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Off the needles: Madtoshlove

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It is no secret that graduate students tend to be quite broke. It comes with the territory and there is no point in discussing the merits or faults of graduate stipends. We’ll leave it at, it’s not much. For that reason, buying nice yarn is a treat. Skeins are few and far between and thus, they are treasured.

One way to get good yarn for the right price are stash boxes. I bought a destash box from a designer a long time ago. 40$ for about 16 skeins of different brands and colors. Among them was a skein of Madelinetosh vintage. Then and there, I was in love. I have since bought a couple skeins of her yarn, been gifted 2 and enjoyed them all. The resulting pile of Madtosh knits is pictured above.

I must also mention that Madelinetosh yarn is purchased from fair sources in Peru and South Africa and hand dyed in Texas. Supporting Texas businesses is something I do because I married a Texan and I have had the chance to visit the state and meet lots of lovely people there. I am also a strong believer in buying Made in the USA and supporting small businesses. So this is a win win!

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting about all these finished objects. Including an improvised pattern for the cowl at the bottom of the pile. But for now, let’s get started with some hats!

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The hat on the left top corner was meant to be a Barley hat from Tin Can Knits , did I mention it’s a free pattern? It was one of my first knit hats and I didn’t do the best job at following the pattern. Oops! That does not stop my husband from wearing it very often. The yarn is the skein I got from the destash box and it’s Tosh Vintage in Earl grey color way.

The hat next to it is the Happy Happy Joy Joy hat from Heyladyhey. It is a soft and squishy hat. It embraces your head perfectly and it is truly a joy to wear. This one was knit in 80/10/10 Worsted in Tannenbaum. I got this yarn as a limited edition special for Black Friday. What a great purchase, don’t you think? The yarn is 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. Unfortunately it is not usually in stock but you may be able to find it on rare occasions. Here’s another picture of the finished hat:

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The last two hats may look familiar to you if you follow the blog as I have posted about them previously. The one on the bottom left is the Close Cables Hat by Pickles. It is a free pattern and I knit it in Tosh Chunky in Jade color way. The one on the bottom right is Sand Bank by Justyna Lorkowska and it was also knit with 80/10/10 worsted in Tannenbaum.

Stay tuned for the next post, where I’ll show you tons of pictures of the shawl at the top of the pile, perfect for spring. In the meantime, treat yourself to a skein of Madelinetosh, you’ll thank me later!

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Off the needles: Two cabled hats

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I have just recently discovered cables. I have to admit I was afraid of cables for whatever irrational reason you can think of. The fact is that cables require patience, but they are not really difficult. It takes some practice and you can check out some tutorials here and here.

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In order to practice my cables, I made first a hat for the husband and then one for myself. His hat is made with bulky yarn and mine with worsted. They both rely on 6 stitch cables that are worked differently for a different pattern. I found it good practice to make both hats and thus try several ways of cabling 6 stitches. The result is quite different!

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His hat has 6 stitch cables that are knit quite close together and make for a very squishy hat. By that I mean, your hat will appear to be too small to fit an adult head, but will fit your very large husband’s head perfectly well. The Close cables hat by Pickles is a treat to wear and a free pattern. I would recommend you knit very loosely on this one, as it uses size 5 mm needles and bulky yarn, plus cabling, so things are a bit tight. I found it rough on my hands. Some ravelry users complain it requires more yarn than Pickles recommends, but I used all of one skein of Madelinetosh chunky in Jade. I had a few yards to spare.

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Mine is the Sand Bank pattern from Justyna Lorkowska. I am in love with this hat. The yarn is Madelinetosh 80/10/10, which was her special for black Friday. Very few skeins of this yarn were dyed, so I had to put it to good use with a pattern that really enhances the tonality of the yarn. The hat is soft and squishy and it has just the perfect length. I love how well defined the offset cables are all throughout the hat, including at the decreases. It’s a very well thought out pattern and I really recommend it as extra practice for your cables!

Nobody paid me to say any of this, I didn’t receive a compensation or a free pattern. All of the opinions are mine and I really highly recommend you try the patterns if you are a beginner or even completely new to cables! Enjoy!

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Stripey hat and cowl set

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Hello hello and happy new year 2015!

We’re starting the year right with another free pattern! the knitting continues and I’m really excited to share the pattern for this knit hat and cowl set. The stripey inspiration came from the unique yarn, which is no other than Malabrigo merino worsted. The colors are green apple and purple mystery.

