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Free pattern for knitted earflap hats

Free pattern for knitted earflap hats

Just found this pattern in the drafts from a few years ago so it has been posted here:  http://www.allyssite.com/2011/04/knitted-earflap-hat-pattern-free/

The pattern calls for size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn.  It seems like these hats usually take me about 4 hours from start to finish.

This pattern and these hats will always hold a special place in my heart because they are the first and foremost reason I started learning everything I could about knitting and crochet.

The little boy in those pictures is my [now much older] son.  He was 10 and wanted a $30 earflap hat from Pacsun(?) –but the kid lost two winter coats that year. There was no way I was spending that much for hats that would be left on the bus or playground.  I went to walmart, bought yarn, figured out how to knit in the round, and ended up learning how to read patterns after I had figured out how to successfully make hats!

The first hat I knit made is around here someplace–I really should show a picture of it.  It was in Indianapolis Colts colors.  I was so proud of the work and it was just sooooo terrible–just full of holes from lost and twisted stitches that I hadn’t noticed til it was on his head and we were walking into the mall.  When we got home that day I started on the green, white and black one in the picture–that was the first ‘wearable’ hat that I knit LOL.  That was December and by February I was doing much better when I made the royal blue and black one for his friend.

Kitty Hat

How to knit a square hat and turn it into a Kitty Hat

Making a square, knit hat is so easy.

Although I crochet a lot I really do love the look of a knit hat.  My 13 year old wanted a kitty hat so I tried several patterns that had sewn on ears.  They all flopped over which was disappointing.  I noticed some hats I had seen were square and when worn the top corners would stick out like ears…kitty cat ears?  They did!

Here is all there is to it.

  • Size 8 needles  (5 mm)
  • Worsted weight yarn (about 125 yards)
  • Yarn or Embroidery Floss for adding the face
  • Ribbon or fabric for the bow and an optional button for the middle of the bow.

My gauge is: 18 st in stockingnette = 4″ (10cm)

To knit in the round – Cast on 80 stitches, ribbing for first 1″ and then stockingnette stitch until work measures 7 1/2″.  Either use the Kitchener stitch (grafting) or a 3 needle bind off to close up the top.

To knit flat – Cast on 80 stitches.  Work in ribbing of your choice for first 1″.  Stockingnette stitch until work measures 7 1/2″ .  Divide stitches evenly onto each of your needles and use either a 3 needle bind off or graft the top shut.  Turn hat inside out, with a large needle run yarn up the back to close up the seam.

Embroider as desired and add a bow if you would like.  I used a left over piece of satin and sewed two 4″ x 3″ pieces together (right sides facing) leaving a small opening, stuffed and gathered in the middle and sewed a button on the front to cover my ugly stitches before attaching to the hat.

Resources:  These are the videos I used to learn both grafting and the three needle bind off.

 

Baby Booties

Baby Booties for the Bootie Brigade

I’m a member of bev’s country cottage friends at Ravelry.  Recently a fellow member, Familydiva put out a call to anyone interested in making newborn baby booties for charity.  Her group is hoping to have 300+ by the end of March. Bev provided links to many of her free patterns and I started crocheting and knitting.

This was the first time I had ever made newborn booties.  They are so tiny and cute that it just helps make them a fun little project.  And talk about stash busting!

Below are pics of the booties I have made so far using just free patterns from Bev’s website:

Want to volunteer some of your creative time too?  The request is here:  http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/bevs-country-cottage-friends/1994721

Knitting 2 socks at the same time….inside each other?!

I don’t even know how I came across this link but it has been sitting in my drafts for some time now.

Stephan is gone for a few days so I am planning on, while he is gone, casting on the hunting socks he will be getting for Christmas.  No better chance than the present I suppose to follow the tutorial from Knitty.com that teaches how to knit two socks at the same time using a method similar to double knitting.

The link is here http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html

Tons of Sock Patterns for Knitting

Since I just got done with those Hunting socks for my youngest son I immediately starting looking for more patterns and came across this but haven’t clicked thru the links yet. I did scroll over a few and saw urls like Yahoo GeoCities–didn’t they close down?

