Aug 16, 2010

Black Diamonds Hat


Love to ski the winter away? This hat will show off your love of the hardest hills, while keeping you warm as you head to the chalet.

MATERIALS NEEDED

* One set size 6 16" circular needles
* One set size 8 16" circular needles
* One set size 8 DPNs
* One skein Paton's Classic Wool color A (I used dark grey)
* One skein Paton's Classic Wool color B (I used black)
* Darning needle

GAUGE

20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

SIZES

Small (medium, large) — 8 (9, 10) inches long.

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Aug 2, 2010

Purke Hat


In mid-June, amidst the excitement of the College World Series, I became captivated by the TCU Horned Frogs and their freshman pitcher. After watching them almost make it into the finals, I couldn't help but name this hat pattern - one I worked on in the stands during the game, even - after Purke. Knit with worsted weight yarn, this hat is available sized from small toddler up through adults. And with the simple cabling design to break up the stockinette, it's perfect knitting for road trips, charity, and last-minute gifts.

MATERIALS NEEDED

size 8 16” circular needles
size 8 DPNs
Stitch Nation Alpaca Love yarn
Tapestry yarn

SIZES

x-small (small, medium, large) = 15 (17, 19, 21) inches
this hat will fit from a young toddler through to an adult.

GAUGE

4.5 x 6 stitches per inch.

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Jul 19, 2010

Red Velvet Hat


Red Velvet is a hat that can be worn by men or women throughout the year. The hat features cables that cover the hat from brim through the decreases, and looks good in wool or acrylics.

YARN 

One skein I Love This Wool! solids (93% wool, 7% nylon; 219 yds / 200 meters per 100 grams)

NEEDLES 

US 8 / 5.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 10 / 6.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 10 / 6.00 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS 

Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker
Cabling Needle

GAUGE 

20 sts x 28 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES 

one size fits most adults

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Jul 3, 2010

Boys Town Beanie


After hearing the Boys Town football team head coach speak at a work function, I was inspired to knit a hat for each member of their high school varsity squad. Needing a simple pattern that would work well for a variety of teenage boys, and without the benefit of sizes on hand, I came up with a super stretchy hat that should fit just about anyone's head.

This is a one-size beanie — it fits my head about as well as it fits my husband's. Made this way on purpose, you can give it to a wide range of people and ensure it will fit.

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • One size US 9 / 5.5 mm circular needle, 16"
  • One set US 9 / 5.5 mm DPNs
  • One skein Red Heart Super Saver Solids {100% acrylic; 364yds/333m per 198g} for main color (MC)
  • Five yards Red Heart Super Saver Solids {100% acrylic; 364yds/333m per 198g for contrasting color (CC)
  • Darning needle

GAUGE

17 stitches = 4"

SIZES

child (adult)

ABBREVIATIONS

CC = contrasting color
CO = cast on
K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
MC = main color
P = purl
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together
Sts = stitches

DIRECTIONS

With CC, cast on 76 {96} stitches. Join for working in the round.

Rows 1 - 3: With CC, k2 p2. Repeat around hat.

Row 4: Switch to MC. K2, p2. Repeat around hat.

Repeat k2, p2 ribbing with MC until hat measures 7 {10} inches from cast on edge.

SHAPE CROWN

Row 1: k2tog, p2. Repeat around hat.

Row 2: k1, p2. Repeat around hat.

Row 3: k1, p2tog. Repeat around hat.

Row 4: k1, p1. Repeat around hat.

Row 5: K2tog. Repeat around hat.

Row 6: Knit all stitches.

Row 7: K2tog. Repeat around.

FINISHING

Break yarn, leaving a 10” tail. Weave through stitches on needles, and bind off. Weave in all ends.

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Jun 21, 2010

Three Season Mitts


Today I proudly present to you the 2.0 version of my very first e-book – Three Season Mitts!

The book is available for download immediately for just $8 – a steal for six unique mitts patterns perfect for gifting this fall and holiday season!

Book Features

  • six unique patterns for fingerless mitts
  • all mitts are perfect for beginner knitters
  • clear instructions and charts
  • all patterns are available for individual purchase and download!
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Mar 9, 2010

Vancouver Hat



Modeled after the hats the commentators wore during the 2008 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, this hat is the perfect basic for any wardrobe.

** NOTE: Hat is knit inside out to minimize purl stitching. Once hat is finished, turn inside-out for the same look as pattern picture.

