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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

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!

 

 

 

60 Minute Headband

Knitted Headband or ‘Ear Warmer’ in One Hour

Remember that Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick that I had bought to make Jen’s Crochet Loop Stitch Pillow with last month? Well I found a way to use it.

When I got back in the house I grabbed my yarn and my size 13 needles.  As I started knitting I thought it just needed something else so I frogged it and grabbed a small amount of that Patons Stretch Sock yarn in Plum that I used for Ally’s Yoga socks.

  • Knitting with both strands I cast on 6, knitted until it was 2″ then k1, *k1, m1* til the last stitch, k1 which gave me a total of 10 stitches.
  • When the headband was 16″ I K1, *K2tog* to the last stitch, k1 for 2 inches and cast off.
  • Seamed up the ends and wallah had a very warm, very thick and soft headband.

 

Reversible Parallelogram Hat with Earflaps

Double Stranded Earflap Hat in Parallelogram Knit Pattern
~Knit flat

I wanted a hat to go with the Parallelogram Scarf but didn’t know if it would have to be ‘converted’ to be knit in the round.  If so, that was way over my head and I decided knitting it flat would work just as well.  Also, I wanted earflaps and wanted them along with the rows around the bottom to be in garter stitch to coordinate with the edges of the scarf so I worked up this pattern.

The scarf took several days to knit….this hat only a day.

Here is the pattern

Size 13 (9 mm) straight knitting needles
One skein of worsted weight yarn in the same color separated into 2 equal size balls
Crochet Hook or yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch

*NOTE: This entire pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn
This hat is knitted flat and then seamed to finish*

Begin with Earflaps
Cast on 3
Knit 2 rows
Row 3 – increase 1 stitch at the end and beginning of row (5)
Row 4-Knit all
Odd rows- repeat row 3, adding two stitches each of these rows
Even rows- repeat row 4 until there are 19 stitches

Cut yarn leaving a 12-18″ tail and move stitches to a holder or an extra needle

Make second earflap using pattern above

Hat
Cast on 2 (this will be for the back of the hat which is divided but will be seamed when you are finished)
Knit across first earflap
Cast on 8 (this will be the front of your hat)
Knit across second ear flap
Cast on 2 stitches (to finish back of hat)
You should have 50 stitches total

Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows
Continue knitting using this pattern stitch until patterned area is approx 7″ long

Row 1: *P5, K5* repeat 4 more times
Row 2: *K1, P4, K4, P1* repeat 4 more times
Row 3: *K2, P3, K3, P2* repeat 4 more times
Row 4: *K3, P2, K2, P3* repeat 4 more times
Row 5: *K4, P1, K1, P4* repeat 4 more times
Row 6: *K5, P5* repeat 4 more times
Row 7: *P1, K4, P4, K1* repeat 4 more times
Row 8: *P2, K3, P3, K2* repeat 4 more times
Row 9: *P3, K2, P2, K3* repeat 4 more times
Row 10: *P4, K1, P1, K4* repeat 4 more times

Shaping Crown
Rows 1 and 2 Knit rows in garter stitch
Decrease evenly until only several stitches remain.
Cut yarn leaving a long tail to gather top and seam up the back of the hat with a yarn needle.

Ties
Pick up 3 stitches from the inside of each ear flap and knit an icord for desired length.

Print a PDF of this pattern Reversible Parallelogram Hat with Earflaps

Double Stranded Reversible Parallelogram Scarf Knitting Pattern

Chunky Reversible Parallelogram Muffler type Scarf

Free EASY Knitting Pattern

This was the first item I knitted using a patterned stitch.

I wanted a muffler type scarf that was wide enough to wrap around my head but long enough to go around my neck and into my coat for when I was walking the dogs out in our windy fields.

reversible parallelogram stitch knit with two strands of yarn
This is a very easy to follow stitch pattern

The Reversible Parallelogram stitch pattern was something I found at Knitting On The Net and I liked it but by seeing the photo of the swatch wanted a cleaner edge so I chose to make garter stitches on each side for a border.

I used two skeins of Red Heart SS  Gray Heather for the scarf.

The add-on 11″ fringe took a third skein.

Pattern

  • Size 13 (9 mm) straight knitting needles
  • Two skeins of worsted weight yarn in the same color
  • Crochet Hook or yarn needle to weave in ends or attach fringe

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch (not important)

With 2 strands held together loosely cast on 30 stitches

Knit six rows in garter stitch

Continue in pattern below

Row 1: knit last 5 stitches * P5, K5* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 2: knit last 5 stitches * K1, P4, K4, P1* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 3: knit last 5 stitches * K2, P3, K3, P2* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 4: knit last 5 stitches * K3, P2, K2, P3* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 5: knit last 5 stitches * K4, P1, K1, P4* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 6: knit last 5 stitches * K5, P5* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 7: knit last 5 stitches * P1, K4, P4, K1* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 8: knit last 5 stitches * P2, K3, P3, K2* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 9: knit last 5 stitches * P3, K2, P2, K3* repeat, knit last 5 stitches
Row 10: knit last 5 stitches * P4, K1, P1, K4 * repeat, knit last 5 stitches

Rep Rows 1 – 10 until desired length.  I knit 20 sets of the pattern for a scarf that was 62“ long

6 rows of garter stitch

BO loosely

Add fringe if desired.  I added 11” fringe to each end.

Abbreviations
K-Knit
P- Purl
BO- Bind/Cast Off
CO- Cast on

Download a copy of this Pattern

 

Knit a coordinating chunky reversible parallelogram knit hat with earflaps