Finding comfort when people are sick and dying, how ? For example, knitting and crochet is one way.
It has been a while now since my last blog post. With Baggy cat’s passing, I did not have the energy to sit and write about something I created or learned. Slowly as time went by, I took to hook and needle to seek some comfort.
My comfort has been knitting and crocheting afghans, lap throws, baby blankets, table toppers. On average, the big blankets can take 2-3 months from start to finish. When my hands are stiff and achy, I give them a break and I continue to sew facemasks. As you can see from the photos here, I have been busy.
The patriotic throw came to me during the summer. I wanted to do a solid granny square, and instead of just one color, I wanted to use several colors from my yarn stash that I have.
The baby blanket with tassles uses the technique called Join As You Go Corner To Corner. I learned this from a YouTube video by Fiber Spider. There are 3 parts to this video and the designer is very thorough in his instructions. It uses the same technique as Corner To Corner, but instead of working from one corner to another corner, you crochet in squares and rectangles.
The knit log cabin baby blanket was a custom order for a friend. She requested 2 blankets, about the same size for her grandbabies. Looking at my yarn, I chose this stripe yarn that has 4 colors in it, and to finish it off, I framed it with crochet edging.
Plus my knitting guild has been doing a year-long knit-a-long and crochet-a-long. Even though we do not meet in person, there is a monthly zoom meeting. Each month, in our newsletter, a sample of a knit square and crochet square are given. You are learning a new technique that will, at the end of the year, create something as small as a lap throw to as large as a blanket. These are a few samples of what I have created. I stepped aside from these blocks for other projects, and now have 3 months to catch up.
This is my current comfort project that I just finished a couple weeks ago: Oversized Granny Square Blanket . The original design was going to be solid squares, but after crocheting a few rows, I would run out of yarn quickly. Therefore, I ripped back a few rows and continued by changing colors every round. Furthermore, gray is a great accent color.
The queen size granny square blanket took on a life of its own. Each square consists of a rainbow of color interspersed with several shades of gray. The 16 blocks are 20 inches square and are stitched together using the slip stitch method. Each row is one color of the blanket along with each column.
The blanket lays on top of our quilt which adds a layer of warmth. Gizmo kitty takes full advantage of the blanket, as its his favorite spot to nap. As sleeps against my legs, the blanket keeps him warm, likewise my legs stay warm too.
Be safe, wear your face mask and don’t stress. Here is a sneak peak into my next project: Crocheting with gradient yarns.
Safe at home, stay at home, self-quarantine. These are common words we hear every day, hour, minute of our lives. Scary words, scary time. Since we are all in the same predicament, I have come up with some ideas to help you get out of the doldrum of boredom.
These ideas are not just fiber related. Things I have come
up with while thoroughly looking around my apartment. Some may sound crazy, but
when you think about it, a little more organization never really hurts you.
These will keep your mind off of the news, and onto a more tranquil life.
Music. Who doesn’t like listening to music. You don’t need a stereo or boombox anymore. Look at your cable network, mine is Spectrum, it has music channels on it. Scroll up from and you will see Music Choice channels based on genre like Classical, Party Favorites, Jazz, just to name a few. Or you can take your phone and Bluetooth speaker, hook them up and you have music from your phone.
Puzzles, Games, Legos. Whether, jigsaw, crossword, scrambled words. Puzzles can bring families together to create time well spent. Grab a jigsaw puzzle you find interesting likes these, clear your table and get working on it. Before you know, several hours have passed. My husband and I like to test ourselves with crossword puzzles. I work the across clues, he the down clues and see who can answer more clues.
While we stay at home and feel safe at home, here are a few crafty ideas that will not only create fun items but you may even clear out those remnants that have been sitting around.
Scrappy Blanket. Comfort is what we need these days and nothing says comfort more than a blanket, afghan, or lap throw. The idea here is to use up remnant balls of stash yarn. You know those balls of yarn that are not enough for a project. Knit or crochet a few rows, or until that ball runs out, change to the next color and so on. Random choice of colors. Just go with the flow and have fun. When done, you can curl up, and relax with your pet.
