Friday, March 23, 2018

And....SOCKS

One of my most favorite Christmas gifts was a bag o' yarn from Lindsay.  I had used some luscious yarn that I bought at J.P. Knit & Stitch, a lovely little yarn shop in Jamaica Plain, MA, to make a pair of socks.  The yarn was so soft and delightful to work with that I raved about it to Lindsay.  My fabulous daughter went back to the store and picked out several skeins of that very same yarn to give to me for Christmas. I love her!!


The yarn is "Alegria" by Manos del Uruguay

I cast on some socks right away and enjoyed knitting them because this yarn is so nice to work with.

Finished socks!!  This is hand-painted yarn




Since we have had a terrible, wet, raw, cold winter here, I wore my own socks all winter,  They are the warmest and one day I dragged them all out and admired them, here is a photo of most of the socks I have made and kept.  Many more have gone out as gifts to my daughters, my friends and family.  It is very satisfying to see so much of my work all together, a history of sorts.  I remember all the yarn, the patterns and the time I spent knitting them.



Ready to cast on another pair!

Chloe Kim Fever

There is nothing like seeing a knitted item and furiously trying to re-create it!  This winter, in the Olympics, the adorable young Chloe Kim showed up all over the TV in an adorable hat.  Right away I wanted to try to make the hat for my daughters.  I spent a few days trying to get the same look, using different yarns, different size needles...Finally I got the look I wanted.  I never did find the actual yarn that her hat was made of, but the super bulky yarn by Lion Brand fit the bill.  After several trips to Michael's I found enough yarn to make four hats.


            

My two daughters in their hats!
Here is a photo of Chloe Kim in her hat, the inspiration for my projects.


This was very exciting to me.  
I am going to write out my pattern to share.  


CHLOE KIM HAT

Materials:

Size 15 needles. I would use a 16” circular or two circulars to knit in the round,
Another option would be DPNs , whichever works best for you.
Chunky yarn, I used Lion Brand Wool Ease “Thick and Quick”  or any comparable yarn.

HAT
Cast on 46 stitches and connect in the round.

K1, P1 around
Continue until the hat is 9 ½-10 inches tall.  You want to be able to turn up at least 3” around
the brim so you can gauge that as you go.

Next 2 rounds, K2Tog all around,
The stitches will be decreased to 11.  Cut the yarn and pull through all remaining stitches.
Pull tight and knot the yarn on the inside of the hat.

TASSEL

Make a tassel with the remaining yarn.
 I would cut 10” pieces, as many as you would like,  tie them together in the middle very tight,
connect to the top of the hat with a large-eye needle and some of the remaining yarn.  
You could also use the tail end of the yarn that you finished the hat with to sew the tassel on.
Make sure your tassel is big and chunky enough!
I have to add more to one of my daughter's hats when she complained that her tassel
was not as big as her sister's!

ENJOY