Simple Slouch Knit Along // Binding Off and Weaving In Ends

March 4, 2015
Now that your decreases are done, you're ready to bind off your stitches and then weave in the ends. Binding off a hat is easier than almost all other garments, because you're not actually binding off anything at all, really. You're simply tying the end off by pulling the live stitches tightly together.

You'll want to cut your yarn, leaving at least a 12" tail. This way you'll have plenty of yarn for transferring all your stitches off the needle, and for weaving in your ends. Then you simply thread your yarn end through your needle and begin taking the stitches off, one at a time, in the same direction you've been knitting. Rather than knit the stitch from left needle to right, however, you're simply moving the stitch off the left needle and onto your darning needle, as seen above.

Once all your stitches are off the circular needle and on your piece of yarn, your hat will look like this.

To close the top of your hat, simply pull the yarn on the darning needle, tightening up the hole almost completely. Before it's too tight, however, slip your darning needle and yarn through the hole, and turn the hat inside out.

With your hat turned inside out, run your darning needle through the stitches one more time, to tighten up the hole just a bit more and give it a bit more stability.


Finally, you'll tie a knot in your yarn (I KNOW!!! A KNOT!) and pull tight.
 To weave in the end at the top of the hat, simply work your darning needle up and down through one stitch after another, moving around in a circle a row or two below the knot you tied.

To weave in the end at the brim of the hat, you'll need to do a few extra steps.

First, you'll thread the yarn end through your darning needle.

Second, slip the darning needle through the bump of the first cast on stitch - it will be a bit of a bigger bump than the other stitches because it was your slip knot.

Third, re-insert the darning needle, from front of the hat to the back, through the stitch the tail originally came out of. This will close any little gap between that first and last cast on stitch (as seen in 4 above), and will put your yarn back on the inside of the hat.

Then simply weave in this end as you did for the top end in the hat.

Once both ends are woven in - I like to weave the ends for at least a few inches, to keep them secure - simply cut both ends and turn your right-side out, so it's ready to wear!

Early next week I'll be sharing my finished hat photos! Be sure to ask any questions you may have in the comments, and don't forget to hashtag your projects #simpleslouchKAL on Instagram!

WHILE KNITTING | VOLUME V

March 3, 2015
Knitting doesn't happen in a vacuum here in SMH-land. Instead, I'm always reading something (thanks to my Kindle) or watching something (thanks to Netflix). Here's a short list of what I've been reading and watching lately.

READING
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber. My friend Kelli read this recently-ish, and I loved her review and immediately picked up a copy for myself. The book didn't disappoint, if you're into religious biography. Which I am.

Montessori Inspired Activities for Pre-Schoolers: Home projects for 2 - 6 year olds by Jo Ebisujima. Since we're all home together full time right now, I want to be doing more intentional schooling with Owen, and eventually Lou. This book has given me some great ideas, and even though it says Montessori, the activities don't require any special materials (which Montessori sometimes does). Which is nice, because we're strictly a markers and blank paper kind of crafty family.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Re-reading this one, because this winter I am in need of the spiritual jolt this book offered me the first time I read it. Thankfully, I am feeling it again already, reminded as I am to find beauty and love in every aspect of my life. I don't know what it is about winter (the cold, the snow, the freezing down to my bones ...), but I seem to always forget to look for beauty and love. 

WATCHING
House of Cards, season 3.

The Blacklist: Season 1. I keep thinking I'm not going to watch another episode of this show, thanks to the crazy amount of violence happening in every episode, but then I find myself queuing up another one on Netflix while I knit away. I feel like I know a few of the more spoilery plot points already, and I'm waiting for those to be revealed before I decide if I truly loathe the show or if I actually like it and am just embarrassed that I like a  show with this crazy level of violence. I guess it's not a crazy level of violence, but for a non-cable show? I'm consistently surprised at how graphic it is.

Note: Links are Amazon Affiliate links. When you click on one, if you end up purchasing something from Amazon I'll receive a small commission. I use that money to buy young adult fiction books I'm starting to collect for my future classroom library! Plus, I'll share them in future posts.

Simple Slouch Knit Along // Decreases

March 2, 2015
Now that you've knit your hat to the length you'd like, it's time to start our decreases! Before you get started on your decreases, however, be sure to measure your hat to make sure it's the right length.

Because the bottom edge of the hat rolls up for the first few rows, to measure your hat you'll need to hold it down as flat as you can while measuring. It will feel a bit awkward, and the hat might bulk up underneath where you're measuring, but you'll want to be sure your hat is long enough. The decreases only hapen over one or two rows, so if the hat isn't long enough it'll fit more like a beanie, with a bumpy top.

