Monday, December 21, 2015

Thumbless Baby Mittens (knit)


Thumbless mittens are so much faster and easier to knit than mittens with thumbs. They're basically mini beanies. I love them.

To be paired with Baby Sister's Pink-A-Boo Hat.
Materials
  • Size 8, 5.00mm 16 inch circular knitting needles
  • Kashmere Kisses in Pink-A-Boo
    • 65% wool, 30% polyamide, 5% cashmere
    • recommends Size 8, 5.00mm knitting needles; 4"x4" = 19S x 24R
  • yarn needle

Instructions
  • Long tail cast on 20 stitches. 
  • Invisible join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches using magic loop method. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch. 
  • Rnds 1-8: (k2, p2) repeat to the end of the round.
  • Rnds 9-19: knit in the round.
  • Rnd 20: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 15 sts remain 
  • Rnds 21 and 22: knit 
  • Rnd 23: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 10 sts remain
  • Rnd 24: (k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 5 sts remain 
  • Cut the yarn and place the end on a yarn needle. 
  • Pull the stitches through the remaining stitches. 
  • Pull up tight to close the hole. 
  • Take a couple of stitches to secure the end. 
  • Pull the end to the inside, weave in and trim. 
  • Weave in all remaining ends on the inside of the mitt and trim.Place the end on a yarn needle. 
Finished Measurements
  • Total length from tip to edge of cuff = 3.5 inches
  • Circumference at widest part of mitten = 4 inches
  • Cuff length = 1.5 inches

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Toddler Rainbow Mittens (knit)


Double pointed needles (dpns). Man. I'm not sure how I feel about them yet but they're growing on me. They're like knitting with crazy spider knitting legs or something like that. My first mitten I did completely with dpns and got completed confused and increased and decreased stitches on accident here and there (not photographed). Pretty sure it looked like a hot pink saguaro in the end. Little Miss E seemed to like it though. As soon as she saw it lying on my work table, she took it and went to her kitchen to put it on and use it as an oven mitt.

This time I'm doing the magic loop method and saving the dpns only for the thumb.

Rainbow mittens to go with her Rainbow Cat Hat

Materials
  • Loops & Threads Charisma in Passion
    • 100% acrylic
    • 4"x4" = 11S x 16R with US 13 (9mm) knitting needles
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) 16 inch circular knitting needles
  • 4 US 10 (6mm) dpns
  • yarn needle
  • stitch marker
  • stitch holder
Instructions

Mitten Cuff
  1. CO 20 onto circular needles. Use magic loop method (most tutorials seem to recommend at least 30" circulars but I've found it fine using 16" circulars to work well so far). Join in a round. Place stitch marker.
  2. K1, P1 in a rnd for 1x1 ribbing for 6 rows (about an inch and a half).
  3. Knit 4 rounds (for it to extend farther up the wrist next time, I'll probably knit 6 rounds to extend 1/2 inch).
Shape Thumb Gusset
  1. Inc 1 (using "bar increase" or "KFB" method) st in first st of rnd, inc 1 st in next st of rnd, knit to end of rnd (22 sts).
  2. Knit 1 rnd. 
  3. Next rnd: Inc 1 st in first st of rnd, k2, inc 1 st in next st of rnd, knit to end of rnd (24 sts). 
  4. Knit 1 rnd.
  5. Next rnd: Inc 1 st in first st of rnd, k4, inc 1 st in next st, knit to end of rnd (26 sts). 
  6. Knit 1 rnd. 
  7. Next rnd: sl first 6 sts onto holder for thumb. 
Mitten Body
  1. Join rnd with rem 20 sts for hand.
  2. Knit 8 rounds (to extend size, will knit 10 rounds next time for an extra 1/2 inch).
Shape Mitten Tip
  1. Rnd 1: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 
  2. Rnds 2 & 4, knit.
  3. Rnd 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd. 
  4. Rnd 5: *K2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.
  5. Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Pull tail through rem 5 sts, tighten, and fasten. 
Mitten Thumb
  1. Divide the 6 thumb sts from the holder evenly over three dpns. Pick up 2 sts from inside thumb on mitten hand (8 sts). 
  2. Knit 5 rnds.
  3. K2tog across all sts (4 sts)
  4. Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail, and pull tail through last sts to secure.
Finishing
Weave in loose ends,using tail at cuff to secure the join of the first rnd if necessary.

