Saturday, January 20, 2007

Three Knitted Hats

Here we go again. A looonng tiiimmme between posts.
Work has been busy, with the days extending into night when I do more office book work from home, leaving me too tired of looking at the computer to even think of it as a tool for fun.

Sheesh, this making a living thing gets to be a drag for those of us who love to craft.

Anyway, enough about that! I did do at least a little something each day that kept my need for color fed, if not satisfied. I decided that knitting was the best way to go as I can sit with my feet up, have mindless TV in front of me and often a kitty in my lap, too.

This rolled brim hat is so soft and easy, I just love the colors and even if I don't wear it now, I can pretend I live in Colorado near our oldest son and his family and keep in on my table ready to grab it as I go out the door into 32 degrees.

Since the colors were really lifting my spirit, I added a little fun fur and made another one to mirror it.
Now I need to find a friend to go shopping with so we can wear these hats together.
My husband wore it to bed one night, but I still think he prefers baseball caps.

And, then there were three! Another favorite color combo. I always think of irises or pansies when I use green and purple together.

These were made using Caron Simply Soft Brites! on size 10 needles, two strands. That makes a nice 4 stitches per inch gauge.

Cast on 80 stitches and knit for about 1 3/4 inches.

Change colors and increase by 10 stitiches.

Knit for about 7 1/2 or so inches from the roll (not the bottom of the knitting, the bottom of the roll) and then, decrease on the next knit row.

I decrease the 10 stitches just doing knit two together every 7th stitch.

The next row is knit 2, knit 2 together.
Then knit 1, knit 2 together.
Finish up doing knit 2 together all the way across.
Repeat the last decrease row until you have anywhere from 10 to 5 stitches left and tie it up.

Blanket stitch the back seam and add some kind of embellishment to the top.

Then, if you are like me, you can display your colorful handywork on your favorite unused space.

Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s a kitchen table. Since our youngest son moved out, we eat in front of the TV, so this table, as beautiful as it is, and yes, I painted this, too) hardly gets used as much as it should be.



Gypsy said...

WOW! I LOVE that idea!
Hum...I wonder if my boyfriend would mind me doing that to our table!? YUMMY!

Is that a quilt on the wall? I love the design! Did you hand paint it? Curious minds need to know!

Barb Smith said...

LOVE the hats but OMG, I so want your table! Now you've got me wanting to pain ours! My hubby's gonna be so mad at you. LOL Just kidding...he loves my mad, crazy, silly painting sprees!
Peace & Love,