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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trinity Stitch Hat (tons of pix!) *Now with Pattern!* on: October 27, 2007 01:48:48 PM
I just finished this slouchy beret a few days ago! I've been wearing it almost everyday since then. Smiley
The pattern is my own, and it's using the Trinity stitch, which is one of my favorites even though it's a bit tricky to do. It worked great for a small project like a hat. The trick was doing the crown decreases in a manner that preserved the stitch pattern as much as possible. The pattern is a multiple of 4 sts, so I decreased 5 sts down to 1 in four spots around the top, every other row. I think it turned out really well!


There are more photos at my Flickr account if you wanna see 'em. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/breadnbadger/) Thanks for looking!!
Okay, here's the pattern I worked up.
I didn't take notes while knitting this one, so I apologize if anything is off about the pattern. I don't think gauge is especially crucial for a loose beret, but keep in mind that this stitch pattern pulls in width-wise a lot. My gauge measurement was taken after the hat was finished, and it's sort of an estimate. If you want to swatch the pattern (it's great to practice this pattern a bit anyway, since you really need to make sure your stitches are very loose!!) make sure to remember to *purl* on all the RS rows instead of knitting (only for the *SWATCH* since you're knitting back and forth instead of in the round. Follow the pattern exactly when making the actual hat in the round!).

Size: about 21" around the bottom of the ribbing section, it was tighter before I wore it a while and stretched it out, maybe more like 17"
Yarn:  I skein Araucania Nature Wool Chunky (I used almost the entire 132 yds)
Needles: 9 US dpns, 10.5 US dpns
Gauge: 24 sts x 10 rows = 4"x4" on larger needles in Trinity Stitch

Trinity/Blackberry Stitch pattern (worked in the round on a multiple of 4 sts):
row 1 (WS) - *(k1, p1, k1) into same st; p3tog;* rep from *.
row 2 -  knit.
row 3 - *p3tog; (k1, p1, k1) into same st;* rep from *.
row 4 - knit

*Note: The hat is knit inside-out, with the st patt on the inside. If you're using a circular needle, you can flip in rightside-in occasionally to try it on!

CO 69 sts with smaller needle. Join (without twisting sts) and k the first and last sts tog - this makes a nice finished join that is barely noticeable. PM at the beginning of the round. Work k1, p1 ribbing for 1.5 inches.
Next row: Using larger needles *k2, m1; * rep from *; Throw in an extra inc halfway around and again at the end. You should have 104 sts. (You must have a multiple of 4 for the st patt.)
Continue in Trinity st patt until hat measures 7 inches from co edge, finishing with row 1 of patt.

Here comes the tricky part.  You will be decreasing one entire bobble at a time.

Place 4 markers evenly around (one should be the begining of the round marker), making sure they are after a p3tog.
On the next row (row 2, a knit row) decrease 4 bobbles: k to 5 sts before a marker and decrease next 5 sts into 1 as follows: sl 3 knit-wise (one at a time); *pass 2nd st on right needle over first (center); sl center st back to left needle, pass next st over it;* rep from *, k remaining st. Continue in this way for the rest of the row.

Follow rows 3, 4, and 1 of patt. On next row 2, repeat decreases. Continue decreasing on every row 2 until there are only 16 sts left. k2tog across the row - you will only have 8 sts left. (Note: I actually think I started the k2tog rows earlier than this, following in patt on the RS rows. I can't remember what I did, so you might have to experiment a little. Thread some waste yarn into all the sts on a row so you can unravel to that point if you need to. You can try out different dec techniques all you want after that).

Break yarn with 8" tail and pull through remaining sts. Weave in ends and you're done!

I didn't block this hat, but you could if you wanted to. The ribbing seemed really tight when I first tried it on, but it has loosened up to the perfect width after a short while.
I learned the 5-to-1 dec from Jodi Green's "Mariah" sweater pattern, who I suspect learned it from Alice Starmore in her book Aran Knitting. There might be an easier way to dec in the patt, but this worked for me and it looks great!

A simpler chunky, slouchy hat pattern can be found here: http://www.knitandtonic.typepad.com/leslouchrev.pdf
It's "Le Slouch" by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic, whose hat originally inspired me. She uses seed stitch or stockinette for her pattern, so it's better for a beginner knitter.

I really hope this is accurate. It makes sense to me anyway, so let me know if you find any errors. I'd also love to see other people's versions, as this is my first pattern ever!
2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Swizzle Vest from Domiknitrix on: September 25, 2007 07:44:51 AM
Hey, does anyone else want to knit this with me? I think it will be a perfect fall item, and I've been dying to knit it since the book came out!

In case you're not familiar with this pattern (and it might be hard to see from the photo), it's a super-bulky wool vest with pockets, a zipper and a stand-up collar.

I'm planning on knitting mine with Rowan Big Wool from my Mod Cape (from the Stitch-n-Bitch book) that I just frogged last weekend. I realized I wasn't wearing the cape, and I'd much rather have this vest! Smokey brown will be my main color and maroon will be my secondary. I know this pattern is one-size-fits-all, and I'm a bit larger than the largest recommended size (40" bust, I'm a 43" bust) so I'll probably have to do some fancy math to adjust the pattern. It still looks simple enough, and I know it will knit up fast.

