Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Free Pattern - Coming Home Baby Hat

The following is my recipe for newborn baby hats. I used this for making a lot of them while I was expecting.
K Knit
P Purl
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together
Requirements: Sock or Worsted Weight yarn
4 dpns or circular needles in appropriate size.
Main Body of Hat 
Row 1: Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches. I cast on 64 stitches using sock weight yarn and 48 stitches for worsted weight yarn.

Row 2 - 10 : K2 P2 around
Row 11: K all around
Repeat row 11 till the size is enough to cover the head of the baby. (About 4.5 inches/ 11.5cms)
Next row start crown shaping.
Crown Shaping for Sock Weight Yarn 
Row 1: K8, K2tog

Row 2: K around
Row 3: K7, K2tog
Row 4: K around
Row 5: K6, K2tog
Row 6: K around
Row 7: K5, K2tog
Row 8: K around
Row 9: K4, K2tog
Crown Shaping for Worsted Weight Yarn Follow steps from Row 5 of Crown shaping for sock weight yarn.
Finishing Cut the working yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. Thread this through a tapestry needle and sew through the remaining stitches on the needles while taking them off the needle. Pull through and secure top. For added finishing sew a pom pom to the top of the hat.

Here are some finished projects made by others.

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Friday, 20 January 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT - DesiLoop on Etsy

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

9 HATS SO FAR !!!!!!!!!

It so happened that I made a hat for my son on November last year but it got lost the next month.

Earlier last year when we landed in Canada, we lost another two hats in the play park nearby. One was mine and one was my son's.

I already felt as if we don't have enough hats and now during winters it certainly was the case. I felt like Dh's hat wasn't fitting him well and son didn't have the right hats with all his outfits. So I decided to dive into my stash and see if I had yarn to make some.

I discovered today that I was not keeping track of how many I made. Looking back starting 2nd January this year, I have completed 8 hats in different sizes to fit all of us. Some basic and some fun...
The one below was the first one, worked top down featuring a car motif worked using a combination of intarsia and fair isle techniques. I call it Vroom Vroom Hat (ver 1)

Next came this one... I wanted make my own version of the popular hats these days made of chevron stitch. This one is also worked from the top-down and fits perfectly on my son's little head.

Next I decided son needs a straight hat... So I made another version of the first one. (Vroom Vroom Hat ver 2) but this one was made bottom-up.

Now it was my turn. It's made using some leftover Cascade 220 from my stash and features a paper dolls motif. This is again made using a combination of fair isle and intarsia. Knit top-down.

Then came another one for son with the same yarns. The same yarn as the hat above and uses jobless joins technique and knit top-down.

Then a black basic one for son using bulky yarn to keep his ears extra warm in the snow. I think its made of some Lionbrand super bulky wool.

Next a beret for me with some stash yarn. Featuring a pom pom to use up every bit of the stash yarn and again knit top-down (Can you tell yet that I am a fan of top-down projects?)

By this time I realized there was no proper hat for DH. So even though he told me not to make hats for him, I figured I'll still make one so he can wear it while he buys what he likes from a store. ( he is pretty lazy when it comes to shopping... Even for himself.)

His first comment was don't you have a softer yarn... Well I was a bit irritated, but I know he prefers non-itchy yarn that I didn't have at hand. It is completely worked in ribbing from top to bottom and is completely reversible.

So, I thought of frogging the earlier double knit hat that he likes and make it longer so it can cover his ears. I chose crochet since it is much faster. This yarn is very soft and DH loves this hat as well.

I will be writing up patterns for some of the above hats soon and making them available on my Ravelry store. Stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

In Sewing Land - 3

Third Project - Straight up triangular Base bag.

I used this tutorial for making this bag, although I completely changed the dimensions. I just wish I could find a two - way zipper near my house somewhere.

Unlike my other bags, I bought the waterproof lining for this bag. However, the exterior is the same curtain fabric I used for Box Bag 1

I made a basic beaded loop and attached it to the zipper head to act as a zipper pull. Its pretty neat!

Contemplating my next sewing project… it will either be another bag (maybe a different shape though) or a set of pajamas for A.

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