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  • Fun Stripes

     

    I have been knitting and crocheting baby hats for Arkansas Children’s Hospital of several years now. I have one pattern that I know by heart and it gets boring so to shake things up every once in a while I pick a new pattern. I fell in love with this little slouchy beanie baby hat called Fun Stripes. I found it in the knit version of the Leisure Arts' book, Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family by Lisa Gentry. I know that the pattern calls for different colored stripes, but I chose variegated yarn.

    The instructions are very easy to follow. It only took a few hours to knit up. Be careful that you don’t grab the tail to start knitting like I did today -  I was totally not paying attention to what I was doing! I also did an extra row of decrease and knit row. I just felt I still had too many stitches on my needles. The pattern called for two different sizes of knitting needles. Since I was doing a hat, I used my 16 inch circular clover needles. After I got to the decrease row 9, for row 10 I knitted off the circular and onto the same size of double-pointed knitting needles. I used Bernat Softee Baby for this project. I have never knitted with this yarn before, but I plan on using it again. It is very soft!

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  • Lacy, Slouchy, Pumpkiny

    I crocheted the Lacy Beanie from Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps because fall weather is well on its way, and I felt like it was time for a new hat.

    I used orange yarn because, well, it's fall and I am not subtle. I thought about some neutral oatmeal-colored yarn, but then I thought this nice pumpkin-y orange yarn was just the right color for this project.  I picked some worsted weight acrylic yarn that I had already.  Crocheting this up was a pretty casual affair, and I liked it!

    The pattern has some simple chains and skipped stitches that make the lace patterning of the body, and the band is made by working in the back loops on the stitches.  Stepping down a hook size makes the band a little tighter and keeps the slouchy beanie from being too slouchy and slipping right off my head.

    The pattern calls for an I hook and an H hook.  I like that this is worked with medium yarn and regular hooks, and still has a lacy pattern to it.  I wasn't in the mood to make something with a lighter weight yarn, but I like that this hat is kind of open and airy.

    This is the type of hat that can worked up in a couple of evenings and then enjoyed for a nice long season.  I'm probably going to even wear this to a trip to the pumpkin patch!  It's a little cliched, I know.  But I'm excited!

  • I Can't Believe I Knitted This!

    Well!  I have completed my first Fair Isle project. I knitted the Autumn Beanie from I Can't Believe I'm Fair Isle Knitting!

    Remember when I said I had signed up for a knitswap?  I had intended to crochet a beanie, but my partner had sent links to a few Fair Isle patterns to let me know what kind of hats she likes.  And we had all been challenged to try out some new techniques and improve our skills.  So I went for it.  I knitted a slouchy Fair Isle beanie.  I think I'm happy with it?  I think I wish I had switched the red and the purple.  Or the orange and the pink.  I think that means I wish I had made an entirely different hat?  I'm not sure.  There are so many possibilities with four colors!

    I got this to be slouchy by knitting every row that was just one color twice. 

    It added a lot of length and gave the hat a few more chances to relax because....whoa.  I thought I was carrying my yarn really loosely when I was working the more intricate parts of this chart, but maybe not.

    The pattern calls for #4 needles and sport weight yarn.  I used St-Denis Nordique that I got on sale at my local yarn shop, and I think it used about one-third of each skein.  That's about 50 yards of each color, give or take a little.  I obviously used the most of my eggplant-colored yarn, but there's probably still enough left to use it in another color work hat.

    I haven't blocked this yet because I need to weave in my ends first, but I'm hoping my stitches will 'settle' a bit before I mail this hat out this weekend.  And I hope my swap partner likes it because, honestly, I would wear this.  I'm thinking about knitting this in the 'regular' version for myself, but with some yellow thrown in because it's my favorite color.  The chart's pattern repeats were easy to memorize, and I like the look of the hat itself.  And like I said, I'm pretty happy with this first version of it.  I don't think this was too rough for one of my first attempts, and the colors make me think of a sunset.  And I think (hope) that everyone likes sunsets.

     

    Apropos of nothing, I love the decrease.  I love how it looks. It starts off fairly gradually, with a regular row of knitting in between each decrease row in the beginning, but then it just decides, "Nope, you're done!"

    Also, I was surprised to find out that I loved knitting the brim.  Brims with two different colors have scared me for a while now, and I was completely delighted to find out that this wasn't a big deal.  This one is just stretchy enough, and the really solid band of knitting makes me think this will stick well to someone's head.  I don't think it's going to stretch out much, either. Look at how cool this is!

