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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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

Good morning friends

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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