Archive for June, 2011


Radio Frequency Hat

June 21, 2011

My son, Nick, modeling the hat

More Christmas knitting FOs!  This one is a hat for one of my nephews.  I really love this hat.  It’s Mandy Power’s pattern, “Radio Frequency Hat”.  I thought it was masculine enough for a guy.  It’s supposed to have a pom pom on top but I can’t decide if my nephew would like that or if that’s too “girly”.  Hmmm . . .

I knitted this up in Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light, a DK weight yarn.  I love this stuff. So warm and soft.  The hat pattern did not include a lining, but after I knitted the hat and blocked it, the edge of the hat curled so badly I couldn’t believe it.  Even though it had a braided edge, it curled just like pure stockinette.  So I was thinking about adding a lining anyway, because it adds so much to the hat and when I did, it solved the curling problem.  I just picked up stitches all around and knitted the lining, making the decreases just by eyeballing it.

I just picked up stitches all around to do the lining

I knitted this hat with a long circular needle, using a Magic Loop type method, instead of a short needle.  I really don’t like doing that with a hat and having the knitting so tight on the needles and then having to switch to dpns to do the decreases.  If you do a hat using Magic Loop, you can actually try the hat on and see better how the size is going.

Pattern:  Radio Frequency Hat
Yarn:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Black and Moonshadow
Needles:  Circular US#5, 40″
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Tosh DK

June 7, 2011

Oh, lookie what came in the mail from Jimmy Beans!  My heart leaps when I get a package from that place.  Madelintosh DK in a beautiful green, Moorland.   I have so wanted to knit with this yarn.  It’s a superwash merino wool and everyone raves about it. I’m planning on making Julie’s Stockholm Scarf as soon as I get most of my Christmas knitting out of the way.  I can’t wait to get it on the needles!


Pink Flocked Mittens

June 2, 2011

I’m continuing on with my Christmas knitting, and I’m not slowing down for summer!  I’ve just finished these lovely things – lined mittens for one of my sisters-in-law.  These are Adrian Bizilia’s “Flocked Mittens” and they are a lot of fun to knit.

I lined them with super thick Brushed Suri in a cotton candy pink color – they make the mitten so warm.  I knitted these using Magic Loop and because the pattern calls for a worsted weight, they knit up fairly quickly.  A welcome change after knitting with so much fingering weight yarn for a while there.

The pattern calls for a braided edge, which I love, but in the pattern it was done in one color.  I changed it to two colors, which I think is more striking.  If you do that, be sure to make the previous row a k1 MC, k1 CC instead of just one color, so the first row of the braided edge is correct.

They also have a picot edge which is a nice detail.

These mittens should be knit in a light color and a dark color, for strong contrast.  If you don’t the pattern isn’t going to show up well.

Pattern:  Flocked Mittens
Needles: US #4 , circular, Addi Lace
Yarn for Mittens:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca in Pastel Pink and Duncan
Yarn for Lining:  Blue Sky Alpaca Brushed Suri in Pink Lemonade 
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