When a knitted hat is more than just another hat

Hat with Lion Brand® Yarn Heartland® yarn

Hat in Glacier Bay colorway

This hat was knitted to support Lion Brand’s #HatNotHate campaign to increase awareness of bullying and its impact on the community.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
September 2018 squares: Stitch pattern for both squares are different from the knit-along pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®.
Project details on my Ravelry project page

Square 1 for September

Square 2 for September

 

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When knitting is more about the craft

When knitting is more about the craft and less about the yarn, more knitting time can be spent exploring and learning the various knit and purl stitch patterns as well as enjoying the process and benefits of the versatile craft of knitting.
It has been so with me this year with the square a month year long blanket knit-along. Since I’ve modified the pattern so that the squares are twice the size of the squares in the knit along pattern and all squares have the same number of rows and stitches, I’ve spent much time exploring the different knit stitch patterns and selecting the ones that would fit with this modified pattern. Most of all I’ve been able to explore and enjoy the creative process involved in the making of this knitted item.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
August 2018 square: Stitch pattern for both squares are different from the knit-along pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page

August 2018 Square 1

August 2018 Square 2

How to avoid completing those lingering knitting projects

How to avoid completing those lingering knitting projects:

  • Cast on a couple of new knitting projects that may or may not become finished projects by the end of this year.

New knitting projects

  • Learn to Crochet by watching several tutorials on YouTube and then proceeding to cast on not one but two projects to practice the craft,

Single Crochet Dishcloths

Single Crochet Dishcloth 1

Single Crochet Dishcloth 2

then practice single crochet in a round circle,

Practicing single crochet in the round 1st attempt

Practicing single crochet in the round 2nd attempt

and then start another two single crochet blankets.

Crochet blankets

All the while that lingering unfinished knitting project quietly waits for the day it will become a finished project!

The lingering unfinished project


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue

July 2018 square: Stitch pattern for the square is different from the knit-along pattern.

Square for July

Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page.

A summer to complete some lingering knitting projects

For me summer knitting is mostly for cooler and rainy days. This summer I would like to finish those lingering knitting projects. I finished a seamless top which I had started almost a year ago. This top was going to be a long sleeved pullover using the yarn I already had but when I started knitting the sleeves with the variegated yarn the stripes were much wider than the body. I did not like this banding pattern on the sleeves so I decided to make it a short sleeved top. See more on the  project here.

Seamless Top

Another project to complete this summer is this top down tunic that I started almost two years ago.

Do you have any long lingering knitting projects that need to be completed?

Keep cool and happy knitting this summer!


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue

June 2018 square: Stitch pattern for the square is different from the knit-along pattern.

Square for June 2018

Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page

 

The woven look of the linen knit stitch

The linen stitch pattern gives the knitted item a flat woven look on one side and a textured look on the other side.

The flat weave side

Textured side of the linen stitch

Why this stitch pattern is fast becoming a new favorite of mine:

  • Like the garter stitch it lays flat

Dishcloths with linen stitch

Linen stitch dishcloths

  • By varying the knitting needle sizes, it can be knit tightly without much stretch or elasticity or knit loosely with some elasticity
  • It creates a dense fabric-like look when knit tightly
  • It’s a simple 2 rows repeat pattern that can be used to create a plethora of single colored or multicolored knitted items
  • There’s no purling when knit in the round

Linen stitch hat

Hat with the textured side

This simple yet versatile stitch pattern is also great for leftover yarn from other knitting projects. I know I’ll be knitting quite a few items with this stitch pattern.

Have you tried the linen knit stitch?


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
May 2018 square: Stitch pattern for both squares are different from the knit-along pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page

Is a designated craft area or room useful to a knitter?

For the most part, hand knitting and crocheting is portable and a designated craft area or room although not necessary for a beginning knitter certainly becomes more useful and essential as a knitter’s skill levels, projects, and yarn inventory increases. We try to keep our clothes, our mail, the cooking utensils etc. in designated areas so why not our yarn and knitting supplies?

With a designated craft area or room –

  • All the yarn is in one place so we know how much and what type of yarn we have.
  • Less time is wasted looking for a particular yarn stored in a different place.
  • The frequency of additional yarn purchase may decrease.
  • There is motivation to try more challenging knitting projects and to keep better project details and notes.
  • The non – knitters in the household will be thankful they don’t have to see yarn stored in different places.

There are several craft area/room tours by both professional and hobby knitters on YouTube that give some helpful tips on how to create a designated craft area or room. I’m still working on creating a designated craft area where I can keep all my yarn and knitting supplies.


My first top down hat

Finished Hat with pom pom

Yarn used: Lion Brand Heartland® in Isle Royale
Project details can be found on my Ravelry project page

All the hat patterns I’ve knitted so far (some earlier posts here and here) have been bottom up and seamless. The brim of the hat is knitted first, then the body and lastly the crown shaping. With top down hats the crown shaping is knitted first, then the body and lastly the brim.

After reading and watching several online tutorials on how to knit a top down seamless hat, I cast on 8 stitches and began knitting the hat using the magic loop method (tutorial by Tin Can knits).  I increased 8 stitches every other round till I had the number of stitches I needed. I knit the body of the hat in stockinette stitch pattern for several rounds and then knitted the brim using 2 x 2 ribbing pattern.

Once I got used to the magic loop method, knitting the hat with using a top down construction was not hard. I started and finished knitting this hat in December 2017 but found it a bit short without the brim rolled up.

Hat without pom pom

With a short brim

I frogged a few rounds of the brim and knitted till the length of the brim was twice as much as before. Now the hat fits much better.

Finished hat with longer brim

Hat with rolled up brim

It seems that enough brim length when rolled up makes the hat fit better even if the body of the hat is a bit short or a bit long. Because of the direction of the knitting, it is faster and easier to increase the brim length if needed in a top down hat than it is in a bottom up hat.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
February 2018 square: Project details on my Ravelry project page

April 2018 square

Adding a single crochet edging to knitted items

Round Hot pad / trivet mat

Yarn used: Patons Classic Wool by Yarnspiration.
Techniques used: Single crochet edging and short rows.
Video Tutorials that I watched to learn all these techniques (including the kitchener stitch) were by Staci of Very Pink.

The pattern is based on Simply Notable’s Crazy Eights dishcloth. Instead of a dishcloth I used four strands of yarn held together to knit a hotpad/ trivet mat. I also used a kitchener stitch instead of mattress stitch to join the two knitted ends together. I would prefer a seamless round dishcloth or trivet mat.

Adding a single crochet edging to knitted items gives them a finished and flat look. There are other crochet techniques that can be used to add a finished and decorative look to knitted items.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
February 2018 square: Project details on my Ravelry project page