Finished Measurements (probably best fits ages 1-3 years old)
  • Total length: 6 inches
  • Mitten body: 4.5 inches
  • Cuff: 1.5 inches
  • Thumb length: 2 inches
  • Body below thumb: 1 inch
  • Thumb circumference: 2 inches
Adapted from a couple patterns out of Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting. Second Ed. Sharon Turner. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2010.

Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting. Second Ed. Sharon Turner. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2010.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pixie Bonnet in Speckled Red (knit)

Ever get that luxurious skein of yarn because it was so beautiful and you couldn't wait to have the perfect project to make with it? And then you don't use it for years because you're afraid you won't have something worthy? And then you try something and accidentally tangle it up into a mess and you want to cry because now it's a tangled mess and how are you going to turn it into that worthy project???

(phone photo, photos below depict actual color much better)

Well, I gave it another go. A couple hours of untangling, it finally became a manageable ball. This super soft special yarn has traveled with us to three states through many moves in the past five years. Now it is a special pixie bonnet for a special baby girl (who is yet to be photographed!).



Materials
  • Akapana-Red Light (www.miraslperu.com) yarn
    • 65% baby llama, 25% merino wool, 10% donegal
    • 4.5mm (US 7) knitting needles recommended
    • hand wash, do not tumble dry, do not bleach, cool iron, may be dry cleaned
    • 4 x 4 inches = 25R x 20 S (1 x 1 inch = 6R x 5S)
  • US 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles
  • Size G/6-4.25mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle
Instructions
  • Long tail cast on 60.
  • Row 1: K to end
  • Row 2: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2
  • Repeat rows 1 & 2 (stockinette with garter edging) for 3.25 inches.
  • K2, P to last 2 sts, K2 (garter) for approximately 0.75 inches.
  • Repeat rows 1 & 2 (stockinette with garter edging) for 1.25 inches.
  • K2, P to last 2 sts, K2 (garter) for 1 inch.
  • Using crochet hook, chain 24 to front bottom corner of bonnet. Turn, sc in second chain from hook and all the way down chain. Sl st to bottom edge of bonnet next to where you started. Fasten off. Weave in end. Repeat on other side. 
Finished Measurements
  • Depth: 6.25 inches
  • Height: 6.5 inches
  • Length of Ties: 6 inches


Toddler Rainbow Cat Hat (knit)

Little Miss E is on a rainbow kick lately. She picked out this yarn and I made toddler mittens. For her Christmas present, we're wrapping up the mittens with this adorable rainbow cat hat! Learned how to do a "kitchener/graft/weaver stitch" too! This results in a row that looks like the stockinette stitch.


 Materials
  • Loops & Threads Charisma in Passion
    • 100% acrylic
    • 4"x4" = 11S x 16R with US 13 (9mm) knitting needles
  • US 10.5 (6.5mm) 16" circular knitting needles (for more structure)
  • yarn needle
  • stitch marker
Instructions
  1. Long tail CO 44. Join in the round.
  2. K2 P2 in the round. Continue until ribbing measures 1.25 inches from cast on edge (5 rows).
  3. Stockinette for 6.75 inches (33 rows).
  4. Bind off with kitchener stitch (also known as "graft" or "weaver" stitch)
  5. Flip the hat inside out. Tuck in the two top corners 2 inches down. Sew a short seam in the middle of each ear. Weave in the ends or tuck them into the ears points. Flip back right side out and it's ready for wear!



No action shots yet! Gotta wrap it up under the tree once the second mitten is complete!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cinched Head Wrap in Mustard (knit)

 
Little Miss E has a Pixie Bonnet in Mustard so mommy needed a matching cinched head wrap!



