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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thursday's Child Hat


This hat is a fair isle pattern that is fully charted in colour. It uses either three or four colours of a DK weight yarn. The lovely design is great for everyone and the hat makes a perfect gift.

This is a 3-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment. 


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, K2tog, ssk, stranded colourwork

Size: adult medium
Finished Measurements: to fit approx. a 21-22” head (use worsted weight yarn and larger needles for a larger size)

Yarn: 150-200g, 330 yds (303 m) DK weight wool
Suggested Brand: 3-4 balls "Baritone" DK wool by Jojoland; 3-4 balls Mission Falls 136 DK merino.

Needles: 3.5 mm 16" circular, 4 mm 16" circular, 4 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook, 4 stitch markers

Gaelic Warrior Hat


This hat knits up quickly with a bulky yarn and is a good opportunity to practice your cables. The fit is very cozy and will suit a range of head sizes. Make this up as a gift for a gaelic guy or girl. 

This is a 3-page PDF pattern. $4.00 USD 
This pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, crossover, K2tog, P2tog

Size: adult medium
Finished Measurements: fits approx. a 20-24” head

Yarn: 100g, 108 yds (99 m) super bulky wool
Suggested Brand: 2 balls Naturgarn by Viking of Norway

Needles: 5 mm 16” circular, 6 mm 16” circular, 6 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook, cable needle, 4 x stitch markers


Belugah Slouch Hat and Beanie


This floppy slouch hat uses just one skein of "Maxima" by Manos del Uruguay. The merino is lovely and smooshy and makes a lovely drapey slouch hat. The pattern is also written for a beanie style.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, P2tog, K2tog,

Sizes: adult small (size 21-22" head) and large (size 23-24")
Finished Measurements: slouch = 11" tall (not including pom) and 9-10" wide lying flat; beanie = 6.5" tall

Gauge: approx. 20 sts = 4" in st st on 5 mm as given on ball band; 18 sts and 36 rows = 4" in patt st on 6 mm
Yarn: 100 g, 218 yds (199 m) worsted weight merino wool
Suggested Brand: 1 skein "Maxima" by Manos del Uruguay

Needles: 4 mm 16" circ, 6 mm 16" circ, 6 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Instructions:

With smaller needles and long-tail method, CO 80 sts for small size and 88 sts for large size.

Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd. Sl m throughout. 

Rnd 1-12: K2, P2 to end.
For large size only, pu 2 extra sts on Rnd 12. 90 sts. 

Brim should measure approx. 1.75" from CO (or work until desired length).

Change to larger needles.

Begin pattern stitch (see instructions below). Work in patt st until hat measures approx. 5.5" from CO for beanie and 10" from CO for slouch (or to desired length) ending with a Rnd 2. Begin decreases.

Pattern Stitch:

Rnd 1: *P4, K1*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 
Rnd 2: Knit.


Decs:

Change to dpns when sts become too tight on circulars.

Maintain patt st unless otherwise stated.

Rnd 1: *P1, P2tog, P1, K1*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 16/18 sts decreased. 64/72 sts.
Rnd 2-4: Work even in patt.
Rnd 5: *P2tog, P1, K1*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 16/18 sts decreased. 48/54 sts.

For Beanie only:
Rnd 6: Knit.
Rnd 7: *P2tog, K1*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 16/18 sts decreased. 32/36 sts.
Rnd 8-9: P1, K1 around.
Rnd 10: K2tog around. 16/18 sts decreased. 16/18 sts.
Rnd 11: Knit.
Rnd 12: K2tog around. 8/9 sts decreased. 8/9 sts.

For Slouch only:
Rnd 6-8: Work even in patt.
Rnd 9: *P2tog, K1*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 16/18 sts decreased. 32/36 sts.
Rnd 10: Knit
Rnd 11: P1, K1 around.
Rnd 12: K2tog around. 16/18 sts decreased. 16/18 sts.
Rnd 13: Knit.
Rnd 14: K2tog around. 8/9 sts decreased. 8/9 sts.

Cut yarn and tie off. Weave in ends.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gyspy Rose Hat

 

Bring some spring flavour to the winter season. This sweet hat is simple to knit up and is adorned with a charming cross-stitched rose motif. It works up quickly with a bulky yarn and makes a unique gift.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, K2tog, cross stitch 

Sizes: adult medium (with instructions to adjust)
Finished Measurements: to fit approx. adult head 21-23"; approx. 9" wide and 8" tall lying flat 

Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4" in st st on 6 mm needles
Yarn: 100 g, 120 yds (109 m) bulky weight wool; small amounts of worsted weight wool in 7 assorted colours
Suggested Brand: 1 ball Cabin Fever "Northern Lights"; small amounts of Cascade 220 (see below for colour suggestions)

Needles: 5 mm 16" circular, 6 mm 16" circular, 6 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle, teeny crochet hook (for weaving in ends)


Instructions:

With smaller needles and long-tail method, CO 72 sts (or a multiple of 8).
Join in the rnd being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd.

Work K2, P2 rib for 6 rnds (approx. 1" from CO). Change to larger needles.

Knit in st st for at least 22 rows (to accommodate chart) and until hat measures approx. 6" from CO.

Decs:

See instructions below for pixie tip.

Rnd 1: *K6, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 64 sts.
Rnd 2 (and every even rnd): Knit.
Rnd 3: *K5, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 56 sts.
Rnd 5: *K4, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 48 sts.
Rnd 7: *K3, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 40 sts.
Rnd 9: *K2, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 32 sts.
Rnd 11: *K1, K2tog*, rep from * to * to end of rnd. 24 sts.
Rnd 13: K2tog to end of rnd. 16 sts.
Rnd 15: Rep Rnd 13. 8 sts.
Cut yarn and tie off. Weave in ends.

For pixie tip: Work decs to Rnd 15. Do not cut yarn. Knit 2 rnds with no decreases or to desired length. K2tog to 2 sts. Cut yarn and tie off. Weave in ends.

Following the chart, cross stitch the rose above the ribbing.

Cross Stitch Tips: 
  • Work 1 cross stitch for every knitted stitch. 
  • Work one colour at a time, going back and forth across chart, trying to use the least amount of yarn/stitch. 
  • All stitches should cross in the same direction (i.e. the top cross should either run from bottom left to top right or vice versa - it doesn't matter which as long as you are consistent).