Placemats, washcloths, coasters. Solids, stripes, mix
& match colors. The possibilities are endless. You choose the yarn and play
with it. Many patterns and ideas are out on the web. Try Pinterest for
inspiration. But be careful, before you know it, many hours can slip by… but
isn’t that a good thing?
Inventory Your Yarn Stash. While you are safe at home, do you really know how much yarn you have? How many skeins/hanks/balls of a particular color, brand you own? Now is a great time to work through some angst and sort through those bags, bins and bundles and organize your stash. Don’t forget to turn up the music for some background sounds.
A friend and fellow knitting guild member showed me her massive
list of yarn. I went home and wanted to see how much yarn I really have. My
list has categories that include yarn brand, color, weight, quantity of skeins,
yardage, location of purchase.
This is just one page of my list. It took me 2 days to inventory my yarn. Amd now every time I pull yarn off the shelf and use it, it is either deleted from my stash or if a portion is used. It is then weighed and inventory adjusted.
Try a new craft. Last year I started sewing after 20 years. My hands get quite sore from knitting and crocheting and I needed something crafty to do. I used to make clothes while working at a fabric store when I first moved to So Cal back in 1983. I pulled out my old Sears Kenmore sewing machine. Guess what? It no longer works, so last fall, I purchased a new machine.
That machine worked great for clothes, now for my 2020 project: Pillowcases, flannel pillowcases. Using 2 different fabrics, pillowcases can be sewn quickly. Remember as a kid, you would go to a friend’s house for a sleepover and you brought your own pillow. That is where this project came from.
Each one unique, a fun project for friends, family. My
family were the first to get personalized pillowcases. I chose fabrics that I
thought were reflected who they are. I
am always looking for new projects, keeps the mind focused.
Limit the social networking. While we hunker down safe at home, we need a little social networking, i.e. facebook, Instagram, twitter. But how much is too much? When you look at what is posted, if you find that more and more posts are all about the pandemic, that can cause anxiety and stress. Lighten the load. Don’t hang out on the site for too long.
For me, I check-in in the morning, read some posts, and comments on my page and change my background picture. I play a game or 2 and when I feel my time is spent, I leave the site and work on something else. Currently my wallpaper has plumeria flowers on it.
I love flowers, recently I asked my friends to send me pictures of their flower gardens. I choose a different flower to post to my page. This makes me feel good. No bad news, all flowers.
Most importantly, turn off the news. I found that after
watching many hours a day of the same, horrifying news, I became withdrawn, depressed,
angry. I had enough of the news.
As I went outside, I sat on the stairs and let the sun soak into my head, neck and face. It felt good, so I pruned my geraniums of dead flowers and brown leaves, very calming and meditative.Sun and flowers are good combination for calm.
I stay safe from my neighbors and enjoyed the warmth I got from the sun, that natural vitamin D. I started to feel better, my attitude more upbeat. A little bit of sun every day makes you feel better, get outside and enjoy it for yourself.
I stopped watching hours of the news, now I only watch about 15 to 30 minutes a day. I take time for myself, my husband and my cats.
Now what are you going to do to feel better mentally?
Its New Year’s Eve, and 2018 is almost gone. Where did the
year go? It felt like it went out faster than I can recall it being 2018. The
year ended with me getting a cold that just won’t go away. Day 6 and its still
here. So while I am resting, I thought I would put to paper my year in review.
January started out fantastic for Lee. The temp job he had
became a permanent job! YES, Lee working full time, getting benefits, vacation
hours. That makes up for the past 4 years. His boss is so nice, the company
feels like an extended family, they all get along.
2018 began with me crocheting tentacles for the octupuses I
ship to my consignor. Usually the first 3 months are quiet, but with Lee’s new
job, he started to bring in a few of my animals to show his co-workers. All of a sudden, sales were happening, custom
orders were being taken and I was busy crocheting new animals.
