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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan on: April 01, 2008 07:10:06 PM

I am in awe.
 Shocked Shocked Shocked
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / Re: Hamburg Ahoi! on: April 01, 2008 07:05:28 PM
I completely LOVE anything with a tattoo motif, especially a modified one! I am so jealous right now. I may have to learn embroidery.  Roll Eyes
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Trinity Stitch Hat (tons of pix!) *Now with Pattern!* on: March 12, 2008 12:39:20 PM
Okay, so I FINALLY finished writing up my pattern for the worsted weight version of this hat! I thought I'd be done with all this a long time ago, but moving across the country does take a bit of time and energy.  Tongue

I'm planning on putting it into pdf format for free download, but thought I'd release the pattern as-is for now since I don't have any pics of the new version (it's still blocking). If anyone catches any mistakes, I can fix them before putting out the pdf.

This is just the worsted version. I'll be adding details for the chunky version when it's in a pdf. Please tell me what you think!!

Trinity Stitch Hat

Approximate Finished Length:
9 inches,
Approximate Finished Circumference:
18 inches at top of ribbing
22 inches at midpoint
Apporximate Gauge:
Worsted version: 24 sts x 18 rows = 4x4 on larger needles in Trinity Stitch
US 7 / 4.5 mm 16 inch circular
US 8 / 5.0 mm 16 inch circular
US 8 / 5.0 mm set of 4 dpns
(or needle sizes to obtain gauge)

12 Stitch markers
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends

Araucania Nature Wool
1 skein = 242.0 yards (221.3m)
 (my hat used less than one skein with a good portion left over)
or other worsted weight yarn with similar gauge and yardage
This pattern is recommended for an advanced/intermediate knitter who has the patience for a difficult-to-manuever-on-the-needles stitch pattern.
Trinity Stitch Pattern (worked in the round):
row 1: *(P1, K1, P1) into same stitch; K3tog;* repeat between *s across
row 2: P across
row 3: *K3tog; (P1, K1, P1) into same stitch;* repeat between *s across
row 4: P across

Decrease 5-into-1:
slip 3 sts (one at a time); *pass 2nd st on right needle over first (center stitch); sl center st back to left needle, pass next st over it;* repeat between *s once more; (P1, K1, P1) into remaining stitch


CO 89 stitches with smaller needles. Join (without twisting sts) and K the first and last sts tog - this makes a nice finished join that is barely noticeable.

Place marker at the beginning of the round. Work K1, P1 ribbing for 1.5 inches.

Next row: Switching to larger circular needles, increase every third stitch by *P2, M1* across. You should now have 132 sts.

Continue in Trinity Stitch Pattern (starting with row 1) until hat measures 6 inches from CO edge, ending with row 3 of pattern.

Next row (row 4 of pattern): *P12; place marker* across. There will be 11 sections. (Make sure your marker for the beginning of the round is different from all the rest.)

Crown Shaping:
Here comes the tricky part.  You will be decreasing one entire bobble at a time, once in each of the 11 sections across the row.

Decrease Row:
Next row (row 1 of pattern): Decrease 5-into-1 (directions above); continue in Trinity Stitch Pattern (starting with K3tog) to next marker; Slip marker; Decrease next 5 sts into 1; continue in this way across the row. (88 sts)

Follow rows 2, 3 and 4 of pattern.

Repeat Decrease Row above.

Follow rows 2 and 3 of pattern.

Next row: P across while switching to dpns and removing all stitch markers. Keep track of the beginning of the row with a safety pin, removable marker, or by putting a different number of stitches on each needle (this is how I do ityou can also find the beginning of the round by looking for your yarn tail from the CO, as long as it lines up with the beginning of a needle).

Next row: *Decrease 5-into-1;  K3tog;* across (44 sts)

Next row: P across

Next row: K2tog across (22 sts)

Next row: K2tog across (11 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail; thread yarn through remaining sts to bind off.

Weave in ends and youre done! Block if desired. Dont use an iron on it or youll flatten out the bobbles! If you block this hat like a beret, it will fit like one. If you block it on its side, it will fit like all those slouchy knit hats everyone is wearing!
4  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Moving To Portland! on: February 10, 2008 07:12:14 PM
I'm so excited about the get-togethers and kitchens and stuff!! We're scheduled to get into PDX on Wednesday night, so if anyone wants to help us unpack our truck (we're on the fist floor and should be an easy walkup), we can unpack late Wed night or Thursday morning. PM me if you want deets. Cause I know you all want to help unpack a Uhaul. Smiley

Otherwise, we'll be at some events as soon as they happen. 19th-23rd sounds great.
5  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Moving To Portland! on: February 04, 2008 07:38:00 AM
I'd love to get together with some folks March-ish. My hubby and I are leaving Boston on Wednesday, and we think we'll get to Portland early next week. We could use a little time getting unpacked and settled, but we're excited to meet the crafting crew out there!

If anyone needs advice on the cross-country drive, we'll be the folks to talk to. We're taking a southern route (rt. 40) to avoid big mountain ranges and snowy conditions. We're also lucky enough to have friends and family along the way to visit. I guess we won't know how the drive is until it's over, but I think we're going the right way.

