Friday, June 9, 2017

Every woman is Wonder Woman

I’m so excited to see the new Wonder Woman movie!  While waiting to see it, I knit this hat to wear when I do!  It’s so hot here where I live, since the movie premiered in June, but hopefully the cinema where I see it will be super air-conditioned.  I improvised my design and did not take any pictures of it in progress (as I was too excited to see how it would turn out!), but here is my pattern for my hat:

Skills required:
knowledge of common knitting abbreviations
knit & purl stitches
knitting in-the-round
decreasing
picking up stitches

Materials:
stitch markers (one in a contrast color)
US 8 16" circular needle and DPNs
Red Heart Super Saver solids in Royal Blue, Bright Yellow, and Cherry Red
scissors
yarn needle
one opaque red star-shaped button and seven opaque white star-shaped buttons

Directions:
With the blue yarn, CO 84 sts using the long-tail method.  Join, being careful not to twist.  Knit 2x2 rib for 8 rnds.  Then knit one rnd.  Break yarn leaving a 6” tail.

With yellow yarn, leave a 6" tail and knit one round and then purl one round.  Rep these two rnds for 5 garter ridges ending on a purl round.  Break yarn leaving a 6” tail.  At this point, use split-ring stitch markers to mark the center 21 sts.  This is where you will pick up and knit the triangle part of the tiara later. 

With red yarn, leave a 6" tail and knit in St st until the hat is 5” from the CO edge.  Keep the stitch markers denoting the center 21 sts in place and add two more stitch markers in between every 21 sts for a total of five stitch markers.  Use a contrast color for the end-of-rnd stitch marker to differentiate it from the dec markers.

The crown is essentially the same crown as Jared Flood’s “Turn A Square” hat.  I used this crown for this hat because it shows off the triangle of the tiara quite nicely.  On the first rnd of the crown dec, knit to two sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog; rep to end of rnd.  Then knit one rnd all the way around.  Rep these two rnds (switching to DPNs when necessary) until 12 sts rem (3 sts on each of the four DPNs).  Break yarn leaving a 6” tail and thread through rem sts.

At this point, you will be adding the triangle to complete the tiara.  Using the yellow yarn (leave a 12” tail to sew with later) with the blue brim facing you, pick up the center 21 sts that were marked earlier.  On the next row, sl the first st pw and knit all the way across.  You will be slipping every first st of every row pw.  This creates a smooth edge to sew later (and it looks better).  On the rows with the brim facing you, sl the first st pw, ssk, k to 3 rem sts, k2tog, k1.  Then knit the next row all the way across (make sure to sl the first st pw).  Rep these two rows until 3 sts rem.  Then do a s2kp dec, break yarn (leave another 12” tail), and thread through the last st.  At this point, sew on a red star-shaped button (I found one at JoAnn, along with matching white star-shaped buttons) onto the middle of the triangle with a scrap piece of yellow yarn (or use red yarn, if you prefer to blend in with the star).  Use the yellow tails to sew down the triangle to the red body of the hat.  Then sew the white star buttons onto the blue brim as you like with either blue yarn or scrap white yarn if you have any.  I sewed a white star button onto the middle of every other k rib section.

Weave in ends and wear with pride!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Team PSL

Recently, I got an email from Starbucks advertising Pumpkin Spice Latte season, and with it, a new travel mug that has a "knit" sleeve built onto the tumbler.  The sleeve is part of the ceramic, but the design is made to look "knit."  I loved it as soon as I saw it and wanted to actually knit my own sleeve.  After doing some internet research, I discovered that this is actually based off of a promotional marketing campaign last year!  @TheRealPSL was/is a Twitter handle that sent out "Orange Sleeve Society" membership cards and REAL knit "TEAM PSL" sleeves!  As obsessed with Starbucks and Pumpkin Spice Lattes and reusable knit coffee sleeves as I am, I wonder why I didn't know about this until now - nearly a year later! 



Fortunately for me, I am a knitter, and figured out how to knit my own!  I haven't seen one in person, but I found plenty of pictures on Google Image and Instagram of these sleeves, and counted the stitches and rows.  I determined that this is double-knit for extra thick protection, and knit in fingering weight yarn.  I am inept at double-knitting, so this pattern is simply for the color scheme, row and stitch count, and chart.  If you know how to double-knit, I highly recommend you use this method when making this sleeve!

