Sunday, September 10, 2017

WIP Bright Pagosa Springs Scarf

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I'm back today with another Work In Progress. I have had two skeins of this lovely colorway yarn for a couple of years and decided I'd take it camping with me this past long weekend. I also brought Dayna Scoles Pagosa Springs Scarf pattern, which I bought from her Etsy store quite awhile ago. This is my third or fourth Pagosa Springs Scarf!

The colours are so pretty - and I love her 'Rivulet Stitch'. It looks different depending on what yarn you use. It's more open and lacy if you use a fine yarn, but the stitch is more pronounced if you use a heavier one.

Rather than post a direct link to the Pagosa Springs Scarf pattern, HERE is the link to her Etsy store. If you are interested in loom knit patterns, you will want to check out her entire store and not just this one.

I'm just over half way done this one, having started the decreases already. This is another pattern that works up fairly quickly and once you find your groove, it's quite zen-like to work on.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Finished Brioche Stitch Hat for Ethan

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I finished Ethan's hat, and he is very happy with it. I am in love with this Brioche Stitch - it's different than anything I've done before and works up quickly to boot.

I did have trouble following the stitch sequence on the solid colour only (brim), but I think if I use stitch markers the next time it will help.

I was on a roll, and all of a sudden I realized the hat was probably going to be too long. So I continued to make it a little deeper, because when you roll the brim up it fits him perfectly. And it will keep his ears warmer too.

Even the inside of the hat looks so cool with this stitch!

The hat is very thick and warm - the blue yarn I used was a #5. The variegated yarn is thin, so I used the Navajo method of using three strands of a single yarn ball to bulk it up the same as the #5. There also isn't a lot of stretch in this hat! If I'd used just the #5 yarn and the same green Knifty Knitter Loom I expect the hat would have been far too loose for a 5 year old.

The hat also fit Zachary, so I think I will start another one for him ... he has requested green and black please.  I think I may have to go yarn shopping!

You can find the pattern HERE. I'm so grateful for Tuteate's willingness to share her talents with us!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ethan's Winter Hat 2017

We have been doing some camping, and since we are 'off the grid' there, I wanted to bring something to DO while the rest of the family is off doing hiking etc. I can't join them because of my RA but I don't want to stay home, either.

I thought I'd bring along some loom knitting, as I can sit outside and enjoy the fresh air & sunshine - while still accomplishing something. It will be time for winter hats soon - so I thought I'd start with Ethan's. He is always the most appreciative of my knitting, and loves that I will make him a BLUE hat. Ethan (age 4) loves blue.

I saw this amazing Brioche Stitch Hat on Pinterest, which took me to Tuteate's YouTube channel. I often say "God Bless the people on YouTube who share their talents with the rest of us" and this is certainly one of those times. I'm loving this Brioche stitch and the hat is working up quickly. I will post the link below.

Here is the start of Ethan's hat:

I'm not crazy about the cast-on edge, I think I will do a crochet cast-on with the next one, but since I like to do a single crochet border around the brim of my hats anyhow, this one will be fine.

Click HERE to see the tutorial.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Alma's Winter Hat

Good morning!

Well little Alma is growing, as healthy newborns should do - and she was ready for the next size up hat.

I used the same yarn combo as in the previous post - it's just further down the variegated portion of the yarn.

Instead of the 'Hurdle Stitch' that I've been using lately, I did a different stitch sequence. It doesn't show up really well on such a tiny hat but I will try it the next time I'm going to make a hat.

It's a two row sequence ... "E-wrap two pegs, then Purl one peg" all the way around. I used a 36 peg CinDWood loom, so with the even number of pegs the above sequence brought me back to where I started. The second row is "Purl 1 peg, then E-wrap two pegs" all the way around. You could play with this too, E-wrapping 3 pegs instead of two. If you chose to try this with an odd-numbered loom you will have to figure out a different sequence on the second row so the stitches move the same.

And here she is ... all 6 lbs 3 oz of her.  Love.

