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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Urban Whatever (A Hat) on: September 06, 2009 08:11:13 AM
Sorry these took me so long to write up!

Yarn:
Model hat knit with 2 skeins Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport Weight (110 yd/100m per 50g skein)
   MC: 510 Black
   CC: 505 Taupe.
Feel free to substitute with 220 yards of any sport-weight yarn you would like, as long as you get the correct (blocked) gauge. However, I would recommend wool or another animal fiber for this project. Plant fibers and acrylics will block very differently, and you may need to adjust the stitch counts for a hat that fits well.

Needles: 3.0 mm (US 2.5) double-pointed needles, set of 4
        3.25mm (US 3) circular needle, 20 or smaller

Gauge:  23 stitches = 4, in seed stitch on 3.25mm needles

A Note About Blocking This Hat: When I blocked the model hat, I blocked it tall, rather than wide. That is, I took the knitting and pulled up, so that the hat, in general, ended up longer and skinnier rather than wider and shorter. You will need to block your gauge swatch this way, to make sure that you are, in fact, getting gauge.

Pattern Notes:

1x1 Twisted Rib: [knit 1 through the back loop, p1] around.

Method:

Using dpns and MC, CO 96 stitches.

Work in 1x1 twisted rib for 2cm (0.75). Switch to CC. Do not break MC yarn.

Increase Round: Using CC, [k4, m1] around. (120 stitches)

Switch to circular needle. Begin working in seed stitch pattern, as follows:
Round 1: [k1, p1] around
Round 2: Begin knitting with MC. [p1, k1] around
Round 3: [k1, p1] around
Round 4: [p1, k1] around

Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until MC stripe measures 4cm (1.5) from end of CC stripe.

Continuing with seed stitch pattern as set, switch to CC for two rounds.

Work in MC for two rounds.

Switch to CC. Work in seed stitch pattern until CC stripe measures 5cm (2).

Switch to MC. Work in seed stitch pattern until MC stripe measures 4cm (1.5).

Switch to CC. Work in seed stitch pattern until CC stripe measures 2.5cm (1). Make sure the last round you work is a Round 3.

Next round, work Round 4 while switching to dpns.

Decrease Rounds:
Decr Round 1: [K2tog, p2tog] around (60sts)
Decr Round 2: [p1, k1] around
Decr Round 3: [k1, p1] around
Decr Round 4: [p1, k1] around
Decr Round 5: [k2tog, p2tog] around (30 sts)
Decr Round 6: [p1, k1] around
Decr Round 7: [k2tog, p2tog] around (15 sts)

Break yarn, and pull through remaining stitches.

Finishing: Weave in ends. If desired, block as noted above. I found it helpful to tug the hat from top-to-bottom a couple of times, to stretch it long, and pin the ribbing unstretched while the hat was drying.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Urban Whatever (A Hat) WITH PATTERN on: August 26, 2009 07:14:50 AM
I've been wanting to knit a hat like this for months now - this is the second attempt, and I'm really, really pleased with it.







It definitely wasn't the most complicated knit in the world, but I'm debating writing my notes up into a pattern - would anyone be interested in it?

Yarn:
Model hat knit with 2 skeins Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport Weight (110 yd/100m per 50g skein)
   MC: 510 Black
   CC: 505 Taupe.
Feel free to substitute with 220 yards of any sport-weight yarn you would like, as long as you get the correct (blocked) gauge. However, I would recommend wool or another animal fiber for this project. Plant fibers and acrylics will block very differently, and you may need to adjust the stitch counts for a hat that fits well.

Needles: 3.0 mm (US 2.5) double-pointed needles, set of 4
        3.25mm (US 3) circular needle, 20 or smaller

Gauge:  23 stitches = 4, in seed stitch on 3.25mm needles

A Note About Blocking This Hat: When I blocked the model hat, I blocked it tall, rather than wide. That is, I took the knitting and pulled up, so that the hat, in general, ended up longer and skinnier rather than wider and shorter. You will need to block your gauge swatch this way, to make sure that you are, in fact, getting gauge.

Pattern Notes:

1x1 Twisted Rib: [knit 1 through the back loop, p1] around.

Method:

Using dpns and MC, CO 96 stitches.

Work in 1x1 twisted rib for 2cm (0.75). Switch to CC. Do not break MC yarn.

Increase Round: Using CC, [k4, m1] around. (120 stitches)

Switch to circular needle. Begin working in seed stitch pattern, as follows:
Round 1: [k1, p1] around
Round 2: Begin knitting with MC. [p1, k1] around
Round 3: [k1, p1] around
Round 4: [p1, k1] around

Repeat Rounds 3 and 4 until MC stripe measures 4cm (1.5) from end of CC stripe.

Continuing with seed stitch pattern as set, switch to CC for two rounds.

Work in MC for two rounds.

Switch to CC. Work in seed stitch pattern until CC stripe measures 5cm (2).

Switch to MC. Work in seed stitch pattern until MC stripe measures 4cm (1.5).

Switch to CC. Work in seed stitch pattern until CC stripe measures 2.5cm (1). Make sure the last round you work is a Round 3.

Next round, work Round 4 while switching to dpns.

Decrease Rounds:
Decr Round 1: [K2tog, p2tog] around (60sts)
Decr Round 2: [p1, k1] around
Decr Round 3: [k1, p1] around
Decr Round 4: [p1, k1] around
Decr Round 5: [k2tog, p2tog] around (30 sts)
Decr Round 6: [p1, k1] around
Decr Round 7: [k2tog, p2tog] around (15 sts)

Break yarn, and pull through remaining stitches.

Finishing: Weave in ends. If desired, block as noted above. I found it helpful to tug the hat from top-to-bottom a couple of times, to stretch it long, and pin the ribbing unstretched while the hat was drying.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Socks. I made them. on: August 24, 2009 05:49:23 AM
Oh, cute! Did you use a pattern to make these?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: coffee and tv on: August 13, 2009 12:15:59 PM
Haha, I've never seen that video before, but those are adorable. I'm impressed!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting-ish: Office Supply Circular Needle Organizer on: August 13, 2009 12:13:55 PM
Apologies if this isn't allowed, but I couldn't figure out where else to post this.

I figured out a new way to organize my circs using a binder and some office supplies, and I thought I'd share. There are photos below, but I've also blogged a tutorial if anyone's interested, here.







6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitted purse: lining on: May 09, 2009 11:09:30 AM
oh cute! I'm glad I could be helpful. Wink
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: I love you bones and all!!! on: May 08, 2009 08:32:16 PM
Oh my god. I am completely blown away by that stencil, it's so beautiful. Did you design it yourself?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Star-edged Socks (with an Afterthought Heel) on: May 05, 2009 02:06:33 PM
These are gorgeous! I love afterthought heels, I think they look really cute and professional, but I'd never seen one done with the star decreases before. I like it! Smiley
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Pretty Ponies (img heavy!!!) on: May 05, 2009 04:59:17 AM
These are the cutest things I've ever seen, EVER. I wish I could crochet!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitted purse: lining on: May 04, 2009 07:47:14 PM
You definitely can sew a fabric lining to a knit purse. What you'd need to do is sew up the lining the way you want it (with pockets, whatever) first. Then, lay it inside the purse you've knit and sew the two together. I find the best way for doing this is to use a giant, sharp tapestry needle (the kind with an eye big enough for yarn, which usually means it's massive and terrifying ) and use the same yarn you knit the purse with to hand sew the two together. Does that make sense?
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