FO – Tulip Stitch Headband (with Pattern)

Hi All!

In my last post I shared some finished socks for my friends Rainbow Baby, nicknamed Rainy. I’ve also finished a headband for her and am well into a Rainbow Blanket (more on that later!) I thought you might like to see my progress.

I was looking around at baby headbands since Rainy will be born in August and hats will be too warm (hrm…I just got to thinking about that and may look for a sun hat). There are a ton out there that are super adorable. While browsing, I came upon the Tulip Stitch. It is crocheted and gave me the chance to pull out my gorgeous Furls crochet hooks, which have been seriously neglected lately. I gathered some yarn I bought for another crochet project, for which I knew I would not need the full skeins, and followed a YouTube video that showed how to do the stitch in a blanket. Here’s the pattern I wrote for a newborn, which can be modified to fit any size. I couldn’t find a written pattern for a headband, so I wrote down exactly what the video showed me how to do, with my modifications:

Tulip Stitch Headband

Size H (5.0mm) Crochet Hook or size to fit your yarn
Approximately 5 Grams of Color A
Approximately 4 Grams of Colors B & C

I used size Medium (4) Caron Simply Soft Solids, which is listed as an Aran weight.

SC = Single Chain
DC = Double Chain
YO = Yarn Over
Cluster Stitch = YO, insert the hook into the next stitch, YO, draw the yarn through the stitch, YO, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook. Repeat the preceding step two times. You should end up with 4 loops on the hook. YO and draw through all four loops on the hook. YO and pull through the loop to set the cluster stitch.

Foundation Row:
With Color A, chain an odd number of stitches (divisible by three) plus two. It should be as long as the circumference of the size of head you are making but also allowing for a little stretch. For example, a newborn usually has a size 14 inch head. I chained 53, which is 13 inches with give to stretch to 14 inches.

Pattern:
SC into the third chain from the hook. I like to crochet into the purl bump created on the back of the starting chain. SC into each stitch across. You should have 51 SC. Break off color A and join Color B. (Used approximately 2 grams of Color A)

Ch 3. DC into the third chain from the beginning. Ch 1. DC into the same stitch. *Skip two chains. DC, Ch 1, DC into same stitch.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. DC into last stitch. Break off Color B and join Color C. (Used approximately 4 grams of Color B)

Ch 3. *Cluster Stitch into space made by the V in the prior row. Ch 1.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch. DC into last stitch. Break off Color C and join Color A. (Used approximately 4 grams of Color C)

Ch 1. SC into first chain space. *SC into top of cluster stitch. 2 SC into next chain space.* Repeat until last stitch. SC into last stitch. Turn.

Ch 1. SC into each SC from prior row. Break off Color A. (Used approximately 3 grams of Color A)

Use the leftover yarn at each end to join together to make a circle; mattress stitch works well for this. Weave in the leftover ends.

Ravelled Here: Tulip Baby Headband

If you try the pattern, let me know how it turned out for you! I think this will look super cute on Rainy.

Since this post turned out longer than I thought it would, I’ll be back another day to share an update on the Rainbow Baby blanket. BTW, yesterday was my birthday and my hubby surprised me with an Apple Watch Series 2, a hilarious birthday card and an absolutely delicious dinner out. I had a great day with lots of messages from friends and family, as well as an hour long Facetime with my nephews. Here are a few pics from the day 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting (or Crocheting)!

FO – Baby Boy Blanket & Hat

Hi All!

Now that Mama & Papa have received their package, I can finally reveal all the yarny goodness I sent to them for the newest baby boy. You’ve already seen a hat I made, using the MJ’s Hospital Hat pattern. What you didn’t know is that the hat was way too small. I checked with one of knitting group friends who recently had a baby and she said it needed to be 14 inches around. I measured and the hat was only 10 inches unstretched and 11 inches stretched. Oops! So, I donated the hat for a Preemie. I’m sure some little one will get some use out of it.

You’ve also seen the Baby Mitten Socks that I highlighted in my monthly Once Upon a Sock post. What you haven’t seen is the new hat and baby blanket! I’ve made this hat pattern before for my great nephew, so I knew that I needed to make the Newborn size instead of the Baby size so he would be able to wear it home from the hospital. I love the rolled brim on this and it should fit him for a little bit. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Simple Baby Hat
Started / Finished: 4/6/2017-4/8/2017
Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the color Blue Mint (35 grams)
Needles Used: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Size Made: Newborn (14 inches unstretched)

The other item finished is the baby blanket! It felt like I whizzed through this, taking it with me on my trip to Hawaii, and finishing it up at home. I love the feature of the garter stitch square and edging and Mama loves how soft it is. I washed it in the washing machine on Delicate using Newborn Dreft, partially dried it in the dryer on Gentle, then hung to finish drying. I didn’t have to steam block as everything fell into place from patting it into place as it finished air drying.  It is a free pattern from Tin Can Knits called Malt and was super easy. I highly recommend for the beginner knitter or for the more advanced knitter who wants something easy for tv / talk knitting. Here are the details (You can click the images to see larger pics):

Ravelled Here: Malt
Started / Finished: 2/16/17-4/5/17
Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft in the color Blue Mint (399 grams – 2.35 skeins)
Needles Used: US 8 (5.0 mm)
Size Made: 31″ x 36″
New Technique Learned: Icelandic Bind Off (Perfect bind off with Garter Stitch and stretchy too!)