Between consignment and new co-workers, I crocheted 150
animals, 90 of them went to Buy Hand Laguna Beach, 30 went to Lee’s co-workers
of Lee and the rest for arts & crafts shows.
2018 I resolved to keep my consignor in stock of crochet
animals, kids hats, and crossbody bags. I shipped product to her 9 times this
year. She kept me quite busy, especially during the summer, with emails asking
for crochet animals, as they were selling quicker than expected. That made it
easy for me to not do any spring craft shows, more time devoted to her.
2018 found me creating and designing more patterns than in
previous years. This year accounted for 6 new patterns. There were scarves, a
hat, new animals just to name a few. I hope to be able to create more in 2019.
We did have a few fun moments: we saw one of my all-time
favorite bands this summer. The Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.
Great concert, well worth the price. I just wish we could see his Christmas
concert, it usually falls on the same night as Lee’s company holiday party.
The one project I HAD to do was to make my brother the
blanket he now has. He lost his home in the summer to a wildfire in Redding. He
lost everything he and Kris had. They got out, with their kitty, that was the
most important to get out alive. They will rebuild on the same site. The blanket
took me 3 weeks to make, a lot of hard work went into making it, but they have
a new heirloom to cherish, and to keep warm.
Not only did Los Angeles have the Yarn Crawl in April, this
past November, Stitches So Cal happened in Pasadena. Lee and I provided the fixtures
for the knitting guild booth to display members knitted and crocheted items from
classes we had taken. I knitted and crocheted 6 seat cushions for the booth.
2018 ended with just 1 craft show I participated in. I was
able to clear out merchandise I had been crocheting and knitting this year.
Even one of my favorite grocery checkers purchased scarves from me. She placed
2 custom orders, with a third order to be placed in the next few days.
There you go, 2018 was quite an eventful year. The kitties pouncing, playing with each other, getting along as the year went by. Lee working many hours every day, up at 4:30am, asleep by 9pm. Me, learning new skills, taking time to create new product, working on the blog.
Here’s to 2019, resolutions or not: Blogging, stay healthy & happy, take time for myself, relax and enjoy each day as it comes.
It’s that time of year where fiber artists make the mad rush to finish off handmade gifts for family and friends, and even to those less fortunate. Where does the time go and how do we get everything finished in time to mail off the packages? Lets start by making a list of what we want to make.
The Mad Rush seems to happen right about now. Every arts and crafts website sending out emails letting you know about some new pattern, new yarn, new crochet hook (or knitting needle). How many emails do you have just sitting there waiting to be opened?
If you are short on time and The Mad Rush has got you pulling your hair out, here are a few of my favorite items to knit or crochet. These items are quick to make, and you can mark them off your list.
Fingerless Mitts. My mitts are easy for the new knitter, can be modified depending on yarn & techniques you want to add to it. The original pattern uses thick yarn, big needles and just garter (knit) stitch. These mitts are great at keeping your hands warm, and you can still text, you can email and you can drive without taking them off. It is not safe to text and drive at the same time, wear the mitts but leave the phone in your pocket or purse.
Crochet Beanie Style Hat. There are many hat patterns out there, and this is one of my favorite designers to use for her hats. It’s a quick and easy pattern. From infant to adult, you can crochet a hat in less than 4 hours. Worsted weight yarn and a 5.00mm hook (H hook), one skein of about 200 yards of yarn. Add a cute pompom to the top, add earflaps and tassles to accessorize it. Sarah’s patterns are easy to follow, with size changes, additional rows, her cute animal hats are fun to crochet.
Knit Hat. I cannot leave out knitters when it comes to hats. The As Good As Gold hat uses a chunky yarn like Lion Brand Hometown yarn or Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn, size US 15 circular needles in 16 inch length. With knit and purl stitches and some decreases to close the hat, you will have a big chunky hat just like snowboarders wear on the slopes.
