Saturday, 22 December 2012

Last Minute Hat for Adults

This is a nice stretchy hat, which should fit most adult heads as it's nearly all ribbing. With extra bulky yarn and oversize needles, it should take very little time to knit.

Knitted black beanie ribbed hat for adults

Cast on 52 stitches with size 10 mm (US 15) circular or double-pointed needles. I used a double strand double cast on, over 2 straight needles (held together), and then transferred the stitches to my circular needles. I switched to dpns when starting the decreases.

1-16. *k2, p2; repeat from * to end
17. *k2, p2, k2, p2tog; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2
18. *k2, p2, k2, p1; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2
19. *k2, p2tog, k2, p1; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2tog
20. *k2, p1, k2, p1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1
21. *k2, p1, k2tog tbl, p1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1
22. *k2, p1, k1, p1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1
23. *k2tog tbl, p1, k1, p1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog tbl, p1
24. *k1, p1; repeat from * to end
25. *k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end
26. *k2tog tbl; repeat from * to last st, k1

Close up of rib stitch knitting
Cut the yarn, leaving maybe 4 inches (or more) to work with. Use a metal crochet hook (or the most gigantic darning needle you can find) to pull the yarn tail through the stitches remaining on the needles - stuff the end through the top of the hat before closing the "hole". Then, turn the hat inside out, pull the yarn tail tight (to close the "hole") and use your crochet hook to knot the yarn firmly and weave in the end. At the edge, where your cast on tails are dangling, tie the tails together and use your crochet hook to weave the ends in. Finally, of course, turn that hat the right way out again! :p

It's really hard to photograph an all-black hat, so I've taken a close-up (lots of flash, etc) so you can see the rib pattern. The yarn I used was Red Heart Lisa Big, a super chunky acrylic.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Simple Tree Mittens

**UPDATE - January 18, 2014**

Revised free patterns - in both knitted and crochet versions - now available on my current blog, FC Knits.

Simple Tree Mittens can now be crafted as: Original (Knitted), Seamless (Knitted) or Crochet!


Cast on 24 stitches using 4 mm (US: 6) knitting needles and DK yarn.

1. *k2, p2; repeat from * to end
2. *p2, k2; repeat from * to end
3. *k2, p2; repeat from * to end
4. *p2, k2; repeat from * to end
5. *k2, p2; repeat from * to end
6. knit

Change yarns at this point, if you wish to use 2 colours.

7-16. work 10 rows of st st (beginning with a knit row)
17. *k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end
18. purl
19. *k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end

Cut yarn with a long tail, thread through the last 6 stitches and pull tight. Use the yarn tail to sew up the side seam. Weave in ends.

Make a cord for your hanging loop - crochet a single chain, knit a single row and bind off or plait some wool - and sew to the top corner. Make a small pompom (the fork method works best for tiny sizes) and attach to the top corner, under your hanging loop.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Mug Cosy Errata

My first set of errata... I suppose it was inevitable, after racing through so many patterns. Hopefully, the missing data is so obvious that you would have inserted it in your own mind as you were knitting.

Errata for Cabled Mug Cosy:

Row 85: k2tog tbl, k3, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog
Row 89: k2tog tbl, k1, yo, k2tog, k2tog

The parts highlighted in red were absent from (but have now been added to) the published pattern. Apologies for any inconvenience.

If you see this post changing... nearly made an error in the errata! Think it's all fixed now... :)

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Christmas Stockings Galore

Lots and lots of mini Christmas stockings in various colours
I've been busy knitting a whole slew of mini Christmas stockings, in between knitting various other projects. It's a fabulous use of random coloured odds and ends of yarn. I'm quite pleased with how they've turned out, considering their rather random nature!

Xmas spelled out with colourful knitted mini Christmas stockings
Each mini Christmas stocking is just the right size for a tiny treat to be stuffed inside. I bought some dinky little teddy bear chocolates from Aldi but, at this time of year, most shops are selling seasonal chocolate treats.

We'll be using our stockings as class gifts for school. If you're making some, how will you be using them? :)