Friday, June 16, 2006

Punkin Prototype

Finished the prototype for the Punkin Hat. There will be a second variation with a different application of decreases at the crown coming up shortly. Like the previous hats in this series, this is knit in Machine Washable/Superwash 100% wool, the Orange is Heirloom from Australia and the stem is from CascadeYarns.

The way the top formed with this set of decreased reminds me of an Ice Cream Cone . . . Giving me ideas for another design.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Infants Eggplant Hat

Here is the latest Baby Hat. Similar to the Tomato hat, but with more rows before the leaves and plain rows between the decrease rounds to lengthen the top, and last but not least, a curly-que finial cause this one too is just off the vine.

This hat is made of Easy Care Machine Washable Heirloom 100% wool yarn from Australia and is size Newborn.

Next in the lineup, an Orange Pumpkin in the same wool.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Vine Ripened

It took me a while of googling to find this pattern, I was looking for an apple hat instead of a tomato. After I got that out of the way finding the pattern was really easy.
The pattern was written by Kate Buchanan and is located at the knitchicks website. The pattern was a bit vaugue in areas and I had to visualize and work around those spots, but I am happy with the way they turned out.

The hat in the forground was knit on size US 7 circular needles and is newborn size, the one behind it was knit on US 10 circular needles and was made to fit a toddler without making any other adjustments to the pattern.

I used Cascade Yarns 220 superwash 100% wool in color #809 for the red and Patons La Laine Superwash Merino Wool in color 6233 DK weight for the leaves and stem.

The part of the pattern that seemed sketchy, is where the second color is introduced. After working even on 72 stitches, the instructions say to "*K1, K9* around", that's it. That makes 10 stitches to the repeat, and for it to work out evenly one should have been working on 70 stitches instead of 72. I just worked the pattern as it said, which ends making each leaf slightly different, more natural looking, and I like the finished effect. (But, it would have been nice to have had that explained, maybe?)

One can link to the pattern for this hat by clicking on the title [Vine Ripened] above.

I have a feeling I am going to be making a few more of these as time goes by and the spreading infection of pregnancy makes its rounds of my workplace.