Just a Quick Note…

Actually, just a quick post of a few hats I’ve made recently. These are for next Christmas.

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Adding a few more pics to this group.

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Just finished another hat to add to the pile.

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Adding another hat. This one only took 1 day to knit. Very quick knit and easy too.

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How To Knit the Fish Mittens

I have been working on Fish Hats and decided to knit matching mittens. I was unable to find a specific pattern for Fish Mittens, so I did my own. Here are the “how to’s”.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn approximately 250 yards
Double Pointed needles set of 5, US size 4
If you do stranded knitting for the mittens you will need Size 5 needles
Waste yarn, worsted weight or bulky
Buttons for the eyes or crochet hook size D
Yarn needle

Gauge:

6 stitches to the inch
8 rows to the inch

Size:

Small/Medium

For larger mittens, go up one size needle

These mittens measure 8 inches around the knuckles

Measurements you will need:

Wrist to top of thumb joint
Top of thumb joint to top of index finger
Thumb joint to tip of thumb

Pictures first, then instructions:

Basic Mitten pattern:

Cast on 48 stitches and divide evenly over 4 needles. Join. K2 P2 around until cuff measures 3 inches or desired length.

Knit plain (stockinet stitch) until you have reached your first measurement. My wrist to thumb joint measurement is 2 1/2 inches.

K2, using waste yarn K 6 stitches. Slip these stitches back to the left hand needle and continue knitting until you reach your second measurement. My second measurement, thumb joint to tip of index finger is 4 inches.

Begin decreasing.

(K4, K2 together) around. K 3 rounds even.
(K3, K2 together) around. K2 rounds even.
(K2, K2 together) around. K1 round even.
(K1, K2 together) around. K1 round even.
K2 together around. Cut yarn out about 10 inches. Thread yarn needle and pass yarn through all stitches on needles. Remove needles. Pull yarn tight and secure on inside of mitten.

Thumb:

Remove waste yarn carefully and place live stitches on 3 needles. You may want to insert the needles before you remove the waste yarn.

Pick up an additional 3 stitches on each side. This is to prevent holes and make the thumb large enough. So you will have a total of 18 stitches.

Attach yarn and knit around until thumb measures appropriate length. Mine measures 2 inches from joint to tip.

(K2, K2 together) around. K 1 round even.
K2 together around. Cut yarn out a sufficient length to thread through remaining stitches on needle. Pull tight and secure on inside of thumb.

Weave in all loose ends.

Repeat for 2nd mitten.

Now for the FISH part…the fins and eyes.

Dorsal Fins (use 2 needles and knit back and forth):

Cast on 10 stitches leaving a long tail to sew to mitten.
K1 row.
Next row KFB of each stitch (20 stitches)
K1 P1 for 5 rows.
BO

Pectoral Fins:

Cast on 5 Stitches.
K1 row.
Next row KFB of each stitch (10 stitches)
K1 P1 for 5 rows.
BO
Repeat for 2nd pectoral fin.

Place fins on mitten and sew securely.

Eyes:

Using a magic loop to begin your crocheted eyes, make 10 single crochets in the center of the loop, join. Cut yarn. Pull beginning yarn end tight to close up the hole.

Join contrast color yarn. Chain 1, (single crochet in next stitch, 2 single crochet in next stitch) around. Join and end off, leaving a long tail to sew to mitten.

Place eyes on mitten in a pleasing manner and sew to mitten. Stuff loose ends inside as you go. You can also add a little fiber fill if you wish.

And there you have it. A basic mitten turned into a fish.

The hat pattern can be found on knitty.com

Enjoy.

3rd Dead/Alive Fish Hat

I told you these were addicting!

I would say if you are a knitter and haven’t tried this, but want to….Go For It! It’s a lot of fun.

If you are a beginner at knitting, Go ahead and try this. You can always look up what you don’t understand on YouTube and Ravelry and Knitting Pattern Central.

If you are wanting to learn to knit, I hope you are lucky enough to have a friend available on line or in your immediate circle willing and able to teach you.

If you only crochet or don’t do any fiber arts at all, maybe you are lucky enough to have a knitting friend willing to knit one for you. But remember to show your appreciation for their efforts. “Thank yous” and “hugs” and maybe a little card would be much appreciated, by your friend.

Anyway, here is the 3rd one…this one is alive too.

Fish Hat…This One is ALIVE!

These hats are addicting. Had to make another one. Only this time I made it “alive”. I added crocheted eyes and a little stuffing to make the eyes pop. I used Knit Picks Chroma Worsted yarn for this fish and size 7 circular needles 16 inches long. I found it is much easier to do the short rows on circular needles than on double points. Of course as I went along and the width of the fish got smaller, I had to change to double points.

I also knitted the tail fins in the round and Kitchener stitched the opening closed. Then I knitted the dorsal and pectoral fins separately and sewed them on.

Dead Fish Hat

I found a pattern on Knitty for a fish hat and decided to try my hand at making the thing. It has short row shaping which I had a hard time understanding until I did this pattern. I used some acrylic yarn I had on hand. Didn’t want to use my expensive wool yarn until I could be sure I wouldn’t have any difficulty making it. I do plan on making another one using Knit Picks Chroma Worsted in Pool Party colorway.

If you want to try this pattern, just copy and paste the link below for the pattern.

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park

We decided to take a day trip and visit one of our local state parks.  I had seen the advertisement on line and thought it would be a great place to visit.

It is a small, but beautiful state park.  The swimming area is fed by two springs which keeps the water a constant 68 degrees.  You can also see fish in the swimming area.  We saw a few butterflies and dragonflies and felt the sting of some mosquitos.  

If you decide to visit, bring your cooler with drinks and food and your bug repellant.

Here are a few pics for you to enjoy.