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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Embroidered Cushion Cover


My first cross-stitched pillowcase


Here is a homemade pillowcase with a lotus flower cross stitch pattern that I embroidered onto it. Because I can't hem anything to save my life, I covered up the ugly hemming with some matching pink braid.:

Knitting/Crocheting Projects in Progress

  • Snood for my sister
  • Triangle shawl
  • Crocheted daisy table runner


Friday, June 15, 2012

Loom Knit Pumpkin Baby Hat


Loom Knit Pumpkin Hat


For a long time now, I've seen a lot of these pumpkin hats, and I've always wanted to make one. Well, today, while baking my sister's birthday cake, I finally made my very first one!!! I loom knit the hat itself using two strands of worsted weight orange yarn held together. The stem and leaves were crocheted.

Hat Recipe-Preemie/Small Newborn Size.

You will need:

  • A 24 peg round loom, and the awl it comes with.
  • Yarn needle
  • Small amount of worsted weight orange and green yarns
  • Crochet hook (size isn't too critical- you just want something that will work with a worsted weight yarn)

Loom knit 20 rows using two strands of orange yarn held together, and then cast off using the gathering method (run the yarn needle under each stitch, and then pull each stitch off the peg). Tie tightly and weave in ends.

For the stem, crochet about5 chain stitches. Single crochet till end, and then single crochet around the other side of the same chain. Weave in ends. Attach to top of hat.

For the leaves: Ch 6. Work each stitch as follows: SC in first stitch, then HDC, DC, HDC, SC. Repeat the stitch pattern working on the opposite side of the same chain. Repeat for additional leaves as desired. Attach to top of hat near base of stem.

Knitting/Crocheting Projects in Progress

  • Snood for my sister
  • Triangle shawl
  • Granny Square Pillow


Saturday, June 9, 2012

I've been busy


Mock Cable Rib Stitch Newborn Baby Hat Pattern


This is my first original baby hat pattern. The stitch I used is a mock cable stitch. It consists of simple knit and purl stitches, so I would rate this as an "easy" hat.

PATTERN IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT REPRODUCE, SELL, OR OTHERWISE USE THIS PATTERN FOR PROFIT. YOU ARE FREE TO MAKE AS MANY HATS AS YOU WISH FOR PERSONAL USE, OR FOR CHARITY.

This was knitted on US 5 needles using sport weight yarn.

How to Make the Hat

Stitch Pattern



On a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2:

  • Row 1: *Purl 2, knit 2* Repeat till end.
  • Row 2:* Knit 2, purl 2* Till end.
  • Row 3: *Purl 2, skip the next stitch and knit into the back of the next stitch, then knit into the front of the skipped stitch* Repeat till end.
  • Row 4: *Knit 2, purl 2* to end.

These 4 rows form the pattern.

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the pattern stitch, it's time to get started on the actual hat. Here's the pattern for the hat:

  • Step 1: Cast on 66 stitches.
  • Step 2: Knit in pattern until work measures 5 inches, or desired length.
  • Step 3: Start decreasing:p2tog,k2tog till end. Continue decreasing for about 3 rows, or until you have about 8 stitches remaining on your needles. (There may be some rows where you have to k3tog or p3tog).
  • Step 4: When you reach about 8-10 stitches left on your needle, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing up. Put the end of the yarn onto a yarn needle, and pass it through the remaining stitches on the needle. Slip these stitches off the needle, and cinch tight. Use the long tail to sew up the side seam.
  • Step 5: Weave in all ends.

Optional

You can add other embellishments to the top of the hat, like an i-cord, or a pom pom. I chose to leave mine as is, because I feel the mock cable stitch is pretty enough on it's own. However, feel free to jazz it up however you like.

Knitting/Crochet Projects in Progress

  • Snood for my sister
  • Triangle shawl
  • Purse with wooden handles