The whole family met for breakfast last weekend, and Olivia saw Alma's hat and she was amazed that it looked just like hers minus the crochet flower.

I don't have any real knitting needs right now, so putting the looms away until the New Year. I think Kelsey might be using Ilai's blue and green stroller blanket for Alma, so if she would like one with some PINK I'll loom knit Alma one. I think Kelsey might be getting overwhelmed by the amount of pink in the baby clothes though, so that's why I'll ask first.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tiny Hat for Alma

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Look at this - 2 posts in one week! I'm back today with another hat, this one for the newest member of our family, Alma. Alma was 2 weeks early and she's just tiny ... 6 lbs of tiny. Winter has hit here with a vengeance and this Gramma wanted her newest Granddaughter to have a new hat.

I used a 29 peg CinDWood loom, and it turned out so sweet - but awfully tiny.

Like Olivia's hat last year, this one uses two strands as one - with a variegated yarn and a baby pink one. Yes, it's the same hat as in the above photo - just in a different position on the bench that I was using to take the photos.

See what I mean about tiny?

But - it fits her! I'm sure she will be growing like a weed soon, so I will start on the next size up for her ... but if they have to take her out at all in this dreadful cold, she will have a hat to keep her warm.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ethan's Winter Hat 2016

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Ethan let me know his winter hat was too small, so when he came for a sleepover we went through my yarn stash. Ethan likes blue. Just blue. I didn't think I had any solid blue, and at that point getting shopping with my painful knees was out of the question. I was going to talk him into a blue/brown variegated when we spotted this teal in the bin.

Ha - close enough to just BLUE to make him happy so I got to work. Then we went to Arizona for a couple of weeks, where I had a health his-cup and needed to recover when we got home. But the c-c-c-cold was forecasted to hit today so I got his hat finished and to him yesterday.

When it was finished, I did a row of single crochet around the brim. For some reason I decided to do a rib stitch brim even though I'm rarely happy with them. Of course that makes it a little too stretchy for his head - bah. Maybe when we babysit next week I can take out the single crochet row and add another one skipping a stitch every so often to tighten it up a little.

I did the same stitch I've been doing on my hats, I think it's called the Hurdle Stitch.  It's a 4 row pattern, Rows 1 and 2 are knit (I e-wrap) across, Rows 3 & 4 are Knit 1 (I e-wrap) Purl 1 across.

The top was gathered neatly using Jeannie Phillip's cast off ... you can search YouTube for that video. I've done it enough times that I don't have to go hunting for it to see how she does it - but it's brilliant and makes such a nice flat top.

I used a 51 peg CinDWood loom and Bernat Chunky in teal.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Ethan's Hat

Good morning friends

Today for Finished Friday, I'm sharing the hat I made for Ethan.

I used the green Knifty Knitter (36 peg loom) and three strands of Bernat Softee Babee held as one. I used the Navajo method to do this easily, and needed the bulk because of using the larger gauge loom. Actually I made Ethan's hat before Olivia's and wasn't overly happy with the bulk of it when it was done. That's why I switched to the CinDWood loom for Olivia's hat (posted last week).

I used what I think is called the Hurdle Stitch, which is Rows 1 and 2 (Knit - I used the Ewrap stitch), Rows 3 & 4 (Knit 1 Purl 1 across). You can see below where I goofed up but I decided it actually looked kind of neat so I left it as is. If anyone knows who created this stitch sequence, please leave me a comment and I will edit the post to give them proper credit.

Jeannie Philips cast off method (search YouTube) is my favourite for hats, so I did it here to reduce the bulk on the crown.

Here are the kids on our front porch with their new hats!  (Zachary got one too, but he isn't in the photo. I'll post his hat another day.)  I decided Ethan's should be a bit longer, so I ended up doing a row of double crochet around the brim for him.

Me:  "Ethan - do you like your new hat?"

Ethan:  "YES!"

Me:  "Why do you like your new hat?"

Ethan:  "Because it's BLUE!!!".

Love that kid.  :-)

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