Tuesday, December 23, 2008

One Skein Project

I had a spare ball of yarn: Bernat Satin, so I made a cowl. Wore it today to work, since we're having such an atypical cold Christmas.Worked pretty well. I wanted to make it wide enough so I could put it over my head if needed. I would have made it a few inches longer though because when I put over my head, it rode up a little in the back. However, it worked well as a neckwarmer.

I'll put some pics of it up shortly.

I'm liking these quick easy crochet projects. I am only getting into crochet again these last few years. I knit so much, especially when my kids were younger. Working the night shift for years, I knit an awful lot of sweaters for them, easier when they are smaller and don't complain about itchy scratchy clothing. Complicated cable garments too, I quite impress myself when I think back on them, haha. I should probably capture them on a knitting blog one of these days.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Knitting Obsession

I will be publishing patterns as soon as I get organized. I've been concentrating more on crochet these days, but still love knitting. However, I would like to teach myself to knit faster, so I am trying to learn the continental style. It is a slow learning process since I have been knitting the other way (yarn in right hand) since I was taught how in Grade 6.

I have also posted my projects to Ravelry, which is an awesome community for all you knitters and crocheters.

Rhubard Puffy Hat




Well, first day on my blog. Have a pattern to share:

Rhubard Puffy Hat


Materials:
1 skein Georga 100% wool
5.0 and 5.5 mm hooks
optional: stitch markers

Gauge: 11 stitches and 8 rows = 4 in

Pattern stitch - Modified hdc2tog Puffy Stitch:
Work this modified hdc2tog stitch into last stitch worked and next stitch as follows:
YO, insert hook into last stitch worked, yo and draw up a loop. YO and insert hook into next stitch, yo and draw up a loop. YO and pull hook through first 2 stitches. YO and pull through remaining 4 stitches - one puffy stitch completed.

Modified hdc3tog stitch - decreasing stitch:
YO, insert hook into last stitch worked, yo and draw up a loop. YO and insert hook into next stitch, yo and draw up a loop. YO and pull hook through first 2 stitches. YO and insert hook into next stitch again, yo and draw up a loop. YO and pull hook through first 2 stitches. YO and pull through remaining 5 stitches.


Band:
With smaller hook, ch 6.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. 5 sc.
Ch 1. Sc in back loop of each sc across.
Work 72 rows. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to join ends together using a slip stitch.

Body of hat:
Body is worked in the round.
With larger hook, and right side facing, work 72 sc around, starting at the seam. Join to first sc with sl st.

Work 8 rows of pattern stitch. Divide work into 6 sections.
At the start of each section, work modified hdc3tog, 6 decreases in the round. Work 2 rows of decreases.

Crown:
Work one row of bpsc (back-post sc) around.
Work one row of sc into each bpsc.
To achieve the appearance of stockinette stitch, all the remaining sc stitches are made into the body of the sc in the row below, ie below the 3 horizontal threads and between the 2 vertical posts. This is called shallow single crochet in some crochet books. I found this stitch quite tight, so you might need a smaller hook to help insert into the body.

Decreasing rounds:
Divide the remaining 60 stitches evenly into 6 parts. Working in the round, shallow sc into every stitch. Work sc2tog at the start of each section.

Work 9 rows until 6 stitches remain. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to weave through remaining sts. Draw up firmly and fasten off.

Weave in ends. Blocking should not be necessary.