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Pattern Notes

I’m not even bothering to try to catch up on life at this point but I do have some pattern notes.

I made another slouchy hat in an aran weight yarn (Caron Simply Soft Paints) and I’ll be writing that up in the next few days.
Aran Slouchy Hat

I also worked up a pair of mittens for ChaosGirl (who is now hugenormous and reading everything – especially Junie B Jones books).

Twisty Mittens

I hope to get these written up too along with an adult size.

We’ll see.

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I’m published!

A Hat in Time by Steffi Bach for Save the Children

A Hat in Time is brimming with 37 hat patterns to knit and crochet, ranging from the simple to the complex, the traditional to the hip, the cozy to the cute. It was inspired by the generosity of campaigners who knitted hats for the now closed Knit One Save One Campaign. The book celebrates 90 years of Save the Children’s work for children and is sold in aid of the independent international children’s charity. All patterns were donated for this publication by their designers and all profits made from this book will go towards Save the Children’s vital work.


Steffi emailed me a couple of months ago on Ravelry and asked if she could include the Irish Hiking Hat and now an updated version of the hat pattern is in there!  Squee!

It supports a great cause and there are some seriously cute hats in there.  It’s on Lulu currently for purchase as a download but there are plans to also do a printed version.

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Another Slouchy Hat

I know I’m late to the slouchy hat party. I’ve been looking for a pattern that looked a certain way and I just couldn’t find it. Something slouchy, but not too slouchy. Something with texture but not too complicated. Something that didn’t look totally stupid on me but yet kept my ears warm.

Could. not. find. anything.

So I made up one.

I present to you: Another Slouchy Hat
Slouchy Hat

finished hat

Slouchy Hat

If you would like your own slouchy hat, please try the pattern: Another Slouchy Hat Pattern

And feel free to post comments and questions here or on Ravelry.

Enjoy and stay warm out there!

UPDATE: It seems that the video I referred to in the comments for M1P is gone. Here is another video by Flow Design Studio showing the stitch. It’s kind of like a purled version of kfb.

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A prototype

mitts1

It the time of year for mitts and having a reasonable amount of Paton’s Merino left over from Mittens for Akkol socks I knit these up last week.  I’m considering writing up a pattern for them after I make another pair. These are plain tube-style mitts and I want to try again adding a few stitches for the thumb gusset.

Now if it were only cool enough to wear them :-/

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PSA Friday

Someone reached the blog yesterday with the query “how to fpdc bpdc”.  I’d like to give a plug to the video tutorials over at NexStitch as they are really great for stitch technique.  Annie’s Attic also has some nice diagrams and a few videos of different stitches.

Annie’s Attic Video -> fpdc and bpdc

Nexstitch -> fpdc and bpdc

If you’re using these to make the Crocheted Crown or Crocheted Crown Ear Warmer let me know how it goes and if you have suggestions to make the pattern better.

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Now that it has been gifted you get pictures.
worsted-hat
This is a worsted version of the Irish Hiking Hat pattern. It used about 2/3 of a skein of Wool-Ease. I only used one set of decreases instead of adding a second set like I did on the bulky version. It makes the top point but it flattens out just fine when you have it on.
ihh2
I also doubled the cabled band for extra ear warmth. That’s an extra layer of reverse stockinette all around the inside of the hat.

ihhinside

Download the Pattern in pdf format
Updated 11/30

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A crown for the princess

Her Highness, Princess ChaosGirl commissioned the creation of a new royal crown. If you would like to make one for your little princess or prince here is the pattern. You’re basically working a ripple on top of a straight bit of ribbing.

The first one is crown-shaped ear warmer (think Calorimetry). It’s great for when she doesn’t want to wear a hat but needs something to keep her ears from freezing. The second one is a traditional play crown.


