Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Knit Taylor Slouch Beanie


I LOVE this hat. It was a little loose on my head but I have a small head. I'm still trying to figure out gauge and sizes.

It's a quick and easy project. I love the look of the purl (which some would say is the wrong side of the stockinette stitch).

SUPPLIES:

Yarn Super Bulky - Loops & Threads Charisma Tweed in Honey
9mm & 10mm Circular needles
10mm Double Pointed Needles (DPN)
Yarn Needle with large eye
Scissors
Stitch Marker
Pom Pom Maker (optional)

Abbreviations:

co - cast on
k - knit 1
p - purl 1
m1 - make one (knit wise)
k2tog - knit 2 together


BRIM:

Starting with the 9mm needles:
co 40 stitches
add stitch marker & join the round
k2, p2 all the way around
Repeat until desired width of brim is achieved
Mine was 6 rounds.

MAIN HAT:

Switching to the 10mm needles. You can choose to Knit or Purl the remaining pattern. For the purpose of this pattern, I will use Knit since I'm more comfortable with Knit stitches.

Round 1: k1 all the way around
Round 2: *k4, m1. Repeat from * all the way around

What you're doing is k1 all the way around adding a m1 8 times to increase the body of the hat. (40/8 = 5) m1 every 5th stitch = *k4, m1 

Round 3- 13: k1 all the way around

DECREASE ROUNDS: Switch to DPNs at anytime you are too tight on the circular needles.

Round 1: k4, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 2: k1 all the way around
Round 3: k3, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 4: k2, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 5: k1, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 6: k2tog all the way around and keep going until you're ready to weave yarn through to tighten. Secure yarn and weave in all ends.

Since I knit the hat in stockinette and wanted the purl (reverse stockinette) side, I flipped it inside out to make sure the ends and knots are on the KNIT side (inside) 


Make pom pom with pom pom maker or make with hand.




Newborn Knit hats with Bows


At first, I didn't really care for these hats with the large bows on it and then it started growing on me and that actually lead to baby fever and wishing I could make another baby, a baby girl! EEEKS!

I was pretty disappointed when I received these baby heads to display my newborn hats. The eyes were really pretty but a little creepy so... this works out if I cover the eyes! haha




Newborn Knit Watermelon Hat

I started seeing tons of watermelon hats on Instagram since summer is right around the corner! I really wanted to make one and newborn sizes are faster to make! Plus, I can use it in my newborn sessions.


I didn't write down a pattern because I didn't have the time :(







Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Newborn Brown and Pink Girl Hat Pom Pom

 

Ever since I started knitting a few months ago, I've been obsessed! Only a few will understand but my yarn stash got 90% bigger and I started knitting almost every day! If I'm not knitting, I'm crocheting. I've only been using mostly chunky yarn and large needles. Today, I decided to go outside my comfort zone and used a 5mm needle (my usual is 9mm-10mm). I decided to do a newborn hat since they're smaller and my whole issue was how long it took to make a hat with smaller needles. 

I was super excited that it didn't take too long to make. It would have been quicker if I didn't mess up and had to keep taking apart my work. I wasn't following a pattern and wasn't quite sure what I was doing so that's why I kept screwing up. All I know was I wanted a brown and pink hat.

Worsted weight (4) yarn in pink and brown
5mm 16" circular needle
5mm double pointed needles
Stitch marker
Yarn needle
Scissors 

K1 - knit 1
P1 - purl 1
K2tog - knit 2 together (decrease)
Cast on 60 stitches

Brim is worked in flat rows, the rest of the hat in rounds

Using the pink yarn

Row 1-7: Slip the first stitch as if to knit (without actually knitting it), k1, p2, *k2, p2, Repeat from * all the way around. Turn your work and repeat for a total of 7 rows.

Round 1: add stitch marker, k1 all the way around and join the hat

Switch to the brown color yarn (do not cut the pink yarn, you'll carry this up as you knit)

Rounds 2-4: k1 all the way around with brown yarn

Round 5: k4 (brown), k1 (pink) Repeat all the way around. Every 5th stitch will be pink.