Materials
  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Gold
    • medium worsted weight (4)
    • 4"x4" = 18S x 24R
    • recommends US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
    • machine wash, warm; gentle; wash with like colors; tumble dry low; do not iron
    • 100% acrylic
  • US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
  • yarn needle
Instructions
  • cast on 20
  • garter stitch until reach 14 inch length
  • cast off and leave a long tail to sew the short edges together 
  • cinch sewn edges and wrap around seam for desired look, weave in remaining end.
Finished Measurements
  • circumference = 14 inches
  • width = 4.75 inches
Inspired by It's a Cinch Head Wrap and Collar by Elisa McLaughlin.

Risaroo Tetris Ice. Size 6. Tencel/Cotton. Reinforced ruck with a knotless ring finish.

Toddler Snuggles
See ya next time!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pixie Bonnet in Mustard (knit)



So before the first pixie bonnet was complete, I had plans for the second one (and third...and maybe fourth...). This time I would follow more closely to the original instructions and see how the dimensions would turn out. Still made a couple changes (indicated in the written out pattern below) but it came out without need for adjustments this time! Whoohoo! Hoping to make a newborn size one at some point....I think as long as the rectangle-pre-seaming-of-the-back has a ratio of 2:1 (so that once seamed it's a square) we're good!


Materials
  • Loops & Threads Impeccable in Gold
    • medium worsted weight (4)
    • 4"x4" = 18S x 24R
    • recommends US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
    • machine wash, warm; gentle; wash with like colors; tumble dry low; do not iron
    • 100% acrylic
  • US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
  • yarn needle
  • 5.00mm crochet hook
  • 35mm pom pom maker
Instructions
  • Using long tail cast on, with a 30” – 35” tail (tail will be used to sew up back), CO 60 sts 
  • Row 1: K to end 
  • Row 2: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Rows 3 – 10: Repeat rows 1 & 2 
  • Row 11: K2, (P1, K1) to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Row 12: K2, (K1, P1) to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Rows 13 & 14: Repeat rows 11 & 12 
  • Rows 15 – 28: Repeat rows 1 – 14 
  • Rows 29 – 38: Repeat rows 1 – 10 
  • Row 39-42: K2, (P2, K2) to last 2 sts, K2 
  • End up with 13.5 inch by 7 inch rectangle.
  • Bind off, weave in ends. Use tail to sew up the back of the bonnet. 
  • Using crochet hook, attach to front bottom corner of bonnet and chain 20, turn and sc in second chain from hook and sc in the rest until reaching bonnet edge. Slst to bonnet edge, fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat with other side of bonnet for matching strap. 
  • Make pom poms and attach to bottom of straps. 
Yay! This one came out with the right dimensions (compared to the first pixie bonnet I made that needed some alterations!).
How to join a seam on horizontal edges invisibly.
Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting. Second Ed. Sharon Turner. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2010.




Mine isn't invisible but it was pretty fun to learn!

Love the garter edging and moss stitch pattern.



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pixie Bonnet in Orchid (knit)


Totally in love with pixie bonnets.


Last year I saw a pattern for a knit pixie bonnet in a library book and thought, there is no way I can do that yet. I should have copied the page out because this week I just had to have it!

Seed Stitching and Ribbing
The pixie bonnet is basically a long rectangle seamed in half to create a bonnet! Easy right?

Well...I started this pattern over three times because:
  1. I didn't read the pattern correctly. 
  2. I miscalculated number of stitches needed to make similar sizing based on the different yarn and needle size I used. 
  3. I couldn't figure out which way was up (I know, strange).
It's supposed to look more square when finished! Oops. I needed to either shorten a few rows back from where I ended (for a smaller bonnet) or cast on more stitches (for a bigger bonnet)!

And the end result isn't perfect but it's very wearable...worn "upside-down." Little Miss E still humored me in trying it on! I mean it fits...just maybe not in the way it was intended to fit. Already working on a second one (hopefully correct this time!)!

