I haven’t updated in a while so I thought now would be a good time to. Lately I’ve been working on designing a new hat pattern. Last winter, a coworker wore a hat that I liked the cable work on but there were other parts that I didn’t find to my liking, namely fit, fiber, and stitch quality. I found a picture of it online for a base idea and completely changed it up to come up with something new.
I was originally going to design the pattern for women because the main design knits close like a cloche, but after trying it on to make sure that it did cover the head right and seeing it in the mirror, I’ve figured out tweaks for two variations for men as well. Below is a picture of the women’s design with some flowers that I crocheted from Neanners Shop’s blog post.
The flowers are fastened on with buttons. I was hesitant to do it that way, but they really added to the pattern.
The other project I’ve been working on a bit has been a baby blanket for a coworker who is expecting his first baby in September. This is one of MakeOne’s Chunky Baby Blankets. I’m going to also add ribbons to one end so that the blanket can be fastened when it is rolled up for easier carrying. Below is a pic of the materials for it.
I know that the baby is a boy, but I am trying to make it a bit more gender neutral incase they have another baby in a few years and it ended up being a girl.
This is one of my favorite patterns and Vashte is a great pattern designer. I am crazy enough to possibly make an adult sized blanket like this for myself one day.
I don’t have any pictures of it currently, but I have started working on one of my Kylie25 patterns called In My Arms. So far it’s turning out alright, but I can already see where I’ll need to make improvements for when I get to the other glove. Hopefully I will either get a bit further or frog and restart this glove for some pictures soon.
This evening was the start of my adventure with crocheting. I have owned a few crochet hooks for as long as I have been knitting, but so far they’ve been sitting in the case for my interchangeable knitting needles. They are a very well suited tool for picking up dropped stitches because the hook will hold your stitch as you weave it back up the work.
Up until now, I haven’t had much reason to [re]learn how to crochet. My grandmother taught me a very long time ago how to crochet, but I had since forgotten. My mother also crocheted a very pretty afghan a few years ago that piqued my interest in crocheting, but I was still in college and didn’t have the time to try to relearn it.
But now, I was faced with a problem: all of the flowers that I wanted to attach to my sister’s hat instead of the ugly bow tie that the pattern called for making (no offense to the designers, I just don’t care for the bow tie) required the item to be crocheted. The first pattern that I liked contained terms I wasn’t even able to Google, but then I found a video on Youtube that had the perfect rose bud for the hat.
This is one of the three small rose buds I made for Kati's hat.
Apparently I’m some kind of freak because I picked up crocheting about as fast as I did knitting and whipped up three rose buds in about an hour and a half (including one extra practice one to start so really four). Of course now my interest is piqued and I’m curious to try some other crochet patterns, especially those that involved a combination of knitting and crocheting.
P.S. My lovely work friend Emily (http://statesthattouch.wordpress.com/) has said she is willing to model the hat for me so I will have to post a picture after I snap a few.