A Ticking Clock

The husband and I were talking about having a baby today. Let me back up. Yesterday, one of my favorite people in the world, Allyson, got married. I took a few pictures for her bridal shower invite and blogged about it in: I Shot Allyson. We’ve known each other since she was five and I was eight. At her wedding there were tons of cute photos of her and her brothers when they were little. I don’t have any brothers and sisters, but I consider Allyson and her three brothers my family/siblings. I babysat them when they were young! This brought on my husband’s comment about how he wanted a little one of our own. He said he’s ready. I think I might be ready… So the plan is to “poop one out” as husband says next May (not this May as in 2013, but NEXT May 2014, MAYBE). It’ll be the end of my second year as a school counselor, and I’ll be ready to pop after finishing my classes for my doctorate. I figure I can take my time to write my dissertation while I care for my baby!

This had me thinking about that baby hat I knit for a photo shoot for Love and Grace Photography . I completely forgot to add the gorgeous pictures they took! It’s also time for me to knit a baby hat for Minna, who is one half of Love and Grace Photography.

For the original post and knitting pattern see: Size Doesn’t Mater.

This is baby Ryder in the hat I knit.

So adorable!

Minna said the pictures with my hat were her favorites!

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Size Doesn’t Matter

UPDATE January 2013:  I used my own pattern (below) to knit a hat for my wonderful friend and hair dresser, Minna.  She’s half of Love and Grace Photographs, who take beautiful pictures and have enlisted me to knit a prop hat in the past.  The hat turned out so much better this time using Jogless Stripes than last time!  I did 6 rounds of white for every 3 rounds of color, following the pattern written below.  Instead of braiding, I just knit a really long icord and attached an extra large pom pom.  I also made a large pom pom by wrapping yarn around my fingers a BUNCH.  I pulled yarn through the loop (sliding along my fingers), tied it, and cut.  Need a visual on how to make a pom pom?  Go here.  Martha also has great directions using cardboard (which I didn’t have, so I used my fingers!).   Here’s the hat I knit for Baby Amelia!  

Amelia's rainbow hat

There will be pictures of an adorable baby wearing this hat coming soon!

The rainbow and white yarn had little sequins attached. Darling!

The rainbow and white yarn had little sequins attached. Darling!

I’ve been trying to knit a baby hat for a couple of months now. I’d found a free pattern through Ravelry.com for a new born long tail hat. It was perfect! Except the person is better at knitting than I am, so the directions were not exactly made for a noob like me. I frogged it once (A knitting joke: What does a frog say? Rip it! Rip it! Meaning I pulled the whole thing apart and started from scratch) and started and stopped several times, but the time finally came for that baby to be induced, and I had to finish it. I would not let some tiny little hat conquer my fat fingers. Plus, I always keep my word, or at least try my damnedest to. My friends over at Love and Grace Photographs were counting on me to get this hat done for their photo shoot! Side note: they’re fab, check them out! This minuscule maternity prop would not best me! How could something so small be so hard?

Here is what it looks like:

It is pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

Here is what went wrong:
1. I used a smaller gauge yarn (but it was so soft and pretty). Tiny yarn is hard to knit with!
2. I did not use “jogless stripes”, which caused my hat to have stripes that slanted and created a look of a seam, even though I knitted in the round. See pic below!
3. I didn’t pull the stitches tight enough between my double pointed needles, creating two columns of looser stitches.

This is the ‘backside’ of the hat, where the stripes don’t meet up.

I now know how to make it better for the next time! Here’s my pattern adapted from the pattern at Ravelry:

Audrey’s Long Tail Tiny Baby Hat

Ingredients:
Size 7 and 8 double pointed needles
sport weight yarn in three colors. (I used brown, green, and blue- mine was baby yarn, I think it is sport weight, but I threw away the packaging.  Use worsted weight to make)

Here is the pattern; corrections are in bold.

