Charting and Ripping

Well, not that kind of ripping. Except maybe a little. Charting increases can get a little frustrating.

Don’t let this picture fool you, either. Ive gotten to, and past, that point at least three times by now. I stopped counting how many times I had to redo it. I keep getting to a certain point and having to rip the whole thing out and start over because I get off in the stitches and can’t figure out where.

This is going to be a Christmas present, so on one hand I have time and on the other I don’t. Once I get done with the crown increases it’s just simple knits and purls. It’s this crown that’s giving me the problem now.

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Na Na Na Na Na Na Bat-Hat!

I was asked for a Batman hat sometime last winter, but never really got around to making it since it was requested as a sun hat. Luckily the requester has a summer birthday:

I used some slightly stiff material that I don’t really know what it was and three strands of embroidery floss to create a patch to put on a sun hat found at Children’s Place. I created the bat first, then filled in the yellow around it to create the oval. I trimmed the excess material and closely blanket-stitched the patch into place. A nice, quick, gift idea that can be customized to the interests of the recipient.

Two-Eyed Minion

Most of my minions tend to have only one eye, but by request my second minion hat has two eyes. The requester? requestee? person who made the request had received a one-eyed minion hat and had gotten his grandmother hooked on “Minion Rush” over Hanukkah, so he asked that I make a two-eyed minion hat for her.

I don’t know. For some reason minion-y things don’t look so minion-y with two eyes.

I had the crown of a hat already knit that I was wondering how I would use from re-knitting the first hat. So when he mentioned I should make one for “Grammy”, I was already halfway done. Well, a third of the way done anyway.

Project notes, as always, can be found on the Ravelry project page, but in general I used Knit Picks Comfy worsted weight yarn in Creme Brulee, White, Celestial, and Hawk, along with a miniscule amount of Knit Picks Stroll in Midnight for the pompom. The eyes are basic crochet circles with buttons sewn in the center for pupils.

More Minions

But not full-body toys, this time. This one was a request from the minion-obsessed four-year-old.

It’s a minion hat! The minion hat I mentioned working on here, to be exact. It’s made from Knit Picks’ Comfy Worsted in Dandelion, Celestial, Hawk, and White with a black button in the eye and Knit Picks’ Stroll in Midnight in a pom-pom on top for the hair.

It would have taken one day to make, had it not been for having to start over when I had most of the hat made. But, having worked from the already knit hat backwards I was left with the beginning of another hat:

Which will be a surprise for this hat’s recipient’s grandmother. Except I have to put two eyes on it, because it has to be different from this one, of course. By request of the four-year-old himself.

You can find more specific information on everything on the Ravelry project page.

So Cold

I know, half the country is under multiple feet of snow and seeing below freezing temperatures while we here in southern California are seeing 70 ℉ days. And yet I am sitting here shivering in a sweatshirt and jeans with slipper socks up to my knees.

But, cold is helpful to my knitting productivity. Which is good because I still have to finish my grandmother’s scarf plus a minion hat for the Despicable Me obsessed 4-year-old. And I had to start the hat over due to making it too big in the first place.

Basically I’m just using the yarn from the previous attempt backwards of how it was used in the first place. That way I don’t have to unravel the whole thing and wind it up again. It also comes in handy for knitting on the go, because I can just put the old hat inside of the new hat and don’t have to worry about it rolling out like a ball of yarn might. Made it easy to follow the baby around the school yard this afternoon at pick up time and get a little work done on the hat at the same time. Nothing like multi-tasking on the playground.

Hopefully those in the cold areas are staying inside and staying warm. How do you like to warm up when it gets miserably cold? Do you unravel a project to reuse the yarn, or do you use the yarn straight from the old one?

DIY Friday: Growing Rib Hat

This year when we did Operation Christmas Child boxes I thought it would be nice to include some hand knit hats since I have a lot of yarn lying around. Since I was going to be making hats for boys and girls to go with three different age groups, I wanted to make a pattern that would work for anyone.I came up with this Growing Rib Hat (click to find on Ravelry) that has an increasing rib pattern for each size.

I made one for the oldest girl with a white body and blue trim, and the two younger girls got blue hats with white trim. The boys each got black hats, because that is probably the easiest color to give to the boys.

The pattern is written to use just the simple Red Heart yarn you can find at pretty much any store, but you can just as easily substitute any size 4 yarn. For the oldest girl’s hat I actually used a sport weight yarn doubled to get nearly the same gauge.

More info on each hat can be found on the Ravelry project pages:
Pre-teen Boy
Elementary-age Boy
Toddler Boy
Pre-teen Girl
Elementary-age Girl
Toddler Girl