Crochet Scarf. Rolling Along scarf is a quick pattern that uses 1 cake of Sweet Roll yarn, 245 yds, worsted weight and 5.50mm I crochet hook. The V Stitch pattern is easy to memorize, and in no time, you have finished a scarf. The pattern states it is an infinity scarf, no ends to weave in. Modified if you want to add fringe to the ends of the scarf.
Knit Scarf. For knitters, if you do not want to use worsted weight or heavier yarn, the Light and Lacy scarf will work for you. Knit with #3 weight yarn, YO and K2tog are the stitches used to make a pretty scarf. Cast on more stitches, more yarn and you can have a lovely knitted wrap to wear. Add sparkly yarn to dress up an outfit.
Crochet Animals. What child does not like stuffed animals. I like to give stuffed animals to new moms as part of their baby shower gift. Bright colors, soft to the touch, machine washable. Elephant is my favorite animal to make. One of the first animals I learned to crochet in the round (amigurumi).
Water Bottle Carrier. This is a fun cozy to crochet for those that do not like to hold a bottle of water. One of the first patterns I designed over 8 years ago. Made with cotton yarn, it will hold a bottle up to 24 ounces, even those metal bottles will fit. Using less than 1 skein of cotton yarn, an H hook and in a few hours you will have finished another gift to give.
The Mad Rush is on, by showing you that there are items that can be made quickly, you will in no time have your list finished. Enjoy your crocheting and knitting, but remember to always take time for yourself. Happy Holidays to you and your family far and near.
With less than 1 week to Stitches SoCal, I am getting yarn, crochet hooks, and patterns ready. Why? You ask, because I will be teaching How To Crochet in The Playground. Along with another quick demonstration on how to crochet my cup cozy.
Stitches SoCal is a 4 day event being held Thursday November 1st to Sunday November 4, in Pasadena at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green Street. 4 days of classes, shopping, demonstrations, how to’s and more.
Stitches SoCal is making their first appearance in Los Angeles area because of the overwhelming desire from knitters, crocheters, weavers, quilters to have a large conference in one of the largest cities in the US. Here is your chance, if you live in Los Angeles, to take a class or 2, shop at the many vendors in the marketplace, see a fashion show, or even buy a pattern book from an author and have it signed.
Did you know Stitches is celebrating 27 years in the consumer fiber events? Stitches continues to have their annual west coast conference in Santa Clara, in February each year. It has even added Salt Lake City for 2019.
The Playground is where people can see demonstrations of knitting, crocheting, weaving, quilting, spinning techniques. On Saturday, Nov 3, I will be showing people how to crochet: chain, single crochet, double crochet, even treble crochet. You are welcome to see me in action.
On Sunday Nov 4, I will be demonstrating my cup cozy. A fun, quick project any crocheter can make. These make great stocking stuffers, gifts for co-workers for the coffee enthusiast; even a bridal shower gift. For those that see me in The Playground, not only will you get to see the demonstration, you will get the pattern, and some may even get a cozy too.
Be sure to stop by Booth #432 for El Segundo Slipt Stitchers, the knitting group I belong to. The guild is part of the stitch marker swap. Stop by and swap one of your stitch markers with one of ours. We are having a fun Vegas Style knitting and crochet scarf project for you to try out, along with learning about our guild, what we do, our charities that we donate to and possibly join our guild.
This is sure to be a fun event, with plenty of shopping to do. Who doesn’t need more yarn, stitch markers, knitting needles, crochet hooks, patterns, books… you get it. Hope to see you there.
Live life to the fullest, get out and enjoy the weather.
A scarf is a great accessory to add to your outfits. The Light and Lacey knit scarf is one you will want to try. This pattern will get you started on many projects for the cooler months ahead. The scarf is knit with larger than recommended needles to create open, airy stitches. With a 1 row repeat, you will be knitting it in no time. Just pick your yarn, grab needles at least 1 or 2 sizes larger and get ready to knit.
Choosing the right yarn really makes a difference. I chose a light weight yarn, Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake, 5.3 oz, 150g, 518 yds. Why? Because of the long gradient color changes that happen. When you pull from the center of the cake, and cast on the stitches and begin to knit the pattern, you can see the color changes slowly. With gradient yarn, I like to match the colors, so they are uniform, as you can see from the photos..