So who's in?
3  New York / New York: NYC and Long Island / Brooklyn Indie Market on: May 18, 2007 07:55:11 AM
I've been invited to be a vendor at the Brooklyn Indie Market (www.brooklynindiemarket.com), but I live in Massachusetts and I'm trying to decide if this is worth it for me. If anyone has participated in this market, or even visited it, I'd love to hear about the experience!

I probably won't have someone to stay with, so I'm looking at around $100 for a hotel room unless I drive there and back in the same day, which I think will be way too draining. I could do both weekend days if I stay in a hotel, but that's still a lot of driving, plus the $100 vendor fee for both days. Most craft fairs I've done I end up breaking even or taking home $100-200, which might not even cover the cost of this trip.

It could be great exposure for my business, since I haven't done anything else in NY, and I'm planning on moving to the Northwest this winter which will pretty much rule out an event like this. But if this event isn't very big with New Yorkers, it might not provide the exposure I'm looking for.

Any advice would be great!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Simple Knitted Bodice (glampyre) on: April 12, 2007 01:44:36 PM
I just finished this sweater two days ago, and wore it for the first time yesterday! I love it so much and can't wait to wear it again. It's a perfect cool weather sweater, for spring or fall, but not so great for the hail that we've been getting all day today in Massachusetts!  Shocked

This pattern was super easy (no seams--my favorite!!) and allowed for a lot of alteration. I used Cascade 220 in a brown heather color, which I LOVE. I started out making the size XL, but realized part way through (I think when I joined under the arms) that L would be better for the rest. I made the lace portions 4" instead of 3" tall, and didn't add increases to the sleeves.

I'm not used to wearing baggy sweaters, and I originally thought this would look better tighter (as most other people have made theirs), but I'm pretty happy with the way it came out.

I also think it looks a lot better in person than in these photos. Wink

I also posted this to the Simple Knitted Bodice Flickr group and Glampyre Reader Gallery Flickr group.
5  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Profitable PDX Craft Fairs? on: April 12, 2007 08:13:37 AM
Hi there,
I'm planning on moving to Portland next winter (with my crafty business), and I'm wondering what to expect from the numerous crafty fairs and events that go on in the area. There seem to be a couple outdoor markets that run throughout the year, and a ton of small indoor fairs and crafty get-togethers.

My question is: is it profitable to attend these craft fairs, and are some more profitable than others?

I have an online shop and an Etsy shop, where I do most of my business, but I love doing fairs where I can socialize and get immediate feedback on my products.

I currently live in a suburb of Boston, where there are only three big craft fairs a year (Bazaar Bizarre, Craftland in Providence, and Renegade, which is in Brooklyn) and a small handful of smaller fairs that have not been very profitable for me. Usually, I just make back my booth fee. It's also incredibly difficult to get into the bigger fairs because so many people want to do them. I also have to face strong winds, heavy rain and near-100 degree weather throughout the summer here. Wind + delicate glass products = disaster. I'm seriously looking forward to the weather in Portland and the seemingly constant craft opportunities, but I thought I'd check out what the locals have to say before I start signing up for every event that comes my way.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hand Etched Koi Fish Vase on: March 17, 2007 08:07:32 AM
I don't know if anyone else out there is etching the way I do, but I thought I'd share my most recent results. I use a rotary tool with diamond burrs to draw onto the glass itself, instead of masking off an area and applying cream or sandblasting. I used to use a normal Dremel tool, but I've graduated to professional dental drill.

It's really easy to experiment with this technique because everyone has empty wine or beer bottles around (...maybe it's just me...  Cheesy). The diamond burrs aren't really cheap, but good quality ones last quite a while. If anyone else wants to try this, I need to stress VERY HEAVILY that proper safety gear needs to be warn at all times!! This means you need to have an asbestos-rated respirator so you won't be breathing in the extremely harmful glass dust. I'd also reccomend goggles and earplugs (the sound of high-powered tools cutting into glass can be very loud and high-pitched).

The coolest thing about this method is that you can etch onto just about any smooth glass surface. The gifting possibilities are almost endless. I keep wanting to make those jars with all the dry ingredients for chocolate chip cookies (or whatever) and etch something really cool onto them for holiday presents.

Tell me what you think!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Red Sox scarf (bunch -o- images) on: March 16, 2007 12:02:51 PM
I knit this scarf a few years ago (right before they won the world series! Woo-hoo!) for a friend of mine. I just found the photos, and thought I'd share.

It was my first attempt at intarsia knitting, with duplicate-stitching on top to create the "B"s and the red socks. I used super cheap acrylic yarn, probably Caron Simply Soft. It's based on the concept of the football scarf popularized in the UK. I made my friend promise that if he ever got tired of it to give it back to me rather than throwing it away, since I got kinda attached to it!

The edges are kinda ugly because it rolled really badly so I knit a backing for it of plain blue st st and sloppily sewed it together. I think I might have added some crab stitch to the edges first (to see if that would help, which it didn't).

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