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1  Urban Whatever (A Hat) WITH PATTERN in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit 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?

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.


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.
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2  Knitting-ish: Office Supply Circular Needle Organizer in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit 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.

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3  Coffee Press Cozy in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: November 10, 2007 03:49:30 AM
In keeping with the stereotype that any good knitter will make a useless cozy for just about anything, I give you all the coffee press cozy:

In my defense, there is at least a story behind this - because I've moved to Korea, where the apartments are designed more for airflow than warmth, my apartment tends to get quite cold on Sunday mornings, when I want to take my time drinking my morning coffee. So I wanted something to keep the stuff in the pot warm while I drank out of my little mug. . .and I think it's kind of cute. If that helps. Cheesy

The pattern I used is written up here, for anyone interested.
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4  Re: firefly/serenity swap in The Swap Gallery by whiterabbit on: January 30, 2006 03:44:38 PM
WOW. I definitely came home from class today to find the most *amazing* package waiting on my desk. (Kindly rescued from the snow by my roommates)

Wide shot of (almost) everything in the parcel, with corner of my neuroanatomy textbook for scale. Wink I absolutely love the t-shirt (those are the characters from the Blue Sun logo, along with the stencil she used to make it, so I can. . .adorn everything else I own!) The white thing is a beautiful, *beautiful* canvas notebook cover, with "Serenity" in Japanese and Korean. The inside of the notebook it came with also has quotes written on random pages. So thoughtful! And, I almost forgot, roughly 1/3 of a Tall Card deck, which I plan to cut out and use as bookmarks.

But wait! You'd think that'd be it, but then she also made me. . .this wonderful bag! It's so roomy, and well-made, I'm so intimidated by the mad sewing-and-crocheting skills this girl has.

Shot of the fabric lining the bag, which is just gorgeous.
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5  70s Like Rainbow Suspenders (first sweater) in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: November 19, 2005 08:09:56 AM
I was going for a Starsky and Hutch quote to use as the title, 'cause that's what this sweater makes me think of, but nothing was really coming to me.

I actually hunted down a set of Cowichan sweater patterns from the 70s to make this, which was both awesome, and kind of a challenge because of the weird directions, and the reccommendation to use yarn that. . .is not made anymore. The lady at my LYS was really helpful, and we found something that worked up in the right gauge - the two main colours are Briggs and Little, and the beige is this random, on-sale skein of yarn made from buffalo hair. Which was cool in and of itself. It's also *huge,* I don't think it touches my body anywhere except around the bottom when I have it on. But I made it, and I love it, and I'm never taking it off. Wink

It knit up in about two weeks, 'cause of the ridiculous gauge, but it's thick enough that it's really more of a coat than a sweater. Finishing took me about a month, because of school schedules and having to sew in fabric to line it by hand, because I'm sensitive to pure wool. Excuse the dead-eyed, soulless look on my face. I'd just woken up, and the timer on my camera is long enough that I get bored waiting for it to go off.
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6  Under the Wire: Harry Potter Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: November 17, 2005 06:23:14 AM
Just thought I'd post this, since the movie comes out tomorrow and everything. My friend asked me to knit her a scarf in Slytherin colours, back in mid-September or so, in time for the movie. I agreed, but then realized that knitting in 1x1 rib for, like, eighty million rows is boring as hell. So, I kind of put it down and knit a sweater and half a pair of gloves for my sister, and then realized about a week ago how behind I was on this damn thing. Hence, under the wire. Barely.

This isn't the atypically knit pattern, because I found that made prohibitively thick scarves that took way too long to make.

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7  Raccoon Purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: August 21, 2005 08:57:50 PM
I was trying to think of some sort of joke referencing the cartoon series, but it's not coming. Anyway. This is my first self-designed item, modeled off a Guess purse I already own. I wanted to make a virtually identical purse, but in black, and then felt the mother. Unfortunately, since this was my first adventure in felting, I expected it to shrink lengthwise much more than it did. So, I have a super long purse, that doesn't really look anything like the original but is still cute.

It's pretty wonky (strap is attached to the front and back, not the end) , because I sewed the zipper in crooked (I was kind of excited to get it done, and sewing is not my forte) but as you can see in this photo, it's harder to tell when one's carrying it.

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8  Nerds + Yarn = Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: August 14, 2005 09:20:24 PM
These are a labour of love that started when I saw this scarf pattern in a topic on the discussion board. I have enough scarves, and I hardly wear the ones I have as is, so I thought I'd try and put the cable panel onto mittens. I swatched the cable panel, found it was exactly the width of the back of my hand, but 20 stitches wide - which meant the mitten pattern I usually use (from Hip to Knit) wouldn't work, since it's knit on 36 stitches, and the thumb placement would be weird.

So I started using the mitten pattern from Weekend Knitting, but after I finished the cuff I discovered I didn't like the way they did the thumb, so I switched back to the Hip to Knit pattern for the thumb gusset instructions, and then kind of winged it for the decreases at the top. . .and the purl row where the thumb begins was me starting to knit the thumb backwards, and then deciding to go with the mistake instead of frogging.

It was also sort of a first (gentle) foray into designing, because of all the patterns that needed to be combined. . .and then I had to work out how to place the thumb to have left and right mittens (as opposed to two left mitts that I'd wear as sense and anti-sense. get it?)

Anyway. As a Neuroscience major I'm very excited about these mittens, which I'll be wearing to class every day in hopes of getting extra credit.   Cheesy

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9  Oh, how I love my toesies in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: August 06, 2005 10:53:03 PM
. . .so little and so neat, they're the best part of my feet. (Does nobody else remember that song? I think it was Kermit the Frog.)

Anyway. Back at the end of last semester (March-ish, I think) I was on a huge sock craze, and made 2 or 3 pairs. . .I bought the yarn for this, knit them during finals, and only just now got around to weaving in the ends and such so I could wear them. So: these are my pretty socks. I knit them on this really nice cotton yarn on sale at the LYS where I go to university - not on sale enough to buy 3 balls, just 2, which is why they're mismatched. I do all my socks like this.

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10  Tea Cosy! in Knitting: Completed Projects by whiterabbit on: July 19, 2005 09:13:33 PM
Man, getting excited about knitting a tea cosy makes me feel about ninety. But look! Isn't it cute? It's the small cosy from last month's issue of Knitty.

Sorry it's so blurry.
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