hat


I was flicking through a magazine recently and I came across this really amazing jacket made with a geometric print fabric. The print was so cool that I just had to attempt to recreate it and so I created my first ever knitting chart using Excel (there are loads of tutorials on the internet). I’m so pleased with how it turned out and I’ve already knitted up a swatch for it using some leftover acrylic yarn. I think that I’ll use the print for a pillow or something like that.

And for anyone wanting to use the pattern, I converted it into pdf format for you to download.

Geometric print chart

And in crocheting news, I made the Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat from Crafty Pants which I had been wanting to make for ages. I didn’t realise that the top was just plain double crochet from looking at the photos on Ravelry but it’s a really pretty hat and it’s very easy to make too. I added an extra row of puff stitches to make the hat a little more slouchy and I like how it turned out. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in a cream colour (it might be Fisherman) with a J hook(6mm).

I haven’t posted on here for over three months. Whoops. I haven’t been doing much knitting as I’ve been travelling a lot so I really wasn’t able to do much. As soon as I got back home though, I immediately cast on several new projects and now I have a lot of WIPs.

First up is an FO. ‘Le Slouch’ by Knit and Tonic is a really simple pattern for a great-looking hat. I used the tubular cast-on for this hat and I really need some practice with it because it didn’t turn out to be stretchy but it looks really good. I made the moss stitch version of the hat and I really recommend the pattern. The yarn is Bernat Shine in Crimson leftover from a scarf I made last year. Unfortunately, I only have one side picture of it but it’s a really basic slouchy hat so I’m sure you get the idea.

The Star Crossed Slouchy Beret (ravelry link) is a great pattern and I love my new hat! It’s an extremely slouchy hat with pretty random cables and I absolutely love it. I just love slouchy hats. The needles are 8mm (US 11) so it knits up really quickly as well, always a bonus! I knitted it up with Diamond Luxury Alpaca Peru, which is really, really amazing yarn – it’s so soft and so so warm. The colour is a very bright teal so I can’t help but think that maybe it would be better suited for a cowl. But for now it’s staying as a lovely hat.

Next up is the 105-9 jacket with lace pattern and raglan sleeve from Drops, which looks very similar to Juliet from Zephyr Style. I begun this a few days ago with Bernat Soy Blend in Seasalt and I’m really happy with the yarn. It’s really soft and smooth, however, there are loads of knots in it. In the first ball of yarn, I had at least three knots and one in the second. It’s a real shame because otherwise it’s very nice. The pattern is simple although it took me a while to understand it as it is my first time reading a pattern set out like that. I’m not sure if I like it enough to wear it so it’s going into hibernation before I decide whether to rip out and do a raglan U-neck cardigan or to carry on.

And finally, I have a project which is probably going to take me a lifetime. It’s a crocheted afghan being made from all my acrylic scraps. I saw this one on Craftster and knew I had to have one. It’s just made of a lot of crocheted hexagons, all joined with black yarn. So far I only have 15 hexagons, so I’m probably only 10% done or something. I’m really enjoying this afghan though and it’s fun to think up all the colour combinations.

The weather is still freezing so I’m holing up inside and knitting constantly. I whipped up a cabled slouchy hat for a friend in just a few hours using the pattern for the Big Blue Beret from 10 Feet High. I changed it slightly so that there are cables on every other panel and I quite like the way it looks. I used Lion brand Wool-Ease in Cream on 5mm circs.

I made a cupcake hat for a friend using the pattern from The Naked Sheep. It’s meant to be for an infant but I knit it as the pattern said but on needles one size larger and it fits my friend’s head although it is a bit tight.

I used some Bernat acrylic yarn in brown for the base and Bernat Satin in pink for the icing, with some red scraps for the cherry. I used size 10 (6mm) circular needles. In retrospect, I should have adjusted the pattern for an adult head because although it fits, it looks a bit weird because the top doesn’t overflow from the base, like a normal cupcake. Also, the difficult thing about this hat is making the nubbles. And there are so many of them! Seriously, at that row, I was ready to give up!

I’ve been pretty busy lately hence the lack of updates but I have been knitting.

First up is the Elizabethtown hat from Little Turtle Knits and I really like it. I made it with Caron Simply Soft in Black on 6mm needles. It’s not very floppy so it would have been nicer in a different yarn. Some people have had trouble with the way the hat turns out but I was happy with the hat although I couldn’t get a good picture of it.

Next up is a dishcloth which I made out of some leftover Bernat Cotton using this pattern. The dishcloth uses the waffle stitch which is really, really easy and comes out looking pretty cool.

And a close-up of the pattern:

I love slouchy hats so when I found this pattern I had to try it out. The first time was over a year ago and it just did not work out but I attempted it again this week and it’s finished! The pattern is at Little Turtle Knits and it’s based on the hat that Mary Jane wears in Spiderman 2. I used Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic) in Country Blue. I think that I should have done another pattern repeat because it’s a bit short and not as slouchy as I’d like. Also, I think the pattern would work better with a bulkier yarn and with a natural yarn so that it can be blocked. At the moment the stitches are pretty uneven and I don’t know if any sort of blocking would even it out seeing as the yarn is acrylic.

I kind of prefer to wear it inside out as well – it just seems to look a bit better. The picture on the left is with the right side out and the picture on the right is inside out.

EDIT: The pattern is no longer at the original url, here is the updated location.