Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crochet Slouchy Hat - Easy 'n Fast! Free Pattern

Materials & Tools:

Super Bulky/Chunky yarn - 93-100 yds
Size N (9mm) crochet hook

Gauge: 2.5 sc's per inch


1. ch3, join w/ slst in 1st chain.
2.  sc 10 in rnd.
3.  2 sc in ea sc around, join with a slst in the top of the 1st sc.  [20 sc's]
4.  2 sc in ea sc around, join with a slst in the top of the 1st sc.  [40 sc's]
5.  sc 19, 2 sc in next sc, sc 20, join round with a slst in top of 1st sc. [41 scs]

*the rest of the hat will be made with sc's done in the back loop only.

6. Now you can continue to sc in the back loop only of every sc.  You do not need to join at the end of each round you can simply just keep working round and round until the length you like.  I like to make my slouchy hats to measure between 11 - 12" from top to bottom.

Once you've reached the length you like make your last st a slst into the next sc.
Tie off/weave in ends.

This hat is reversible, you can either wear it on the ribby looking side...

or the bumpy looking side.

Using Hobby Lobby's "I love this chunky" (off white hat) I used 100 yds.
Using Hobby Lobby's "Whimsy Bulky" (multi colored) I used the whole skein - 93 yds.
* on this hat I had to add a few more scs as it was not quite as thick as the off-white one.  I used 44 sc's for this, so on row 5 instead of increasing 1 sc, I increased 4 sc's.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitted Towel Topper - Free Pattern!

Knitted Towel Topper
By Kris Basta

I had a of couple people ask me for these and decided to make a batch of them to take to a craft show in December.  I just made up a pattern that I liked the look of and was fast.  I bought 5 towels at a Dollar store, in retrospect they are pretty flimsy, next time I'll buy a better quality towel.  Anyhoo, here is the pattern, if you want to download and print it you can scroll all the way down past the pictures to the bottom, you'll see a link to click on which will take you to the pdf file. 

Worsted/Aran weight cotton yarn such as Peaches 'n Cream - approx. 24 yds.
Size 8 knitting needles
Darning needle

k2tog = knit 2 together 
ssk = slip, slip, knit
WS = wrong side
BO = bind off

Rep = repeat

K = knit

P = Purl
sts = stitches

Video References:

One row buttonhole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY4vBzLo-Xs

Before starting to knit you must have a prepared dishtowel.  I start by purchasing a dishtowel, cut it in half and hem the cut edge at about 1/4".  I hem mine on the sewing machine.  You will be able to make 2 of these from 1 purchased towel.
Now you must make a foundation row of stitches using your yarn.  There are several ways to do this, my preferred method is simply to make a running stitch across the towel like this:

Stitching just below the hem (as close as you can get) I like to make the stitches no more than 1/8” in length.  I thread my darning needle with the yarn still attached to the skein/ball, I pull out enough length that I think it will take to make the running stitches across, with towel’s right side facing, I make my running stitches.  I shoot for a stitch count of 31 – 34.  It doesn’t matter if you have an even number or an odd number at this point.

Once you have made your running stitches, remove the darning needle.  Make a tight knot at the end that your darning needle ended at.  (The other end is the attached skein end).

With right side facing and working on the skein end, pick up and knit each stitch until you’ve worked them all – you will now be at the knotted end.

NEXT:  (WS) Knit the next row making some decreases, you will want to make decreases in this row to end with 30 stitches.  Examples:  if you had 31 running stitches you will want to decrease 1 stitch in the middle of the row.  If you had 33 stitches you would decrease 3 stitches evenly across the row, and so forth.

Now it’s easy peasy from here, working on 30 sts:

1-3. Knit 3 rows. 
4.  Purl 
5.  (RS) K1, k2tog, k across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.  (28 sts) 
6.  (WS) Purl 
7-24.  Rep rows 5 & 6 until you have 10 sts remaining. 
25. Knit 
26. Purl 
27. Purl  *(you are now working in reverse stockinette, what was once your knit side will now be your purl side, what was once your purl side will now be a knit side.  This will make a nice folding edge.) 
28. Knit 
29. Purl 
30-33. Rep rows 28 & 29 2x more.

34.  K4, -MAKE BUTTONHOLE-, knit to end of row.  ….I make a one-row buttonhole (see video how-to  here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY4vBzLo-Xs )  but you can certainly use any method buttonhole you like.  I use only a 2-stitch buttonhole whereas on the video she demonstrates it with a 3-stitch buttonhole.
35. Purl 
36. K1, k2tog, k across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (8 sts) 
37. Purl 
38. K1, k2tog, k across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.  (6 sts) 
39.  Knit.  (this is correct, I know you were expecting to purl this row, but this will make your edge roll less).

40. BO knitwise.

Cut yarn, weave in ends.  Fold buttonhole flap over to right side, mark where your button will be sewn on, sew button in place.

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