Hat Number Two – Feb Knit & Purl

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After the striped stocking hat, I decided to try another hat to see if I could improve my technique. I love these circular hat because there is so much less counting than my scarf sampler. I used a teal wool (primary) that I purchased with a coupon and alternated it with apple green wool (secondary) from an unwound sweater.

I did tear out a bunch after my son tried it on and told me it needed to be longer and slouch some so I don’t have much of a pattern.

Cast 78 stitches of the primary color on to the circular needle. Making sure the stitches are all on the inside of the circular needle, join the stitches and mark the beginning of round.
Create 3.5″ of ribbing using knit 2, purl 2.

Knit a row using both colors combined. This gave the stripes a interesting random pattern and helped me avoid some of the loose holes I had in the previous hat.

Using just with the secondary color, create 5 rows of stockinette by knitting every round on the circular needles. Alternate colors every 5 rows, adding a combined row at each color transition.

When the hat is long enough for you taste, start reducing, alternating colors if you wish. I finished up with just the teal again.

Knit 2 together, knit 12 for one row (don’t worry if it’s not a complete set on the row)
Knit 2 together, knit 11 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 10 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 9 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 8 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 7 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 6 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 5 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 4 for one row – Here I had to switch over to 4 double point needles
Knit 2 together, knit 3 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 2 for one row
Knit 2 together, knit 1 for one row
Cast off, pulling the top of the hat closed.

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Knit and Purl: February

This moth I decided to try to knit a hat on circular needles.  I also learned how to do K2Together as my stitch of the month.  Not very difficult, but when combined with the circular needles, knitting in the round and finishing on double point needles it was plenty for me.  I need to work on getting the joined sections together more attractively.

Striped Stocking Capphoto of hat

Materials:

  • I used cashmere that I unwound from a sweater and dyed with Kool-Aid.  I had both red and violet.
  • Size 10 US 16 inch circular needles
  • Size 10 US double pointed needles (Change to double points when the stitches no longer fit on the circular needles)

Instructions

Cast 78 stitches of the primary color on to the circular needle.  Making sure the stitches are all on the inside of the circular needle, join the stitches and mark the beginning of round.
Create 3.5″ of ribbing using knit 2, purl 2.
Starting with the secondary color, create 5.5″ of stockinette by knitting every round on the circular needles.  Alternate colors every 5 rows.

Set 1: Primary Color
Row 1: With Primary: K2tog, K11; repeat
Row 2: Knit all
Row 3: K2tog, K10; repeat
Row 4: Knit all
Row 5: K2tog, K9; repeat (60 stitches)

Set 2: Secondary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K8; repeat (54 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 3: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K7; repeat (48 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 4: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K6; repeat (42 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 5: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K5; repeat (36 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 6: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K4; repeat (30 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 3: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K3; repeat (24 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Set 3: Primary Color
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *K2tog, K2; repeat (18 stitches)
Row 3, 4 and 5: Knit all

Cut the yarn to about 8 inches.

Make the Braid And Tassel

Cut 12 strands of yarn approximately 24″ in length. Fold in half and braid. Make the free ends into a tassel.  Thread trough the hole in the top of the hat so that it is on the right side.
Cut the yarn and thread it through tapestry needle. Slip stitches through stitches on the hat (don’t forget to thread through the traded tassel) and pull tightly to close top of hat.

Knit-Purl Knitting

I am a beginning knitter.  I can cast on, knit, purl and cast off.  Over the course of this year I hope to choose a new skill each month and add a new pattern each month.  My goal for the year is to make each of my boys a hat for next Christmas, fight now all I can make are scarves.

January Pattern  IMG_2741

I found this pattern as part of a baby blanket and modified it for a scarf.  I used #10 bamboo needles.

First, I cast on 52 stitches

rows 1-16:  k52
row 17: k8 p6 k4 p6 k4 p6 k8
row 18: k52
row 19: k8 p6 k4 p6 k4 p6 k8
row 20: k52
row 21: k8 p6 k4 p6 k4 p6 k8
row 22: k52
row 23: k8 p6 k4 p6 k4 p6 k8
row 24: k52
row 25: k8 p6 k4 p6 k4 p6 k8
row 26: k52
row 27: k8 p6 k4 p6 k4 p6 k8
row 28: k52IMG_2740
row 29: k52
row 30: k52
row 31: k52
row 32: k52
row 33: k52
row 34: k52

repeat rows 17-34 until you have the length you would like

finish with 16 rows of k52

Dyeing Wool: the Kool-Aid Way

yarnsA few weeks ago I found a lovely cashmere cardigan at the local thrift store for under $10.00.  What makes it special is the gauge of the yarn, it is very think compared to all of the other cashmere sweaters I had found. I unraveled it and have five nice batches of yarn to use.  Now for the down side.  The sweater, and therefor the yarn, is a really unattractive shade of pink – very similar to Pepto Bismol.

I had read a few things about dyeing yarn and was not sure the dye would take at all, but I decided to go for it after finding information about dyeing animal fibers with unsweetened Kool-Aid. I do have to say that I am no photographer and these yarns are much prettier in person. The whole process was, cheap, easy, fun and sticklers – I’m hooked.

I purchased 10 packets of Kool-Aid for $2.50 and dove right in.  I simmered water in an enamel pot and added 3 packets of Black Cherry Kool-Aid.  After wetting down the yarn, being careful not to agitate (and felt) the yarn, I dunked it into the dye pot.  In a few minutes the color had completely disappeared from the dye pot and I wanted a more intense color so I added 2 more packets of Fruit Punch.  I “cooked” the yarn at a low simmer for 10 minutes then turned off the heat and allowed the yarn to cool to room temperature.  I rinsed the yarn in luke warm water with a drop of dish soap (again, don’t agitate) and followed with clear water.  Then I just squeezed out the excess water and hung it to dry.  The variations in colors are due to the later addition of the dye as well as the skein being tied together in several places – I really like it.

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Black Cherry and Tropical Punch

For the violet yarn, I started with the same pink cashmere, added grape Kool Aid and then a few drops of blue food color. The citric acid in the Kool Aid helps the dyes in both the mix and the food color adhere to the yarn.

Grape with a few drops of blue food color.
Grape with a few drops of blue food color.

The last batch was cream colored wool dyed with 3 packs of Orange and 2 packs of Cherry. I used so much so I would get a vibrant color. The photo show the yarn still wet.

Orange and Cherry
Orange and Cherry
Kenton was unimpressed
Kenton was unimpressed