20 June 2015

New Geometry Blanket, wip

Yarn: Safirgarn, DK
Needles: 5.5mm & 6mm crochet hook, for cast-on.

I used this provisional cast on method.
Chain 29st with a crochet hook, but instead of using scrap yarn I used the working yarn.
The stitch on the hook counts as the 30th stitch.
With the same yarn, pick up the stitches.

Unblocked, the slingshot vs 'provisional' cast on

Decrease row: 
Slip the first stitch of every row, 
K2tog, Knit to the last 2 stitches K2tog
Knit 3 rows

Repeat these four rows until there are 2 stitches left. K2tog, cut yarn, leaving at least 15cms, and pull through the loop.

To make the half triangle:
CO 16 stitches and knit one row.
Decrease row: Sl 1, K2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Knit 3 rows.

Repeat these four rows until there are 2 stitches left. K2tog, cut yarn, leaving at least 15cms, and pull through the loop.

I sat down today to plan out the design for the colours I'd bought.
I found this image online and manipulated it to the right dimensions.

Then I changed the colours to the colours I'd bought.

But I didn't like the way they looked. So, I simplified it to just the neutrals and two colours.

general idea of layout/design

The following is mainly for my own use, as reference material.

I've calculated the finished blanket to be 153cms x 204 cms.
Each triangle is approximately 17cms.
The blanket will be 9 x 12 triangles.
1 ball of Safirgarn yeilds 4 triangles
108 triangles + 24 half triangles = 108+12= 120 triangles total.
120/4= 30 balls of yarn

13 June 2015

Inception Eame's Dream / Snow Hat

Inspired by these hats worn in the film Inception. I couldn't find a rib which matched the one on the original hat, so I used my favourite, 4x4. The weight of the yarn is also much heavier.
The yarn I used is listed as being super bulky, but it's much more like aran, so the result isn't as dense as I'd have liked.

Yarn: Any superbulky. I used 65g/72m of Cortina Soft by Gjestal
Needles: 6mm and 8mm, DPN or 100cm (or longer) long circular for magic loop knitting.

Cast On: 
Using 6mm needles and super bulky yarn, CO 56 stistches.

4x4 Rib: 
K4, P4 until work measures 12-14 cms.

Switch to 8mm needles and knit until work measures 21 cms.

Shape the crown:
Place a distinctive marker to mark the beginning of the round, 

K14, place marker, repeat until the you have four markers with 14 stitches between each.

Round one: K1, K2tog, knit up to the last 2 stitches before the marker, SSK. (Video tutorial on how to SSK)

Round two: Knit.

Repeat these two rounds until there are 16 stitches left, 4 between each marker.
K2tog, SSK.
8 stitches left, finish the hat.

Finishing the hat:
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of about 20cms.
Thread the tail onto a darning/tapestry needle and slip each stitch onto the needle.
Pull tight and finish. (Video tutorial on finishing a hat.)