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.

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

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

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!

200 yards of worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
US 7 (4.5mm) 16" circular needle and DPNS
scrap yarn for crocheted provisional CO
5.0mm (H) crochet hook
yarn needle
pom-pom maker (optional)

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, cut a hair elastic in half and thread it through the remaining live stitches after the second decrease round (approx. 21 sts rem), and then tie the elastic in an overhand knot.  Please keep in mind that this hat is meant to be slightly slouchy, whereas Messy Bun Beanies are usually 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!)

Christine at iKnits graciously filmed a FREE YouTube video tutorial to go along with this pattern!  Be sure to subscribe to her station!  (She's the one who came up with the brilliant idea to convert this or any beanie into a messy bun beanie!)  Thanks, Christine!

Happy knitting!