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

DIY Friday: One-Day Armwarmers

Remember my friend who really likes purple? Well, her birthday was at the end of October. I still had (have) a ridiculous amount of that yarn, so I worked up a quick pair of armwarmers that, as the title states, only took a day to make. In fact, it took less than a day because I stopped working on it to go shopping for a few hours.

I’m not going to post the whole pattern in the body of this post, but click here to download the pattern in PDF format.

The gloves have knit 2, purl 2 ribbing at the top and the bottom, with the body worked in stockinette with shaping so it isn’t as bulky at the wrist as if it were knit straight. There is a thumb gusset, and the instructions for opposite gussets are included. But you could just as easily make the two gloves with the gusset on the same side because there is no patterning on either side. But making the gussets on opposite sides of the gloves makes it easier to keep track of while working both at the same time. At least it worked that way for me.

If you make these, let me know. I would love to see pictures. You can find the info on this pattern here on Ravelry. Also, let me know if you have any trouble with downloading, or notice any errors in the pattern.

400 Stitches in 60 Days (Take Two)

Okay, let me try this again.

I recently got the book 400 Knitting Stitches as a resource for my knitting. As I started looking through all the different stitch patterns, I saw many cool patterns I wanted to try. With way too many random piles of leftover acrylic yarns I don’t want to use for any other projects, I decided to turn this book into a project.

I’m casting on somewhere around 21 stitches for each (depending on the number of stitches needed for the pattern), including 4 edge stitches (2 on each side). Obviously there is going to be some variation in the sizes. Once I’m done I’ll stitch them together into blankets for Project Linus.

As the title implies, I’m going to attempt to do this in just 2 months. I started on March 29, so I hope to be done making the squares by May 28. Then I will start the blanket-making process, hopefully getting done within a week or so. Because I don’t want to be making blankets in the middle of summer, even kid-sized blankets.

When I first came up with the idea for this, I thought I’d post the pictures of the ones I’d done every day. Not going to happen. But the photos of all the squares can be found in this album, updated frequently.