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Jim’s Toe Warmer Socks

This started out as a joke.  My sister was telling me her husband kept complaining his toes were cold.  She’d tell him to go put on some socks or slippers.  He’s answer that his foot wasn’t cold, just his toes.  And then she tells me, “Wouldn’t it be funny if you could make him some socks that only cover his toes?”   So I did.  And he loves them.  And in case there’s any other cold toed folks out there, I’m sharing the pattern with you.  I present: 007 Jim’s Toe Warmer Socks I used Bernat Denim Style; you can use whatever worsted/aran weight yarn you’d like. Cast on 20 st with size 8’s, then divide onto 2 needles by slipping them alternately onto each one; 1 st onto the back, then 1 st onto the front, and so on – 10 on each needle. Knit 1 round even. Increase 4 st this round by Kf&b into the 1st st and last st on each needle. Knit 1 round even. Increase every other round until 40 st total. Knit even for as many rounds as will reach the ball of the foot of the intended victim.  I stopped at 30 rounds from cast on as my sister measured his toe to ball for me at about 5 inches. At that point, I switched colors to blue and size 6’s and knit ribbing for 8 rounds. Bind off on rnd 9.  If you’d rather, keep the ribbing the same color.   JimsToeWarmers

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Happy Puppy hat makes for Happy Nathan!

Several days ago, I tested out a hat pattern.

It was a puppy hat pattern.

It was a happy puppy hat pattern.

Did I mention it was happy?

Perhaps it should be called the Very happy puppy hat.

Oh, look – ear flaps!

The pattern’s on Ravelry, right here.  It’s adorable, and comes in a kitty version as well.  Also, it’s sized for 4 different sizes, so it’s pretty well 8 total patterns between the sizing and the puppy/kitty version.  I”m thinking of making one for David.  Think he’d wear it at 13?

Yeah, me neither.

PS – awesome tie-dyed onesie by my sister.

Sad news, more baby hats, and a freebie

Lots to write today, so grab a drink and hang on.

First off, I’m sad to say that my husband’s mother lost her battle with pancreatic cancer early Wednesday morning.  She was 76.  I won’t go into all the details here.  Just suffice it to say that cancer sucks, and that makes 3 great women in my life who in my opinion were taken way before their time.  My grandmother Nana, who taught me to crochet, died from lung cancer back in 1981.  I was 2 weeks shy of turning 11.  My mom died from what they thought was pancreatic cancer until they opened her up and found that a tumor had burst inside her abdomen.  It had been wrapped around her pancreas, so the ultrasound was misleading.  She left in 1994.  She got to see me get married but never met any of my boys.  And now Steve’s mom.  I’m so grateful that the boys are probably old enough to be able to remember her later on (my youngest is almost 6 now), and at the same time pissed as all get out, cause now they have no grandmother at all.  Did I mention that cancer sucks?

Ok then, here’s some more baby hats I’ve recently finished up.

#11 here is the top hat pattern below with a few mods.  I listed those below right after the pattern.

#12 is that same crocheted granny square one from before with a shell border.

#13 is a feather and fan top down one I’m still working on.  I’ll put up a picture and post that pattern as well when I’m all done.

And the reason I’ve only finished a few hats are many.  Partly because I’m working on a sweater for Patrick and Russ to share out of the leftover yarn from my $12 Coat of Many Colors.  They kept borrowing it to sleep in, which if you think about it, looks especially odd when it’s that large.  I finished up with the first arm, I think, but I have to have someone try it on to make sure before I start in on the second sleeve.  Also this:

It’s a hat for my sister’s hubby using this chart. Not your everyday snowflake fair isle, huh?

And remember that cute little top hat like one I did?

I thought about it, and since I’ve already done another one, and had a fabulous idea for a 3rd from a friend, I’m going to post the pattern I made up.  Here comes your freebie:

Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch, join with sl st to top of ch 3.  Your ch 3 in every round will count as a dc for the total dc count at the end of each round.
Rnd 2 – ch 3, 1 dc in same st as sl st, 2 dc in each dc, join with sl st to top of ch 3- 24 dc
Rnd 3 – ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, (1 dc in next dc, 2 in next dc) around, close with st st- 36dc
Rnd 4 – ch 3, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, (1 dc in next 2 dc  2 in next dc) around, close with sl st- 48 dc
Rnd 5 – ch 2, 1 dc around post from the back of previous row, close with sl st- 48 still.  See picture below for details of this step.  This makes a cute little ridge as ou turn the corner to go down the sides of the hat.
Rnd 6 through 10 – ch 3, 1 dc in each dc, join with sl st.
Rnd 11 – ch 3, 1 dc in same st as sl st, 2 dc in each remaining dc, join with st st and fasten off – 96 dc

