Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Knit Fisherman Ribbed Hat

I saw this tutorial by iKnits on YouTube when I first started to learn how to knit. I always start with videos since I'm a visual learner. So... the title said fast and easy. Imagine my excitement. When I tried to learn, I was really struggling with the P1B and K1B stitches. I couldn't tell where she was going through and I got really frustrated. So, I pretty much gave up.

Fast forward to 6 months later and I'm pretty comfortable with my knitting. The hardest part is working on my tension/gauge. I Just finished testing a pattern for the talented Destiny Meyers at KniftyKnittings. Check out the Knit Cabled Hats I made using her pattern. They are too adorable! 

So,  I go through my Pinterest of knit hats to make. I found the written pattern for the Fisherman Hat I tried by iKnits. Apparently this was the same pattern :) I decided to give it another try. OMG it really was easy and fast! 

I used whatever yarn I had with me, Loops & Thread Charisma in Forest. I know it's an easy project but over the moon excited about it!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Chunky Cabled Toddler Hat

I had the opportunity to test a pattern for Destiny over at Knifty Knittings. I've only been knitting since December 2015 and the reason I started to was because I just love the way cables look on hats. I love to crochet but it's just not the same in cables. 

Anyway, I was super excited when I got the pattern and started right away. It was late, I had a long day. My oldest just finished Kindergarten (and he's grown so much!). Apparently I can't count because I cast on the wrong number of stitches and nothing made sense after that. I started to have a beer (and my tolerance has gotten really low since dieting and exercising). I should have known better since I'm not too familiar with written patterns for knitting. I had to watch a few YouTube videos to clarify some of the instructions. Luckily, I'm a fast learner!Anyway, I pretty much had to frog it and start fresh the next day. 

And coffee.... YES, COFFEE PLEASE! 


We had some things going on during the day but I was able to finish it later in the evening. I ran into a hiccup in the pattern and let Destiny know. Luckily I watched a lot of YouTube videos when I first started on fixing various knitting mistakes.

I thought I could finish it outside while the kids played but nope, not when it involved water guns and water balloons! I got as far as almost closing it up and finished up in the house later.

My 2 little ones are 18 months apart and it fit both of them. The smaller one wasn't as cooperative! ha-ha

I worked the light colored hat in looser stitches so it was very stretchy and fit me! I made another using my normal stitch tension and it fit the little one much better! Of course, he wasn't too thrilled about it!