Rounds 6-8: k1 all the way around with brown yarn

Round 9: k2 (brown), k1 (pink), *k4 (brown), k1 (pink), Repeat from * all the way around

Rounds 10-12: k1 all the way around with brown yarn

Round 13: k4 (brown), k1 (pink) Repeat all the way around

Round 14: k1 all the way around with brown color.

Decrease Rounds (with all brown yarn). Change to double pointed needles at any time you are too tight around.

Round 1: k1 all the way around
Round 2: k4, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 3: k1 all the way around
Round 4: k3, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 5: k2, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 6: k1, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 7: k2tog all the way around until you have a few stitches and close up by using the yarn needle and thread through each stitch as if to knit. 

Cut 3 pieces each side of desired length of yarn, thread through corner of brim and braid. Do the same for both sides. 

Add Pom Pom. I used a Pom Pom maker. 




Monday, March 21, 2016

Knit Beanie Pattern


I have nothing to say about this hat except that I really liked how it turned out. I'm new to writing patterns so please let me know if this doesn't make sense. I try to be accurate but I'm not perfect! Not to mention always in a rush!

Chunky Yarn (in 3 colors) - I used Lion Brand Hometown USA 
9mm circular needle (16")
Double pointed needles (DPN)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Stitch marker

mcb - main color (brown)
ccb - contrasting color blue
ccw - contrasting color white

co - cast on
k1 - knit 1
p1 - purl 1
m1 - make one (knit wise)
k2tog - knit 2 together


Starting with mcb, co 38 stitches (loosely), add stitch marker and join round.
Round 1-5 - k1, p1, Repeat all the way around (until desired width of brim is achieved)
Round 6 - k1 all the way around including a m1 (anywhere on this round)
Round 7 - *k1 with mcb, k1 with ccb, Repeat from * all the way around
Round 8 - *k1 with ccb, k1 with mcb (alternate so the brown is on top of blue, blue is on top of brown), Repeat from * all the way around
Round 9 - k1 with ccb all the way around
Round 10 - *k1 with ccb, k1 with ccw , Repeat from * all the way around
Round 11 - *k1 with ccw, k1 with ccb, Repeat from * all the way around
Round 12 - k1 with ccw all the way around
Round 13 - *k1 with ccw, k1 with ccb, Repeat from * all the way around
Round 14 - *k1 with ccb, k1 with ccw, Repeat from * all the way around
Round 15 - k1 with ccb all the way around
Round 16 - *k1 with ccb, k1 with mcb, Repeat from * all the way around
Round 17 - *k1 with mcb, k1 with ccb, Repeat from * all the way around
Round 18 - k1 all the way around including with mc
Round 19 (decrease round) k4, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 20 - k1 all the way around 

Switch to DPN (if needed)

Round 21 - k3, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 22 - k2, k2tog, Repeat all the way around
Round 23 - k1, k2tog

Repeat until you decide you want to close up.

Add pom pom using ccw











Sunday, March 20, 2016

Girl's Knit Split-Brim Hat


This yarn is so soft and the color is so yummy! I've been making a lot of split brim hats. I'm just so in love with it! I made several for my boys. Check them out here.

The free pattern can be found here.

 


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Twisted Knit Headband


So I found this pattern on Ravelry but it was confusing and there was a video tutorial on YouTube from iKnits but it was  hard to follow (since I'm still new). I was still determined to finish it.  I think I'll just make them in rounds next time and none of that twisty stuff. At least not for now.

I wanted to dress up my foam head with a wig. I found this purple wig I bought for Halloween 13 years ago! Wow! I'm surprised I still have it!





Friday, March 11, 2016

Knit Seed Stitch Slouchy Hat


I just finished a Seed Stitch Cowl and thought, "I NEED A MATCHING HAT!" I didn't follow a pattern so I have no idea what I was doing. It didn't turn out how I'd imagine it but that's all part of learning! It looks more like a cupcake haha






Seed Stitch Cowl


Okay, I decided to make a cowl... Lately I've been only making hats since learning knitting. I went into my Pinterest and realized that I pinned a seed stitch cowl 3 years ago when I was only crocheting. I knew one day that I'd make one and today, I finished one! woo hoo! At the time, I didn't know what kind of stitch it was and it looked so complicated... But I knew that one day I would learn it. 3 years later, I'm happy to say that I now have the skills to make many more! I still wished I had started earlier. How can I? Having 3 kids in a short period of time took up a lot of my time. Working full time also meant there's less time for hobbies. When my youngest was born, my oldest was 4 and my 2nd was 18 months. Things got crazy (a good kind of crazy!).

