Tuesday, May 31, 2016

6 Inning Pixie - Anthem

This year my older son was part of a Little League baseball team. It has been a truly wonderful experience for him. The team did quite well during the season - and then it was the playoffs. Regular season had games that were up to 2 hours in length. Championship playoff games were 6 innings. His baby brother was at almost every game strapped to me in an infant carrier... which meant my hands were free. So I was able to get some knitting done. Most of this hat was completed during 2 of the playoff games (until Baby Brother decided he was done with sleeping and wanted to watch).
Anthem is one of our newer yarns - and it is great for baby projects, charity, crochet, and anything easy care. It is a soft acrylic that reminds me of wool. Each 100 gram skein contains 186 yards and is available in 33 vibrant colors. The medium size hat used less than 1/2 of the skein - so you can easily get 2 small or medium hats out of 1 skein.
Gauge & Measuments:
4.5 sts = 1"
Shown in 18" (9" long) size

Abbreviations:
K - Knit
P - Purl
K2tog- Knit 2 Together


Materials:
- 1 skein Anthem (100% Acrylic - 186 yds/100 g) - shown in 33 (Cockatoo)

- US 8 16" circular needle

- US 8 DPNs

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn needle
CO 72, 80, 88 sts

Join in round, careful not to twist. Place marker to show beginning of round.

K2, P2 for 1,5", 1.75", 2"

K until meaures 3", 3.5", 4" from cast on edge

Decreases:
For Large size only (start here)
1 - K20, K2tog
2 - K
3 - K19, K2tog
4 - K

For Medium (start here)& Large size (continue):
1 - K18, K2tog
2 - K
3 - K17, K2tog
4 - K

For all sizes (start Small size here) (continue larger sizes):
1 - K16, K2tog
2 - K
3 - K15, K2tog
4 - K
5 - K14, K2tog
6 - K
7 - K13, K2tog
8 - K
9 - K12, K2tog
10 - K
11 - K11, K2tog
12 - K
13 - K10, K2tog
14 - K
15 - K9, K2tog
16 - K
17 - K8, K2tog
18 - K
19 - K7, K2tog
20 - K
21 - K6, K2tog
22 - K
23 - K5, K2tog
24 - K
25 - K4, K2tog
26 - K
27 - K3, K2tog
28 - K
29 - K2, K2tog
30 - K
31 - K1, K2tog
32 - K
33 - K2tog


At this point you can cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches or you can knit the remaining 4 stitches for 2-3" before you cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches. Then you can tie the I-cord into a knot.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lil Darlin' Hat - Luna

Luna is a single-ply Peruvian cotton with a wrap that gives a nubby texture while maintaining the cottony softness. It works up beautifully for hats, blankets, washcloths, and shawls. Each 50 g skein contains 82 yards and is enough for a quick baby hat or washcloth.

Materials
- 1 skein Luna (100% Peruvian cotton - 82 yds/50 g) - shown in #724 (Lemon)

- US 7 16" circular needle (for larger 2 sizes)

- US 7 DPNs

- Stitch marker

- Yarn needle
Abbreviations
- K - Knit

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

Sizing
- Shown in 16" circumference
 (pattern for sizes 12", 14", 16", 18" circumference)
Cast on 56, 64, 72, 80 sts

Join in round - Place marker at beginning of round.

K for 4.5", 5", 5.5", 6"

Begin decreases
1 - K7, K2tog
2 - K6, K2tog
3 - K5, K2tog
4 - K4, K2tog
5 - K3, K2tog
6 - K2, K2tog
7 - K1, K2tog
8 - K2tog

Knit remaining stitches in the round for 3" (or longer if desired) - cut yarn, weave yarn through remaining stitches
Weave in ends

Tie I-Cord in a knot