Here’s the pic of Rnd 5 detail:

Does that clear it up?  You flip the crochet over so you’re going in from the back side.  Stick the hook into and around the first dc, yo, draw a loop through, and then finish off the dc like normal.  Do that all the way around the circle, and it makes a cute little rim thing on the top of the hat.  You could accomplish almost the same thing by dc’ing into the back loop of each dc, but to me this way’s more sturdy.  Plus with this, you get an actual little pokey-outie part that with the dc’ing into the back loop thing you only get a nice little line.

Options – I’ve already made another where I did not do the post dc on round 5; I just started right in on the 1 dc in each dc but, which made it curve more downward, and I added a ruffled border instead by doing 2 rounds of the 2 dc in each dc.  My next one, thanks to a great idea, will be a Cat in the Hat color scheme.

One great thing about this pattern is that it’s easily customizable.  Just increase the circle until it measures across a smidge smaller than the size you want, cause it’ll stretch a bit.  Then start on down the sides.  It would look really cute with a bigger floppier border on it as well, with maybe a flower pinned onto it.  Or just do it all in black, with a couple rows of white just before  the brim to really look like a baby top hat.   You could also do one row near the bottom with a dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc thing, so as to make sort of an eyelet row, and then thread a pretty ribbon through.  I seem to be on a girl kick for what was supposed to be more of a boy hat pattern.  Maybe it’s a sign.

Crocheted baby hat pattern

Ok, so first the pattern, then the back story:

You can use whatever yarn and hook you desire.  The thicker the yarn and the larger the hook – the bigger the hat.  Most of these I made for newborns and I used worsted weight yarn and a size H hook.  Using sport yarn and a size G or F hook would make a preemie hat.  Chunky yarn and a size K hook would most likely yield a hat to fit about a 6 month to 1 year old size, although this has not been tested.

Ch 4, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1 – Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring , ch 2, 3 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st to top of ch 3 to close.  Total of 3 blocks (9 dc) and 3 spaces.  (This round previously stated a total of 12 dc for the round, which was incorrect.  I’m so sorry!)

Rnd 2 – Sl st in next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in same dc.  Ch 1, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 1, 3 dc in center dc of next block.  Repeat around.  You should have 1 block in each ch 2 space and 1 block in each center dc.  Total of 6 blocks (18 dc).

Rnd 3 – Repeat Rnd 2 for a total of 12 blocks and 12 spaces.  This will continue to be your total for the remaining rnds.

Rnd 4 – Ch 4 (acts as ch 3 (3rd dc when you get back around to it) plus ch 1 for space), 3 dc, ch 1 in each space around to last space.  The last space will only have 2 dc, then join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Rnd 5 – Sl st in space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, (ch 1, 3 dc in next space) around.

Alternate rnds 4 and 5 until desired depth is reached.  For my baby hats, I did a total of 8 rounds, then the border.

Shell border – sc in the center dc of each block, and do 5 dc in each space around.  This makes a quite adorable little flair outwards, but would probably not look that good on a boy hat.

You could also just do a backwards sc around for a more ropey look that would be good for a boy.  Another border option would be to do 3 dc in every st around for a nice ruffle.

Now for the back story.   A friend on Ravelry challenged my knitting group to help make some baby hats.   I whipped one out really quick, but then gave it to Steve to take down to FL with him to give to his younger sister who’s expecting the same time as me.  Then I discovered that this “friend” is knitting hats like mad.  I believe she’s already posted at least 5, perhaps more.   So, I thought, well, I knit pretty fast, but I crochet like the wind.  I went trolling through the Ravelry crocheted baby hat patterns, and found several I liked.  There was one, a granny square pattern that turned out way too big.  I don’t know if I’m using too big yarn or too big hook, but I didn’t stop to find out.  I just frogged the thing and re-started it in a way that would make it end up small enough, and thought it might be a good idea to go ahead and write down what I did in case anyone else wants to copy.  Pattern link on Ravelry is here.

Just so you know, here’s the other 2 hats I knitted up in the mean time as well.  I never even got a picture of the first hat before giving it away.