I knew that soon my tinnitus was going to get bad. I've been knitting nonstop since picking up the hobby in December and after 3 months, it finally happened! I'm sad because I know I have to slow down. boo!




My kiddo asked if I wanted a model (what a sweetie). He says "Mommy, I'm a real person, I can wear it for you!" as he was watching me fiddle with my foam head!

Then I asked, "Would you like to take a photo of me?" and he did! My dslr is heavy for him especially since I had heavy lens but he did good and I'll take whatever I can get!



And Look! A matching Seed Stitch Hat!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Newborn Green split-brim knit hat


I made a red/cream version of this Newborn Knit hat and loved it so much, I made a green one. I tried different designs with the heart. I wasn't exactly satisfied with this design but I'll get it right... it's all part of the learning process! It was adjust from this pattern to make a smaller one.


Aren't they the cutest pair? Perfect for twins... ♥



I had an order for a mom-to-be and baby (unknown sex)





So My first attempt at the adult size somehow turned out smaller! hehe I guess my 3 year old will get a new hat!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Newborn Knit Hat

I'm sooooo in love with this cute little newborn hat. I know I keep saying that I'm in love with everything I make lately! I'm giddy like a little girl.... seriously. I used the same pattern as this Split Brim hat but I adjusted for a newborn size. I cast on 32 for this one.




Knit Becky Slouchy Hat

I recently made a little slouchy hat for my baby to test out a pattern. 




I posted a photo and someone wanted the exact hat in black. I didn't write it down so I had to look at the old hat to figure out what I did :) It was simple stitches so it wasn't too hard to figure out. I was pretty excited about the outcome. This new hobby is great! Why didn't I start sooner!? :)

This hat fits me (21" circumference). The customer requested a size small 21"-22". The sizes will be different depending on the tightness of your cast on and stitches (I used to cast one so tight that I cast on 42). I'm still learning and experimenting to see what's right for me.



SUPPLIES:
Yarn - 2 balls (because I used 2 strands) Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in black
16" 9mm Circular Needles
9mm Double Pointed Needles (DPN)
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Scissors

co - Cast on
k1 - Knit one
p1 - Purl one
m1p - Make one purl (increase)
k2tog - Knit 2 together (decrease)

I used 2 strands of the yarn to thicken it.

BRIM:
Co 40 stitches, add stitch marker & join the round
k1, p1 all the way around until desired length of brim is reached. 

HAT:
Round 1 - p1 all the way around

Round 2 - *p1 in the next 4 stitches, m1p (Video Tutorial I followed). Repeat from * all the way around. This increases hat by 10 stitches for a total of 50 stitches.

Rounds 3&4 - p1 all the way around

Rounds 5-10 - k1 all the way around

Rounds 11-14 - p1 all the way around

Rounds 15-20 - k1 all the way around

Rounds 21-24 - p1 all the way around

Rounds 25-30 - k1 all the way around 

Note: Each Purl (bump) section is 4 rounds and each knit (Dip) section is 6 rounds.

BEGIN DECREASE ROUNDS:

(Switch to dpn whenever you feel it's getting too tight.)

Round 1 - k4, k2tog. Repeat all the way around
Round 2 - k1 all the way around
Round 3 - k3, k2tog. Repeat all the way around
Round 4 - k1 all the way around (You may stop here)
Round 5 - k2, k2tog. Repeat all the way around
Round 6 - k1 all the way around

Cut yarn leaving 6-10 inches to weave through hat.
Using the yarn needle, insert into each stitch as if to knit and pull stitch off circular needle
Repeat all the way around. Cinch and tie a knot(s) and weave in ends.