That’s one baby boy down and one baby girl to go! Stay tuned for updates on her gorgeous Rainbow Blanket, pink socks and headband! *Check out my Instagram for sneak peeks 🙂

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

 

Once Upon a Sock: Baby Mitten Socks (FO)

It’s the first Thursday of the month so it’s all about the socks! First, I would like to welcome Kat from Felinity Knits to our little band of sock knitters! She has an awesome sock post this month and I’ll link it below.

I was able to finish the baby socks that I talked about last month! They are so adorable and so teeny, tiny. I’m hoping they fit a newborn, as most socks I make don’t fit until 3 months or longer…at least for babies. I was also able to get a couple of more rows done on my Smooth Operators; however again, not enough to show a new picture. Even though I haven’t gotten in much sock knitting, I have actually been knitting a lot! I’ve made a baby hat and am working on a baby blanket that I will blog about at a later date.

So, let’s talk about these baby socks.

Ravelled Here: Baby Mitten Socks by Barbara Prime (Free pattern)

Started / Finished: 1/26/17 ~ 2/18/17 (I was taking my time; however these are easily a 1-2 day project)

Needles: US 1 (2.25mm) DPN’s

Yarn: Kat’s Kettle Toes Etc. in the color Mana Pool (16 grams)

I did have a little snafu while working on the first sock. Why is it that although I find Kitchener Stitch easy, I can never remember it? I had to look it up on a YouTube video. Unfortunately, I was looking at a video for using the Kitchener Stitch to graft together two squares (wrong sides facing). So, I turned my itty bitty sock wrong side out and happily went on my way. I decided to turn it right side out to check my work before weaving in the ends…needless to say, I figured out I did it wrong. I had to remove it and start over. Argh! That was a pain that definitely needed daylight and a lot of patience…check out these progress pics! I put each stitch on an individual stitch marker, then I used cable needles to make sure they were oriented in the proper way before finally placing them back on the needles. I felt so accomplished when I finished it successfully!

And now for the final pics. Mama is super happy with them…at least pics of them. I will pack these up with the hat and baby blanket for a sweet little gift.

Would you like to join me and my fellow sock knitters? We post on the first Thursday of every month with the title “Once Upon a Sock” and link up with each other. Just let one of us know so we can add you to our list! Here’s my partners in crime and their most recent sock posts.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Once Upon a Sock: Simple House Slippers

Hi All!

Happy New Year to all of you! I am very, very behind on everyone’s blogs as I decided to take a little holiday while I got my knitting mojo back. It’s back, I’m healed from my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and I’m ready to get back to catching up with old friends, visiting some new friends and knitting once again!

So, let’s start the new year out right and get to the new format of sock posts for my blog. This means every first Thursday of the month will have a sock post instead of every Thursday as it was in the past. It’s much easier to provide an update on socks once a month instead of writing about the teensiest bit of progress every Thursday as I do not solely (get it!) knit socks. This month, we do not have socks per se; however, I did knit something for the feet and am going to include it just cause it’s my prerogative. Presenting the Simple House Slippers!

Ravelled Here: Simple House Slippers

Started / Finished: 12/22/16-1/1/17

Needles: US 7

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls in the color Flannel

Size: US Women’s Size 9

I didn’t learn any new techniques with these slippers, which must mean that I’m retaining knowledge from past projects. The free pattern has been in my queue on Ravelry for a really long time and I decided that it was finally time to make them. They were super easy, are very comfortable and I can see myself making some as gifts in the future. Paired with the super soft Bernat yarn plus the pattern being free and you’ve got yourself a winner, winner chicken dinner. I definitely want to make these again using a luxury yarn so you may be seeing them again in a different color / yarn in the future.

Also joining me on my sock knitting journey (at least I hope they still are!) are Katherine from fiber and sustenance and Maggie from Project(s) in Progress. Go check them out and see what they’ve been up to! If you’d like to join along too, let one of know so we can link up with you, post on the first Thursday of the month and have fun knitting socks!

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (P.S. It’s good to be back!)

FO – Sockhead Slouch Hat 2

Hi All!

I’ve been promising a post on my latest finished object and here it is! This hat is something that I’ve been working on for over a year. A whole year, you might ask? Yes, an entire year. Why, you might ask? Well, because it was a take-a-long project! That means this was only worked on when I was out and about.

It’s been to quite a few places and could tell a few tales. We’ve been together on flights to Indiana, Florida and Hawaii. We’ve been to Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, San Jose, Livermore, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Campbell, Cupertino and Oakland…all in California. We’ve been together in dentist offices, periodontist offices, doctors offices and hospitals. We’ve been together standing in line waiting to get into concerts, as well as multiple wineries, book club meetings, parties and other sundry events. We’ve been together for a lot of passenger side car knitting.

