Knitting stuff and going on and on.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A pattern and some babies.

My newest pattern.

Flapper Girl's Twist.

Materials:
1 skein of bulky yarn at least 146m/160yds
8mm (US 11) straight knitting needles.

Gauge:
3sts and 4 rows = 1"

Techniques:
CB4F = Slip two stitches to cable needle, hold to front, K2 from working needle, knit 2 from cable needle.
Pick up stitches in garter row = pick up first loop in bump row, pick up long loop in plain row. (If that doesn't make any sense, say so in the comments and I will take pictures of what I mean tomorrow.)

Size:
Women's medium. If you wish to make it larger, add one more repeat before the final repeat. Smaller, one less. Although this is a fairly tight fitting hat so make sure to check by holding it around your head before you bind off. You should have to pull it very slightly to close it, but it shouldn't feel tight. You will have to adjust your pick up number and your decreases accordingly. One extra stitch for each row increased or one less for each row not done. I used a fairly standard spiral crown decrease.



Cast on 14sts.

Row 1: K2, P10, K2
Row 2: K5, CB4F, K5
Row 3: K2, P10, K2
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2, P10, K2

Repeat Rows 2-5 19 more times. 20 repeats altogether. For the 21st repeat, only do Rows 2 and 3. Do not slip the first stitch of every row.

Cast off.

Weave in ends before continuing.

Pick up 80 stitches along one long side. If you wish to avoid the worst holes along the pick up row, twist the loops as you pick them up. To have your twists going the same way mine do, start picking up from the cast on and work to the cast off. Start from cast off and work to cast on to have them going the other way.

Join yarn by purling first row.

Begin crown decreases.

Row 1: *K8, K2 tog* repeat *-* to end.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl
Row 3: K8, *K7, K2tog* repeat *-* to last 8 sts, K8.
Row 5: K2tog, *K6, K2tog* repeat *-* to last 7 sts, K7.

Continue in this manner starting with a K2tog and decreasing the number of K sts by one in the repeat then knitting the last stitches. When you have finished the K2tog, *K2, K2tog* row and the purl row after;

K2tog to last 3, K3tog.

Break yarn leaving a tail long enough to sew hat seams. Pull out needle and thread yarn through loops starting with stitch furthest from yarn. Draw closed and drop needle through the centre to the inside of the hat. Turn hat inside out, pull top tightly closed and begin to sew seam. Make sure to sew through both loops of the cast on/cast off edges when you come to the brim.

Weave in ends and block.


The hat really came in handy when Girly and I and a few friends went to Egli's Sheep Farm in the next town. The girls had a ball, the moms shivered and did our best not to rush them while they were looking at the animals in the outside pens. We all had a good time though and I got pictures like mad. Sadly the children were so excited and the lighting was so bad both inside and out, that most of my pictures featuring children didn't come out. Good thing there were so many babies to take pictures of and I am a snap happy sort.

Baby sheep snuggling up with their Mommas for some heat.

Baby Bison. He was as interested in the girls as they were in him. He came right up to the fence and tried to nose them. They thought that was hilarious.

My favourite, a baby donkey. Awww!! He's a frisky little guy too. Everytime he knew we were watching him, he would kick up his heels and bounce off.

Another frisky little one. He really liked getting his horn stubs scratched too.

Girly's favourite. A couple of Bantams. The rooster crowed the whole time we were in the barn which made Girly laugh. Poor bunny was sitting there wishing that psycho would just shut up already!! Sunday and Monday I was awakened to the sound of a little girl out on the couch crowing at the top of her lungs.

This peacock wowed us all though. So beautiful. Although they don't sound as beautiful. Holy loud, Batman! He is gorgeous though.

7 Comments:

  • Lurve the hat pattern!!! That's going on my list for sure! Thanks for sharing it!

    Oh, btw, you've been
    tagged!

    By Blogger Sus, at 12:05 PM, May 22, 2007  

  • Oh I know - aren't peacocks piercingly loud?
    Looks like you had a fantastic time! It can be amazing how persistent children are - they seem impervious to the weather sometimes.
    Great pattern too.
    :-)

    By Blogger Miss Scarlett, at 3:03 PM, May 22, 2007  

  • The hat is delightful; very cute. I would go crazy at that farm. I just want to kiss the nose of the baby bison and the little donkey.

    By Blogger Diana, at 6:37 PM, May 22, 2007  

  • i love the hat! i think i could wear that kind. i'm not good in beanies. but that one would work, i think. nice! remind me of this later. right now i'm not allowed to start something new.

    By Anonymous IHateToast, at 7:42 AM, May 23, 2007  

  • Wow, this hat is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern, I will definitely try my hands at it in, well, fall or so - when it's a bit cooler than these almost 40C that we're having these days!;) Very beautiful indeed!
    And what a great time it seems you and the girls have had - your pics are stunning as usual, especially the one of the peacock!

    By Anonymous Dipsy, at 8:26 PM, May 23, 2007  

  • Loved the photos of the babies - especially the bison and the donkey!
    Loved your hat too!

    By Blogger danielle, at 10:39 AM, March 01, 2010  

  • Love it. I did something similar on my first attempt at cables. Thanks for sharing.

    By Blogger KnuttinButYarn, at 3:09 PM, September 16, 2010  

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