    For the most part, I'm very pleased with how this hat turned out.  I think my knit swap partner will be, too.  And I'm incredibly pleased that I've finished a knitted Fair Isle project!  I can't believe I knitted it!
  • I Crocheted the Shells Beanie and I Want to Wear it for the Entire Winter!

    It is August and I have crocheted a slouchy hat with bulky weight yarn.

    I don't even mind.  The Shells Beanie from Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps is quick and easy and adorable and perfect for my sister's birthday present.  The chunky yarn made this warm and squishy project fly by like a dream.  I loved working the shells up with a big ol' J hook, and this took up just one skein of Wool-Ease Chunky (153 yards).

    And I have to confess: I skipped one row of shells because I was worried about running out of yarn.  This wound up saving the day, and the hat body is still plenty slouchy.  This is, I have decided, just the right amount of slouch.  You know what I mean.  Some hats barely have more room than a skullcap, and some hats look like they belong on elves!  This little hat has enough slouch to it to look casual and roomy, but not so much that it looks sloppy or that the wearer will have to worry about it being pulled of her head because of its own weight.

    Like I mentioned before, crocheting this hat was a little like making a granny square for a head.  And I love that idea far more than I should.  But it's so pretty and I love crocheting shells so much and this is truly a pretty little design.  The holes between between the shells let this bulky hat breathe a bit, but this crocheted fabric is thick enough to keep someone warm.  But stylishly warm!  This hat pattern feels so perfect, I bet its perfection can be proven by science!  Or math because, you know, of row counts and stuff.  I don't know. I was an English major!   But I'm also a crocheting hat-wearer and I  know that this is a great hat.

    Also, I think it kind of looks like a flower.  It reminds me of giant purple zinnias.  I love zinnias.  Just about any pattern that makes me think of flowers is a good pattern.  It's pretty without being too precious.  It's also going on my sister's head in just a short while and I'm going to miss it!  I really think I'm going to have to make another one for myself.  I don't think I'll use the same colorway, but there are plenty of other yarns out there to make me think of zinnias. 

    I'm just going to wait until it's no longer August to make one for myself.

  • WIP Wednesday: Crocheting a Bright and Bulky Dream Hat

    I'm crocheting the Shells Beanie from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps!  It's a bright and bulky dream project.  Even if it does look a little like a hot pad from the 1970s right now.
     

    Which is a fine way to look, I must say.

    I'm using a J hook and a skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Jiffy that I hopes lasts me to the end of this hat.  It's a nice, squishy project with rows and rows of shells.  I love shells.  This is so close to feeling like I'm crocheting a large circular granny square hat that I smile every time I think about it. 

     

    I'm halfway through the body now, and I think I can finish this up over the weekend.  I'm not sure if this is going to go straight to my gift stash, or if I'll give this to my sister for her birthday next week.  But someone's going to love it, that's for sure!  It's been a while since I've crocheted a pattern from Crochet Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps, and I'm not sure why.  These patterns are lovely!  Cooler weather is just a couple of months away, and I want to make a few more patterns from this book before fall!  I love a good slouchy hat, and this hat in particular is just too dadgummed cute for me to not make it.  Hats are a great summer project. 

     

    Even though this summer has been beautifully not-terrible, I still have a hard time focusing on big cold-weather projects.  I bought the yarn for a sweater a month ago and haven't knitted anything other than a gauge swatch.  My plans for blankets?  Just plans.  All my lofty goals of baby booties and hats?  We don't have to talk about it!  It's summertime and the living's easy!  We're riding high on piles of zucchini and squash and flip flops and long, sunshiny days!  Cold weather crafting is the farthest thing from my mind.  But I know I'll need some warm hats and scarves in my gift stash soon enough. 

     

    This great bulky weight project is going to crochet up quickly and cutely.  I'm so happy my spellcheck didn't flag "cutely."  I like that word.  And I like this hat pattern. I can't wait to see it all worked up!

    Happy crafting!  And good luck with all of your works-in-progress!
  • Knitting a Small Slouchy Beanie for a Small Person

     

    I've been in a real mood to knit lately, and a hat sounded like fun.  I was looking through Knit Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family, and the Fun Stripes hat pattern for babies and toddlers really looked like, well, fun!

