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Christmas Knitting FOs

October 12, 2011

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something, but I’ve had some misses with my Christmas knitting.  I made a Jared Flood hat, Windschief, for my older brother,  that didn’t turn out right.  Then I made a pair of Nora’s Slippers for my twin brother that I ended up just keeping for me because they will never fit his feet.  So I was getting discouraged but then I started these hats for my brothers and each one came out great.  It’s funny – one of the patterns had a total of only two people on Ravelry knitting it!  And it’s a great hat pattern! There are some hidden gems in Ravelry, aren’t there?

Norwegian Hat

The hat I’m talking about is a Norwegian hat from Drops Design.  It calls for a DK weight yarn, so I used my beloved Berroco Alpaca Light.  It was a totally fun knit with just enough interest but didn’t required your total attention.  I knitted it on circulars, using Magic Loop.

Raupe Hat

The other hat is called a Raupe hat and was designed by a knitter in Austria. I guess “raupe” means “caterpillar” in German and the hat is named that because it looks like caterpillars crawling around the hat.  Hmmm.  I wonder if I should tell my brother that little tidbit.

Pattern: Norwegian Hat by DROPS Design

Needles:  US#2 & 4 Addi Lace Turbo Circular

Yarn: Berroco Alpaca Light in Tupelo & Black

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Pattern: Raupe Hat

Needles: US#6 Addi Lace Turbo Circular

Yarn: Berroco Alpaca Light in Steel Cut Oats & Dark Chocolate

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Turn a Square Beanie

August 17, 2011

I love Jared Flood’s patterns and so I added this men’s hat to my Christmas knitting.  I’ve made this for one of my nephews.  I love this little hat. The decreases at the top are really nice.

I used some Ecolana that I had left over from these fingerless mittens.  The yarn matched nicely with the brown Shepherd’s Wool.  Shepherd’s Wool is made right here in Michigan.  I love this wool – if you’ve never used it, it’s worth buying some.  It’s a worsted that incredible soft and knits up so nicely and comes in a lot of colors.

The hat was just a tad too large, so I picked up stitches and added a lining with the Shepherd’s Wool.  It made the hat fit perfectly and just made the hat a little nicer  and extra warm – linings are so nice.

Pattern:  Turn a Square
Yarn:  Ecolana Natural and Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool in Brown
Needles:  US#7, circular
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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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Brooklyn Tweed’s Men’s Striped Hat

April 14, 2011

It’s a little busy around here today. I’ve got workmen in my house, going in and out constantly, because we’re remodeling a couple of bathrooms.  I’m also setting up for a cooking lesson I’m giving tonight, where I’m going to teach how to make fresh pasta with a roasted pepper sauce.

But I have to get in a little knitting, somewhere, right?  I’m continuing work on this little project, which I’ll write about later:

But I do have an FO to show you. Continuing on with my Christmas knitting, I’ve just finished this men’s hat from Brooklyn Tweed – a Jared Flood design. It’s a very simple hat and a quick knit.  You use two yarns, a solid and a self striping yarn and alternate them.  The hat can look so different, depending on the striping yarn you use.

I think the four decreases at the top are interesting.

I knit this using the Magic Loop method.  The Shibui striping yarn was pooling as I was knitting it and I didn’t want every stripe to look the same.  So every couple of rows, I would cut it and the next stripe I would begin striping it from the other end of the yarn ball.

Pattern: Turn a Square from Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Shibui  Merino Worsted in Sand #51304 and
Cascade 220 Superwash in Walnut
Needle: US #6 and #7, Circular
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Nola Slippers

April 2, 2011

I just finished knitting these slippers on the plane on our way to Utah.  The guys will be skiing, but my bad knees and I will be having our own fun off the hill. I will be driving into Salt Lake City one day to hang out at Blazing Needles and then I am excited to be meeting up with my food blogger friend, Maria, from Two Peas and Their Pod for lunch one day.

I read a post where Adrian Bizilia, one of my favorite knitting designers, wrote about these slippers and I wanted to make some. I thought they were so cute. They are written for a man’s size so I thought I would go ahead and knit a pair for one of the men in my family (Barry has claimed them) and see how they measured out.  I could then adapt them later to make a pair for myself, possibly.

The pattern calls for these to be knitted in a worsted weight, held double, which is what I did (although I saw a few people on Ravelry knit these with bulky weight yarn, single).  I used Ecolana, a beautiful alpaca/wool blend from AslanTrends.  I did change the pattern a little – I did stockinette stitch on the top, the tongue part, instead of garter stitch.  I just thought it looked nicer.

The slippers are knit flat, on a circular needle, in one piece and then sewn up at the end to make the slipper.  I used kitchener stitch on the bottom to knit up the sole and that created a nice flat seam that is comfortable.

 

They were so fun and a very quick knit. It was fun to use #9 needles with big yarn after all the fingering weight yarns I’ve been using and tiny needles. I can see in the future if I knit these again it would be fun to knit the tongue in a completely different color – I’m definitely going to do that!  Maybe even a variegated yarn. Oooh…. the possibilities.

Pattern: Nola’s Slippers
Yarn: Ecolana by AslanTrends
Needle: US#9 Circular
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This is what I’m doing in the condo while the guys are skiing and I am a very happy camper.

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