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.

My Blumme Beanie

Last week I wrote up my fair isle inspiration post, and I at last chose and completed a pattern!

P1050980P1060008Can you see my mistake? I probably just obsess over tiny details but I messed up one row of the pattern by either skipping a row or doing a different row in its place. But for my first fair isle/stranded knitting I think I did a pretty good job!

What I love about the Blumme Beanie is that the color work is pretty simple which really brought out the beautiful colors of the Noro Silk Garden I was using. However, it ended up using so much less than I expected so now I have a lot more Silk Garden left over! Maybe I’ll make myself some matching mittens next.

Variegated Fair Isle Hat Inspiration

A few days ago I posted about deconstructing my Dream Shrug because I didn’t really where it and had an idea for a new project for it. And, I think it’s about time for me to tackle a new knitting technique: Fair Isle Knitting. I think an intricately knit fair isle hat with my Noro yarn would look pretty cool, so I’ve been gathering some inspiration before choosing a pattern.

#1 Floppy Fair Isle Hat – Very Bohemian, very trendy. I’m really leaning towards a floppy beret style hat.

#2 Faux Fair Isle Hat – This beanie has a very intricate looking design that is heightened by a variegated yarn.

#3 Taos Slouch Hat – This is technically not Fair Isle or any kind of stranded knitting, but I think the color work would still look pretty cool.

#4 Fairly Fair Isle Hat – Although the picture shows just two colors I think this pattern would be lovely in a variegated color way.

#5 Blumme Beanie – Knitted with not just one, but two variegated yarns adds excitement to this pattern.

#6 Three Tams – I love the simple white yarn as the main color with the variegated yarn being an accent.

#7 Fair Isle Hat #6209 – I’m in love with the rainbow variegated yarn in this picture. Again, white main color and variegated contrasting color: thumbs up. Plus a pompom!

#8 Little Fair Isle Hat – This is a baby hat pattern, but I’m a sucker for anything from Purl Soho. I love how the pattern looks like little leaves or trees.

#9 Fair Isle Ice Cap – Another one in two colors that would be amazing in variegated yarns.

I’m completely in love with the white-based hats, but for my personal project I think I’d end up using either a beige or brown as my main color since I don’t have any white yarn on hand and it’d fit with my Noro colors. I also really like the minimalistic, simple designs. I feel like they’d really do the best job of emphasizing the variegated yarn without looking like a hot mess of colors. What do you think? And do you know of any other patterns that I should know about?

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String!

I’ve broken a personal record. From Thanksgiving break to earlier this week, in a span of 21 days, I knitted 8 Christmas presents for my friends before leaving for Winter break.

The horrible photo

blogger that I am forgot to take pictures of the gifts before I wrapped them up (except for the socks because I wanted to get a before/after blocking shot) but here they are with their loving new owners!

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P1050725Tip from a college gift giver on a budget: Don’t waste money on wrapping paper! Brown paper bags are just as nice, and you’re recycling so it’s good for the environment as well.

P1050728Fingerless Mitts (click for Ravelry pattern) – this pattern comes in three sizes, and Chris claims that fitted him perfectly.

P1050730Little Bow – something I whipped up on the spot and all Rachel asked for. Just double up on yarns, knit a few rows in garter stich, and wrap one color tail around the middle. She’s wearing it with a bobby pin

Incognito Cowl – Jackie loves mustaches, so when I saw this pattern I thought it was perfect for her. It’s not the best picture for seeing the mustache but a cool pattern nonetheless. This pattern also comes in 3 sizes.

Seed Stich Beanie – if there’s something that I’m good at doing it’s making up hats on the spot. I made this beanie with a ribbed brim and seed stich body. The decreasing pattern got a little wonky because of the od numer of stitches but the result is still great.
P1050731Brandon Ribbed Beanie Hat – A really quick hat to knit up and a great pattern for gifts for guys. Duke has like no hair so I figured his head would get cold in the winter time :P

P1050733Happy Sea Turtle – I knitted this pattern once before for my turtle-loving high school French teacher and if anyone loves turtles as much as Madame Kennedy, it’s my roommate Kerry.

Orca Whale – Jonathan’s a Marine Science major so I figured I couldn’t go wrong with an amigurumi orca. I need to make more amigurumi. They are so fun to knit!
P1050714Basic Dude Socks – I have a lot of mixed feelings about these socks. They were the first pair of socks I’ve ever knitted, so they were quite an accomplishment, but the pattern was a little confusing for a first-time sock maker so I had to do the first toe about a million times after watching a million videos and reading a million articles before I got it right. I took this picture before wrapping them because I was planning on doing a before/after blocking post. There they are on top of my accounting notes. Ok so their Dude Socks, why are they pink and green? Well, my friend Brian who is also the Treasurer for the Knitting and Crochet club (and doesn’t know how to knit) had been asking me for watermelon socks since forever aka the first meeting. I set out on making them for Christmas but them being my first socks, I wasn’t sure how they would fit. Well, the cuff isn’t nearly as stretchy enough even after using the knit through the front loops bind off as seen here but they didn’t seem stretchy at all. So in short, Brian can’t actually wear them as socks (more like slippers) because they won’t fit around his ankle. Maybe next time, I guess.

Now, I’m sitting on my couch at home watching Once Upon a Time, much needed after this crazy semester. I’ll be working on some gifts for family members in the upcoming days. I’m knitting ornaments!