Monday, March 20, 2017

Ken Broken Rib Slouchy Hat

The slouchy hat can be made for men, women, or unisex by just using the color scheme of the sock yarn. This sock yarn is in navy, forest green, gold and orange. Unfortunately, it was in my late mother’s stash and did not have a label other than the box stating “sock yarn,” so I don’t know if it is still available. Although you can make this with a single-colored yarn, self-striping sock yarn will create the effect above.


MATERIALS
1 skein any sock yarn (you will probably only need about half a skein)
Size US 4 (3.25 mm) Circular Needles
Size US 4 (3.5 mm) Double Pointed Needles
Yarn needle
Stitch markers
Gauge: 18 (3½ pattern repeats) stitches per 2 inches.
Size: Fits most medium (22-23”) to large (23-25”) sized heads since pattern is very stretchy. To make a smaller size, reduce the number of cast on stitches by numbers divisible by 4.

Broken Rib Pattern Stitch:
Round 1 and 2: P2, k2. Repeat these 4 stitches to end of round.
Round 3: P2, YO, K2, Pass YO over the two knit stitches. Repeat to end of round.
Round 4: P2, k2. Repeat these 4 stitches to end of round.

Hat Pattern:
Cast on 168 sts. Place marker and join.
Work the four rows of the pattern stitch for 10 inches, ending with round 4.

Crown:
Switch to double pointed needles when appropriate.
Round 1: P2, k2. Repeat these 4 stitches to end of round.
Round 2: P2tog, k2. Repeat to end of round.
Round 3: P1, YO, K2, Pass YO over the two knit stitches. Repeat to end of round.
Round 4: P1, k2. Repeat these 4 stitches to end of round.
Round 5: P1, k2tog. Repeat to end of round.
Round 6: P1, k1. Repeat to end of round.
Round 7: k2tog. Repeat to end of round.
Round 8: K2tog. Repeat to end of round.


Break yarn. Thread yarn thread and draw through the remaining stitches.  Weave in ends.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shaylah Mock Cable Fingerless Gloves

If you liked the Shaylah Mock Cable Hat, you need to also make the fingerless gloves to go with it. 

Fingerless gloves are popular today, but they are actually from the Victorian era. At those times, a young lady was expected to learn to play music and sing, as well as do needlecrafts such as knitting, embroidery, and sewing. To keep her hands warm but still free to play the piano, fingerless gloves were not only fashionable, but functional. 
Now these gloves are in fashion as computer gloves.  In order to stave off the chills of low thermostats in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, these gloves made working on computer keyboards a must.  They are also called texting gloves, allowing thumbs to racing across cell phones keypads while keeping hands warm.  No matter what you use them for, they are a delightful accessory to any wardrobe.


MATERIALS
1 skein each Loops and Threads Woolike in #9 Rose (85% Acrylic; 15% Nylon, 620m/678yds)
Size US 2 (2.5 mm) Double Pointed Needles
Yarn needle
Stitch markers
Gauge: 20 (5 pattern repeats) stitches per 2 inches.

Mock Cable Pattern Stitch:
Pattern 1 and 2: K3, p2. Repeat to end of round.
Pattern 3: Slip 1 stitch. K2. Pass slipped stitch over both knit stitches, p2. Repeat to end of round.
Pattern 4: K1, yo k1, p2.

Pattern:
Cast on 70 sts. Place marker and join.
Work the four rows of the pattern stitch for 4½ inches (12 repeats of the pattern) ending with Row 4.


Begin thumb insert: - Created between two purls stitches.
Round 1: Work two repeats of pattern (10 stitches)
K3, p1. Place marker. Make 1, place marker. P1. Continue working pattern through the end of the round. (Although you can use any method to make a stitch, I used my right needle to pick up the yarn from the row below and placed it on the left needle. Then I knitted that stitch from the back loop.) 

Round 2: Work pattern to marker. Slip marker, K1, slip marker. Work pattern to the end of round.
Round 3: Work pattern to marker. Sm (slip marker), make 1, K1, make 1. P1, continue in pattern to end. See the instructions at the end of the pattern, in order to make a clean, definite line defining the thumb insert.
Round 4: Work pattern to marker. SM, K3, sm. Work pattern to the end of round.
Round 5: Work pattern to marker. Sm, make 1, K to next marker, make 1, sm. Continue in pattern to end
Round 6: Work pattern to marker. SM, K all stitches to marker, sm. Work pattern to the end of round.

Continue Rounds 5 and 6 until you have 21 stitches between the markers.
Repeat Round 6 two more times.

Next round: Work pattern to marker. Remove marker. Place the thumb stitches onto a holder. Cast on 4 stitches (using the e-cast on method) join to other side and continue the pattern to the end.
Next round: Work pattern to the one stitch before cast on stitches. Place marker. P1. Purl the cast on 4 stitches. P1. Continue pattern to the end of the round.
Next round: Work pattern to the marker. P2tog, p2, p2tog. Continue pattern to end.
Next round: Work pattern to the marker. p4. Continue pattern to end.
Next round: Work pattern to the marker. Remove marker. P2tog, twice. You are now back to the original p2 stitches of the pattern. Continue pattern to end.
Every round:  Continue knitting in the round in pattern for 2½” from thumb cast on edge (about 5 pattern repeats)
ending with Round 1 of pattern.
Bind off in pattern; weave in ends.

