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!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pink & White Knit Heart with Large Pom Pom

These are the cutest little things. I followed this same pattern here but adjusted for size. My cast on was 32 and I used Big Twist wool blend.

k1 - knit one
p1 - purl one
k2tog - knit 2 together

After your k1, p1 brim, do one round of k1 in the same brim color. 
Do 1 or 2 rounds of k1 of new color before adding the hearts.
My hearts were every 4 stitches (32/8=4)
There is a round of white in-between each round that has hearts

With Double Pointed Needles

Decreasing rounds start with k3, k2tog
then next round is k2, k2tog
then next round is k1, k2tog
then k2tog

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Knit Hat

I prefer to use bulky yarn for my knit projects because it works faster but I think I'm getting better so I'd like to step out of my comfort zone somethings to make something using medium weight yarn. I hope to eventually make newborn bonnets/hats using mohair or something else finer.

I love the Knit Split Brim hats in bulky yarn. I've made a lot of them.

I saw this Red Heart Yarn and couldn't picture what it looks like done but I bought it anyway. I love earth tones and since the color was Earthy, why not? ha-ha

I wasn't even sure how much to cast one so I cast one 70 using a 5.5 circular needle. The brim is worked in "k2, p2" flats and then when you're ready to start the hat, you join the round and knit only. I was deciding whether or not I wanted to add a pom pom. Usually pom pom wins! haha

My 2 younger boys are 18 months apart and sometimes, they look the same size next to each other :)