Crocheted Crown Ear Warmer

purple-crown

Materials:

  • A small amount of worsted weight yarn (I used Wool-Ease for warmth)
  • A small amount of lame craft cord
  • I/9 (5.5 mm) hook or size appropriate for your yarn

Special Stitches:

  • Dc foundation stitch – This starts out with a double crochet foundation stitch. If you do not know how to do a foundation stitch instead of a chain stitch please read this tutorial. If you start with a plain chain it may not stretch enough. ADDED: Here’s a photo tutorial of sc foundation stitch in case the first site doesn’t help enough.
  • Decrease stitch – Insert hook through first sc and pull up loop. Insert hook through second sc and pull up loop. YO and pull through both loops.

Row 1: Dc foundation stitch until it is around 1/2″ shorter than the circumference of the child’s head. Make sure you have an even number of stitches. Join to form a circle. Chain 3 (this counts as your first bpdc).
Row 2: Alternate fpdc and bpdc around the circle. Join with slip stitch to third chain. Chain 3.
Row 3: Fpdc in fpdc in row 2 and bpdc in bpdc in row 2 around. Join with slip stitch to third chain. Chain 1.
Row 4: Work the following pattern around the circle: *Sc, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sc, sc* until you do not have enough space to do a complete repeat. Single crochet across to the beginning of the round. Join with a slip stitch into first sc. Chain 1.
Row 5: Work the following pattern around the circle: *decrease stitch, hdc, 3 hdc in dc, hdc, decrease stitch, sc* until you reach the end of the pattern. Work sc in all remaining sc. Join with a slip stitch into first sc. Chain 1.
Row 6: Repeat Row 5
Row 7: Work the following pattern around the circle: *decrease stitch, hdc, (hdc, dc, hdc) in dc, hdc, decrease stitch, sc* until you reach the end of the pattern. Work sc in all remaining sc. Join with a slip stitch into first sc. Tie off and weave in ends.
Row 8: Join craft cord and work sl st around the top of the crown. Tie off and weave in ends.


Crocheted Play Crown

crown2

Materials:

  • A small amount of worsted weight yarn ( I used a baby boucle)
  • A small amount of lame craft cord
  • I/9 (5.5 mm) hook or size appropriate for your yarn and a larger hook that will handle both your yarn and your craft cord held together ( I used an L/11 (8.0 mm))

Special Stitches:

  • Dc foundation stitch – This starts out with a double crochet foundation stitch. If you do not know how to do a foundation stitch instead of a chain stitch please read this tutorial. If you start with a plain chain it may not stretch enough. ADDED: Here’s a photo tutorial of sc foundation stitch in case the first site doesn’t help enough.
  • Decrease stitch – Insert hook through first sc and pull up loop. Insert hook through second sc and pull up loop. YO and pull through both loops.

Row 1: Dc foundation stitch until it is the circumference of the child’s head. Make sure you have an even number of stitches. Join to form a circle. Chain 3 (this counts as your first bpdc).
Row 2: Alternate fpdc and bpdc around the circle. Join with slip stitch to third chain. Chain 1.
Row 3: Work the following pattern around the circle: *Sc, sc, hdc, dc, tc, dc, hdc, sc, sc, sc* until you do not have enough space to do a complete repeat. Single crochet across to the beginning of the round. Join with a slip stitch into first sc. Chain 1.
Row 4: Work the following pattern around the circle: *decrease stitch, hdc, dc, 3 dc in tc, dc, hdc, decrease stitch, sc* until you reach the end of the pattern. Work sc in all remaining sc. Join with a slip stitch into first sc. Chain 1.
Row 5: Repeat Row 4 putting 3 dc in the center dc at the top of each crown point.
Row 6: Repeat Row 5
Row 7: Switch to larger hook. Join craft cord and work sc around the top of the crown holding yarn and cord together. Do 2 sc in the top of each point. Tie off and weave in ends.

Feel free to add an appropriate royal emblem on the front 🙂

Disclaimer: The yellow crown fits me. If you get more than 7 points at the top of this I’d recommend trying it on the child to make sure it fits.


Comments or questions? Please leave a comment. Thanks!

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