Band:
Cast on 66 stitches on size 7 DPNs (This makes a tighter band around the head).
K1 P1 all the way around for 6 rows to create a rib. On my hat this part is brown.

Color change (stripe):
Switch to size 8 needles and k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is green.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

You are going to repeat the color change stripe directions 3 times for a total of 9 more knitted rows. I’m putting the exact directions below (for noobs like me!). If you’re a pro skip to the decreasing.

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is blue.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is brown.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is green.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

Now to start the decreasing!

  1. *K9 K2together* repeat that all the way around! On my hat this starts the blue stripe.
  2. K the next row (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  3. *K8 K2together* repeat that all the way around!
  4. K the next row (should be a new color. On my hat it is brown.)
  5. *K7 K2together* repeat that all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  6. K the next row
  7. *K6 K2together* repeat that all the way around! (On my hat this starts the green stripe).
  8. K the next row (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  9. *K5 K2together* repeat that all the way around!
  10. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  11. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  12. K
  13. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  14. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  15. K
  16. *K4 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (On my hat this starts the green stripe).
  17. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  18. K
  19. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  20. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  21. K
  22. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  23. *K3 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  24. K
  25. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  26. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  27. K
  28. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  29. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  30. K
  31. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  32. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  33. K
  34. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  35. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  36. *K2 K2together* Repeat all the way around!
  37. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  38. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  39. K
  40. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  41. *K1 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  42. K
  43. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  44. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  45. K
  46. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  47. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  48. K
  49. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  50. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  51. K
  52. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  53. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  54. *K2together* Repeat this all the way around!

There should now be 3 stitches left!
Put all your stitches on one DPN. You will K this as an Icord. Repeat the three steps below to make the tail as long as you like!
K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
Slide the stitches to the other end of the DPN and DO NOT TURN! You will pull the yarn from the other end and it will seem weird, but it will be okay!
K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
K

When you’ve made it as long as you want, pull the yarn through the 3 stitches to hold them and end the hat. Braid the end. I tied on several more strands and grouped the colors to make the braid thicker!

Ta Da!

If you knit one, would you put pics and tips in the comments on my blog? Thanks! You’re the best!

Easy Knit Fingerless Gloves

I’m back from the dead! Well, semi-back-from-the-dead. I had high hopes of all the crafty things I would accomplish this week, but alas, my immune system had other plans. I started to feel cruddy over the weekend, and my chest was really hurting, so Monday morning I went to the doctor. At first, they thought I had pneumonia! After a breathing treatment in the office, she said it probably wasn’t pneumonia, but I got a steroid shot, powerful antibiotic, and an inhaler! I also got stuck in bed all week, because just walking downstairs to make soup wore me out. This seems like it would be a great time to do all the knitting I keep planning to do, but I wasn’t conscious very often. I did manage to finish a project that was on my knitting needles from last winter: fingerless gloves! I made mine short, but you could make them longer! They are oh-so-easy to make!

Materials:

Size 7 double pointed needles (DPN)
Yarn- I used I Love This Yarn (because it is cheap!), which is worsted weight

The glove with waste yarn for the thumb hole.

Pattern:

Cast on 36 stitches on size 7 straight needles and divide up between the size 7 DPN’s (12, 12, 12).
After knitting a few rounds, mark the start with a stitch marker.
Knit until you get the desired length from end to thumb (about 5 inches on my shorties)
On the next row, knit the first four, then knit the next 6 with waste yarn (knit more if you want a looser thumb hole!).
Continue knitting around for about three more inches.
Bind off.

Flip the glove inside out and pick up your stitches on either side of the waste yarn. I picked up a couple extra stitches on either side to make sure there weren’t gaps. Knit around twice and bind off!

Tuck in all your tails and repeat!

Around the thumb there may be small gaps in the stitches, but I used my tails to help hide these!

The finished product!

Now that I have the gloves off my size 7 needles, I can start the project I’m really looking forward to: a cute baby hat! No, it’s not for me! It’s for a friend’s photography studio; they’re using it as a prop!