Saturday, March 27, 2010

Puff Stitch Crocheted Baby Hat

I love making these hats. I made this one for my niece, who is 3 months old. I used the puff stitch, and size F hook, and I used Peaches & Cream Yarn Red. I actually did not follow a pattern for this hat. I knew what the big one called for and modified it to a smaller version on my own.

I also crocheted the flower for the hat. I think these are so cute on hats.

Here is the pattern for the flower, from Little Birdie Secrets

Any size hook (depending on what size flower you want)
Any weight yarn

Rnd 1: Ch 5, join into a ring w/sl st in 1st ch.
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 9dc in ring, join to top of ch w/sl st -- 10 sts.
Rnd 3: **Ch 2, work 3dc in next st, ch 2 sl st in next st** five times. Fasten off.

For a different color center, try changing yarn colors after round 2. Experiment with different weight yarns and hook sizes. To layer a slightly smaller flower on top, go down one hook size from larger flower.

Ripple Baby Blanket

I started a ripple blanket for my nephew a couple of days. I am currently on the 8th row...I took the picture below a couple of days ago. But once I finish this blanket, I will be sure to post more pictures. I had no idea how to do a ripple blanket, but have wanted to for a long time. I found a great website that showed how to do almost anything that has to do with crochet. The lady that explains everything is really good. So if you want to learn how to crochet, I highly recommend her site. It is called Crochet-Mania

I am doing my blanket in grey and a mossy green color. I am using a size F needle.

Hot Pads

I am trying out some different crochet styles. One of the things I wanted to try was to make Hot Pads. These will most likely be Christmas gifts. I started this Hot Pad from a pattern that I found in Norwegian. Unfortunately for me...I don't speak Norwegian. I understood the pattern for the first 3 rows...then couldn't figure it out. So I made the rest up. I used a size F needle. Once I could not read the norwegian ladies blog, I just did an increase every other row. That way it would lay flat, other words it would have curled up and started forming a hat!

So here is the first 2 rows:

Then I switched colors:

Then I switched colors one more time and then added a border:

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I fell in love with this yarn when my local yarn shop was closing. Happy to be able to get several hanks I was sad to realize I didn't have enough for a cardigan I was wanting to make. Thankfully I came across a pattern in Knitted Lace of Estonia,the Raha Scarf, that I thought would go well with this colour.

I used Inca Alpaca by Classic Elite Yarns. This is the first ball of yarn I ever wound myself, not pretty but it works. The yarn is completely the wrong gauge for the project but using size 8 (US) needles I was still able to get the right effect.

This was also my first project I blocked using pins.

The finished project. I made this to donate for a silent auction but I like it so much I will be making one for myself.

Knitting Update

Despite the lack of posts on this blog I have been busy knitting. Below is the knot hat from Blue Sky Alpacas. Love the hat, have to learn to knit looser. It is a nice pattern with the use of knots/bramble berry stitch. This hat was made for a friends mother who is now undergoing chemo. It was knit in a bamboo blend by Caron Yarns.

Here is one of the items that has been keeping me busy. Pepsi with real sugar :P. No, despite my new addiction I am now knitting baby hats for a hospital. Look how tiny they are, they are knit on a size 3 needle, whew. I couldn't get over the size of the first one I knit. They are knit in acrylic with yarn the hospital provides. I am not a fan of acrylic but I do need to abide by their standards if I want the hats to actually be used.

I also knit my baby a sweater. Just like the previous ones on this blog but in a blue/grey cotton and wool blend.

Christmas Knitting Completed

Just realized I never finished posting my Christmas gifts.

Here is the hat I made for my sister-in-law. It ended up being a little snug compared to her normal style but looks good.

Close up of the lovely stitches. I just love it.

Here is a scarf I knit in a tube for my niece. The hardest part was the fringe, my goodness that was harder then it needed to be.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Christmas Present 1 done part 2

Here is the hat post blocking but still drying. You can't really see the difference but it is a lot longer and narrower. I think this will look good on her. I even have enough yarn to make a slightly smaller version for her or perhaps a matching scarf. Well time to start Christmas project two.

I need to take a class about digital photography.