Saturday, 24 November 2012

TIME TO KNIT...

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A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A HOLIDAY...   Every now and then, I need a break from crochet, so of course I turn to knitting. And this time I just wanted to knit something fast and super easy. Best way to achieve this was with a CHUNKY YARN and an UNCOMPLICATED PATTERN.  This is what I came up with... a knit hat with a chunky concertina style rib...

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I made this hat for my darling (naturally he always needs more hats)..... and because he is blessed with a bald head and has a sensitivity to natural yarns, I choose a 10% Wool 20% Alpaca 70% Acrylic yarn, which he can manage to wear without needing a cotton lining to protect his scalp.


This yarn is super chunky and I did not use the needle size recommended on the yarn label, I dropped down a few sizes, quite a few actually.  The label recommends a NEEDLE size of 10mm (US 15), however I went ahead and used 6mm (US 10), which gave me a nice chunky warm hat (without big holes between stitches).

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The yarn is Wendy "Serenity" Super Chunky 100g, 80m (87yd) and they have a nice selection of thirteen (13) colours - from cream to black, pink to purple, and teal to blue, basically enough colours to satisfy everyone.

I liked the look and feel of this knit hat, sooo much.... I have also made myself one, in purple.  Check it out below.


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The best thing about this knit hat pattern .... it is knit flat on straight needles... you don't need to use double-pointed needles, or circular needles, simply knit each row, and then whip stitch the seam.  AND it takes no time at all to complete.  So, so easy... you have to give it a try.


I loved knitting this chunky concertina rib, I decided to turn it into a scarf (cowl) pattern as well.  However, this time I turned to my favourite circular needles and knit in the round, and wow what a great scarf.  I used James C. Brett "Passion" Chunky, 100g, 146m (160yd), 70% Acrylic 30% Wool, the colours are fantastic and create a beautiful striped effect.  I used two balls (200g) to make a scarf long enough to go around the neck twice. See photo below.


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So, cool.... I loved the subtle colour change, combined with the chunky rib so much, I made three (3) scarves... LOL  Each scarf is a different colour, and I think they will end up under the Christmas tree for some lucky people... (or I keep them for myself??)


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And for everyone else, I have written up the pattern, yes it is a KNIT pattern, NOT crochet, and yes it is my first KNIT pattern made public.


I hope you enjoy knitting these as much as I did.

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Here are the details for the pattern:

KNIT HAT
  • Size:  Adult - Medium and Large
  • Yarn:  Wendy "Serenity" Super Chunky (1 ball) 
  • Needles:  6mm

KNIT SCARF

  • Measurement: approx. 
  • Yarn:  James C. Brett "Passion" Chunky (2 balls)
  • Needles:  6mm

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RIBS Knit Cowl Scarf and Hat Beanie PATTERN available from my on-line stores

Ravelry      Craftsy



Enjoy every moment, focus on every stitch, create a masterpiece.

ciao, ciao.

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