This yarn was my very first ‘fancy’ yarn, purchased at ‘The Quarter Stitch‘ in New Orleans. Be sure to pay them a visit if you find yourselves in the beautiful Nawlins. It’s truly a yarn wonderland and they’ll happily skein and wrap your yarn to go, using beautiful tissue paper. The cherry on the cake is the little tissue paper hearts inside your bag, tied with colorful ribbon.

As you can tell, this is a very simple cowl design, with 4 row purple stripes on a green background. The hat has single green stripes for contrast and a ribbed brim for comfort. While I didn’t do this, I recommend you use a size smaller needles for the brim, in order to make it more snug.

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And finally, here’s the pattern! add it to your ravelry queue 

Purple mystery with apples hat and apple cowl

Gauge for both: 18 st x 26 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm

Yarn: 1 skein each of Malabrigo merino worsted in Apple green and Mystery purple or about 440 yards of worsted weight yarn of your choice

Needles size 5 mm 16 inch (or longer if you want to use magic loop) + DPNs for decrease OR size needed to obtain gauge

HAT

Size: fits most adults, finished size is 17. 5 inches and it will stretch to fit a head up to 22 inches

Cast on 78 stitches

Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches

Work 1×1 rib (k1, p1) around for 1.5 inches

Then work the following

7 rows purple

1 row green

twice

8 rows purple

1 row green

twice

Work 2 rows in purple and in the last row, place a marker every 13 stitches (we’ll do a decrease in 6 portions)

Start decreases: (k2tog, knit til marker, slip marker) repeat around for 12 rows, until you have 6 stitches left. With a darning needle, pass the thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly to close. Weave in ends and block if desired.

COWL

Finished size is 26 inches

Cast on 120 stitches

Knit 5 rows in green then

4 rows blue

7 rows green

five times

knit 5 rows in green

Bind off and block if desired

Note: the plain knit edge of this cowl will curl. I actually like that in this design, but if you would rather it not curl, you can work a few rows in 1 x 1 rib.

 

Enjoy!

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One basic hat pattern, four styles, many Xmas gifts!

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Hey there!

My apologies for the slightly long delay on being back. Hopefully it was worth your wait! – so what have I been up to? crocheting Xmas gifts of course (and book review I’ll post about soon). Of course, the end of the term is always a last push to get things done. But here we are, gifts made, labwork done and lots of new crocheted and knit things to share in the upcoming weeks.

This year we are spending Xmas with my hubby’s dad, his wife and the hubby’s siblings. So of course I had to make them all hats. The pattern is the same for all of them and the variability in size and fit comes from using different yarns, hooks and making more or less rows to give the hat a different look. You can use this basic pattern and directions to make your own hat however YOU want it! – Best part? they only take an hour or so to make.

But first, let’s see what I made:

The hubby’s dad and brother are avid hunters, so I went with camouflage hats for them. Appropriate, no?

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These are made with red heart super saver in camouflage, which is weirdly enough, one of the only brands that makes any camouflage yarn at all. One skein makes 2 hats and a can coozie. Quick and cheap, couldn’t ask for more. These hats are a bit on the loose side of things, because my brother in law has long hair and my father in law doesn’t like very tight hats. In terms of length, they have no slouch at all.

Now comes the gray hat for my sister in law, Maddie.

gray hat crochet onThis one was made with Sheepish yarn by Vickie Howell, from Caron. This yarn is not quite like any other worsted weight yarn you’ll buy. It’s a mix of 80% acrylic and 20% wool, and it’s spun in such a way that some sections are a bit thinner than others. It is however, on the thinner side of worsted weight yarns. In the picture I’m wearing the hat pretty tightly, but it does have a little bit of slouch to it and it is a little loose. It also has a small section of single crochet rows, to make a band/brim which makes it stay in place.

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The purple hat, pictured in the left hand corner, is also Vickie Howell Sheepish, this time in prune. This one is for my other sister in law Bailey. The hat is as long as the multicolored one right next to it (and in the first picture), and it has the same level of slouch but it is also a bit looser to make room for long curly hair.As in the gray hat, I added a single crochet band, but I made a few decreases before the band, so it would be a bit more snug and not fall off. Don’t worry, I’ll give you all the numbers in a second.

Finally, the multicolored hat, was made in Red Heart Unforgettable yarn in the Sunrise colorway. As you can tell, it’s crocheted in a tube, without any decreases at the band, which is also made in single crochet. It is a bit more snug than the purple hat, because this one is going to my hubby’s other sister, on the mom’s side, who has thin long flat hair.

