Friday, June 28, 2019

Doing the Twist for Hat not Hate

I was going through a few of my Facebook creating groups recently and stumbled across someone sharing one of their works in progress, a beautiful blue hat with the hastag #HatNotHate.  That of course sparked my interest so I went investigating...

Last year Lion Brand yarn began a new project to raise awareness of bullying, Hat not Hate.  They chose to do so by collecting handmade hats and using those as a way to reach children in schools during national anti-bullying month in October.  The hats open a door to discuss the topic and give children a visual reminder of what they have learned.

Although I homeschool my children, my now adult children did attend public school and had at times been on the receiving end of bullying.  In addition there are so many families in the homeschool community as a result of school bullying.  It's a good cause and a great project.  After all, a hat is a small project that can be as simple or complex as you desire, making it a good project for both beginners and experienced crafters.

So I decided to create a new pattern just for the movement, the Mock Twist.  You can find it below, or visit Ravelry for an ad free PDF copy with adjustments for various sizes..  If you chose to make a hat, please consider donating to the #HatnotHate project.  You can find more information at  hatnothate.org.


You will need:
4.5 mm (US 7) double pointed needles
4.5 mm (US7) circular needles
worsted weight yarn that yields the correct gauge (sample project knit with Red Heart Super Saver in Soft Navy)
yarn needle


Stitches used:
k = knit stitch
p = purl stitch
LT = left twist: skip next stitch on left needle, knit in the back loop of the second stitch, leaving the stitch on the needle.  Then bring the right needle to the front of the left needle and knit into the skipped stitch.  Lastly, pull both loops off of the left needle
LTdec = left twist decrease: skip the next stitch on the left needle,  knit in the back loop of the second and third stitch together to decrease leaving the single new stitch on the needle.  Then bring the right needle to the front of the left needle and knit into the skipped stitch.  Lastly pull both loops of the left needle.

Gauge swatch - measures 3 inches by 3 inches once completed using pattern below

Guage pattern:

cast on 16 stitches
R1  and all wrong side rounds:  k3, p5, k2, p5, k3
R2 : p3, LT, k3, p2, LT, k3, p3
R4 : p3, k1, LT, k2, p2, k1, LT, k2, p3
R6 : p3, k2, LT, k1, p2, k2, LT, k1, p3
R8 : p3, k3, LT, p2, k3, LT, p3

repeat row 1-8.  Take off needles and measure for gauge.

Pattern:

CO 105 stitches, join to form a loop being careful not to twist your stitches.  Place stitch marker to mark start of each round

R1 (and all wrong side rounds): *k5, p2   repeat from * to end

R2: * LT, k3, p2  repeat from * to end

R4: *k1, LT, k2, p2  repeat from * to end

R6: *k2, LT, k1, p2  repeat from * to end

R8: *k3, LT, p2  repeat from * to end


repeat R1-8 for a total of 5 repeats or until piece measures 6 1/2 inches



decreases:

R1: *k5, p2  repeat from * to end

R2: *LTdec, k2, p2  repeat from * to end ( 90 stitches)

R3: * k4, p2 repeat from * to end

R4: * k1, LT, k2, p2  repeat from * to end

R5: *k4, p2  repeat from * to end

R6: * k2, LT, p2tog  repeat from * to end ( 75 stitches)

R7: *k4, p1  repeat from * to end

R8: *LTdec, k1, p1  repeat from * to end ( 60 stitches)

R9: *k3, p1  repeat from * to end

R10: *LTdec, p1  repeat from * to end (45 stitches)

R11: *k2, p1  repeat from * to end

R12: *k2tbl, p1 repeat from * to end (30 stitches)

R13: p2tog, *k1, p1 repeat from * around to last 2 stitches, k2tbl (28 stitches)

R14: *p1, LTdec  repeat from * around (21 stitches)

R15: *p1, k2  repeat from * around

R16: *p1, k2tbl  repeat from * around (14 stitches)

R17: k2tog around (7 stitches)

cut yarn and use a needle to thread end through stitches on needle.  pull tight and weave in ends.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Gearing up for Easter

Yes, I realize that Easter is almost two months away.  But I also plan to bring back my 40 in 40 challenge this year so if I don't start in Easter extras now then they might not get done at all.  So I wanted to share with you a few of the cute things I have discovered in case you wanted to get a jump start too.  And if you don't know what my 40 in 40 challenge is, no worries.  I have a post coming soon on that one. 😉

First up is a collection of adorable critters made to cover plastic easter eggs and let you still open them, or you can just make them as adorable amigirumis.  I was drawn to this adorable froggy from Amigurumi to Go.