You will only knit half of the yarn. The pattern is adjustable, cast on more stitches for a wider scarf, even more for a wrap and knit up the entire cake of yarn. The sample shown was knit with size US10 straight needles, or use circular needles, 24 inches in length.
The scarf measures 6 ½ inches wide by 90 inches long, because of the light and airy feel to the scarf, I wanted it to be long. It is your discretion to knit as long as you like. Weigh the yarn with a kitchen scale before you begin, and then weigh the cake again to get to the 2.65 ounces remaining.
With the remainder of the cake, you can always knit another scarf, give as a gift to a best friend, make one for a child (mommy & me matching), or give to a charity to the less fortunate. Either way, 2 scarves for 1 price not bad. So here we go for the instructions.
Yarn, 250 yards worsted, light worsted, #3 or #4 size yarn, Sample used Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake
US10 Knitting needles, straight or circular
Removable Stitch Marker, or small piece of contrast yarn
CO – Cast On
K – Knit
YO – Yarn Over
K2Tog – Knit 2 Together
BO – Bind Off
Using Long Tail, Cast on 24 stitches ( or use Knitted Cast on if you prefer)
Knit 2 rows
Now for the lacey element:
Knit 3, *YO, K2Tog, repeat until you have 3 stitches left, K3, turn
Repeat the last row until almost out of yarn. Knit 2 rows, then bind of loosely. Weave in ends
There you go, a nice and easy scarf pattern that is light and lacey. You will be making these in no time. Take your time to get comfortable with the yo, k2tog.
As a reminder, you will have 3 (K) stitches on both edges and 9 (yo, k2tog) clusters in between the knit stitches.
Feel free to post photos to your social media with hashtag #yarnkat as the originator of this pattern. Please do not share this pattern or copy the photos from pattern. You may post the link to the pattern back to me.
Dog Days Cat Days of Summer, Light Projects for Hot Summer Days
June Gloom, where did it go? The gloom has parted ways, as the fireworks raged on –elsewhere this week. Baggy and Gizmo are scattered on the bed, fans blowing on them, trying to keep cool. Southern California has been HOT, even at the ocean –no foggy mornings these days. The weather channel reports its hotter in LA than it is in Phoenix, WOW, now that’s HOT! Welcome to summer.
So, how do you crochet and knit when the weather is hot? (Let me know.)
Besides crocheting animals, I try to craft shawls for the fall and winter shows, often deterred by the weather. Who really wants wool resting on their lap when its hot outside? Maybe I need to think about wool more in winter…
Instead of focusing on the heat, I thought I’d share Here are some fun, small projects to keep you motivated during these hot summer days. Made with scraps of yarn in your stash.
Fruits and Vegetables. These are fun, quick projects that can be crocheted in no time. Imagine the possibilities of fun food. No more dusting off plastic fruits and veggies, crochet and knit them. Teachers tell me they use fruits and veggies as color association for kids to learn colors, i.e. apple-red, banana-yellow. They can also be cat or dog toys, before closing the fruit or veggie, just add some dried catnip with the stuffing. Your kitty will love you for it.
Cookies, Ice Cream Cones, Donuts. Why not, right? These are great toys for kids to play with, filled with fiberfill stuffing, no calories, just fun food. Put in a large clear container, and the kids will think you got them sweets to munch on. The cookies paid patterns can be found on Craftsy. The ice cream scoop is my pattern, and the Donuts are a free pattern.
Flowers. The possibilities are endless. Take a straw bag, accessorize it with flowers. Get French clips, sew flower onto clip, you have made a cute flower for your hair. Take a mini flower, attach to paperclip and you have a cute bookmark. Daisies, Roses, Sunflowers, Lilies, Pansies. From small to large; earrings & necklaces to belts; scarves too. Add a stem and you have created a lovely bouquet of flowers.
