Sunday, June 26, 2011

Knitted Beanie Hat for Charity

Here's a copy of the pattern that Ms. Stobbs adapted for charity and home use only if you would like to make some for your local charity organizations or homeless shelters.

Basic Beanie Hat for Charity
Yarn: Knitting worsted
Needles: #4 and #5 16” circular, and #5 (five double pointed needles) or size to get correct gauge
Gauge: 9 stitches = 2: (on larger needles)

With smaller needles, cast on 72 stitches (child size) and 84 stitches (adult man or women size). Place marker for beginning and join for knitting in the round, making cast-on edge as neat as possible. Working in ribbing of K1, P1 or K2, P2 (your choice) for 2”. Change to larger needle and knit even (in your yarn and color choice, or stripes) until entire piece measures about 6” (child size), 6 & ½” (adult size) or desired depth until crown decreases.

Decreasing for crown:
*K10, K2together (repeat from * around)
*K9, K2together (repeat from * around)
*K8, K2together (repeat from *around)

Continue decreasing this method, having one less stitch between decreases until 6 stitches remain (child), and 7 stitches remain (adult); changing to double-pointed needles when necessary. On adult size on last decrease row, you will end up with K2together around, ending with 7 stitches left.

Cut yarn, leaving a 10” tail, thread yarn on a large eye needle and run needle through all remaining stitches. Draw stitches closed firmly and go through stitches once more and pull firmly. Weave yarn end in securely for 3 – 5”.

This hat pattern was adapted from several hat patterns, including one from the Seamen’s Church Institute

Friday, June 24, 2011

Knitting Hats for the Homeless

The knitting group at Black Mountain Yarn Shop that meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday has a wonderful member that collects hats for the homeless every summer for the winters here in the mountains. The goal this year is 1,000 hats (toboggans) for men, women and children (we use acrylic yarns so they can be easily washed and fewer allergies). I am knitting my first ever; last year I contributed zero, not because I didn't want to, but I was just scared of knitting a round object that gets smaller. This year I jumped in and here's a peek at my first one. I started it on Wednesday evening - of course and had the help of Betsy (the organizer/collector of these hats), through a group called the Western Carolina Knitters and Crocheters for Charity. If you would like to donate a knitted cap, you can bring them to Black Mountain Yarn Shop, 203A West State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711, or you can mail to them at this address also (please use acrylic yarn).
Also, My Hooked on Exchange partner received my Snowman Ornament so I can post a photo of him.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Snowmen Ornaments and Sideways Vest

I just finished The Sideways Strip Vest from the book by Noro called Knit Noro, 30 Designs in Living Color. I had to use two sizes smaller needles (size 6) to get the correct gauge but it's amazing how it fits great, will have to wear it first once fall gets here in the mountains. Also I finished my Snowman Christmas ornament this past week and mailed to partner in the US, I enjoyed stitching it so much (I love Snowmen) that I want to make one for myself for this Christmas. As soon as my recipient receives, I'll post a photo. Also I received this wonderful ornament from Ina my exchange partner from the Netherlands.

For the vest, I used two different colors so that I can wear this with about every color pullover t-shirt. I'm hoping to start knitting something I can wear this summer, but I'd better hurry up and get started. Also, I need to start socks for my spouse, finish my sister's quilt and get started on another quilt for a friend.