I’m going to miss knitting on her and can’t wait to gift her to my cousin, Nichole. She’s been waiting a long time! I have since cast on and am working on another one. I’m hoping this one doesn’t take over a year to complete. Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Sockhead Hat 2 (Free Pattern called Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure)

Started / Finished: 7/31/15 – 9/26/16

Yarn: Patons North America Stretch Sock in the color Grape Gumball (62 grams / 1.25 skeins)

Needles: US 3 – 16 inch Bamboo Circulars and US 3 DPNs

Modifications: Cast on with 136 instead of suggested cast on amount as my first Sockhead Hat was a wee bit too big. Since I cast this on, the pattern has been updated to state that as long as you cast on in multiples of 8, you are good. I think this is a good size for a large head.

And here are some pictures with the brim folded and not folded! I love the way this yarn knitted up and have gotten a ton of compliments on it whilst out knitting at all those places.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 10

Do you have a favorite pattern or designer?

I absolutely love Rebecca Danger and her book The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I’ve made two of the patterns so far and they are really easy to follow. They make excellent gifts for my great nieces / nephews and are easily customizable. For the first monster, I followed instructions and used white felt for the mouth. For the second monster, I crocheted “teeth” and sewed them on. You can mix and match parts and once you’ve made one, you want to make more.

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Hugo the Couch Potato Monster and Petunia the Patio Monster

I’ve test knit a lot for Linda Browning and I love how each of her patterns can be built upon to make them larger or smaller, based on your preferences. She tends to write smaller shawlette patterns that fit her very petite ballerina daughter; however I’ve always sized up for someone that is a “regular” size. Last year, during the month of December, she offered one free pattern a day. So, if you look in my Ravelry library, you’ll see that I have most of them. Here are a few pics of the ones I’ve test knit for her. I have another one that is super gorgeous and was my first project with beads; however it’s still in stealth mode because the pattern hasn’t come out yet. (The pattern names are added to the pics, dependent on which method you use to view the content.)

Another designer I love is Joji Locatelli. I’ve purchased two of her patterns so far and really enjoy the ease of her patterns. You’ve already seen the picture of the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl that I blogged about on Day 6 and Day 7 & 8 of the challenge. I also purchased the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. For now, I’m waiting until I have a few more projects completed before I purchase her ebook titled “The Authentic Collection“. I want to knit every single pattern in the collection, so I feel it is a fantastic deal.

And last, but not least (because I seriously could go on and on…like yesterday’s post on yarn), Tin Can Knits. Because how could you have a post about favorite designers and not include them? I’ve knit two of their patterns so far (the Barley hat twice) and I adore their sense of color and style. Their pictures make me drool and wish that I lived in their neck of the woods; if only so I could wear everything they design.

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Days 7 & 8

I actually made it 48 hours without being on the computer. Let me tell you…it really helped a lot! I went and got a pedicure on Tuesday and relaxed the rest of the day; catching up on some shows on my DVR. Yesterday my husband and I went on an afternoon date to see Star Trek Beyond and grab a bite to eat. It was his last day of vacation and we wanted to do something outside of the house. The movie was great but the company was even better.

Day 7’s question piggy-backed off of day 6 and asks:

Your least favorite? (as in your least favorite project you’ve knit)

Melinda Cloth by Norma Wampler

I think if I were to knit this again, it might be enjoyable. I was only a couple of months into knitting and wanted something that was quick and easy…instant knitting gratification. The only reason why I did not enjoy knitting this was because of the yarn. It was my first time knitting with 100% cotton and I decided at that point that I would never knit with it again. It hurt my hands. Or so I thought. Now I know that I probably had too tight of a gauge and that was what was causing my hands to cramp up. I am happy to report that I am knitting with cotton again and may even attempt this pattern again at some point.

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Peaches & Creme Solids in the color Orchid

Day 8: What’s your most challenging project?

Stepping Stones Kit by Iris Schreier

If you click on that link, you will see copious notes on my Ravelry page for this project. I don’t know why I thought I was ready for short rows and lace just a few months into my knitting journey…I was being brave and adventurous, I guess. I frogged so many times that I think I could have made three of these shawls in that amount of time now. Just reading back through them makes me shudder. I still have the shawl and have only worn it a couple of times. Maybe it needs to go in my gift pile? Or maybe I should keep it for the memories? I do remember it was the first time I was ever featured as a photo on a project page and that made it really special to me and worth all the hard work.

I blogged about the project here and here.

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I had a request by Bekki from The Dartmoor Yarn Company to show my 3 Color Cashmere Cowl worn properly instead of pulled up as a tube over my head (as shown in Day 6 of the blogging challenge, so here’s your pic Bekki!

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The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

And since Thursdays are usually about the socks, here’s my list of fellow sock knitters. I desperately hope to be rejoining them soon!

Check out Maggie at Project(s) in Progress and Katherine at fiber and sustenance and see what they are up to this week!

Also on our Thursday Sock Buddy list, however away on break are:

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Until next time, Happy Knitting!