Thursday, December 29, 2011

Two More Preemie Hats

I finished both of these little hats over the Christmas break.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Red and White Fair Isle Child's Hat

This hat will fit a child 6-8 years old. The pattern is free from Ravelry and can be found here. It's called Winter's Coming and it's made from wool yarn from my stash.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Three Hats

These are hats I knitted from stash yarn this weekend. The beige wool was given to me recently by a co-worker. I liked how these turned out and I have a lot more yarn to use up!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Blue Baby Beanie

I knit this hat in one evening. The pattern is free on Ravelry, here. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino in teal and size 4 dpns. A fun knit!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Six Fair Isle Baby Hats

I'm going to start a blog on knitting mittens in January and some mittens will be fair isle. I've done very little fair isle knitting so I thought I'd start by making some two color baby hats for practice. I used this Ravelry pattern. I had trouble at first and made lots of mistakes which meant I had to rip out sections and re-knit, sometimes more than once. It took me almost 8 hours to knit the first hat, but now I can knit them in half the time. I used partial skeins of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn and I'm thinking of making some hats using a variety of colors using scraps. They will fit babies 3-6 months.

These will be going to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tiny Pumpkin Hat

The nickel is there to show the size. I think I have enough yarn to make another one.

Safe Return

This traditional motif was featured in a children's book, Safe Return by Catherine Dexter. Based on a true incident in 1824 on an island in the Baltic Sea, it was also mentioned in The Mitten Book by Inger and Ingrid Gottfridsson.

A Fair Isle Hat

This hat will fit a child about 6-8 years old and will be sent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It is made of worsted weight wool.

One TinyTomato Hat

More Preemie Hats

Friday, August 12, 2011

Calvin's Hats

Here are twelve hats made for Calvin's Hats. These tiny hats are for babies born much too soon and are intended to carry a small amount of healing, comfort, and peace.

The pattern:

Baby Cashmerino (or any DK yarn)
Size 3 dp needles
Tapestry needle

Cast on 48 stitches and divide evenly on three needles (16 stitches each).
K1 through the back loop, P1 for 10 rounds.
Knit 1 round
Purl 1 round
YO, K2 tog one round
Knit 1 round
Purl 1 round
Knit 12 rounds even
K6, K2tog for one round
K5, K2 tog for one round
K4, K2 tog for one round
K3, K2 tog for one round
K2, K2 tog for one round
K1, K2 tog for one round
K2 tog for one round
Use last three stitches to make an I-cord about 3/4".
Weave in ends.

These hats take about an hour each to make.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Watermelon Preemie Hat

Knit on size 1 dp needles using hand dyed, self-striping watermelon with seeds sock yarn bought from KnitPurlGirl on Etsy last March. It is 75% Superwash merino wool and 25% nylon.

I cast on 60 stitches, did a k2,p2 rib for 10 rounds, knit 20 rows in stockinette stitch then decreased as follows:
Round 1: k4, k2 tog
Round 2: k
Round 3: k3, k2 tog
Round 4: k
Round 5: k2, k2 tog
Round 6: k
Round 7: k1, k2 tog
Round 8: k
Round 9: k2 tog
Round 10: k2 tog
Make i-cord. Weave in ends.

I realized after I finished the first sock I made with this yarn, that I would have plenty to make this hat so I finished the hat and now I'm starting the second sock.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Two More Preemie Hats

The first is another just like the one I just finished. The second is an easy-peasy rolled brim hat. I've put them both in the box for the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ribbed Lace Preemie Hat

I knit this little hat for Valentine's Day using red Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn and size 3 dp needles. It took me about 90 minutes to knit.

This is the stitch pattern:
Rnd 1: k1, p1, k2, p1, k1
Rnd 2: k1, p1, yo, ssk, p1, k1
Rnd 3: k1, p1, k2, p1, k1
Rnd 4: k1, p1, k2tog, yo, p1, k1

I cast on 42 stitches and knit 8 rows of k1(tbl), p1, completed the stitch pattern four times and then decreased as follows:
Rnd 1: k4, k2tog
Rnd 2: Knit around
Rnd 2: k3, k2tog
Rnd 4 Knit around
Rnd 5: k2, k2tog
Rnd 6: Knit around
Rnd 7: k1,k2tog
Rnd 8: k2tog
Rnd 9: k2tog 3 times, k1 (4 stitches remain)
Make I-cord with remaining stitches and weave in ends.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Citron Vert (Lime) Toddler Socks

These are made of leftover yarn (100% superwash merino wool), using size 2 needles. The pattern stitch is a double seed stitch.

I had wanted to make Citron (Lemon) socks, but don't have any yellow. I've put it on the list!

These socks will be going to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Looking for Inspiration

I've been looking through books, on websites, and in my files for inspiration. I like knitting hats and socks and mittens which are small, portable projects. I've knit burial gowns in the past, but they're difficult emotionally. I've also knit sweaters and one of my favorites is the five-hour sweater even though it takes me longer than five hours to knit one.

I'm cleaning my sewing room and have found many small balls of yarn left over from knitting socks. They're wool which would make them suitable for baby items for afghans for Afghans or for the Pine Ridge Reservation. Hats, mittens, or socks would all work. Maybe that's where I'll start this year. It might be fun, too, to think of a sweater where I could use small, odd-sized balls of wool. Maybe Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise jacket?

Thinking. Thinking.