Anyway here is the link: http://www.cooperativemainecraftsmen.com/NoJava/free_pattern_by_type.php?Category=-sock-

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth

Another Excellent Gift Giving Idea

This is probably the singlemost popular dishcloth pattern there is.  I made this one for Ally as she picked out the green she has in her kitchen and have already whipped a few more out.  They only take a few hours and are a great way IMO to practice yarn overs if you are considering some lace knitting or a project with eyelets.

You can get the pattern here:   http://anewtwistondishcloths.blogspot.com/2005/07/grandmothers-favorite-original.html

Be warned though.  Just as Thelma’s Great Neice stated, as soon as someone uses one of these you are more than likely to get a phone call requesting more :)

Dishcloth Knit Along

Knit-a-Long anyone?

Dishcloths are so easy and quick to knit up and make great gifts

I like knit a longs where everyone works on the same project at the same time opposed to those where forum members can just drop in.  Ravely has KAL groups–quite a few actually but when I ‘ve searched I haven’t found any projects I was interested in making.  It has been years since I searched thru Yahoo for groups but I happened to see the groups icon in my toolbar and was actually surprised that groups were still around.

A quick search for knitting brought me to a dishcloth knit along group that has been in existence for years.  What’s so great about the Monthly Dishcloth Knit Along group is that you create two dishcloths a month (that’s 24 gifts you make each year!!!) and the host provides you will 7 or so rows to knit per day.  Committing to that 30 minutes or so per evening means you have two dozen Christmas Gifts at the end of a year.  To me this is incredibly helpful and keeps me on track.  It also means I’m not spending hours every week searching for the next pattern to make.

You can join the group to at:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MonthlyDishcloths/

The first KAL I was involved in was for the cloth above.  It turned out to be a Giraffe which works out because it coordinates with the high chair our grandsons use here.

Hunting Socks for My Guys

Worsted weight hunting sock in wool blend

When I was a kid my dad always had these really warm, thick, wool hunting socks that we would wear in our boots and sometimes even over our socks as slippers when in the house.   The last pair finally wore out about 15 years ago and to date I have never seen anymore in the stores like them.  Since I knit now and have started working on my Christmas list I thought why not knit each of the men in our house a pair as a gift?

Being a newer knitter who was only created toe-less and no heel yoga socks and managed 1 test sock from Silver’s Sock Knitting Class the idea of socks terrified me.

I wanted them thick, would love wool but they have to be machine washable. So there, Wool Ease was chosen.

I had wanted to make these Hiking Boot Socks from a book called Knitting with Balls and had even had it in my Amazon Shopping Cart BUT after reading the pattern comments on Ravelry decided not to continue with my purchase.  The bulk of the reviews on the pattern at Ravelry said the pattern for the heel was incorrect and most people had just done the heels the way they knew how….well these were my first real socks so I had no idea how to do them.  Maybe another day for that book.

So I start going thru sock patterns.  I really like these Mountain Man Socks and I’m going to make some but the “Sherman Heel” thing scared me.  I have no idea what it is and I felt I should start with regular plain old heels (whatever they are called).  I wanted to make these Soldier Socks but it says double heels and calls for a crochet hook to be used.  I’m gonna make those too-eventually but first I want to learn how to do regular old heels.  Having no idea what a ‘regular old heel’ , what its called or even how to do a search for a pattern I am at this point at a complete loss.  A few other patterns look great but I have no idea how I would do them on Magic Loop given that I have literally NO experience knitting socks.  Then I stumble upon this helpful file:  My First Socks using the Magic Loop  The only sock pattern you really ever need! By Jane D. Prater. There we go that was my ticket.

Since I had knit to 8″ in K2 P3 like the Hiking boot pattern used and had the 6 rows of stockinette stitch on the back like the Mountain Man pattern called for why not jump to another pattern?!  LMBO  This one was great though.  Very easy to follow and explanatory when it came to how to arrange the heel stitches on the needles to make the gusset decreases easier.  Laugh if you want but until reading that I would not have realized you could knit a few and rearrange the stitches on the needles.

Anyway, it’s going great.  One sock is completed and the other is nearly 1/4 of the way.  I will post updates as this pair of socks is completed.

 

UPDATE –Currently working on gusset decreases for sock #2  Yay!