’ve managed to salvage my dignity by refusing to make anything in pink or blue, so here’s an adjustable-size baby hat in gold and tan. I decided to use just an i-cord tassel to avoid having a possibly detachable pompom (which might be a choking hazard).
Needles: Size 5, both 16″ circ and DPN
Gauge: 10.5 stitches & 14 rows = 2″ in stockinette stitch
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn’s Jeannee, 51% cotton 49% acrylic, worsted weight, or any other machine washable yarn. Colors shown are 0031 tan and…um, sorry, lost the label on the lighter color.
The hat shown weighs 38 grams and the skein of yarn weighs 50 for 110 yards, so that’s about 90 yards for the size shown total yardage.
Size: The size shown is a 14″ hat and it’s shown on a 15″ butter tub, since I couldn’t find any babies around the house.
Sizing for your baby (or butter tub): It’s recommended to make a hat approximately 1 1/2″ smaller than what it’s intended to fit. However, a neat feature of babies is that they continue to grow, so if the hat is too big, it will fit a little later on. I strongly suggest not going any smaller than 13″ for the hat (to fit 14.5″ head) because babies do not shrink, even in hot water. This is especially important if baby’s parents have big heads.
Anyways, to begin.
Cast on in the tan color:
|# of stitches||Finished size||To fit up to head size||Age|
|66||12 7/8″||14 3/8″||small newborn|
|72||14″||15 1/2″||large newborn|
|78||15 1/8″||16 7/8″||newborn-3 mo|
|84||16 1/4″||17 3/4″||3-6 mo|
|90||17 3/8″||18 7/8″||6-12 mo|
Cast on, join in the round, and then work 6 rows of K3 P3 ribbing.
Work one round knit.
Switch to main (lighter) color. If you want the optional stripe, don’t cut the darker yarn. Work 2 rounds knit.
Optional stripe: Work 2 rounds knit in darker color. Switch back to lighter yarn. (YOu can cut the end of the darker color now to weave in.)
Continue in stockinette stitch until hat measures (3.5″, 4″, 4.5″, 5″, 5.5″). Include the ribbing in this measurement.
Place 6 markers evenly spaced. (This will be every 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 stitches.)
Round 1: After each marker, K2tog. Knit rest of stitches.
Round 2 & 3: Knit every stitch.
Repeat rounds 1-3 until 6 stitches remain. Work i-cord for 3″ and bind off. Weave in ends. Tie i-cord in knot.
January 28, 2009
Here’s a hat made with Karaoke yarn, the Loopy pattern. Karaoke is only 100 yards so as you can see it’s a bit short and doesn’t have enough brim to turn up. The next hat I’m making with this yarn I’m using a little extra Cascade to make a plain black ribbed brim.
And while I’m not putting a bun in the oven or whatever the euphemism is these days, I am making this:
Yarn: Baby Bee Sweet Delight, colorway “Ladybug” used double
Needles: Size 10 circ
Work 5 rows garter stitch
Work 5 stitches at each end in garter stitch (K every row). On the middle 120 stitches, work a 5-stitch wide basketweave pattern, switching knits and purls every 7 rows.
I’ll post more pics when I’m done.
January 23, 2009
There’s nothing yuckier than a wet, snowy, muddy hat, unless it’s a wet, snowy, muddy hat being hung up by the brim to dry, and stretching out to a saggy mess.
Not that I’d really know, as we haven’t had any snow this year, and precious little rain. (No, I’m not bitter.) But for those of you in more fortunate climes, here is your solution!
Looks perfectly normal from the front, right?
Here, too. It’s a plain top-down hat with six increase points… and a trick:
I’ll add more in-progress pics in a second post (and for a second hat), but here’s the pattern:
Yarn: Cascade 220 (I used Quatro in pinks)
Needles: Size 4, DPN and 16″ circ
Gauge: 14 rows & 11 stitches = 2″
Making the hanging loop:
Provisionally cast on 6 stitches. I use the crochet method: crochet a few stitches more than needed (say, 10) and then pick up stitches through the loops on the back of the crochet chain. If you aren’t sure which is the “back” of the chain, leave your last “working” loop free instead of binding off, and then turn the chain so it points down, like this:
So, poke your needle through and pick up 6 stitches, and then knit about 3″ of i-cord, like so:
Then take out the provisional yarn, poking in a second DPN as you do so:
The last step is to pick up both DPNs, make sure you’re using the working end of the yarn (not the long tail for weaving in) and knit a full round of all 12 stitches, while moving the stitches to 3 DPNs (4 on each). You should end up with this:
That was round 1 of the hat crown, by the way.
Hat crown (continued):
*K1, YO, K1* repeat 6 times. Total 18 stitches.
*K1, knit through the back loop on the YO, YO, K1* repeat 6 times = 24 stitches.
Rounds 4-19: Continue knitting through the back loop on each YO you come to, and then YO immediately after that, for a total of 6 increases each round. At the end of round 19, you should have 108 stitches. The crown of the hat is now complete.
If you need a different number of stitches for a different size head or different gauge, then just stop early or continue as needed, it won’t matter for this pattern at all.
Knit every stitch for desired length. I chose 6″ because that goes down over the ears.
Turn-up ribbed brim:
After your hat is the desired length, do K3 P3 ribbing every round for 15 rounds (about 2″) or as desired.
Bind off in pattern (that is, as you bind off, knit or purl each stitch as appropriate).
Block as desired and wear!
January 20, 2009
|Needle size||short DPNs||long DPNs||12″ circ||16″ circ|
Today I bought the size 3 and 4 long DPNs. Short ones are fine for socks and finishing off, but if you don’t have a 12″ circ, you can’t get very far on a hat with just the short DPNs.
Ideal hat combinations:
Shorts + 12″ + 16″
Shorts + Longs + 16″
At $16 for the 12″ needles and $5 for the DPNs, it looks like I’ll only get the short circs in sizes I really, really want.
I started knitting on size 10’s and have been working my way downward. I’m not sure why I took the big leap down from 7’s, but I haven’t bought a set of 6’s yet…