Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2-3 Hour Knit Hat Pattern

I've been making a lot of hats. Once I've got up a collection, they'll be donated, likely to the Soldiers & Sailors Home. Easy pattern, & if you have moderately proficient knitting skills & no interruptions (& the ability to sit still for more than a few minutes) you should be able to knit this up in about 2 hours. If, however, you have 3 dogs, 2 kids, a cat & a Husband (all of whom need something from you every 47 seconds), it might take you 3.

You'll need:

Size 13 Straight Needles (4 st = 1") or size to obtain gauge
4-5 oz of yarn

( I used 2 strands of worsted weight for most of these hats, but you can also use either one strand novelty bulky, 3 strands sport weight, or 4 strands baby weight. )

Row 1: Using 2 strands worsted weight, CO 56 stitches. K2, P2 across
Rows 2-40: Knit the knit stitches & purl the purl stitches
Row 41: Knit 2, p2tog across (37 st)
Row 42: K1, p2tog across (18 st)
Row 43: k2tog across (9)
Row 44: p2tog to last stitch, p1 (5)

Cut yarn, thread on needle. Pull needle through remaining loops, sew seam

Simple, right? They fit most size heads & are very warm. The wonderful thing about this pattern is it's so versatile. Switch out the size 13 straight needles for size 8 DP's, use 1 strand of worsted weight instead of two, & you can knit up quick baby hats :)

Hope you enjoy the free pattern & if you make a hat, I'd love to see it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finally Back! & Some Crafty Type Giveaways

I meant to take a few weeks off, to settle in & get ready for the holidays & maybe finish off a few WIPs. Life took over, & by the time I was able to sit down get back to all things internet, my computer broke :( 2 months having no computer of my own & having to borrow someone else's kinda blew. On the positive side, I finished off 6 quilts & somewhere around 30 knit hats. So, yay productivity?

Anyway, now that I'm back online I'll be getting back into giveaways. I'll mostly put up crafty type giveaways on the blog, but if you like other types, you can always check out my Twitter feed @pixie13sweeps.

* Momo's Linen Mochi Dots Sampler FQ Bundle ~ Fabric Worm ~ 3/17
* Pattern from Color Girl ~ Fabrics & Flowers ~ 3/15
* $20 Southern Fabric GC ~ Katie's Quilting Corner ~ 3/18
* Great Granny Squared by Lori Holt ~ Clover & Violet ~ 4/1
* Mark Lipinski Basics box of 12 Aurifil 50 wt spools ~ Poppyprint ~ 3/17
* Home is in the Kitchen FQ Bundle (3 Winners) ~ Clothworks ~ 3/16
* Bloomin Fresh Charm Pack ~ Fort Worth Fabric Studio ~ 3/16
* Two Sisters Traveling Stash ~ Quarter Incher ~ 3/22

Also, check out Missori Mel's weekly giveaway round-up

Best of luck, & may you win something wonderful