Our new apt is at 35th Ave and Holgate--I love the area! I think we did pretty well getting close-in and near some great stuff in the SE. I think it's also going to be big enough that we could host some get-togethers (which we *really* can't do in our current place) after we're unpacked!! Hope to see you all soon!
6  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Re: Moving To Portland! on: January 14, 2008 08:25:32 AM
Yay for good beer!

So, my husband and I are flying out to pdx on Jan. 23 to get an apartment. If anyone has any leads for a single family/duplex/anything decent with 2 bdrms in the SE or NE, we would really appreciate it!!

Then we're flying back to Boston on the 31st so we can pack up a uhaul and drive out (through the southern no-snow states).

If anyone wants to hang out during that week and show us around, that would be awesome too! We still don't have any friends out there.

We've also been watching the Venture Bros.--great stuff!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Trinity Stitch Hat (tons of pix!) *Now with Pattern!* on: January 14, 2008 08:18:32 AM
In case anyone didn't notice, I edited the pattern to fix the stitch pattern mistakes I had listed. SORRY SORRY SORRY! I don't know how I had the k1, p1, k1's switched around.

I'm currently working on a total revision to the pattern, and a worsted weight version that will be a bit lacy. I've worked out a complete alteration of the stitch pattern (again!) that will knit up with the bobbles on the outside so you can see your progress. Yay! It will be available for free as a pdf.

I seem to be getting lacey like openings between the bobbles. Your pictures seem to show a fairly solid fabric, and some of my stitch books don't show the openness between the bobbles either.  I'm using an aran weight yarn that calls for size 8 needles and I'm using 8's is this maybe the problem?

The new pattern will be knit on US 8's, and I'll be using Araucania Nature Wool (not chunky) since I still have a bunch in my stash. (btw, Webs is having a sale on the Nature Wool Chunky and worsted, with some great colors still available!) It is lacy in the worsted,  (even knit on smaller needles) which I think is awesome. It will look really different from the chunky, I think. My chunky version is definitely not lacy since I blocked it, but there was a hint of it before. The loftiness of the yarn seems to fill in the lacy gaps and pull it together.

How "tall" is the hat? It's 7" before the decreases I know, but how many inches do the decreasing rows add? ... I'm concerned that if I stick with 4 decreasing points I'll end up with a hat that is far too tall/pointy.

I had to block my hat after it stretched like crazy (I was wearing it every day!), and it is now 8" tall. (It's also 22" around the ribbing, for anyone interested. It started out about 17" around, and I was worried it would be too tight.) The decreases happen very quickly, and they appear to have added just over one inch to the height. I'm not sure how this will add up for a worsted version with lots more stitches. I think you might want to do the decreases in more places (try 6) but maybe less frequently? Not sure about that. I'm going to work this out in my pattern, but if you want to experiment just thread some waste yarn through all the stitches in a Knit row before you start the decreases. Then you can unravel to that point if the first attempt doesn't work out.

Thanks again to everyone that's tried my pattern, found mistakes, and posted the results! It's amazing for me to see. I honestly didn't even think 2 people would ever try my pattern.  *blush*
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Trinity Stitch Hat (tons of pix!) *Now with Pattern!* on: January 02, 2008 02:15:09 PM
I just added you on Ravelry too! Wink

The bobbles should be showing up on the INSIDE of the hat, instead of the outside if you're doing it right. The outside (that you can see when knitting in the round) is actually the wrong side of the hat. Make sense? If it isn't bobbly (that's a fun word!) on the inside, then I'm not sure what's going on.

I'm going to try knitting this again soon, and see if I can figure out a way to adjust the pattern so the bobbles are on the outside. I'm also going to try a worsted-weight version, for anyone out there who'd prefer that. Then I'll rewrite the pattern completely so it's easier to understand--I hope!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Trinity Stitch Hat (tons of pix!) *Now with Pattern!* on: November 24, 2007 04:08:16 PM
Wait, so I AM supposed to follow the bobble row, then knit, not purl? The pattern has the thing listed as knit, but it says to change all knits on RS rows to purls.

Time to rip out a few rows, I was wondering why it looked.. weird.


Wow, I'm sorry this is so confusing! I had to reread your post a bunch of times, then the pattern a bunch of times to remember what I was talking about originally.   Embarrassed 

When knitting the hat in the round, you want to *knit* all right side rows like the pattern says. The note (above the pattern instructions) about remembering to *purl* the RS rows is only for *swatching,* which you'd be knitting back and forth, instead of in the round.

So sorry this was confusing! I hope you didn't get too far before you had to rip it out. At least hats are usually pretty quick, and the extra practice with the bobbles is probably good. I always need practice, anyway.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nintendo Perler Bead Coaster Set on: November 22, 2007 06:35:22 AM
So awesome!

I'm not so much into perler beads, unless they are used for pixelated video game art, and coasters are perfect! Also, that box  totally makes the set.   Shocked
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