 Frogs are a special thing between my hubby and I, so this one will be his Easter surprise.  Sharon Ojala, the creator at Amigurumi to Go, didn't stop with a frog.  She also has a sock monkey, an "old lady" who can swallow flies (the same flies our little froggy has, and yes she share the pattern for those as well!), an adorable little bear, and of course an Easter bunny.

And then there is this delightful set of crochet bags for the egg hunt from Left in Knots.

Can't you just picture your little one filling it full of colorful eggs?  I bet you could even use some white plarn to whip these up to make a great recycled project.

And last but not least, a little gift you can hook up for your friends, a quick lace cross bookmark. Here is one I made back in 2013.  The pattern is from Maggie Weldon and is available free here
Do you do any handmade projects for Easter?  I would love for you to share them with me on my Facebook page here.


Until next time,

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Love is in the air.....


I can't believe it has been almost TWO YEARS since I have posted.  22 months almost to the day.  It has been a crazy couple of years.  My family grew....and shrank.  WE welcomed a new baby to the house in July of 2017, an adorable little man.  And helped our 19 year old move out and begin her new life.  Now we are down to three kids in the house, ages 10, 3 and 18 months.  Still going strong with homeschooling, although it has been interesting trying to keep the littles entertained while I do lessons with our 10 year old but we manage.

All that to say that time to craft has been limited. I have had a few projects going like this Tardis scarf I made for my son's birthday. 


And this year I joined a CAL(crochet a long)  over at The Unraveled Mitten cuz my yarn stash is a bit overwhelming and it is past time to downsize.

So I am trying to make a comeback and devote some time each week to the blog again.  I totally miss sharing what I am doing.  And honestly I hope that if I have the accountability of blogging it will help me to set aside more time to pull out the hook and needles.  I tend to forget how much it relaxes me and with the chaos of littles in the house again I could use some relaxation!

Since it is Valentine's week I thought I would share some adorable Valentine inspired patterns with you.  Maybe I will even get to one or two of them!

First up is this awesome pattern that would make a super cute baby blanket or market bag.  The site just gives the basic pattern but you could easily adjust it for whatever finished project your heart desires.  Find it at My Picot. 

And what little girl doesn't need an adorable set of heart hair bows for Valentine's day?  How about these from Rebel Skein?  Find the pattern here.


This would be an adorable and quick little tuck in for a child's (or husband's) lunch.  Calls for size 3 fashion crochet thread, but you can get by with size 10 thread held double or perhaps a lace or sports weight yarn.  Find the pattern on Ravelry here.

And I LOVE these framed knit hearts.  Another quick project that looks oh, so great once done.  Find it on Ravelry here.
 I especially love the way Frankie Brown embellished hers.

And finally this cabled heart pattern would make a cute dishcloth or scarf.  You could even turn it into an amazing afghan.  Find this one over on Studio Knits here, and it even includes a video tutorial!.

  Hopefully these will give you something to do this week for someone you love. 

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Nickis Mossa Adventure

I found this pattern on Ravelry after I finished the 2016 40 in 40 challenge, so I saved it, planning to make it for 2017.  If you aren't familiar with Ravelry, think of it as Pinterest for knit and crochet patterns with a community aspect.  Anyway, I didn't do more than look at the picture when I saved it, not bothering to check out the pattern....

So this year, when I pulled up the pattern to make it, I was disappointed to discover that it was no longer available online.  Then I remembered an awesome tool called "The WayBack Machine".  It's not Mr. Peabody's machine.
Instead of traveling through time and meeting historical figures, this wayback machine
http://archive.org/web/
takes you through time to view websites as they were in the past.  It doesn't always work.  The page has to have been "crawled" while still active and stored.  But if it was, you can view pages that are no longer available.  Fortunately for me, I was able to locate the pattern this way, but........

It was in SWEDISH!  I can't speak or read Swedish.  So another dead end, or so I thought.  You see, Google has this awesome translating tool in which you can input a URL and Google will translate the page for you.  I didn't know if it would work on a archived page, but I was willing to give it a go.....and it worked!  Sort of.....