YARN 

100 – 130 yards Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 197 yards/180 meters per 85 grams)

NEEDLES 

US 8 / 5.0 mm 16" circular needle
US 8 / 5.0 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS 

One stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE 

18 sts x 24 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES 

baby (toddler, child, adult) = 14 (16, 18, 20)” circumference, un-stretched.

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Mar 5, 2010

Oma-Hat


In celebration of reaching the halfway point for my One Hundred Hats challenge, I wrote up this quick hat pattern. Here in Omaha, we refer to our city as “The Big O” and our city symbol is a giant red letter O. It was a no-brainer for me to turn this symbol into a pattern that could represent our city with pride!

MATERIALS:

One skein Patons Classic Wool in white
Remnant of Patons Classic Wool in contrasting color (I've used red)
One set size US 8 / 5.00 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
One set size US 8 / 5.00 mm bamboo DPNs
Darning needle
four stitch markers, one in a contrasting color

GAUGE:

20 sts x 26 rows = 4” in stockinette

ABBREVIATIONS

BO = bind off
CO = cast on
K = knit
K2Tog = knit two stitches together
MC = main color
P = purl
PM = place marker
SC = secondary color
SSK = slip, slip, knit
STS = stitches

CHART







DIRECTIONS

Using size 8 needles and MC, CO 84 sts.
Work in 2x2 ribbing for 2”.

Knit in stockinette stitch for five rows.

Work chart in the round one time.

Working with MC, knit until hat measures 5” from edge of ribbing.

Set up for decreases as follows:
Knit 21, pm, knit 21, pm, knit 21, pm, knit 21.

DECREASES

Row 1: * k2tog, knit to 2 before marker, ssk* (repeat around)
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit all stitches.

Repeat these two rows until there are 13 stitches between markers. Then repeat row 2 only until there are 3 stitches between markers, switching to DPNs when needed.

FINISHING
Break yarn, leaving a 12” tail, and bind off all stitches.
Weave in all ends.
Fold up brim and rock your Big O Hat!

Feb 1, 2010

Helping Haiti Donations

Just wanted to pop in this morning to let you all know that I just sent $100 to the Doctors Without Borders emergency fund, thanks to all the amazing donations via hat pattern purchases! I know that some knitters have been able to send more, and some have sent less. But the combined efforts will hopefully help change the face of Haiti over the course of the next few years, and I'm proud to be part of it.

I'll continue to donate 100% of Helping Haiti hat pattern purchases, as well as 50% of all other pattern purchases through the end of the month, and then will make another donation. After that, because I love giving so much, I'll be announcing a new donation campaign, as well as sharing a few new patterns. Later today, I'll post up some new hat photos!

Jan 20, 2010

Rain Down



While watching football with my brother over Thanksgiving, we were laughing over the newest NFL skull caps that had been handed out. While some of the team colors looked horrid, at best they looked like the top color was “raining down” into the lower color. And with that, the Rain Down Hat was born!

MATERIALS:

  • One skein Patons Classic Wool in red
  • Remnant of Patons Classic Wool in grey
  • One set size US 6 / 4.00 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
  • One set size US 7 / 4.50 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
  • One set size US 7 / 4.50 mm bamboo DPNs
  • Darning needle

SIZES:

Small, medium, large (8, 9, 10 inches from brim)

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Jan 18, 2010

Helping Haiti Hat Pattern


With all the struggles in Haiti, it can seem overwhelming to find a way to connect, to give help. Being a knitter, my first thought is always to knit something, but Haiti is a tropical enough country that woolens aren’t needed. What is needed is a long list of medicines, food, water, and supplies for shelters.

But because I’m a knitter, I wanted to come up with a small way to encourage other knitters to give. We knitters are a tremendously generous bunch, so I knew it wouldn’t take much – enter the Helping Haiti Hat Pattern.

This pattern, perfect for anyone who is ready to knit on circulars and is willing to test out their cabling skills (read: even a beginner can tackle this hat without much trouble!), is available for free to anyone who has donated money to help out the relief efforts in Haiti.

NOTE: For several years, I have sold this hat to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. I am now offering it up for free.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm circs 
  • One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm dpns
  •  One skein Paton’s Classic Wool in red 
  • One skein Paton's Classic Wool in blue 
  • Darning needle 
  • Three stitch markers in color A
  • One stitch marker in color B

GAUGE:

4.5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch in stockinette

SIZES:

One size fits most.

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