I got Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in Pumpkin (natch), White, and Aurora Heather.  The latter was a hard color to decide on, as it is a hunter/forest/ivy green.  I decided Ivy was closest to a pumpkin vine green, but Ivy wasn't an available option. 

Here is the pattern, and I also uploaded a picture of the chart I made below.  I did not upload any pictures of the actual sleeve, as all images belong to someone other than a corporation, but I will upload pictures of my finished sleeve.

Materials:
Fingering weight yarn in orange, white, and dark green
Size US 1.5 DPNS
Stitch markers if desired
Scissors
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge:
I do not have a gauge for this pattern, but it should be knit at a tight gauge to keep the stitches crisp

Directions:
With orange yarn, cast-on 65 stitches
Knit two rounds in orange
Knit two rounds in dark green
Knit six rounds in orange
For the next ten rounds, follow the TEAM PSL chart with orange and white yarn: letters are in white and the space between is orange - start with the "pumpkin" and working all the way across the round to the "T" and knit one stitch in orange in between every letter and the pumpkin, ending each round with an orange stitch;
Knit six rounds in orange
Knit two rounds in dark green
Knit two rounds in orange
Bind off as established pattern
Weave in ends and block


I apologize that the chart is a picture of a hand-drawn chart, but I do not have the computer software (or savvy) to make a nicer chart, nor a scanner on hand.  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Note: this pattern has NOT been tested yet!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Copy.Cat C.C (Colorado Chick) Beanie

Copy.Cat C.C (Colorado Chick) slouchie beanie


I wrote a copycat pattern for the super popular "C.C Beanie" by Colorado Chick.  While in Chicago on a trip, I saw three different people wearing the same style hat in different colors.  I noticed the first one because I stare at anything knit, whether machine-made or handmade.  When I saw the second one, I assumed it must be a coincidence.  But after I saw the third one, I turned to my husband and exclaimed, “I must knit that hat!”  Then when I went home for a visit and hung out with a hometown friend, she was wearing the same hat I saw in Chicago, and I nearly tore it off her head in excitement.  I obsessively analyzed it, counting stitches and rounds so I could faithfully replicate it.

The simple structure of the hat's design would allow it to look good in any color, including tonal, gradient, metallic, and tweed (though I doubt variegated or self-striping yarn would look good, as it would disrupt the stripe sequence.)  If you do want to add stripes, just switch yarn colors on the 2nd rnd of the knit/St st rnds.

Without further ado, I present to you the Copy.Cat C.C Beanie!

Materials:
200 yards of worsted weight acrylic yarn
US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle and DPNS
scrap yarn for crocheted provisional CO
5.0mm (H) crochet hook
scissors
yarn needle
pom-pom maker (optional)

Directions:
CO 86 sts using the provisional CO
PM; join in-the-round, being careful not to twist
Knit one round 1x1 ribbing
Knit 1x1 twisted ribbing for 3.5”
Fold brim under and connect CO edge to live stitches; unzip the provisional CO one stitch at a time, knitting the CO stitch and live stitch together.  Do this all the way around until brim is completely folded and joined.  Be sure to tuck the CO tail within the folded brim – no need to weave it in!
Knit another round all the way around

Repeat the following sequence for a total of three times:
6 rnds purl
2 rnds St st
4 rnds 1x1 rib (NOT twisted)
2 rnds St st

Begin crown decreasing and switch to dpns when necessary:
Knit 3 more rnds St st (5 rnds total after the last 2 St st rnds)
k2tog all the way around
Knit 3 rnds St st
k2tog all the way around

Cut yarn and thread remaining stitches together w/ yarn needle. Pull through, tighten, and weave in end. Wear with pride!

EDIT: If you want to convert this hat into a Messy Bun Beanie, BO after the first dec rnd!  Please keep in mind that this hat is meant to be slightly slouchy, whereas Messy Bun Beanies are more form-fitting.  Therefore, you may want to eliminate 1-2 rounds of purling in order to decrease the height of the hat so that it is less slouchy!

Alternatively, consider purling the crown instead of knitting it so the crown matches the purl rounds - this won’t look like the original, of course, but looks cool!  Feel free to top it off with a pom-pom if you have lots of leftover yarn, or a faux fur pom-pom like the original! (It also looks good inside out, as I found out while finishing it!)

Happy knitting!