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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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Olivia's Rainbow Hat

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I've made hats for each of the Grandkids, and this is Olivia's. She will tell you she likes Pink and Purple, but I adored the colours in this rainbow yarn and wanted to use it. I knitted the hat with one strand of ICE yarn in Magic Light (a # 3 weight) and one strand of Bernat Softee Baby (a #3 weight)  in baby  pink, which bumped up the pink factor. I held both strands together and knit as one throughout the hat. The loom is a CinDWood 44 peg round loom.

Once again I used what I'm calling the 'Hurdle Stitch'. That is Rows 1 and 2 Ewrap, Rows 3 & 4 Knit 1, Purl 1 across. I started that after doing a garter stitch brim.

I did crochet a little doubled flower, but for some reason didn't take note of where I found the pattern for that. It's possible I just played around with the stitches until I found ones I liked. For the flower though, I only used the ICE yarn to keep it more delicate.

Even though it was warm outside, when I gave the kids their hats, Olivia and Ethan wanted to wear them immediately. We took them down to the ponds behind our house, where they love to throw rocks into the water. A dragonfly must have thought Olivia's hat looked pretty inviting, because a large one landed there! It flew away as soon as I took the photo and we told Olivia about it. She was amazed until we showed her the photo on my iPhone, then she was madly swiping at her head saying 'get if OFF, get it OFF'. :-)  Love that kid.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Baby Hat and Blanket

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Today for Finished Friday I have a baby hat I made for a friend who had a new Grandson. This is actually a stitch sequence I've used for the last few hats I've made and I really like it. I don't know who came up with it, I THINK it's called the Hurdle Stitch but I'm not sure. Please leave me a comment below if you know who to credit the stitch sequence to.

It is a 4 row sequence, rows 1 & 2 are E-wrapped. Rows 3 & 4 are Knit 1, Purl 1 across. Repeat until the hat is deep enough. I used a CinDWood 44 peg hat loom, and used the Navajo method of knitting 3 strands from a single ball of yarn. The the sequence was started after the garter stitch brim was wide enough for my liking.

I love to make a stroller blanket for new babies, so I crochet one to match the hat in my favourite "V Stitch".

And the set all getting packaged up for gift giving.

My friend shared a picture of little Sam wearing his new hat and all snuggled in his car seat with his new blanket - so sweet!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Cream Spiral Hat

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For Finished Friday, I have a cream spiral hat to share.

Now this hat was done a very long time ago - before I kept track of what I was making, what loom I used and what stitches. So I'm afraid I have no pattern or details ... I tended to just wing it when loom knitting my hats. 

Ha, I still just wing it - doing whatever stitch appeals to me at the moment. But now, I'm keeping track in a notebook.

I have a folder full of older loomed projects that have never been posted and I'm going to pull them out and start sharing them.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Finished Lightweight Cowl

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I am so glad I decided to block my cowl - it opened up the stitches and it lays so much nicer. I used an iron and a damp towel to block, in case you are wondering.

It matches the hat (click HERE) perfectly.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Lightweight Cowl is off the loom!

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Today for Finished Friday, I'd like to show you my Lightweight Cowl is off the loom and ready for assembly. I was going to just stitch the ends together, but now I think I will block it first.

I'm happy with how it turned out, and I'm liking the soft colours!

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Lightweight Cowl - a Work In Progress

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I have been busy with my looms, in between having two different sets of out-of-town guests, babysitting our Grandkids, and landscaping. I thought I would post one of my projects this morning, and found this post in the 'drafts' folder! So I think we will start with this one ... a Work In Progress cowl.

I used a 51 peg CinDWood loom with only 35 of the pegs worked.

I wanted a cowl to match my Lightweight Spiral Hat in THIS post.  (Click HERE).

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