Worn "upside-down" with the ribbing along the neck instead of framing the face.
The seam is on top of the head instead of along the backside of the head.
Materials
  • Lion's Pride Woolspun in Orchid
    • 80% acrylic, 20% wool
    • bulky weight (5)
    • 4"x4x" = 13S x 19R
    • recommends US 10.5 knitting needles
  • US 10.5 knitting needles
  • US 6.0 crochet hook
  • yarn needle

Pattern (what I did with notes for what didn't go right, to fix for next time...oops! So just follow the actual pattern linked at the bottom if you don't want to go through fixing it up yourself): 

Using long tail cast on, cast on 40 sts (either go longer or cut off rows shorter for a 12-18 month hat sizing...ended up too short unless worn upside down because I had a rectangle instead of square look at the end!).
  • Row 1: K to end 
  • Row 2: K2, P to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Rows 3 – 10: Repeat rows 1 & 2 
  • Row 11: K2, (P1, K1) to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Row 12: K2, (K1, P1) to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Rows 13 & 14: Repeat rows 11 & 12 
  • Rows 15 – 28: Repeat rows 1 – 14 (accidentally repeated rows 1&2 for rows 23&24 instead of repeating rows 11&12 so ended up with 2 extra rows)
  • Rows 29 – 38: Repeat rows 1 – 10 (only repeated rows 1-4)
  • Row 39 (not the actual row # due to my changes but leaving as is to not be even more confusing): K2, (P2, K2) to last 2 sts, K2 
  • Row 40 (not the actual row # due to my changes but leaving as is to not be even more confusing): K2, (K2, P2) to last 2 sts, K2 (not sure what happened but I wasn't paying attention and ended up with a double seed stitch pattern instead so for the next two rows I did what would make a ribbed pattern instead of following the pattern as written - or maybe I followed the pattern, who knows) 
  • Row 41 (not the actual row # due to my changes but leaving as is to not be even more confusing): K2, button hole, (P2, K2) to last 2 sts, K2  (didn't use a button hole)
  • Row 42 (not the actual row # due to my changes but leaving as is to not be even more confusing): K2, (K2, P2) to last 2 sts, K2 
ADDENDUM: I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be "K2 (P2, K2) to last 2 sts, K2" for the last 4 rows if ribbing is to happen otherwise it ends up being a double seed/moss stitch. 

Bind off. Weave in ends. Use tail to sew up the back of the bonnet.

Using crochet hook, loosely crocheted chain of 20 at bottom corner. Turn and sc in next 19 sts, then slst to hat and weave in end on both sides of hat for tails to tie.

Finished Measurements
  • Depth: 8 inches
  • Height: 6 inches
  • Tail Lengths: 8 inches
Inspired by Kit's Crafts: Seeds Pixie Bonnet Pattern. Adapted for bulkier yarn and different size knitting needles. Omitted button strap extension.

Tee Hee Hee!

"Mommy, this is my stinker face!" Yes, yes it is.

Worn the way it was intended to with the ribbing framing the face and the seam in the back (see it still fits alright....?)!

ADDENDUM

Practiced picking up stitches along a vertical edge and lengthened the "bottom." Picked up 40 stitches and did a K2P2 ribbing for approximately 2 inches before binding off. Ended with tails on opposite ends to seam the edge of the ribbing to the straps so it wouldn't be dangling. Whoohoo!

Finished Measurements (perfect!)
  • Depth: 8 inches
  • Height: 8 inches
  • Tail Lengths: 6 inches

Picking up stitches along the vertical edge.

Attaching ribbing to add height/length.
Yay! Done!


Hi Mom!




Checking out the frozen kale she thought was a watermelon hiding in the snow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Versatile Ribbed Hat (crochet)

Knowing a few basic measurements for different ages and understanding your own tension when crocheting, you can make many different sizes and variations of this incredibly versatile ribbed crochet hat! They whip up pretty quickly and are soft and stretchy!

Double Mint

Fold up the bottom for a cuff or leave it out when baby gets bigger but still fits into the hat (it's pretty deep so as long as it fits comfortably with stretch, it can be worn not folded up on the bottom!).

Because you have to pom pom.

Pom pom with a speckled yarn adds a little fun to otherwise solid colors!

Awaiting a cute little blue-eyed boy.

Sweet Pea

Ribbing never looked so cute in a cashmere blend.

A little stem. A little leaf. A little vine. Awaiting a little baby girl.

Inspired by Hopeful Honey's Newborn Pumpkin Hat Crochet Pattern.
If you decide not to do the "pumpkin top," still follow the instructions for the sc at the end and just thread the last string of yarn through and pull it tight and then top with a pom pom.