Planning for Cold Weather

When you tell folks you live in Florida, they think beaches and constant sunshine.  They don’t think about rainy days, thunder, lightening or even cold weather.

Yes, in the northern part of Florida, we have cold weather.  It’s a different kind of cold, though.  It’s damp and seeps into your bones.  The chill just never goes away.

Anyway, I am preparing for that cold weather when I walk my dog this winter.  I made a wool hat, wool mittens and wool cowl.  I may make my dog a sweater or maybe just get a sweatshirt from the Goodwill and “adjust” it to fit her.

B 1a This photo shows the completed mittens and the hat in progress.

B 2a And this shows the cowl, hat and mittens completed; all made with wool.

These should help with the cold and chill this winter.

ETA:  OMG!  How could I forget!?!?!?!  For those of you who knit, this Baa-ble Hat is a free pattern on Ravelry.  I used the graph to add the sheep to the mittens and the cowl.  The mittens are basic mittens (c/o of 40 sts; US 4 needles) and the cowl uses the same number of stitches as the hat, after the increase (120 sts); only it is knit on larger needles (US 9).

Keeping Busy During the Cold

Today I thought I would post a couple of knitting projects for any of you who want to keep busy while it is sub-zero outside.

Dippity Dots Mittens and Bucket Hat
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Materials:
1 skein of Bernat’s Dippity Dots yarn in color of choice
3 skeins of Yarn Treehouse Merino Classic in contrasting color or color a few shades darker than main color
US 4 double pointed needles for mittens
US 5 circular 16″ long and double pointed needes for hat (switch to dpns when it becomes difficult to continue with circular needles)

Terms:
c/o – cast on
CC – contrast color
MC – main color
K – knit
P – purl
BO or CO – bind off, cast off
M1 – make one
K2tog – knit 2 together
PM – place marker
SM – slip marker

Gauge: 5 stitches, 6 rows to the inch on US 4 needles

Mittens:
With US 4 dpns, cast on 40 stitches using CC. Divide evenly over 4 needles and K2P2 for 2 inches.
K one round in CC. Change to MC (dippity dots) and K 2 rounds.

Begin thumb gusset:
1. M1 and place marker. K to end of round
2. K
3. M1, K1, M1, SM, K to end of round.
4. K
5. M1, K3, M1, SM, K to end of round.
6. K
Continue in this manner until you have 13 stitches before marker.
Then, K13, SM, K remainder of stitches on needles. Slip the first 13 stitches before marker to waste yarn or ribbon. Remove marker. Continue knitting around and join .
Continue knitting around until you have 6 – 6 1/4 inches above cuff. Begin decreases.
K2, K2tog around
K three rounds even
K1, K2tog around
K three rounds even
K2tog around. Slip stitches to 2 needles and kitchner stitches together. This will be difficult as you will be pulling the dippity dots yarn thru the loops and it will stick. You will have to be patient and manipulate the yarn thru the loops.

Thumb:
Slip the 13 stitches to 2 needles. Pick up 3 stitches at join and divide stitches as evenly as possible. Join MC yarn and knit for desired length (about 2″ from join).
K1 K2tog around
K one round
K2tog around, slip yarn thru loops on needles and secure. Again this will be difficult as the dippity dots will tend to “catch” on the loops. Be patient and you will succeed.

Repeat for other mitten.

Dippity Dots Bucket Hat

Using US 5 circular needles, CO 120 stitches in CC. PM every 30 stitches. Join and K one round. Then P one round.
Begin pattern:
K13, P2 around until you have knit 1.5 inches from cast on edge.
Decrease: K2tog, K11, P2 around x 1
K 12, P2 around for 6 inches or desired length from beginning.
Decrease for top of hat:
K2tog, K4, K2tog, K4, P2 around.
K10, P2 around X 3
K2tog, K3, K2tog, K3, P2 around.
K8, P2 around x 3
K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, P2 around
K6, P2 around x 3
K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, P2 around
K4, P2 around x 3
K2tog, K2tog, P2 around
K2, P2 around x 1
K2tog, P2tog. End by cutting yarn about 10 inches out and run through loops on needles. Secure end. Weave in all loose ends. Block hat as necessary. Add decoration of choice.

I crocheted a flower in the Dippity Dots yarn to match the mittens. You could knit a flower or a band or a strip to tie into a bow or an i-cord. Use your imagination.

Notes: I did not block this hat. I like the curled up edge. If you wish, you can block the hat into a more bell shape.

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This is a moebius cowl that I did using US 8 circular needles 47″ long and following Cat Bordhi’s moebius cast on method. Her method can be found on YouTube. I began with a cast on of 100 stitches and followed her instructions for round #1. After that, I knt 4 rounds and then purled 4 rounds and continued in this manner until I was almost out of yarn. Then I did a standard bind off.

The yarn I used was Red Heart Boutique Treasure. It is 70% acrylic and 30% wool. Feels really soft.

Getting those UFO’s Done

I’ve been working on a few knitted items that have been on the back burner for awhile. Now I’m down to only 4 unfinished objects.

This hat, a Jacques Cousteau, hat was rather quick to finish. Easy pattern.

Now this mitt was NOT EASY!! The pattern, a graph, is done in grey and white. Makes it difficult for old eyes to see well. Had to use a line magnifier to be able to read the line I was working on.

Only one more mitt to go and I’ll be done with this pattern. I don’t think I’ll be doing a repeat unless the designer decides to do the graph in color or at least make it larger…like 6 feet by 4 feet.

Here it is December 22, 2012 and I finally finished those Fighting Words Mitts. I will definitely NOT be making any more of these.

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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