Archive for the ‘Hats’ Category

Botswana Blocking

May 19, 2008

I have never blocked more than one thing at a time, but last Friday was the day. I had rested up (the washing machine is in the basement) and was ready to go. No one else was home, so I took up the entire sunroom floor. I used beach towels (and realized that a blocking board would be really useful to get the blanket edges straight). Things were slow to dry on Friday, a rainy day, but the sun was out by Saturday. Between the glass slider and the sunroof, everything dried pretty quickly on Saturday. Everything is 100% wool except the orange and yellow sweater which is 70% wool and 25% acrylic.
I’ve already shown the Baby Surprises, but here are the other things:
Knittah’s blanket – she knit 2/3 of it and I finished it up.
Knittah's Botswana Blanket
It is Elann Highland wool which I’ve never used before but will again. It’s great to knit with.

A crochet blanket made from Paton’s Classic Wool from my stash:
Doc Swatchy Blanket
Here it is modeled by Spragoon (he is 5 feet tall, to give you an idea of its size):
Doc Swatchy Blanket
A Beach Beanie:
Beach Beanie
2 red hats and a pair of mittens (also Paton’s Classic Wool):
There was supposed to be a second pair of mittens, but an accident befell them — I forgot to change from the size 4’s for the ribbing to the size 7’s for the main part of the mitten – so they would have fit a crayon, but not a child! I didn’t even take a picture, they looked so silly.


Winter Holiday Knitting FOs

January 13, 2008

FO = Finished Objects for you Muggles non-knitters.

Got all my holiday knitting done in time, except 1 scarf, which will now be a birthday present (since it’s a January birthday, it works out OK). So, here it is (drum-roll)

1) The Wool-ease 3-Seasons jacket for my mom (I finished it in November, and gave it to her then):

A really, thick, warm jacket. Quick knit on big needles. I may make another one, for me.

2) A scarf for my sweetie:
The stitch is Stamen Stitch:
The yarn is Lang Polar Tweed (85% wool). This took 4 balls.

I forgot to photograph the whole scarf before giving it away. But, it looks like this, only long and skinny 😉

3) 2 hats for Covenant House in New Orleans. This was a project Gail McHugh was working on before her death last year, so I knit these in honor of her:
10Dec 017
This is the “Banana Republic” hat pattern from Ravelry.
10Dec 006
This is my generic out-of-my-head hat pattern.

4) Son #1, Spragoon, wanted this monkey. It didn’t come out much like the picture, as it was a very difficult pattern to follow. (I should have known when there was no gauge specified, and when it said to use 2 strands of worsted-weight yarn on US #2-3 needles).
I was quite proud of myself for finishing this, since it’s made up of a lot of little pieces that are sewn together – not my knitting forte!
I used 1 strand of Lion Brand Homespun (leftover from a few years ago, I don’t remember the color name) for the body and Jaegar Matchmaker Chunky for the face, and US #7 needles.

Son #2, Adidas, wanted a very long scarf, green, blue and black:
Just garter stitch. I had the acrylic boucle yarn in my stash. The black was much thinner, so I used it as a crochet edging.

This is the first year I’ve made knitted gifts, and it was lots of fun.

Tweedy Topper — or not

July 3, 2007

Well, because of my yarn choice, this is a non-Tweedy Topper, but that still is the pattern name. Pattern from in Knitter’s magazine, last summer I think (if not summer, spring).


Yarn is Cascade Sierra. Mostly cotton, some merino. Nice, and machine washable to boot. Recommended by my favorite LYS, Knitknacks in Maplewood, NJ. If you are in the neighborhood, you should go and check it out. Wonderful yarn, friendly helpful owners.

img_2167.jpgI’m very happy with the hat. This one was for a gift, but I may make another for me. It’s cool enough for a summer hat. The construction was very interesting, and a lot of fun – knitting the same rows multiple times to get thick ridges to hold the hat’s shape.

Here it is before the hatband:


Beach Beanie

July 3, 2007

This is my second Beach Beanie (Knitter’s magazine pattern, from several years ago). Much bigger gauge, so different from my first one, but you can still see the lace pattern. Very fast (even for a turtle) because the yarn is very chunky.


Yarn is Debbie Bliss Alpaca-Silk. It is about as soft as yarn can be (and I am very particular about soft). I like this yarn A LOT. The only down-side is that there aren’t very many yards in a 50 gram ball (this hat took 2 balls).


The Most Fun You Can Have While Knitting

April 2, 2007

random-hat-1.jpgWell, that might be a slight exaggeration, but this hat was the most fun I’ve had knitting in a while.

I had 2 skeins of Berocco Chinchilla Bulky, one black and one charcoal, but each was only 41 yards. I didn’t feel like making horizontal stripes. I swatched a few 2-color patterns from a Barbara Walker treasury, but sometimes I couldn’t get gauge and other times I messed up the multi-row pattern. So, I just said “what the heck” and cast on 52 stitches (US size 11 needles) and knit with whatever color I felt like. I used the mosaic slip technique, so only 1 color was used per round, so there aren’t any floats (I didn’t dare waste ANY of this yarn).

Each set of 2 rounds repeats the same 4-stitch pattern, but no two sets are intentionally alike. No patterns to memorize, I’d just eyeball the hat so far and pick a (4-stitch) pattern for each pair of rounds as I got to them.

I’m really pleased with how this hat came out. It is just random enough, but not too random. It’s soft and warm. Because of the mosaic, it’s a bit tighter than the dark red hat, knit with the same needles and same yarn. That one was very floppy, this has a lot more body.

And, of course, thanks again to C., my model. The styling was all his idea. (Oh, and because the hat is all stockinette, the rim rolls up nicely in case the wearer want where he or she is going).

What? Another Hat?

March 22, 2007

Yes, another hat. I’m not bored with hats yet, but it won’t be long 🙂

This one is Noro Lily, cotton/silk blend. Lovely, lovely yarn. Yum. I love the way the short color variations make little “beads” of colors. Thanks, Hope, for the yarn!

Hats, Part 2

March 17, 2007

Another hat, this is a “Beach Beanie” from Knitters Magazine. The yarn is Elann Baby Cashmere (10% cashmere, plus alpaca and merino), lovingly given to me by my cyber-friend Hope.

The hat was fun to knit. I was in a hurry, so I am sorry to say I didn’t fix all of my mistakes (a bad habit I have that I would like to change). I may make some more hats from this yarn – it is a joy to knit with, and this hat took only 2 balls (100 yards, doubled). I used 88 stitches on US size 4 needles.

A Hat. With A Lovely Face Under It.

March 8, 2007

This is made from Berroco’s Bulky Chinchilla. 40 stitches (fewer than 2 stitches to the inch!) on size 10 1/2 needles.

With many thanks to my model.


My Brooks Farm Harmony

March 3, 2007

This is the big ball of Brooks Farm Harmony I bought at Stitches East. It is 500 yards of 55% Mohair, 22.5% Wool, 22.5% Silk. I think it is going to be a Clapoti (scarf size.) (That ruler is 6 inches. It’s a big ball).