Simple Stripes Baby Hat

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice Baby – Pink PoodleLoops & Threads Impeccable – Black

Loops & Threads Impeccable – Soft Rose

Yarn Weight: Worsted
Needles: Size 5 DPN
Measurements:  14″ circumference and 5″ height
Pattern Location: Simple Strips Baby Hat
Time Spent: 4 hours
Dates: 11/3/2011 – 11/6/2011

This is the first baby hat I made for my sister, Cindy.  She will get quite a few for Christmas.  She’s starting a photography business and wants an assortment of baby hats to use as props.  Lucky for her these are usually pretty simple and fast hats that I can throw in between my larger projects.  It also doesn’t use much yarn so she will get quite a few of hats if I have enough time.

The only complaint I have is that I choose acrylic yarns because they are cheaper (so I could get more colors) and easier care which is good for her.  I miss wool.  I love knitting with wool so much more than anything else.  I also prefer knitting with lighter weight so maybe I’m not being fair to the acrylic.

Qbert Hat

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette: Almond (30/50 g ball)Knit Picks Stroll: Merlot Heather (30/50 g ball)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Size 3 DPN
Measurements: 22″ circumference and 8.5″ height
Pattern Location: Raverly Semi-Swedish Hat (modified)
Time Spent: 12 hours
Dates: 10/30/2011 – 11/3/2011

I call this the Qbert hat because every time I see the cube pattern all I can think of is playing Qbert when I was a kid.  This hat is intended for my dad as a Christmas present.  I’ve been having a bit of a love-hate relationship with it.

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Broccus Gloves

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette

  • Iris Heather (30/50 g ball)
  • White (20/50g ball)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Size 1 & 2 DPN
Measurements: 8″ wrist circumference and 10″ wrist to middle finger tip
Pattern Location: Broccus Gloves Pattern
Time Spent: 30 hours
Dates: 10/20/2011 – 10/29/2011

I’ve wanted to learn both fair isle and how to knit gloves for a while.  I decided both at once should be interesting so I bought this pattern from Knit Picks.  I really enjoyed knitting these and finished sooner than I would have otherwise.

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Oops … from Ogre to Alien

Yarn: Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Blend – Moss (1 skein: 500 yards)
Yarn Weight: Bulky
Needles: Bamboo size 15 DPN, Size J (6mm) crochet hook
Measurements: 20″ circumference
Pattern Location: Ogre My Ogre – Ravelry
Time Spent: 5 hours
Dates: 10/13/2011 – 10/20/2011

This pattern is a fairly straight forward hat made from an odd number of stitches in 2X2 ribbing.  The hat itself was easy but the ears … not so much.  Now I should admit that for some reason I have the hardest time crocheting.  I’m not good at it.  I spent almost half the time trying to get the ears right.

I was concentrating so hard on crocheting correctly that I didn’t realize my ear tuffs had gotten a little long.  By the time I was done and tried on the hat, my ogre had turned into an alien.  I’ll redo another hat later with shorter ear tuffs but for now I have an alien hat.

10/31/2011 Update: I wore this hat while handing out candy and quite a few kids said they really liked it.  One boy even asked if I had knitting it myself =) The all asked if it was a Shrek hat so I guess I’m still on the ogre side at least for little kids.

Diatom Shawl – Neutral

Yarn: Knit Pick’s Palette Yarn

  • White – 3 balls (5 balls in kit)
  • Mist – 1 ball
  • Silver – 1 ball
  • Marble Heather  – 1 ball
  • Ash – 1 ball 
  • Black – 1 ball
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Knit Picks size 6 circular needles
Measurements: 48” diameter (kit calls for 60”)
Pattern Location: Knit Picks’ Diatom Shawl Kit (not available anymore)
Time Spent: 65 hours
Dates: 7/27/2011 – 10/12/2011

The majority of this pattern was fairly consistent with only the center and edging deviating from the same general stitch pattern.  I enjoyed it but I did not like the double or even triple yarn overs that were in the center and edge charts.  I find that I have to always slow down to avoid losing these extra yarn overs and it breaks up my rhythm.

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