Now for the details!

Camouflage hats:  made in Red Heart Super Saver Camouflage, with a 5.5 mm hook, 15 rows of dc + 1 row of sc for finishing. Stitch count is 66 stitches. Length is 8 inches, width is approximately 20 inches.

Gray hat: made in Vickie Howell Sheepish in gray, with a 5.5 mm hook. 17 rows in dc + 5 rows of sc for the band. Total number of stitches is 72. Length is 9 inches, width is 19.5 inches.

Purple hat: made in Vickie Howell Sheepish in prune, with a 5.5 mm hook, 21 rows of dc + rows of sc for the band. The number of stitches for the body of the hat is 70. The last row of dc has 4 decreases making the stitch count 66, which is maintained for the 5 rows of sc for the band. Length is 11 inches, width is 20 inches throughout the body and 18.5 inches at the band.

Multicolored hat: made in Red Heart Unforgettable in Sunrise colorway, with a 4.5 mm hook. 22 rows of dc + 5 rows of sc for the band. Total number of stitches is 72. Length is 11 inches and width is 18.5 inches all the way.

And the main pattern, with some notes!

Double crochet hat

With worsted weight yarn of your choice and 5 or 5.5 mm hook, depending on the desired width.

Rnd1: make 9 dc in the magic ring, join to the first dc, not the chains. (9 st)
Rnd 2: 2 dc in each stitch around (18 st)
Rnd 3: *(2 dc in the next st, 1 dc in next) Repeat from * around (27 st)
Rnd 4: *(2dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 2 st) Repeat from * around (36 st)
Rnd 5: *(2dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 3 st) Repeat from * around (45 st)
Rnd 6: *(2dc in the next st, 1 dc in the next 4 st) Repeat from * around (54 st)’
Rnd 7: dc in each stitch around (54 st)
Rnd 8: *(2 dc in the next st, dc in next 8 st) Repeat from * around (60 st)
Rnd 9: *(2dc in the next st, dc in next 9 st) Repeat from * around (66st)

* For the camouflage and purple hat, stop increasing here

– For the camo: make 5 rows of 1 dc in each stitch then 1 row of sc

– For the purple: make 11 rows of 1 dc in each stitch, then decrease 4 stitches evenly in another dc round. Finish with 5 sc rows for the band

* for the gray and multicolored hats make Rnd10

Rnd10: *(2dc in the next st, dc in next 10 st) Repeat from * around (72st)

– For the gray hat, make 7 rows of 1 dc in each stitch and 5 rows of sc in each

– For the multicolored hat, make 12 rows of 1 dc in each stitch and 5 rows of sc for the band.

Weave in ends and you’re all done!

I hope you enjoyed this easily adaptable pattern!

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Where’s Waldo crochet hat

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I know I know… the neverending Halloween themed posts! Sorry, I promise this is the last one this year. I couldn’t resist making a special post to show you how adorable this Waldo costume is. Katie approached me a couple weeks ago asking if there was still time to make her a Waldo hat for her costume. I must say I love the whole costume. Her glasses are perfect and more importantly, are not headache inducing plastic glasses! Plus she’s going to be using the hat as her go to cold accessory, so it was well worth the very little time it takes to make.

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You should be able to make this hat in no more than 3 hrs, probably less, depending on your proficiency level. While this was a Waldo type color combo, you can make it in whatever combination of colors you’d like or even with variegated yarn. The pom-pom is absolutely mandatory for the Waldo costume, but you can certainly leave it out if you’d like to. As for the construction of the hat, it’s half double crochet all the way. The ribbed edge is made alternating front and back post HDC. I must note that it is important to do one row of HDC with red yarn before you start the ribbing. Why? because that way the color transition is invisible. Otherwise you’ll have a row of mixed red and white in which you can see both the new yarn and old yarn. I find it gives it an unprofessional look, so remember to not skip this step.

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I must also note that unlike a knit rib, the crochet rib made with front and back posts doesn’t have much stretch. It’s more decorative than anything else. i have been practicing my knitting recently and you can expect some free knitting patterns soon!

Before I give you the pattern, I have to thank my friend Anna from http://annabasora.tumblr.com/ Check out her AMAZING pictures, she is a very talented photographer and scientist! Anna helped me edit the Waldo pictures so they’d have this awesome background. Gracies Anna!

And finally, here’s the pattern! it comes in all sizes toddler to large adult, Enjoy!  Waldo hat crochet pattern

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