Cactus. . Saguaro, Barrel, Agave, Star just to name a few, just place them in cute clay pots. Wouldn’t these be cute as pincushions? A fun conversation piece sitting on a table. These teeny tiny cacti patterns can be found on etsy, with the direct link to the seller MuffaMiniatures
What’s great about all of these items, you can use up scraps of yarn. No need to stop by the local store to pick up many yarns. Little bits of leftover yarn and in no time you will have a cornucopia of little projects.
So stay cool, keep hydrated, place the pets indoors with fresh water, and enjoy the little projects during the hot, summer days.
Many things are happening today with World Wide Knit in Public Day, National Rosé Wine Day, Donald Duck Day and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, and Iced Tea Day is tomorrow. With summertime ideas for crocheters and knitters, summer does not have to be boring.
What a great day to get out and take a peek at people knitting and crocheting. Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit or crochet? Maybe join a group, meet interesting people, or just catch up with friends while showing those curious in a craft. It’s not just for grandmothers, any age can crochet or knit. Today is your day.
The weather has finally changed, no more “June gloom” clouds in the morning, beautiful blue skies in the day, leading to some coastal fog in the late afternoon. The crochet hook continues to produce animals new and reintroduce old favorites.
Summertime beckons great colors, fabrics, ideas. Here are some to get you started, all made with cotton yarn.
How about picnics in the park, with a handmade blanket to sit on? Take a look at Ashleigh’s gingham blanket. Just make squares and sew together. If you are handy with making graphs, use the C2C method and make a graphghan. Its more work but less ends to weave in.
For knitters, miter squares are a great alternate to crochet. I am working on a blanket using miter squares with remnant pieces of yarn.
Heading to the beach, take this oversize tote bag with you. Imagine the color possibilities with this bag. I made this one for a July 4th party we were invited to. Strips of color, woven together, add a shoulder strap or 2.
Having a summer time party? Give your guests their own drink cozy. No worrying about whose bottled beverage is who’s when each guest can have their own cozy. Embellish the cozy if you want or not. Your guests leave home with a party favor.
Watermarks on tables? Not anymore, a quick 10 minute crochet pattern is all it takes to make a coaster. I like adding a cork backing to the coaster to ensure no condensation seeps through. Michael’s Crafts Store carries adhesive back cork in a roll. Just cut the shape, peel off the backing and stick to back of coaster.
And finally, what’s not summertime without Iced Tea. If not brewing suntea, a favorite tea is Starbucks’ Passionfruit Tea with Lemonade (no sweetener). Crisp, sweet from the lemonade, and refreshing.
One big black cat loves summertime, he gets some sun for himself outside with leash attached, which tends to be hours of quenching those rays. He would live out there, if not for the busy street we live on. (Note, picture was taken a couple of years ago)
As a fiber artist, my hands get a workout when I crochet animals. Stress, strain, arthritis all become unbearable, making it hard to finish projects. I was given a product that I have to share with you, I absolutely love it. It is called Pinch Me Therapy Dough, and it works wonders.
What does Pinch Me Therapy Dough do? Its soft, pliable putty (think Play Doh for adults) that relieves tension, calms the nerves and helps relax those overworked hands. For those stressful days, grab the jar, and give it a squeeze, slipping the stress away..
Take it out of its container, hold it in your hand, squeeze it like a stress ball, pinch it between your fingers. The dough is soft to work with, has a wonderful scent, and is quite calming.
I learned many years ago, that ice is nice for inflammation, Pinch Me Therapy Dough, chilled, works just as good as ice. Plus with a nice scent like Beach, you feel like you are escaping to a secluded island, coconut scent catching the winds.
Mine is kept in its jar in the refrigerator. At night, after a long day of crocheting, I massage it in my hands and fingers for just 5 minutes; when I wake up the next morning, my hands do not hurt.
Pinch Me Therapy Dough, 10 oz jar, is available in 10 scents including Spa (hint of lavender), Spice (cinnamon and berries), Cafe (coffee lovers dream). You can find it on their website: www.pinchmedough.com and other websites.
