Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fusion First Bomber Hat

My best friend's daughter and my daughter were born a week apart. How cool is that?!?! Naturally I wanted to make her something fabulous for her first birthday. I really wanted her to have some OG knits from yours truly. So I freestyled a hat for her. It is a fusion first! I wanted it to be kind of like a bomber hat. I decided the body of the hat would be knit and the trim and front flap (which is what makes it BOMBer) would be crochet and BAM! Fusion! Get it. Fusion. Eh hem. Okay. Now that I've established myself as a freestyle fusion yarn charmer, I am pleased to share this pattern! The hat is available in 4 sizes. I made the toddler size for my friend's daughter. It is a tad bit big but will fit her for at least another year. I hope you love it! Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the hat or if you see any errors in the pattern as this is the first pattern I have written.

Fusion First Bomber Hat

You will need:

Size 8 double pointed needles
Size 7 circular 16 inch needles
Size G crochet hook
Yarn needle
2 skeins of medium worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
Stitch marker
At least 2 buttons

0-6 months
6-12 months
Toddler (ages 1-2 years)
Youth small (ages 3-5 years)

Earflaps (make 2 using size 8 dpn):

Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1 (and all odd rows): K1, mk1R, K to last stitch, mk1L, K1
Row 2 (and all even rows): K1, P to last sticth, K1
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have 15 (17, 21,23) stitches
End on a purl row

Switch to size 7 circular needles for the main hat:

Using a knitted cast on CO 9 (10, 12, 13), k across 15 (17, 21, 23) from the ear flap on dpn, CO 16 (18, 22, 26), k across 15 (17, 21, 23) from other ear flap, CO 9 (10, 12, 13). You should now have a total of 64 (72, 88, 98) stitches on the circular needles.

Join in the round, place marker, and taking care not to twist your stitches, knit in stockinette stitch for 8.5 (10, 11, 12.5) cm. If you'd like you can add a stripe after 3.5 cm. It doesn't even need to be jogless because the bomber flap will cover the seam. For the toddler size hat only: On the last row, K1, mk1R, k to last sticth, mk1L, K1. For the youth size hat only: On the last row, K1, k2tog, knit to 3rd to last stitch, k2tog, k1.

Decrease rows:

[K 6 (7, 8, 10), k2tog] for the entire row
Knit across
[K 5 (6, 7, 9), k2tog] for the entire row
Knit across
[K 4 (5, 6, 8), k2tog] for the entire row
Knit across
[K 3 (4, 5, 7), k2tog] for the entire row
Knit across
[K 2 (3, 4, 6), k2tog] for the entire row
Knit across
Continue with this pattern until the row in which you k2tog for the entire row.

Using a yarn needle, sew the remaining stitches together. Weave in any loose ends.

Using size G crochet hook, single crochet the trim of the hat starting at the point on the earflap.

Using size G crochet hook, single crochet across the 18 (20, 24, 26) stitches between earflaps on the side with the stitch marker. Single crochet rows back and forth until the flap measures 7 (8.5, 9.5, 11) cm.

Sew flap to hat by attaching buttons in each of the upper corners.

For braids:

Cut 12 pieces of yarn of each color 65 cm each. Sew 6 pieces of each color through the ends of the earflaps (each strand will be folded in half with the middle at the earflap). Divide the yarn into 3 sections. Each section should have 2 strands of each color. Braid the 3 sections. When you get to the bottom, tie the braid with a knot and wrap the yarn around a few times. Triple knot and then use your crochet hook to pull the yarn from the knot behind the binding and in with the tassle left at the bottom of the braid. Trim the ends of the braids with scissors.

Copywrite Material: This pattern may be used to make gifts or donations but you cannot sell items made from this pattern.  You cannot sell this pattern.  This pattern cannot be reproduced, rewritten, or reposted anywhere.  Feel free to link to this pattern if you would like to share it. Happy knitting! 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hello Dolly!

My daughter, Ada, is going to be turning 1 at the end of the month. Since it was because of her that I really got into knitting, I wanted to make her something special. Initially I thought of making her a dress but then I thought of how quickly she grew out of her ear flap hat and the dress seemed like it wouldn't be worth the work until she can wear a size for more than 2 months. So I decided it would be best to make her some sort of stuffed animal that she'd be able to love forever and forever. I really wanted to make a doll so I started the search for the perfect doll. It was only after about an hour of digging through Google images when I saw her. She really was the most amazing hand made doll I've ever seen and I instantly knew I was going to make her. I pulled up the pattern and realized that she was a crocheted amigurumi doll. Crap. I don't know how to crochet. The only thing I ever crocheted was a flower and I had to restart the video a million times. I went back and forth. Should I take it on? Can I get it done before her birthday? I decided to do it and I am so glad I did. While it was definitely a lot of work, the actual crochet part was not very difficult. I finished it in plenty of time and she absolutely loves it. It is a great pattern and I will make more dolls based on this pattern. The pattern is available here for free from Stitch.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hood Hats

Ada has already outgrown her ear flap hat and I found a super cute pattern for a hood type hat. I made two of them. One for me and one for her. I used different yarn so they don't match but I don't think I'm the type to get all matchy matchy with my kids. I LOVE this pattern. It is easy easy peasy and would be a great beginner pattern to try for those intimidated by hats or knitting in the round. The majority of the hat is knit on straight needles and the back joins in the round with simple decreases. The pattern, called Capucine, is available here free for download via Ravelry.

This hat is easily knit in a few hours. Give it a shot!