Thumb:
Put the 21 stitches from the holder on the double pointed needles. Join yarn and knit 21 stitches. Pick up 4 stitches from the cast on edge of the hand. Place marker. Join to the first stitch.
Knit 6 rows.
Round 1: Work round 2 of the pattern. (K3, p2)
Round 2: Work round 3 of pattern.
Round 3: Work round 4 of pattern.
Round 4: Work round 1 pattern.
Round 5. Work round 2 of the pattern.
Round 6: Work round 3 of pattern.
Bind off loosely.

Cut yarn, leaving an 8” tail.  Weave in ends.


Thumb insert details.

Although you can use any method you want to insert for the thumb insert, I like the nice clean lines this method gives me.

SM, knit the first stitch. Using the left needle, pick up the yarn from the left side of this stitch. Knit that stitch.

Continue to one stitch before the second marker. Using your right needle, pick up the yarn from the right side of the stitch and knit it. Knit 1, sm.
 


If you like the fingerless gloves, be sure to check out the pattern for the Shaylah Mock Cable Hat also available on Ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shaylah-mock-cable-slouchy-hat and my blog. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Shaylah Mock Cable Slouchy Hat

I am continuing my love affair with Loops and Threads Woolike yarn. This is the loveliest shade of rose and it is shown off beautifully in this slouchy hat. It is done with two sizes of needles and in the mock cable stitch. This stitch is popular for hats, scarves and socks, but shaping can be a little tricky if you want to keep the cables even. However, by using drastically different-sized needles, you can achieve the snug ribbing around the head while having more room for the slouchy part. I am currently working on the fingerless gloves to go with this pattern, so come back in a day or two to see it.  

Shaylah Mock Cable Slouchy Hat






MATERIALS
1 skein each Loops and Threads Woolike in #9 Rose (85% Acrylic; 15% Nylon, 620m/678yds)
Size US 2 (2.5 mm) Circular Needles
Size US 6 (4.0 mm) Circular Needles
Size US 6 (4.0 mm) Double Pointed Needles
Yarn needle
Stitch markers
Gauge: 20 (5 pattern repeats) stitches per 2 inches.

Mock Cable Pattern Stitch:
Round 1 and 2: K3, p2. Repeat to end of Round.
Round 3: Slip 1 stitch. K2. Pass slipped stitch over both knit stitches, p2. Repeat to end of Round.
Round 4: K1, yo k1, p2.

Pattern:
With small needles, cast on 160 sts. Place marker and join.
Work the four rows of the pattern stitch for 4 inches.
Switch to size 6 circular needle. Continue until the entire hat measures 10 inches, ending with round 4.

Crown:
Switch to size 6 double pointed needles when appropriate.
Round 1: K3, p2tog. Repeat to end of Round.
Round 2: K3, p1. Repeat to end of Round.
Round 3: Slip 1 stitch. K2. Pass slipped stitch over both knit stitches, p1. Repeat to end of round.
Round 4: K2 p1. Repeat to end of round.
Round 5: K2tog, p1. Repeat to end of round.
Round 6: K1, p1. Repeat to end of round.
Round 7: K2tog. Repeat to end of round.
Round 8: K2tog. Repeat to end of round.


Break yarn. Thread yarn thread and draw through the remaining stitches.  Weave in ends.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Hat of Many Nekos

I worked on my kitty hat while traveling and finally finished it once I got home. It fits beautifully and this is one is mine! I will not selling it on Etsy or giving it to someone else. This uses the Woolike yarn that I mentioned in an earlier post so it is acrylic yarn.

It is my tribute to my sweet, adorable, mean, nasty cat, Neko. I showed it to Neko. He said it didn't look like him so he refused to be impressed. Typical.

Although modified, this pattern is on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/witch-cats-hat.

"It's not me!"

Monday, February 27, 2017

You are not leaving me again!

"You were gone for so long."

When we opened the door home from our three week road trip, Neko came running down the stairs mewing and crying. It was obvious that he missed us and maybe even thought we abandoned him. I had never seen him so happy when we got home. I never heard him purr louder. He wasn't alone while we were gone. We have a tenant downstairs and she spent time with him. But it wasn't the same as his daddy. He even was happy to see me. In fact, for the first time since he was a kitten, he crawled into bed with us that night. We have been home a week now, and he does not leave our sides. Maybe he has a heart after all.

Next time, you WILL take me with you.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Was that ..... Big Foot?

We should have paid
attention to the sign.
While we were in Crescent City in northern California, it rained. And it rained. And it rained. We camp in the back of our van so rain usually does not bother us. However, we camped in a redwood forest that night. All night long, the rain pounded the van roof making it very hard to sleep.

