Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I thought I'd post my hat pattern for those who might be looking for something extra easy that still looks nice. I'll get the photo up eventually. I haven't worn this hat out yet, but I did prance about my place looking into several mirrors and was well pleased.
My gauge was about 5-6 stitches per inch on size 3s. I was using Knitpicks Coast Grey Swish Superwash and some novelty yarn that actually feels really soft and nice. "Novelty fur with a glitz like sheen" from Cherry Tree Hill in silver. I cast on 80 stitches for a head that's about 22 inches around. I did manage to measure my big head's diameter before I started, just not the big head height.
For the brim I knit in the round for two inches. I highly recommend using a safety pin when you go to join. Then I knit the loose end into the brim so I wouldn't have to deal with weaving it in later. This worked out very well. I would recommend putting a stitch marker in where you join so that you'll know when to start decreasing. You can also feel where you started if you knit your loose end into the brim because it leaves a few stitches a little bit thicker than the rest. I liked the purl side of my hat on this novelty yarn better than the knit side, so I kept that as the "right side" of the hat. That meant that I was purling for the rest of the project. If that sends chills down your spine, you could pearl the two inches of the brim instead. Or maybe you like how the knit looks better. I don't know. I value the art of improvisation.
Then I purled in the gray yarn for five inches. Altogether from brim to the beginning of the decreases, I had a seven inch hat. This was my approximate head height. I don't know what the average woman's head size is. I would say I have a pretty big head. I tried my hat on a couple of times. Sometimes the stitches would go flying off the circulars so maybe use a big circular.
To decrease I p2tog to end up with 40 stitches. Then I purled a row.
Then I p2tog to end up with 20 stitches and purled a row. At this point you might need to switch over to two circulars. I didn't have another three so I used a two and I personally can't see the difference.
Then I p2tog to end up with 10 stitches and purled a row.
Then I p2tog to end up with 5 stitches and I closed the hat by threading the yarn through this five stitches and weaving in the end.
Voila! A hat! A quick and easy hat.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I saw a girl wearing the fashionable knit cap I'm plotting to knit. She looked very campus cool strutting about in her knit cap that she did not knit herself. Not that anyone knit that cap, it reeked of machine knit.
Nevertheless, it called to mind the failed prototype I attempted last week when I got a brim pattern from the formidable hege. I knit the brim in a 2 x 2 ribbing. Then I went to increase the hat for the big cap allowance and somehow it looked exactly like the ribbing. How I doubled the stitches without increasing the size of the hat is beyond me. This is one for bad knitting physics or bad knitting laws of nature. (I had public education science.)
I've since finished the failed prototype and cast on again. I think I have it this time!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Unfortunately I don't know how big my head is. I guess this is the first hat I've made. I made a few baby hats that looked like boobs back in the day, but no adult sized hats. I could not wait to get this hat off the needles and on my big adult head. I was a bit optimistic about my progress. I ended up with a tweedle dum hat. All I need is a propellor.
(Behold the indigo breasts emerging from the teddy bear's ears. That's one of my first hat attempts.)
However this weekend I will add a few inches to the affair and emerge with a hat! Who knew that a precise inch size of your head was such a necessary measurement?
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Anyway, I cast on another UFO and I was enjoying myself mightily, but there was the threat of the twistie. As of the current row, I have not uncovered a twistie, but that doesn't mean it won't appear. It was a hat brim. I was using size 3s. I joined in a bloody skirmish with my cheap circular's joint. I think I dropped a stitch in the process. I might've twisted too.
Then I tripped upon a great tip.
Complete your cast-on and your row back, then stretch and straighten the knitting so that all the stitches are up, and the cast-on is down, and the ends extend nearly to the points.
Then use a safety pin to pin the first and last cast-on stitches together. Sometimes you need a second pair of hands for this, because the needles want to snake when you turn the two points together, and that will twist the rows.
But it works.
Posted by: Pat
So having tried it, I can testify that it does indeed work. However, before I get all snooty about it, I had pinned with that other circular threat that I don’t have a name for. The one where your yarn gets feed through the circular! Shocking! So yes, I did do that, but I noticed and all was well.Behold the serendipitously untwisted hat brim.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
So I took a long ride on public transportation yesterday. In anticipation I brought the scarf along. There I was minding my business when I realized I had a grievous error in my scarf. Pretending to be creative I knit some stripes of varying widths into my scarf. Somewhere along the way, approximately 6 inches beneath my current row, I had unintentionally widened my stripe.
So instead of knitting peacefully, I was unraveling stitches. Luckily nobody said anything. When one is filling public transportation time, one is trying to be impressive. For instance, I'll take Anna Karenina to read over Cosmo. One of the great works of Western Lit. over "Are you a good flirt?” I wasn't supposed to be airing my knitting laundry on the freak bus! Again, luckily nobody said anything. I was liable to stick the needle in a bad place.
Behold the chart. The little dash squares are purls. Everything else is knit. Just repeat the gray rows until your scarf is as long as you desire. Rocket science!
Meanwhile, I confess, I made the same mistake on the blue line, but I caught it a lot sooner. I was only unraveling about an inch on the blue line.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
One more block. Looking quite ugly like the rest of its lot. Do notice the round, rolling texture. If I had not labeled it "block" noone would have any clue what it was.
Other Things My Block Could Be
A model of plate tectonics.
A dollhouse beanbag.
A corrupted graphic from Qbert.
Monday, October 09, 2006
This desire to own is completely capricious as I'm knitstipated anyway. I cannot muster the desire to pick up my projects. I hate my blocks. The scarf has been sitting innocently in its ziploc bag waiting to hit the streets.
I think I'm ready to cast on again. Mittens. But the thought of making a swatch is enough to keep me knitstipated.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Fashion this season dictates that the knit cap is the accessory du jour. Sigh. Why am I not talented enough to whip this together?
I call on all knitters to help me find a pattern. I'll even deal with a pattern that involves seaming! We must be hasty. I give this trend 2 falls at best. And you know I won't get it together in time to finish this jaunty cap sans pattern in time to wear this fall.
Frequent are the times when we can wear our creations defiant in the face of fashion. Rare is the time we can wear our creations and be "with it". At least that's true for untalented knitters like me.