Pinch Me Therapy Dough has teamed up with BootStrapUSA, helping to pay for a soldier’s stress management training. Giving back to the community one soldier at a time. Made in the USA.
So grab yourself a jar, take care of your hands, stress, and unwind. You will feel better. Its not a replacement for medical attention, its a holistic, stress relieving technique with aromatherapy scents. Not recommended for children under the age of 4 without parental supervision. It does contain wheat, so those with allergies be aware.
As the Winter Olympics have come to a close and the cauldron is now extinguished, I can say I enjoyed these Olympics. I watched many hours of programming, recording some events, watching others live, or was it really live. Chloe Kim winning Snowboard Half Pipe had everyone talking. You may not be talking about her, but it was her knit hat that had everyone talking.
Where did she get that hat? Where can I get one? Wait a minute, I can knit that hat. I may not have that exact yarn that was used for the hat, or the USA emblem on it, but a hat can be knitted up. Time to check out my stash of yarn and let’s figure out a pattern for it.
I found some yarn to knit with: Lion Brand Hometown yarn, in the colorway Los Angeles Tan; Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, in the colorway Natural Cream. The knitting needles used: US15 – 10mm, 16 inch circular needles. Make sure to have double pointed needles, or another US15 circular needles for decrease section. These can be purchased at your local yarn shops, but if you like more options, Love Knitting has a great selection of super bulky, super chunky yarns like Blue Sky Fibers Bulky, Cascade Lana Grande, Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega, just to name a few.
Now for the pattern. From all the photos of Chloe Kim, it looks like the pattern is be quite easy. Knit 1, Purl 1, repeat until desired size. Its figuring out how many stitches to cast on. With several attempts of, I decided to use 40. So here is the pattern:
Cast On 41 stitches. Normally you would just attach first stitch to last stitch and knit. But for this pattern, and all of my patterns when knitting in the round, cast on 1 additional stitch, Knit 1, Pass the last stitch that was cast on over the Knit Stitch. That is your first stitch, your next stitch will be Purl 1. Then continue with the pattern.
*K1, P1, repeat all the way around. Place a stitch marker after the last stitch of the round.
Continue until the hat measures between 10 inches from edge to needles. Fold up the edge, try on the hat. You can knit it longer if you want the ribbing taller. Time to decrease, then bind off. You will be decreasing in knit stitches only, as it is easier than trying to figure out which stitch
Decrease for top of Hat
Next Rnd: * Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right hand needle; insert left hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together, purl the next 2 sts together; repeat from * around – you’ll have 20 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next Rnd: *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * around.
Next Rnd: * Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right hand needle; insert left hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them together; repeat from * around – you’ll have 10 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail into blunt needle and then weave through the sts of the last rnd. Pull to close top of Hat and knot yarn. Your hat is finished, wear until you get the tassles cut.
To cut tassles, cut a piece of yarn, about 8 inches long and set aside. With the remainder of the skein of yarn, wrap yarn around a small container like the tools box shown , or you can wrap around your hand. Count about 4o wraps. Take the piece of yarn, thread it with large eye needle, insert into one edge of box, and tie it tight. Take your scissors and cut through the yarn on the opposite side to create strips. Now sew to top of hat on the inside, making sure you weave the yarn tails around the top of the hat. Knot and cut.
The hat is done, and you will be the envy of all those that want the hat. Be sure to post to your social media site with the hash tag #YarnKat. I would love to see what your hat looks like, send me photos and I will add them to my social media pages.
Copyright 2018 Kathy Bartholomew Designs. Please to do copy this pattern and claim it as yours. You may link back to me here @YarnKat as the originator of the pattern. Feel free to sell items made from the pattern.
P.S. Baggy cat has recovered from his surgical procedure, as you can see in his photo. He now has a “cauliflower” ear. It will never be straight, but he is happier since the drain is removed. He’s back to his old self, playing with Gizmo and, each chasing each other throughout the apartment.