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.
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.