Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Slipping away the yarn

Here's my reasoning concerning the baskets of yarn I own (hoard).  Most of it is a combination of leftovers from other projects or testing skeins.  Hmmm.  Okay.  I can work with that for a while.  In any case, I am still trying to use up all the bits and "had to have a least one skein." Sometimes I have something in mind, but don't have a pattern.  So I get an extra skein.  You know what I am saying.  You know you do.

The above hat (or it may turn into a bowl) uses up leftover:

Color A:  Debbie Bliss Cashmerino 503 green.
Color B:  Nashua Julia (Honey Gold)
Color C:  Berroco Ultra Alpaca Steel Blue

This is a small hat with a 20" circumference.  A hat about 21" is in parentheses.

Gauge:  4.5 stitches per inch
Needles:  Size 6 - 16" circulars

CO 96 stitches. Connect placing marker to mark start of row.

Rib K2.P2 for 5 rows in color A (green).

Row 1 Color B Knit.
Row 2 Color B Knit.
Row 3 Color C Knit 1.  *slip  1 purlwise, yb, k1.* repeat until last stitch. K1.
Row 4 Color C Purl 1.  *yf, slip 1 purlwise, purl 1.* repeat until last stitch. P1
Row 5 Color A Knit.
Row 6 Color A Knit.

Row 7 Color B Purl 2.  *slip  1 purlwise, yb, k1.* repeat until last stitch. K1.
Row 8 Color B Purl 2.  *yf, slip 1 purlwise,  p 1.* repeat until last stitch. P1.

Repeat  beginning with Color C.  Do this for about 6" ending at row 8.

Decrease to get star pattern decrease.  Since I had  96 stitches= 12x8.  Knit 12, pm. Repeat to end. PM.

Knit 11, ktog, pm.  Do this all around.  Do not forget last marker.

Knit around slipping markers.

Follow pattern until last two stitches before marker.  Knit together.  Continue.

Continue in this fashion following pattern repeat once.

Begin decreasing every row until 8 stitches left. Fasten off in usual fashion. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Knitting like crazy

Knitting like crazy and loving it except I made an error on the link for PupTent Hat yesterday.  I corrected it.  It's from the blog-Caterpillar Green.  The knitter's name I got right.  I am also doing a hat by Woolly Wormhead call Meret. My brain has become a big ball of yarn and got a little tangled. My Meret was a little small so I will frog it.  I will try again and this time

  my gauge 


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Still yarn stash busting.  This charming slouchy hat is done in Berocco Vintage Chunky in a moss green.  It is firm enough to hold up the stitches yet soft against the skin.  I had little less than a full skein.  The model is Porcelain Hands by me.  It had come back from a gallery exhibit and the gallery had tossed its box. It came home in the back of a pickup truck with blankets and crossed fingers.  My crossed fingers.  It graces my living area until I can make a new box for it.  In the meanwhile it is perfect for modeling hats. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Old layette sweater

Spring cleaning linen closet
found crumbled in back
husband's old layette sweater

Look what I found.  For some reason my mother-in-law gave me Herr Reinhart's baby sweater years ago.  His grandmother made these sweaters for all the babies.  I am going to copy it.  It is crocheted in one piece with a seam up the each side and sleeve.  I know how to crochet, but I would love to knit something like this, too. 

It's funny to think that Herr Reinhart was once that little and wore that sweet sweater.  As he was the second son, I think there was some hope for a girl. It was worn and washed many times from the look of it.  When I figure it all out I will post directions and photos.