This is what I got:

Lap 8:3 ch (first pillar), 1 DC, CH 1, 2 DC around first luftmaskebÄgen, 1 SC around next ch-bow. * 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC around the same lm-arch, 1 SC around next ch-bow * repeat from * when you crochet around the yard and going up to the first shell and should make last fm so take with first pole in first the cochlea also when fm is done = it gets 12 shells

Closer, but not quite it.  But this is as far as technology was going to get me.  From this point on I was on my own, and I was determined to MAKE. THIS. HAT.!

I pulled out my D hook, a mystery skein of fingering yarn and started working the pattern out.  Below is my adaptation of the original pattern for  Nickis mössa by Linda Forsberg.  It may not be exact, but I feel like the spirit of the pattern has been captured. 



Row 1: make a magic circle, crochet 6 sc

Row 2: Crochet 2 dc  in each stitch = 12 poles

Row 3: Crochet 2 dc  in each stitch = 24 posts

Lap 4: Crochet 1 dc  in the first stitch, and two the next, continue around = 36 posts

Rev 5: Crochet 1 dc  in the first two stitches and then two in the same stitch, continue around  = 48 posts

Lap 6: Crochet 1 dc  in the first three stitches and then two in the same stitch, continue around = 60 posts  turn

Lap 7: ch1, *sc, ch 2, skip 1, sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc  repeat from * around, join to top of 1st sc.  24 ch 2 spaces  turn

Lap 8: 3 ch (counts as a dc), 1 DC, CH 1, 2 DC in first chain space,, 1 SC around next ch-space. * 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC around the next chain space, 1 SC in next chain space * repeat from * when you crochet around join to top of chain 3 =   12 shells  Turn

Lap 9:4 ch (counts as first dc + 1 ch), 1 DC in first sc, * ch 3, skip the shell, DC, CH 1, DC (a V) in next sc * repeat from *. Sl st to 3rd chain of starting ch 4 = 12 V-stitch and 12 ch 3 spaces.  Turn

Lap 10: sl stitch to chain space at center of the V-stitch, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 DC, CH 1, 2DC in center V-stitch, sc in chain space of shell from round 8, * 2DC, ch 1, 2DC in center of next V-stitch, sc in chain space of shell from round 8.  Repeat from * around, sl stitch to top of ch 3  = 12 shells  turn

Lap 11:CH 4 (counts as DC + 1 ch), 1 DC in first stitch, *4 ch, skip the shell, in next sc work a V-stitch (dc, ch1, dc_ crochet 1st, CH 1, * repeat from *. Sl st to 3rd chain of beginning ch 4.  12 V-stitches, 12 ch4 spaces.  Turn

Lap 12: sc in chain space of shell from round 10,* 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC in ch space of V-stitch  from row 11, 1 SC in center of next shell from round 10. * repeat from * end with 3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC in chain space of last V-Stitch, , sl stitch to top of first sc.  12 shells  Turn

Lap 13:4 ch (counts as first pole + 1 ch), 1 DC in first stitch, *5 ch, skip the next shell, DC, CH 1, DC (a V-stitch) in next sc * repeat from *. Sl stitch to 3rd chain of beginning ch 4 = 12 V-stitches, 12 ch 5 spaces  Turn

Lap 14: same as lap 12

Lap 15:4 ch (counts as first pole + 1 ch), 1 DC in first stitch, *6 ch, skip the next shell, DC, CH 1, DC (a V-stitch) in next sc * repeat from *. Sl stitch to 3rd chain of beginning ch 4 = 12 V-stitches, 12 ch 5 spaces  Turn

Lap 16: same as lap 12

Lap 17: same as lap 15

Lap 18: same as lap 12

Lap 19: same as lap 15

Lap 20: : sc in chain space of shell from round 10,* 4 DC, CH 1, 4 DC in ch space of V-stitch  from row 11, 1 SC in center of next shell from round 10. * repeat from * end with 3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC in chain space of last V-Stitch, , sl stitch to top of first sc.  12 shells  Turn

Lap 21: same as lap 15

Lap 22: same as lap 20

Lap 23: same as lap 15

Lap 24: same as lap 20

Lap 25: same as lap 15

Lap 26: same as lap 20

Lap 27: same as lap 15

Lap 28: same as lap 20

Lap 29: same as lap 15

Lap 30: same as lap 20



For the newborn size I only completed the pattern through Lap 22.  And I left each round as "lap", which is the way Google translated the pattern, don't let it confuse you. 

(This was offered as a free pattern online, and is not my own design.  I have simply outlined the steps I took to discover, and translate the pattern and shared my notes based upon that translation.)

Until next time,
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