     

    The hat is knit in a striped pattern with two different yarns, but I had seen projects on Ravelry where knitters had made this with gradient yarn.  Since I was in the mood to knit, but not to weave in ends, I decided to bust out a skein of Lion Brand Amazing that I had waiting for such an occasion as this.  I love the way the yarn shifts colors and the Aurora's colorway seemed like it would be perfect for my little girl with its pinks and blues.  I love that yarn all the time, but it sounded like a really good choice for all the stockinette that a plain beanie would hold.

    And I think it looks lovely!  My three-year-old is not quite in the toddler stage any more, but this fits her pretty well.  It's admittedly more 'beanie' than 'slouchy', but small kids don't tend to wear slouchy hats the way adults do anyway.  She was very excited with this regardless, and wore it for an entire morning as she played.  The yarn is soft and fluffy, the pattern is cute, and this whole project was fun.  The pattern lived up to its name!

    The ribbing is stretchy enough to stay on a larger child if you're knitting this in the Toddler size, and I'm sure it could even fit a big kid if you just knit the body of the hat a bit longer than the recommended 4 1/4".  I've got half a mind to cast on just a few extra stitches and make this for myself!  I think if I had enough of the skein of Amazing left on hand, I just might do it!  Because firstly, who doesn't love matching mother-daughter hats?  (Please don't tell me if you don't.)

    And secondly, who wouldn't love a little ever-so-slightly slouchy beanie like this?

  • Purl 2 Stitches Together: A Knitting Tutorial

    Hey, remember when I knitted the Casual Comfort beanie from Celebrity Beanies for the Family and it was all textured and kind of old-fashioned looking and absolutely delightful?

    Good times.

    I really love that pattern, and I think I should make it again for myself in either a really neutral color or a super vibrant one.  Anyway, until then I thought this would be a fun time to talk about decrease stitches.  I know.  I party hard.

    Since seed stitch is just a bunch of knit and purl stitches, one of the decrease methods for the Casual Comfort hat is to purl two stitches together.  And how do you purl two stitches together?

     Like this:

     

    It seems simple enough: act like you're going to purl a stitch and then purl two of them as one.  But the first time I read a description of how to do it, it sounded ridiculously tricky and I don't know why.  Maybe sometimes simple actions are difficult to describe.  But believe me, this is as simple as the reassuring voice and professional hands in the video says it is.

    Purling two stitches together is a common technique when you're making decreases in the purled fabric between cables, ribbed knitting, or seed stitch.  Man, I love seed stitch.  And I love knowing lots of decrease stitches.  Purl decreases are fanfreakingtastic, and I hope you have a pattern to try them out super soon.

    Obviously I'm recommending this one.

  • An Easygoing Beanie

    Well, it's done!  I knittted the Easy-Going beanie from Celebrity Beanies for the Family.

    And no.  The skein of yarn did not last.

    This is not a small hat, y'all.

    Actually, I did knit this in the smallest size on the pattern.  But between Wednesday's post and today, I got a hair cut. "Just add some layers" turned into "Dang, this is pretty mullet-y" and finally into "Yeah, okay.  Just take all that off." and just like that, a few months' of growth was gone and I was just not a super-slouchy beanie person anymore.

    I have theories and feelings about super slouchy beanies and you are more than welcome to disagree with them.  But I think short-haired people (folks with not-that-thick hair worn above the shoulders) can wear those slouchy-ish beanies that large-headed people would just call "good toboggans."  This is the majority of beanie patterns out there, and they are beautiful.  I am considering trying out some of them in the very near future.  OBVIOUSLY.

    Then there are super slouchy beanies like this one.  Super slouchy with slouch that goes on for days.  If I had last week's hair to tuck up into this hat, I would be all set.  My hair would have a place to rest, everything would frame my face differently, and this would be spectacular hat indeed.

    Actually, it's still a spectacular hat.  But now it's just a spectacular addition to my gift stash.  And that's pretty exciting, honestly!  I haven't really built my gift reserves back up since Christmas and I love having plenty of beautiful yarny accessories on hand for gifts.  I don't know who this is for yet, and that's fine.

