30 April 2010

another april hat...

...this april hat --a chemo cap that will be given to a hospital in France--was made by KnitYoga in a bamboo/cotton yarn...



...love this version, with its garter stitch border...







22 April 2010

an a-MUSE-ing affair...

...our little town of Mendocino will be alive with the sounds of bill botrell, gene parsonand local band rogerwood this saturday night...it is all part of the  M.U.S.E. honoree dinner-dance, in appreciation of tom yates and vicky watts of KOZT radio who do so much for our community...
...delicious food (provided by chef Carolen Barrett), super music, lots of fun...all for a good cause--our children's education! 
if you are in town, do come!

...more information can be found on our M.U.S.E. website...muse.mcn.org


tree by Isaiah, Mendocino K-8 7th grader

21 April 2010

an april hat...

a lovely version of the april hat knit by fellow Raveler and test-knitter extraordinaire hedge...


knit in the soft and supple SEA SONG by Fibranatura...

if you love fine soaps made with all natural ingredients (and who doesn't?), you must visit hedge's website,
a natural alternative

13 April 2010

breaking through...


for one glorious moment, the sun peaks out from the clouds...I love the rain, we need the rain, but doesn't that sun feel grand?



the sea star hat pattern is still in the testing phase...here it is knit in Classic Elite's Wool Bam Boo...



09 April 2010

april's hat pattern...


the april hat

simple, simple, simple...a rolled brim hat with a touch of eyelet lace and a band of seed stitch...

...here it is...the free pattern of the month...

materials:
You will need a skein of dk or worsted weight cotton or wool or wool/bamboo or really any lovely yarn that has a nice stitch definition.  I used Paton's Cotton Perle...You will also need a 16" circular in a US 5 (3.75mm) or US 6 (4mm) or whatever gives you the right gauge and a set of double-pointed needles in the same size.

gauge:
And speaking of gauge...If you are making this to fit a 20" to 22" head, you will need to knit at a gauge of 4.25 stitches per inch.  If you want a smaller hat, knit the hat at a smaller gauge (in a lighterweight yarn).  The little green hat below was knit at a gauge of 7 stitches per inch in a lovely fingering, on 84 stitches, and fits an infant...

directions:
Cast on 78 stitches. Join your work (the obligatory warning: being careful not to twist your work!), marking the beginning of the round if you wish, and knit for about an inch. Purl one round. Knit one round. The next two rounds are your bit of lace...


  • 1. K1, yo, k2tog—repeat to the end.
  • 2. K2tog, yo, k1—repeat to the end.
Knit one round, getting rid of one stitch (k2tog somewhere, anywhere on the round) so that you now have 77 stitches. Purl one round. Knit one round. Knit in seed stitch for about 11/4 inches. Knit one round. Purl one round. Knit in stockinette for about another 2 inches (or when the hat measures about 4.5” to 5”), then begin the crown decrease. It is a good idea to try the hat on at this point and adjust the length accordingly—or simply measure against a favorite hat.


The crown is shaped very simply by decreasing 7 stitches evenly every other row until you have 21 stitches remaining, then decreasing 7 stitches every other row until 7 stitches remain, thus:


1st decrease round: * Knit 9, Knit two stitches together (K2tog) repeat from * to end of round—70 stitches remain


2nd and all even rounds: Knit


3rd round: *Knit 8, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—63 stitches remain


5th round: *Knit 7, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—56 stitches remain


7th round: *Knit 6, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—49 stitches remain


CHANGE TO DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES


9th round: *Knit 5, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—42 stitches remain


11th round: *Knit 4, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—35 stitches remain


13th round: *Knit 3, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—28 stitches remain


15th round: *Knit 2, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—21 stitches remain


16th round: *Knit 1, K2tog, repeat from * to end of round—14 stitches remain


17th round: K2tog to end of round—7 stitches remain



Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Tack down well. Add pom-pom if desired.





et voilà!!!



 
© 2010 pamela w allen I am happy to share this pattern with knitters. It may be used for non-commercial personal or charity knitting.. It is not to be used in any publication, nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without written permission.





... if you find any errors (I do occasionally make them) please let me know...if you have any questions or need any help, please ask...send me a personal message on Ravelry ( I am pwa) or leave a comment here on the blog...I try to check in regularly...


I look forward to seeing your hat!




april's hat...


07 April 2010

pale green...

...the pattern for this little hat is being test-knit by four wonderful Ravelers...

...it is called sea star...this version is knit in a pale green organic cotton...simple and sweet...


coming soon...

...april's FREE pattern...
                                    
                                     ...it's another hat, with a touch of simple lace and some seed stitch...

check back friday!!!

06 April 2010

ne-m’oubliez-pas...

the blue and green of forget-me-nots after a rain...


ah! spring...the promise of the new...
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