Another baby on the way!

My cousin Carl and his girlfriend Katie are expecting!  That’s two new baby girls for the family.

I finished a small gift of a hat and booties set for the baby last night.  I used a soft and silky Red Heart yarn and the set knit up pretty fast.  I finished both booties in one evening.  Both the hat and booties are sized for a three month old.

I wish I could share some of my surprises for Allie here, but I want them to be actual surprises in case my sister catches a glimpse of the blog. 

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Hockey Day in America

It’s Hockey Day in America!  To celebrate, I’m modeling the hat I started (and did finish) here.   Yes, the Orange and Black Attack hat is done and ready for the Flyers to start winning.  Please.  Even though it’s been a rough start for them, I still love’em.

Orange and Black Attack Hat WIP

It’s no secret I’m a HUGE Philadelphia Flyers fan, so it was a no-brainer when I heard the huge skein or orange and black self-striping yarn calling my name at Jo-ann Fabrics the other day.  It’s acrylic-ally goodness is courtesy of Red Heart Yarns Team Spirit line. The yarn is typical of Red Heart’s scratchy acrylic yarn, but it’s in FLYERS COLORS.  How can I resist?

I hung the hat on a doorknob so you could see the self-striping in action.  It’s going to have ear flaps with braids attached when I’m finished with it, hence the interlocking stitch marker at the top, as it is one of four.

The pattern?  I’m using the pattern that was on the back of yarn’s label, the Hear It For the Team Hat.  For knitting in the round, the pattern calls for it to be done DPN’s, but I started on circular and swapped over to DPN’s when the stitches got to few. 

Handspun Hat

I finally put some of the handspun I made on my drop spindle to good use.  I knit myself a hat, of course.

I used the three skeins that I have acquired through spinning of the natural wool roving I had been working with.I love the natural rustic colors with the unevenness of the yarn.  It’s cool, I like it, and it’s mine.

Here’s the nitty gritty on Ravelry, if you are interested.

If you are a spinner, what have you created from your own handspun?

Snow Shoe Hat: Free Knitting Pattern

As promised, here is a free knitting pattern for based on the little hat I knit while up in Snow Shoe, PA over this past weekend.

One little piece of trivia: This is Ludicraft’s first birthday!  And I think there is no better way of thanking my readers than to share a new pattern with you.  Let’s get rolling.

Snow Shoe Hat Pattern

Snow Shoe is a small town in North/Central Pennsylvania. I go there with my family to relax, unwind, and unplug. I finished this hat pattern while spending a weekend up in Snow Shoe, and I want to share it with you. I love this hat. It kept the sun off my head and my hair out of my face all weekend during hikes and excursion. The yarnovers provide a little ventilation and coolness. I want to share this pattern with you. Please enjoy!

PATTERN
Size: S/M, for women
Needle: US 7
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Gauge: 5-5 ½ stitches to the inch. 20 stitches x 24 rows=4 inches
Finished Dimensions: Height: roughly 7 inches Circumference: 20 inches
Hat is worked flat.
Cast on 84 stitches.
Band
Work in K1, P1 ribbing for about 1 ½ inches.
Body
Switch to main pattern as follows:
Row 1: *Sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso, k3* rep to end of row
Row 2: *P4, yo, p1* rep to end of row
Row 3: *K3, sl 1 purlwise, k2, psso* rep to end of row
Row 4: *P1, yo, p4* rep to end of row
TIPS: To make sure you are on track, here are a few tricks that I found helped me out with this part:
  • The second stitch of the k3 in Rows 1 and 3 is always a yarnover from the previous purl row.
  • The yo increase on the purl rows always occurs between the two stitches you passed the slipped stitch over.
  • In Row 1, hold the yarn in front of your work while you slip the stitch. The rest of the time, hold your yarn to the back of your work as you slip the stitch purlwise.
  • The psso is for BOTH of the k2 stitches.
Repeat these four rows until body measures about 3 ½ inches. End by knitting a WS row (either a Row 2 or Row 4).
Decreases for Crown
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat these two row once more.
15 rows for decrease.
On all even rows: Purl
1. *K7, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
2. Purl
3. *K6, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
5. *K5, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
7. *K4, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
9. *K3, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
11. *K2, k2tog* to last three stitches, k3
13. *K1, k2tog*
15. *k2tog* all stitches.
You should still have a few live stitches on your needle. Cut a long tail and weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull to tighten. Use mattress stitch to seam both sides together. Weave in ends, though this might be easier to do before you seam. 

Check it out on Ravelry! 

Now, go out into the woods and have some fun!

EDIT 03/12/2013:  I messed up the decrease section and have fixed it.  The above pattern should be correct now. Thanks to those on Ravelry who caught this!

Kallee in her Pixie Hat

Remember those photos from that fun four-year-old?  I would like to introduce Kallee in her hat that her mother commissioned for me to do!  Joy, Kallee’s mom, took these photos and sent them on to me.  The last one, Kallee specifically mentioned that her mother should “Send this one to Jenn.”  I’m so glad she did!  I love the goofy face.
As for the project details, it’s the Sunrise Hat from Lion Brand Yarns, knit in Lion Brand Yarns Homespun in Parfait.  It’s a great pixie hat, and it was fun to knit. I especially love the little point on the top.