Baby hat #1, pattern here, and made in stockinette instead of the ribbing.

Baby hat #2, made with a circle of I-cord instead of the knot.  Same pattern as above.  Did a provisional cast on for the I-cord, then did about 20 rounds before unzipping the waste yarn and picking up the original 4 st for a total of 8.  Then just continued down the pattern like normal.  The joining did leave a little hole at the top, but I used the tail of the yarn to weave back and forth a few times to hide it.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

If you notice any glaring errors in the pattern, please let me know and I’ll correct them right away.  Also, if anyone come up with a snappier name for the hat that’d be great.  Crocheted hat, while quite accurate in it’s description, lacks a little, oh, I don’t know, something.

Details of the Forked Heel

Alrighty then, here’s pretty much exactly what I did; from toe onwards:

I’m using size 2 needles, with Knitpicks Felici in Schooner.   It’s a little loose; I think I prefer 1’s with this yarn, but they’re all being used on other wips right now that I either don’t want to finish or don’t want to rip out the needles from.  So, 2’s it is.

I started with a crochet provisional cast on of 30.  I short-rowed down to 12, and back up to 30 again and joined up with the front and proceeded to knit 51 rows.  The pattern calls for a multiple of 8 st, so I knew I’d need 64 after the heel, so I thought I’d increase beforehand.

On R.52, I did an increase of 2 on each needle for the back side, making a total of 32 st on the heel portion.  I increased by lifting up the bar between the st and knitting into the back of it.  The front stitches remained at 30.

R. 53, I knit plain.

R. 54, I increased again, this time on the front needles, leaving me with 15 st on every needle.

R. 55, I knit plain.

R. 56, I began the heel.  I short rowed on the back 32 st only, short rowing down to where I had 8 pairs of st on either side of the plain knitted part.  I short-rowed (long-rowed?) back up to where I had 4 pairs total, including one extra YO in there, and then short-rowed back down to 8 pairs again.  On the way back up, I picked up that extra YO and treated it as the others, making my K3tog into a K4og, and the same on the purl row.

After finishing the short rowing, I did a few more rows of plain stockinette, at the same time, I picked up a st at the joining of the front and back sides, twisted it, and did a K2tog on a couple of different rows to help reduce what was becoming a horrible ladder due to the long duration of short rowing.

R. 61 I started the pattern st, so that 61 was my first purl row.  So far it’s looking really cool, but I can’t post pictures yet as we still haven’t managed to locate the camera cord thing.

Cool, huh?

Cookie Baking and Decorating 101

Or should I say 303, since there’s 3 of them?  Please ignore the background clutter and focus on the cuties.

Christmas 2008 cookies

On the far left there are the chocolate mint drops.  I made real chocolate frosting, yummy, and Russell put the little peppermint things on top.  Towards the middle are regular old sugar cookies, my mom’s ancient family recipe, in mitten shapes for Russell’s preschool.  His birthday is the 26th, and today was his turn to bring in treats, and they’re doing M words this week.  So, mittens it was.

Here’s one more FO for my family in IL.  Slippers for sister’s hubby.

Christmas 2008, slippers for Jim

Wow, that’s a dark picture.  The slippers are cute though.  Very cool pattern from Bernat.  I’m trying to find a link to it, but I can’t.

Lots to do today, but at least the IL knitting is done.  I also just found out when we go to FL, we’ll be staying not at Grandma’s house, but at my hubby’s brother’s house!  He’s the one with the 2 little girls.  Oh what fun.  I’m going to show them how to decorate cookies.  I wonder if they have Barbies yet.  Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve played Barbies?

A couple more FO’s to show

Fluffy Vest

Here’s my sister’s new Fluffy Vest.  Pattern link is to Ravelry.  Fantastic pattern, very easy to knit.  I would say to anyone wanting one to not choose a fluffy yarn like Symphony as it was an absolute bear to ladder down those dropped stitches.  Otherwise, very easy yarn to work with.

SWS potholder

This is a potholder for my dad.  Free pattern from Knitpicks, also linked to Ravelry.   Using the leftover SWS from my Caliometry, I had exactly enough.  I started from the middle instead, so I could keep going until I ran out of yarn.  I ran it through 2, maybe 3 cycles in the wash, then the rinse cycle, then I laid it on the register to dry.

Felting on purpose is fun.


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