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1  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?

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.
2  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.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Coffee Press Cozy 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.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cable Design Question on: June 08, 2006 07:15:02 PM
I'm not sure anybody here will be able to help me with this, but I'm posting in the hopes that I can get a hand figuring this out so that I don't have to spend too much time frogging later on.

So, for the Knitting World Cup, in honor of soccer/football being a fairly British sport, I've decided to design my own knitted v-neck vest, with this six-stranded cable pattern up the centre front. I would then like to, somehow, split this at the v, so that a three-stranded cable/braid continues up each side of the neckline.

Does anybody have any advice, or know of any online resources that would help me figure this out, or at least get me thinking in the right direction?
5  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Wyvern Sockalong? on: May 07, 2006 10:36:33 AM
I'm hoping to cast on for these socks this afternoon, and I was wondering. Anybody interested in doing a KAL for the Wyvern Socks?

I love this pattern and I've been dying to try it - I love the effect the stitch pattern produces, even though it's surprisingly uncomplicated. I think I might try modifying the pattern and working them top-down, but we'll see.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Lacey Scarfey Pattern? on: December 15, 2005 01:43:58 PM
OK. So, over the summer as an experiment, I bought myself a ball of pretty, pretty white alpaca and dyed it with kool-aid. Unfortunately, due to what I can only assume was a sudden case of brain damage, I decided it would be awesome to dye it orange. And now I can't do anything with it. Orange hats look ridiculous on me, (I had originally planned to make it a hat) and it's not enough to make a pair of mittens or socks.

So, I was thinking I might be able to make it into some kind of scarf/belt thing, and maybe make the whole project more interesting/make the yarn go further by using some kind of kicky lace pattern. Unfortunately, I have *no* idea where to start looking. Most of the lace patterns I've seen have been for big, big shawls that I wouldn't have enough yarn for. Does anybody know of a lacey pattern (preferably fairly open, the yarn is a tad on the fuzzy side) that I could use/adapt for this kind of project?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 70s Like Rainbow Suspenders (first sweater) 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.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Under the Wire: Harry Potter Scarf 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.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Toe-Up Socks on: November 08, 2005 03:36:10 PM

I was hoping people could let me know what toe-up sock patterns they'd found worked best for them? I've knit top-down socks before, but am making a pair for my dad for Christmas, and wanted to do them the other way because I'm a little concerned about running out of yarn if I make the ankle too long. . .So, yes.

Any input, regarding experiences with both free and not-free patterns would be appreciated.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Firefly/Serenity Swap? on: October 31, 2005 06:38:23 AM
Would anybody be into this? I know there's been a general Whedonverse swap before at least once, but I feel like now that the movie's come out, the Fireflyverse is big enough to stand on its own.

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