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!

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Fall Fair Season

Where I live in PA, street fairs and farm shows are HUGE in the fall.  Streets are filled with rides, food, and throngs of people.  Parks are converted into tent cities full of animals, goods, and curiosities.  It’s a fun time. 
One aspect of the farm show/fair idea is the competitions.  People can enter anything from canned goods and pies, to photography and crafts, into their proper categories, of course.  I used to enter a lot of photography, but since I went pro, I can’t.  BUT, I can enter in some knitting. 
I’m working on a shawl based off of the 55 Shells pattern by Frankie Brown on Ravelry.  I’m using 100 percent alpaca DK weight yarn and it feels beautiful.  I think I have 21 shells knit by now.
I know I’m going to get blown out of the water, but I just basically want to show off some work and see how I stack up against the heavy guns who enter. Farm shows are a big deal around here.   
Shown here are examples of some of the shells I have knit.  They are so soft to touch.  Alpaca is definitely one of my favorite fibers to work with.
Fair season is right around the corner.  Wish me luck!

Cutting into my Knitting

I did something bad.  I cut into my knitted work and it wasn’t for steeks. 
And I don’t regret it at all.  I got the final product I wanted out it, so I wasn’t all that naughty.  Most knitters, myself included, cringe at the thought of taking scissors to an FO.  In this case, I wanted a particular result and I didn’t get it the first way, so I grabbed my scissors and took the plunge.
Mi’raj Shrug sans band.

I completed my Mi’raj Shrug last Monday in the car on the way to the beach with my husband.  It was also our seventh wedding anniversary, but I just felt like putting that it because, why not?  Anyway, there is an optional band you can knit for this shrug, and I took the option to do so.  Now, I had tried on the shrug WITHOUT the band and it looked lovely, so I though the band would be a nice finishing touch.  Either I didn’t do something right, but it didn’t.

When I had finished completed the band from the picked up stitches in the inside circumference, I tried it on.  The band made the shrug too narrow for me to wear.  I did manage to get it on, but The Hubs had to help.  And I couldn’t take it off the shrug by myself, either.  If can’t take on and off a casual piece of clothing without assistance, there is something wrong. 
Rather than stuff the shrug in a trashcan at a rest stop, I decided to go back to what I had originally had:  a nice, comfortable shrug.  I grabbed my travel craft scissor and cut.  It was a terrifying experience. 
I managed to cut that band off.  I couldn’t unravel it because I had bound off and woven in my ends.  I would’ve had to have cut anyway.  I cut that bad boy off right down to the original edge where I had picked up my stitches for the band.  
Bingo!  I chopped that band off!  I had my shrug back and did it in the most unthinkable way possible!
I do not wish to do something like that again.  I should’ve listened to that little voice in the back of my head saying, “Leave it as is!” before I started that band. 
Would I recommend this pattern?  Yes!  It’s cute and fun to knit. Would I recommend knitting the band?  No.
This was a strangely exhilarating experience, and not one I care to repeat. 

Intarsia: A Tale of Two Hearts

This past Friday I bought a book, which inspired me to learn intarsia.  So, Sunday I grabbed some straight 8’s and two colors of worsted weight yarn and dug in with minimal research. 
I thought I had this figured out.  Nah, I’ll just skim over another book and see what they have to say, and I think I’ve got it, I thought to myself.  Turns out, I had the right idea, but the wrong technique.  Ever happen to you?
Exhibit A
As I went along, it was apparent that maybe I wasn’t doing something right.  For example, I thought that each color change was done with a separate strand of yarn.  I managed to get a pink blob, as you can see from Exhibit A, that somewhat resembled a heart.  It took FOREVER to knit, and I had a hojillion ends to weave in, which took about as long to do as knitting the darn thing.  I figured this was OK for a first attempt, but I was going to do more research the next day.  One thing I DID do right was read the chart correctly.  I’ll give myself credit for that.

Exhibit B
Monday came and I did a little search on intarsia knitting tutorials.  Knit Picks had a good one, and I’ve used theirs before, so I figured I give their instructions a try.  I read them.  One point I missed:  use yarn bobbins to knit sections of color.  OH!  Another:  Carry the new yarn you are using INBETWEEN the old one and the fabric.  OH!  The proverbial light bulb went off in my brain and the technique clicked.
That evening I got the same supplies I had before, plus some newly purchased yarn bobs. I cast on and followed the tutorial.  Ding!  I got it!  See Exhibit B?  It actually resembles a heart!  There are mistakes in it, mostly because I was tired when I was finishing the pink part.  What’s important, I learned something new.  I can do this!
The moral of the story:  Always read your directions fully and completely.  If you’re still not sure, do more research.
I can’t wait to do more intarsia.  This has opened a whole new world of knitting for me.  Fair Isle, you’re next!

Bob the Sweater

The weather gets warm and what do I do:  I knit a sweater!  Actually, it’s a summer sweater and made out of an acrylic/cotton blend.
I like this sweater.  It’s called Bob and showed up in the Summer 2003 edition of Knitty.  I don’t know why it’s called Bob, but it is. 
This took me about three weeks or so to complete, which is pretty good for a sweater. It’s a fairly easy pattern to understand, but there is a little math involved since there are raglan decreases. 
The one thing I would change about this pattern is my fault, as I would make a smaller size.  Otherwise, it’s a nice, fitted sweater.  I’m glad I found Bob.  

Hat Overload

I am sick of knitting hats.
It seems like everything I knit for my upcoming show is a hat.  That needs to stop.
So, I’m focusing on other types of projects, such as notebook covers and coffee cup sleeves, stuff like that.  Oh, and trinket bags.  Just not hats.
I’ll probably knit a chunky scarf or two in the interim, as well.  I have a pretty lace knit one in Berocco Chunky, (lace again!) and have yarn for a ruffly type scarf, too, in a nice acrylic, mohair, and wool blend.  I think its Katia yarn.  Park Avenue, or something like that.
If I don’t sell all those hats, I do have a good use for them.  I’ll take them to the local cancer center and donate them for cancer patients to use as chemo caps.  I’ve done that before, and they were well received. 
In the meantime, though, no more hats.  At least not for a while.

When did I become a lace knitter?

So, I’ve noticed something lately when knitting.  I knit A LOT of simple lace.  The funny thing is that lace knitting sort of scares me with its intricate decreases, yarnovers, and charts.  Still, simple lace has become a way of knitting for me.  Is this a leap into complex lace?  Time will tell, I suppose. 
As an example of said lace knitting, here is a swatch of a fan and scallop cloth I did in cotton yarn.  Looks sort of pretty, I think.