Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Button-Tab Hat

Button-Tab Hat

Another quick cap before I make my donation to the chemo-treatment center. This is a Button-Tab Hat and the pattern link can be found HERE.   The yarn is Berroco Comfort in a nice rich brown which reminds me of roasted coffee beans. I made a special trip to my yarn shop in search of a perfect button and fell in love with this faux turquoise triangular-shaped button. I love the combination of these two colors.

While I was at the shop (I am never at the shop on Mondays), the owner of my old knit shop (Anne's Knits and Such) showed up.  Anne had the knit shop next door to my new knit shop.  When Anne's place closed down, one of the employees, Michelle, opened up my new shop called Grandma's Beads and Yarn right next door.   Grandma's is in the back half of a Christian Bookstore and Gift Shop.  I am so lucky to have these shops nearby and so lucky to have these folks in my life!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lazy Cable Cap (modified 3AM Cable Hat)

Lazy Cable Cap (3AM Cable Hat - modified)

I have made this cap at least three other times that I can recall; all with very different results. The pattern link can be found HERE. 

Here are links to the other caps I've made using this pattern; you can see they are all very different:
Cap #1 (made with worsted weight Plymouth Encore acrylic wool blend yarn)
Cap #2 (made with worsted weight Plymouth Encore acrylic wool blend yarn)
Cap #3 (made with Berroco Comfort DK acrylic nylon blend yarn)

The cap above is made with Berroco Comfort DK yarn in a color called "Sprig Green".  I had every intention of following the pattern when I cast it on Friday night before I went to bed.  When I woke up in the wee hours (before 3AM) and couldn't fall back to sleep, I crawled out of bed, made coffee, and starting working on this. After the second cable row, I got tired of cables.  I guess moving the post-it note to help me keep track of the rows was a just a bit too taxing considering my lack of sleep. It occurred to me I could switch to a k2,p2 rib for the remainder of the cap. As I knit away mindlessly through the day, I started to daydream about how I could complete the decreases at the top of that hat.  I ended up winging it when the time came but did write it down just in case it was awesome.  Turns out I am not totally thrilled with the top portion of the hat; I think I decreased too quickly.  Whatever the case may be, I think I am pretty happy with my modified 3AM Cable Hat.  I will be trying this again with even more modifications.

The pattern calls for casting on 108 stitches.  When I made this cap once before in Berroco Comfort DK, I thought it was a bit small. This time I added an extra cable by casting on 12 extra stitches for a total of 120 stitches. I think the size is just right.  It's a very stretchy hat.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Pretty Pink Hat #4

Hermione Hearts Ron

This cap may look familiar. I've made it four times now... same yarn, same pattern. I love how it turns out!  The yarn is Berroco Comfort DK in a color called "Rosebud."  The pattern is called "Hermione Hearts Ron" (which will mean something to you if you are a fan of Harry Potter books and/or movies).  The hat pattern link can be found HERE.   As this was my last skein of Rosebud, I sent an e-mail message to Michelle, the owner of my local yarn shop called "Grandma's Beads and Yarn" in Canon City, Colorado.  I asked her to order more of the yarn for me, which I figured would be 10 to 12 skeins.  Each skein makes one cap using this pattern.  I told Michelle I'd be happy to buy the entire bag since she was special ordering for me.  I told her it was no hurry or anything, but if she could just order the yarn for me the next time she was placing an order with Berroco, I'd sure appreciate it.  She wrote back right away, she ordered it for me right away, and it was mine at a 15% discount since it was for a good cause.  Michelle is very good to me and I am so fortunate to have such a great local yarn shop! 

Yarn and beads and great friends all in one spot.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Double Bump Dish Cloth & Random Mitred Squares

Using some Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn for some textured dish or face cloths... for a gift for a friend. 
A fun break from caps. 

The Double Bump Dish Cloth pattern (pictured below in bright, bright green)
 is fun and easily memorized.
 I found the pattern HERE.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Who? A dozen little WHAT??? Do you see them???

Please tell me you see them? They are there... I see them... do you?

 I asked the boys what they thought they were?

"A sphinx... you know... like in Egypt!" remarked my husband.

"Cactus!" remarked my son.

"No!", my son changed his mind... "They are rabbits covering their privates... on a pogo stick!"

Oh goodness, please tell me... what do you see?  I think it's so plainly clear.... they are!!!!  THEY ARE...

Owls! A dozen little owls.  I've been admiring this pattern since October.  I am proud of this little cap since I figured out how to convert this pattern to use DK weight yarn on size 2 and 3 needles. The original pattern calls for Worsted Weight yarn and larger needles (size 6). I added one extra owl to make the numbers work out. I struggle with math, so it was an accomplishment for me to get the numbers to all work out.  In case you are wondering, I will be adding some buttons to make the owls eyes more prominent. I will probably add eyes to one or three owls.  I'll post another photo when I sew on the eyes, but for now... I was just so excited to show you all my latest cap!

The original pattern link can be found here on Sara's "Penguin Purls" blog (Click HERE).
My pattern modifications can be found on Ravelry (Click HERE).

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Odessa in Fuchsia

Odessa in Fuchsia

I've made this pattern a number of times now; it's an enjoyable knit... with or without beads. This time, as you can see, there are no beads. The cap knit up a bit larger as I am using Filatura Lanarota Cool Cotton instead of my normal Berroco Comfort DK.  The Odessa pattern link can be found HERE.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Blue-tee-ful Cap

Lace Trim Cap
in Plymouth Dreambaby DK
Pattern link: HERE

It looks like I am in a "blue period"... with my caps being shades of blue and purple lately.
I can't decide what color this is?  Cookie Monster Blue, Pillsbury Blue, or Cobalt Blue. It's quite bright but I think someone will like it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Another cap...

Pattern:  Lace-Edged Women's Cap
Pattern link is HERE.
Yarn:  Berroco Comfort DK in dark purple (like grape jelly)
Photo does not show the color well.

I've made this pattern quite a few times, but it's a fun, quick knit!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Beaufort Hat in Blue

Beaufort Hat 
Pattern link can be found HERE.
Knit in Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight in a color that reminds me of a Robin's egg.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Cutest Hat... EVER! Bow Tie Cloche/Chemo Cap


Design:  Bow Tie Cloche/Chemo Cap by "The Bell Sisters (Ding and Dong)"

Pattern link can be found HERE. (When I posted about this hat initially, the pattern was FREE.  Now the pattern is offered for sale and you can find it here):


Yarns used: Cascade Fixation in Hot Pink & Plymouth Yarn Jeannee DK in White.

Hat is bigger than I hoped but I'll be making this pattern again. Just need to tweak my knitting a bit.  Used size 2 and 3 circular needles.  Need to invest in a size 1 needle. Cascade Fixation yarn contains elastic and I struggled figuring out how loosely/how tightly to knit with it. I knit too loosely and used size 2 needles (when the pattern called for size 1).  This hat is a lot of knitting but so worth it. I can see me adding bows to other plainer hats in the future.

Happy 4th of July Weekend!