25 September 2013

A New Stitch

P4, K2, repeat from * til the last 4 stitches,  K4. Kenneth came home from London with a lovely knitted jumper (several,  in fact).

I've made a swatch of something that resembles the stitch, although there's something fancy going on that I can't figure out - some machine witchery!

I will post more/better pictures when I have some.

Cast on a multiple of 6 +4 stitches.
(My swatch is 22)

Version 1: (first picture)

1st row: *K4, P2 repeat from * til the last 4 stitches, K4
2nd row: *P4, K2, repeat from * til the last 4 stitches,  K4. 

Repeat 1st row

4th row: Knit

Version 2:

1st row: Knit

2nd row: as version 1

3rd & 4th rows: Knit

24 September 2013

Hats & Scarves for Orphans in Mexico

As one who knits hats, endlessly, I have a stockpile of hats, some of them sale-worthy, some of them hats that I've knitted to try out a new idea. All of these hats are rolled up and sitting in a cupboard upstairs. What a waste!

I'm going to send them to the this lady, Yolanda Soto Lopez. She's helping orphans in Mexico, asking for donations of hats and scarves. I don't knit scarves, but if you do, it wont take long to knock out a few smaller sized ones, or neck warmers, for these kids.

They have enough hats and scarves for smaller children, but they still need larger sizes for the older kids, aged 12-18.

Send donations to:
Yolanda Soto Lopez
P.O. Box 211750
Chula Vista
California 91921

Here's the video.

7 September 2013

Hattie Hat Joy

This new hat pattern is so simple and easy,  a one day, no sweat project... it's a joy! I started this one yesterday, with no intention of finishing the same day, and yet, almost before I knew it,  I was ready to decrease!

Each hat uses 70 - 80 grammes/metres of super bulky/chunky yarn. Each ball I've bought is 50g/m, so I'll make a stripy, stashbuster with the remaining yarn. That'll be fun!

Also, I've finally found the right cast on for this pattern - it's the Old Norwegian cast on, but worked in both knit and purl, to go with the ribbing. It takes some practice!  I'll post a link in the pattern post.

3 September 2013

Hattie Shop

My shop on DeWanda has on ly four hats in it at the moment. As I'm not going to the chance to list any new hats on there in the immediate future, if you're interested in buying a hat that you see in this blog, contact me and we'll try and work something out together.

Mandolin Cable Motif Hat

Findings Hat

Nepal Reversible Hat

Striped Light Hat

Double Twist Hat

New Rose in Town Hat

2 September 2013

Hattie Hat knitting pattern

A super simple, single colour slouch beanie hat.

Needles: 7mm or 8mm circular for the rib, 10mm circular and 10mm double pointed needles (DPNs)
Yarn: Super bulky (5-6 wpi)

Using 7 or 8 mm needles (and the Old Norwegian cast on method) cast on 50 stitches.
K1 P1 until work measures 5-8cm (personal preferance)
Switch to 10cm needles and knit until work measures 18cm (from cast on edge)

Switch to double pointed needles when necessary. Place Marker

*K8, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
Knit every other row/round.
*K7, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K6, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K5, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
*K3, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker

(The next two rounds*** are optional - I've had feedback that the crown can be a little pointed.)
***K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to marker
***K1, K2tog. Repeat from * 

K2tog until there are 6/8/10 stitches left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.
Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.
Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.
Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose end.
This finishing technique is demonstrated beautifully in this video by Judy Graham.