Chevron Blocks Beanie Pattern

Chevron Blocks Hat

Materials:

2 or 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (this pattern works very well with scraps. I used some scraps of brown wool and Noro Silk Garden)

Size 6 16″ circular needles or set of double pointed needles

Size 8 16″ circular needles

Size 8 set of double pointed needles

(Note: When I made my hat, I did not use the smaller needles for the brim and it turned out a little loose so edited the pattern according to past experience making hats and reading other hat patterns.)

Gauge:

I don’t really do gauge. I know, it’s not a good habit, but if you make a lot of hats you can kind of just tell. Plus, the cheap brand of needles I’m using tend to knit a little tighter than I’m used to on my regular bamboo circulars.

Fit:

One-size fits most adults

Instructions:

With smaller needles, cast on 88 stitches of Color 1.

Work in K2, P2 for 1 inch.

Change to bigger needles.

Work in stockinette stitch until piece for 2 inches.

Work chevron pattern according to chart. You will repeat the chart 8 times in one round.

Strand yarn behind work loosely (do not yarn).

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Cut Color 1, leaving 2 inch tail.

Work in stockinette stitch in Color 2 for 2 inches (measured from last row of chart). Piece should measure about 5 inches.

Repeat chart again. If using 2 colors, switch back to Color 1. If using 3 colors, switch to Color 3.

Cut Color 2, leaving 2 inch tail.

Knit 2 rounds in Color 2/3.

Decrease pattern:

Round 1: Repeat *K4, K2T, K5*.

Round 2: Knit

Round 3: Repeat *K3, K2T, K5*

Round 4: Knit

Round 5: Repeat *K2, K2T, K5*

Round 6: Repeat *K1, K2T, K5*

Round 7: Repeat *K2T, K5* until last 6 st, K2T K4 last time

Beginning of Round 8 will start on the last stitch of last round Round 7 (i.e., knit together last stitch of Round 7 and first stitch of Round 8.)

Round 8: Repeat *K2T, K3*

Round 9: Repeat *K2T, K2*

Round 10: Repeat *K2T, K1*

Round 11: K2T until end of round

Cut yarn and pass tail through stitches, closing hole.

Weave in loose ends.

2014 Sky Scarf Project

The Sky Scarf project is a conceptual knitting project by Leafcutter Designs whose outcome is dependent entirely on the weather observations of the knitter. The original pattern is based knitting a stripe based on the color of the sky for each day of the year. I found this project somewhere online in the past and for whatever reason, a couple days ago I remembered it again. Seeing as the new year is right around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to undertake this huge project. And I’m SUPER EXCITED. But rather than following the project exactly, I’m going to modify it slightly to create something that would be much more wearable than a sky blue scarf (because frankly, it’s not my color.)

Instead of the color of the sky, I’m going to be basing my stripes on high temperatures and instead of using colors that would traditionally associated with temperatures like cold blues and hot reds, I’m going to make a gray-scale scarf with pops of neon yellow for the hottest days. I deliberated over this a lot because I really wanted to make something where the heat of the summer could really be seen, but wearing rainbows isn’t my thing and I wanted to create something that I would wear a lot. In the end I think this idea would turn out pretty awesome. I also think I’m going to do a brioche stitch instead of garter like the original.

Because I’m an Excel nerd I generated what a prototype would look like based on 2013’s weather data. I downloaded some historical data and did some conditional cell formatting and this is what it would look like:

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Here’s my color chart. If only I could figure out how to put a table into WordPress…

  • Color – Temperature Range (Fahrenheit)
  • JUVELWOSMC.880.mediumThumb.1 < 32
  • JUVELWOSMC.500.mediumThumb.1 33 – 41
  • JUVELWOSMC.005.mediumThumb.1 42 – 50
  • JUVELWOSMC.002.mediumThumb.1 51 – 59
  • JUVELWOSMC.990.mediumThumb.1 60 – 68
  • JUVELWOSMC.980.mediumThumb.1 69 – 77
  • JUVELWOSMC.001.mediumThumb.1 78 – 86
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I can’t wait for my yarn to come so I can start this. Like every year I try to up my blogging game and this year with this project I’m hoping to be able to do a weekly/biweekly post for my Sky Scarf update. If anyone else wants to join me on this project kind of like a knit-a-long you are welcome to come along for the ride!

Designer status

Because I’m preparing to post another original design on Ravelry I was looking through my first and only pattern, my Cropped Boatneck Sweater and decided that other Ravelry users made it better than me.

Wow you guys are talented! I think my fit was a little off for my own body shape (because I’m too lazy to properly measure gauge) but there are some people that totally pull it off. I rarely wear my sweater, sadly, because I don’t have many outfits that would match it. Maybe wearing it more should be a 2014 resolutions, but I think it was one of my 2013 resolutions…

Anyway, I really loved how a lot of people took my basic pattern and ran with the idea, making modifications and changes to their personal liking! Here are some of my favorite projects:

by yunejune

by celiacummiskey. Check her out on tumblr.

by blacksprucehound

by Joaknits

by xCharlottex

I’ll be adding more photos as soon as I obtain permission from the owners. Check out the other takes on my pattern here!

2014 is looking like an exciting year for knitting! I’m taking on a HUGE project that I can’t wait to share with you guys. I’m super stoked. I can’t wait to write about it.

Last minute gifts

Merry Christmas, readers!

It’s a shock that 2014 is already around the corner. I’ve been going at this blogging thing for about one and a half years now. I know I’ve been lacking on the crafting posts but I really haven’t had time to knit with everything I have going on in my life. However, Christmastime is always when I get my craft on. I finished a couple last minute gifts and made up a really cool hat design that I’d like to share with you guys. Look for it on here and Ravelry in the next couple weeks.

I really want to share a picture but I’m afraid the person I’m giving it to will see it before she receives it this weekend. But if you really want a sneak peak head on over to my instagram: @haiitsvi.

I probably finished it in record time. I did the ribbing on the brim last night and finished the remaining part of it today. I’ve been knitting for about 5 hours nonstop hehe.