The Simple Slouch Hat uses a K2TOG decrease, which means "knit two together". To do this, you simply insert your right needle into the next two stitches on the left needle, rather than just one stitch.

Then simply knit the two stitches as though they were one stitch - wrap the working yarn around the right-hand needle,

Lift the left needle up and over the right needle, carrying both stitches with you as you go,

And finally, you drop both stitches off your left-hand needle, leaving just one stitch on the right needle instead of two.

After you've worked an entire row in this manner, you'll have half the stitches on your needles, as seen above.

You will continue decreasing along the second row, until you can no longer comfortably decrease stitches. For my hat, this meant only decreasing for about half of the row, rather than decreasing for a full second row. If you're comfortable squeaking out more stitches, then do so!



Above is a video showing the K2TOG stitch from Knit Picks.

Wednesday we'll talk binding off the top of the hat, and weaving in your ends! Be sure to ask any questions you may have in the comments, and don't forget to hashtag your projects #simpleslouchKAL on Instagram!

GIVEAWAY || OTTERBURN PQ

February 27, 2015
I'm super excited about today's giveaway - one lucky reader will win this Otterburn PQ small knitting bag! I've got three of these bag (two small ones like the photo, and one large bag) and I use them for my current hats in progress.

The small one is the perfect size for one skein of yarn, which is all I need for my hat projects. I toss my current hat in progress into the bag yarn-first, and then I can knit along on my hat while we play trains, head out to grandma's house (when I'm not driving), and just about anywhere else! The bags keep my yarn on-hand while also keeping it out of the way, so I don't have to worry about the yarn being dragged around the house for spider web making (true story).

Thanks to Jesabelle, one lucky reader can win a small striped Otterburn PQ bag of their very own! Simply comment to this post, sharing what project might find its way into your bag first, and I'll pick a winner next Friday!

Queen Of Hearts Hat Pattern

February 26, 2015


I may be a bit late for Valentine's Day this year with this pattern, but it's just too cute not to share anyhow! Perfect for those new to color work, you'll only work the contrasting color for a few rows, giving you just enough practice with two strands before you start to get so frustrated you just want to quit!

YARN 

50-120 yards worsted weight acrylic for MC.
20 yards worsted weight acrylic for CC.

Note: Any big box craft store worsted weight acrylic will work for this hat.
Some suggestions include Vanna’s Choice, Loops & Threads Impeccable, and Bernat Super Value.

NEEDLES 

US 9 / 5.5 mm 16” circular needle
US 9 / 5.5 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS 

Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker

GAUGE 

16 sts x 20 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES 

newborn (baby, toddler, child, adult)
12 (14, 16, 18, 20)” circumference unstretched.

Hat will stretch up to 3” to fit a wide variety of heads.

ABBREVIATIONS 

BO = bind off
CC = contrasting color
CO = cast on
DRnd = decrease round
K = knit
K2Tog = knit two sts together
MC = main color
P = purl
P2Tog = purl two sts together
RND = round
STS = stitches

DIRECTIONS 

With MC, CO 48 (56, 64, 72, 80) sts.
Join for working in the round.
Knit in 2x2 rib for 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) rows.

Knit one row.













Work the above chart around the hat one time for all sizes.
With MC, K all sts to 3.5 (4, 5, 6, 7)”.

DECREASES 

BEGIN ADULT DECREASES HERE
DRnd 1: (K8, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 2: K all sts.

BEGIN CHILD DECREASES HERE.
DRnd 3: (K7 K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 4: K all sts.

BEGIN TODDLER DECREASES HERE
DRnd 5: (K6, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 6: K all sts.

BEGIN BABY DECREASES HERE
DRnd 7: (K5, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 8: K all sts.

BEGIN NEWBORN DECREASES HERE
DRnd 9: (K4, K2OG). Repeat around.
DRnd 10: K all sts.
DRnd 11: (K3, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 12: K all sts.
DRnd 13: (K2, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 14: K all sts.
DRnd 15: (K1, K2TOG). Repeat around.
DRnd 16: K all sts.
DRnd 17: K2TOG around.

FINISHING 

Break yarn, leaving a long tail.
Using darning needle, transfer all sts from knitting needle to yarn.
Pull tight, closing top of hat.
Turn hat inside out, weave yarn through sts one more time, knot (if desired) and weave in ends.
Turn hat right side out, and wear happily!

SHARE 

I’d love to see your finished hats! Tag your projects #shemakeshats on Instagram to share!

Photos used with permission from Adalia Eden Photographie.

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