Haley has knit several in hats, by working the ribbed band and the word section flat (back and forth), then joining into the round for the top and shaping.
Some of her words have been : 'Hello', 'Bon', 'Yoyo', 'Hat + 1' and my favorite - 'Ass'
I'd been puzzling how the colorwork could be done while keeping all of the knitting
completely in the round.
Here are some notes on how I did just that :
My chart of the letters. The dots mark the stitch count (34)
Cast on 96 stitches with worsted weight, ribbed in 2x2 for 2 inches, then worked in stockinette for 1/2 inch.
Knit 30, work the first round of the graph using both the MC and CC as charted, complete the round.
The CC remains at the end of the chart section.
Work the second round to where you'd work the first CC stitch. Place a marker.
Slip each of the stitches to be worked with the CC as if to purl and
Knit the MC colors to the end of the chart.
Complete the round and work the 3rd round to the marker.
Slip all of the chart stitches to the final CC square from the Left Needle to the Right Needle as if to purl.
Turn the work and purl the slipped stitches in the CC, reading round 2 of the graph from Left to Right. The CC is now at the beginning of the chart section.
Turn and work the 3rd round of the graph using both colors as charted.
Continue to slip the CC stitches of the even rows and to work them on the following round from the wrong side in purl, after slipping the charted stitches from the Left Needle to the Right Needle as if to purl.
I did cut the CC on the final 2 rows to work each end independently rather than strand the yarn all the way across.
The right edge is a bit too loose, and I changed my mind about one square of color in the 'F'. I dropped it back and swapped colors to confirm that it looked better. It did, but the swap left too much of a loop.
Hello Knitting Friends, I don't know about you, but my hands are just a little tired from all the knitting that's been going on... I'm working on another Hawkeye Hat and a pair of secret gift Firefly Mitts from the Firefly Series, oh, and a sweater that isn't a gift at all.
And before I realized that I really preferred the Haystack to the Long Johns Stripe, also in Shelter.
If you have a last minute present or 2 to come up with, I'm offering a free pattern code to everyone who gifts one of my patterns from now till the eve of the 24th. I have to do this manually - so it won't be as instantaneous as the actual gift. Thank you. There's also a great little column over on the Mason Dixon Knitting forum about non-knitted gifts Their mug (above) is a great choice too. However you celebrate, I wish you Joy in this month and in the New Year ahead of us. Stand Together and Stand Strong. ✌
This summer I had the great pleasure of testing out Lykke, a new knitting needle for
I knit every yarn that I could with this superb 24 inch US6.
Made of grayed birch, with the smoothest join, it is quick, quiet and elegant in the hand.
The tip is perfect - pointy but not sharp.
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I count this needle among my favorite notions, shown here with solid circle markers, coilless safety pins, a dangling row counter and a bright plastic removable that I use to mark mistakes to fix on the next round...
The yarn is Valkyrie from Dragonfly Fibers, shown in Cheshire Cat.
The house is 97% packed up, and we are loading the 20 foot truck up this AM. It seems like we just did this. (Yes, we did) Tomorrow we drive to Norfolk, Va - to store nearly everything and settle into a sweet little house in Ocean View, that will soon be an AirBnB, while we hunt for just the right new home. Follow our adventure on Instagram and stay tuned there for an upcoming giveaway!