Now Ken is a realist. He explained the pounding this way. The branches of the redwood are designed to gather the rain and pool it on its needles until the water is so heavy that it falls. Therefore even a light rain can gather into big drops by the time it reaches the ground -- or the roof of our van. That's why it sounded like hail on our roof rather than just rain.

However, I have another theory. I think it was Big Foot. After all the Pacific Northwest is supposed to be crawling with them, right? I have watched some documentaries on Big Foot and one of the things they do it throw rocks at people who invade their territory. I think it was Big Foot pounding our roof with peddles and rocks to make us leave. Big Foot was persist enough to keep it up all night, but really, what else does he have to do?

See? Here is Big Foot sulking away from our camping
area. What more proof do you want!
Then Ken asked why there wasn't a pile of stones on the roof of our van. Well, that's very simple. The rain washed them all away. Duh. I just don't understand why Ken doesn't buy my explanation.

And this leads to one of the biggest questions of our time. What is the plural of Big Foot? Is it Big Feet? Big Foots? Or it is just Big Foot without the plural, just like we do for deer and elk? I guess we will have to wait until we capture one to ask him.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Keep On A-Knittin'!

I posted yesterday about my travel bag of knitting materials, so I thought you might like to see the hats that I did finish on the road. I started the snowflake hats before the trip and I finished it in time for the cold weather in Utah. It is in a maroon and rose colored yarn and I am very pleased with the outcome. This pattern is free on Ravelry and you can find it by searching for Henny under hats. I used a different edge than printed, but the design is the same.

The second hat is a wonderfully simple plaid pattern. Although it was a repeated pattern, it was enough of a challenge that I had to keep my focus on it from time to time. It is made in a gray and maroon color and the picture on the right is closer to the true color. I made it big enough for men. I haven't decided if I plan to put in on my Etsy site or give it to a friend of mine. I will post this pattern in the next few weeks once I write it up.

I also worked on a gray and black hat with a cat motif that I should be able to finish soon and I will post pictures as well.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Knitting on the Road


Okay, this is one of my favorite parts of going on vacation. I knit. Ken drives. We listen to books on tape, enjoy the scenery, stop at whatever place we want to explore or hike, and then I can pick up my knitting again. Whenever I go on a trip, the first bag I pack is my knitting bag. I use a carpet bag -- a big carpet bag. It even has a tapestry of cats on outside. But I need a big bag like this for yarn, needles, markers, etc.


Now you may ask why did I pack so much yarn for only three weeks? Surely, I didn't expect to use all this yarn in that amount of time? First of all, it could happen. It didn't, but it could.

Second, what if my mood changes and I need to knit something else? And I mean NEED. Actually that did happen. I was working on the gray and black kitty hat and I had to stop to make a red lacy hat. I can't explain it, but I HAD to make a red lacy hat. It was calling to me, demanding me to stop my kitten hat and start the red hat. It was so fortunate that I had the red yarn and correct size of needles along.

I worked on five hats during the three weeks we were gone, and I finished two. I finished one of the other ones the day after I got home today. It was one of the pussy hats for a friend so I am not going to post a picture of that one. The fourth I hope to finish in the next day or two so I can post a picture of that.

Stay tuned for more information about our trip and my knitting projects.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Drought? I thought this state was in a drought

Ken and I love road trips. We get some books on tape, put a mattress and blankets in the back of the van and take off. As long as I have my knitting (along with more yarn and needles than I will ever use), we could go forever.

We just got back from three weeks. We drove from our home in Colorado to northern California. And it rained. And rained. We tried to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, but ran into a total of 13 road closures. As we were driving one of the detours away from the PCH, we encountered a slide that had to have happened only minutes before we got there. A car had just come by us, so they must have just gotten through before the slide. So we put on our lumberjack hats and move a tree from the road ourselves. A local man came by and he pulled out his saw and helped us. I told Ken that I wanted an adventure, but who could have guessed it would have been this?


We were able to continue on our way to visit our son Lorne in Los Angeles.

I hope to someday still drive the entire Pacific Coast Highway. More about our adventures coming in the next days.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Woolike yarn - I love it!

I usually work with natural fibers because I love the feel of those. I find most acrylic yarn feeling either harsh or cheap. I can't even describe it adequately. Most of the acrylic yarns I have in my stash were inherited from my mother's or sister-in-law's stash, and they just sit on the shelves in my craft room. (Yes, I have a craft room --- room!)  I even admit that rarely purchase yarn from the craft box stores, preferring to haunt my LYS (local yarn store).

But I have to admit I have fallen in love with one of the bad boys of the yarn world in Loops and Threads Woolike. I think it is only available at Michaels. My mother would not approve! But Mama, it feels so good. (Okay, this is getting weird).

So for the time being, I will play on the dark side of cheap yarn until it breaks my heart. I have a feeling that it will pill up on me and lose its beautiful clean lines. I made the two hats in blue and navy, and red and black. I am working on writing up the pattern for the hats, so check back to find another pattern. The fingerless are in lavender and purple.

I just started a shawl using the pure white and it is turning out lovely. I'll keep you appraised of its progress over the next few days.