    Even though I knit this in a small size, I think the band is still stretchy enough to fit some of my big-brained loved ones.  I used Size 5 needles for the band, which keeps it snug.  But the K1P1 ribbing makes it plenty flexible.  I went up to a Size 6 for the rest of the hat and the fairly tightknit stockinette was gloriously plain in addition to being thick and warm.  There's no intricate patterning that might embarrass some people (I know, I know. But they exist!), and the blandly inoffensive oatmeal color of the yarn makes this hat all things to all people.  I can give it to just about any lady person I know, and she'll like it.  And that makes me pretty happy!

    So I'm still thrilled with this.  Yarn shortages aside, this was a very easy-going knit.  (See what I did there? I'm so sorry.)  I think it's a lovely hat and a fun knit.  And it's going to be a great gift. 


  • An Easygoing Hat for a Not-So-Easygoing Knitter

    It seemed simple enough.  Knit the Easy-Going pattern from Knit Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family and use up a skein of Vanna's Choice.  I really enjoyed knitting up the Casual Comfort pattern, and I loved how it looked.  A slouchy beanie seemed like a great project and a great accessory, and I had bought the skein of this oatmeal-colored yarn on clearance a few months ago for some kind of project that I apparently never finished.  So last week I cast on stitches for the smallest size and went from there.

    And I went pretty far pretty quickly!  I started with a Size 5 needle for the simple K1P1 ribbing, and moved on to a Size 6 after my increase row.  I was enjoying the simple stockinette, and how lovely the yarn looked all knit into smooth fabric.  The yarn colorway is Linen, by the way.  Everything about this project exuded calmness, serenity, and simplicity.  It was a perfect midwinter's project.

    Until I really looked at my skein.

    The pattern calls for about 220 yards.  Checking the label reviewed the awful truth.  I had roughly 170 yards.

    And another inch before it was time to get started on the decrease rounds.

    Oh.  Time for a stress migraine!

    At first, I started knitting faster so I could see if I could manage to quickly finish the hat before I ran out of yarn.  Then I realized that was ridiculous, but I mention this because I'm sure you've done it too.

    Then I slowed down because maybe I could forestall the terrible end.  Then I realized that was ridiculous, too.

    So I stopped for a while.  I know neon pops of color are pretty.  And I have some nice bright blue that would contrast with this linen-colored yarn.  Maybe I could even throw on a pompom and get all fun and jaunty.  But I wasn't feeling fun and jaunty!  I still wanted something plain and simple, so I wasn't sure what I would do next.

    I let it sit all weekend.  Maybe some of the yarn could grow back.  Maybe letting the project rest would help.  Maybe I could stop grinding my teeth so much.  But maybe not.

    I ran out and bought an insurance skein of Vanna's Choice.  I'm going to get back to this, and I'm going to have lovely, simple, and completely monochrome hat.

    And probably some extra yarn.

  • A Slouchy Seed Stitch Beanie!

     

    It's finished!  I made the Casual Comfort pattern from Knit Celebrity Beanies for the Family in about a day!  And by "day" I mean "twenty-four-hour period of time where I slept 6 or 7 hours and went to work and ran errands and did life things before sitting down with my knitting."  This doesn't usually happen to me during the workweek--what a quick knit!*

    As I mentioned before, this has a very vintage feel to me and I love it.  And now that this is finished, I'm feeling it even more.  I want to make one for myself.

    And yes, then I'm going to toss it up in the air while smiling on a busy city street.  It's been a while since a slouchy hat pattern has made me feel this way, but this seems like a good hat for the job.

    I love how the yellow yarn knitted up into the seed stitch and I'm completely delighted with how this sunny little project turned out.  I can only hope that my friend feels the same way!

    And I hope she doesn't mind that I tried on her hat.  Uh....just to see if it works.

    Yeah.

    Anyway!  I made this in the Small/Medium size, which took up a little under 200 yards of worsted weight yarn.  There are also instructions available for a Large/Extra Large as well, which could come in handy if your head circumference is 21" around or more--or if you just have a lot of hair.

    Have I also mentioned that Celebrity Slouchy Beanies for the Family is currently on sale?  Because it is.  So we have a one skein wonder, a beautiful finished object, and 7 patterns for the price of a small fountain drink?  I bet YOU'RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALLLLLLLL!

    I'm sorry.  But now that the theme song for the Mary Tyler Moore Show is going to be stuck in my head for the next few days, I have to share it.  And really, I'm going to make this after all--possibly this weekend.

    *This post was all set to go this morning, except for pictures, until I had computer problems.  So I had to wait to tell you about this until I got home from work.  Whoops.

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