Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Featured Guest: Snips & Spice


Hi!  I am so excited to be here today guest posting on She Wears Flowers. 
I'm Malory, and most days I blog over at Snips & Spice.  (The cute guy next to me is my husband Adam)

I am a Colorado native, currently living in the Denver area.  I teach high school English, coach cheerleading, and I am currently working towards earning my Masters Degree in English.  While these keep me pretty busy, I can't help but craft.

I love learning new things, so I have a hard time sticking to one hobby.  I like to sew, knit, crotchet, bake, decorate cakes, quilt, embroider, solder, bead, paint, glue, almost anything crafty--then I blog about it.  I love sharing tutorials teaching exactly how to make each project.  Here are some of the projects I have blogged about recently:

Tammy asked me to share a knitting project with you today since she doesn't knit.  If you don't already know how to knit, I have knitting tutorials with pictures and video:
Do any of you watch Glee?  Recently, Quinn wore a pixie hat that went viral.  I saw this cute hat here, and I thought it would make a great baby hat and gift.  Knitted hats for baby are one of my favorite gifts because they are soft, comfy, cute, and quick.  I made this one to donate to Warm Hearts Warm Babies, so it is fit for a premie, but the pattern should fit most newborn heads.
Supplies
  • One skein Baby's First Lion Brand yarn (you can make several hats out of one skein).  This is a bulky weight yarn, which knits up more quickly than a sport or worsted weight.
  • 12 inch size 6 circular needle (this is my favorite needle for knitting baby hats).
  • Size 6 double-pointed needles
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry/yarn needle
  • Button or other embellishment
  • Scissors
To work the rib in this pattern, knit into the back of one stitch, then purl one stitch, repeat.  Remember to move your working yarn to the back when knitting, and the front when purling.

To work the decrease, you will knit two together by knitting in the back of both stitches.

Directions (after step 3, every time the pattern instructs you to knit, knit into the back of the stitch)
  1. With circular needles, cast on 76 stitches.
  2. Knit rows 1-6 (do not join).  This will create a garter stitch and the base of the hat.
  3. Row 7: k2, bind off first stitch, k1, bind off second stitch, k1, bind off third stitch, k1, bind off fourth stitch, k1, bind off fifth stitch, k1, bind off sixth stitch, work rib pattern to end of row. (70 stitches left on needle)
  4. Row 8: place stitch marker and join both sides to create a loop so you are knitting in a circle.  You will have the six-stitch flap hanging down.  Begin with the knit stitch and work in rib around.
  5. Continue working in rib stitch until your hat measures about 5 inches tall.
  6. Begin decrease rows:
    1. Decrease row 1: k2tog, work rib for 12 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (65 stitches)
    2. Decrease row 2: k1, work rib for 12 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (65 stitches)
    3. Decrease row 3: k2tog, begin with a purl stitch to work rib for 11 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (60 stitches)
    4. Decrease row 4: k1, begin with a purl stitch to work rib for 11 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (60 stitches)
    5. Decrease row 5: k2tog, work rib for 10 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (55 stitches)
    6. Decrease row 6: k2tog, begin with a purl stitch to work rib for 9 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (50 stitches)
    7. Decrease row 7: k2tog, work rib for 8 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (45 stitches)
    8. Decrease row 8: k2tog, begin with a purl stitch to work rib for 7 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (40 stitches)
    9. Decrease row 9: k2tog, work rib for 6 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (35 stitches)
    10. Decrease row 10: k2tog, begin with a purl stitch to work rib for 5 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (30 stitches)
    11. Decrease row 11: k2tog, work rib for 4 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (25 stitches)
    12. Decrease row 12: k2tog, begin with a purl stitch to work rib for 3 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (20 stitches)
    13. Decrease row 13: k2tog, work rib for 2 stitches, repeat to the end of the row. (15 stitches)
    14. Decrease row 14: k2tog, p1, repeat to the end of the row. (10 stitches)
    15. Decrease row 15: k2tog, repeat to the end of the row. (5 stitches)
  7. Last 2 rows: k5. (5 stitches)
  8. Cut yarn ends, and pull tail through stitches.  Weave tail into top of hat.
  9. Weave in the tail at the base of the hat, and stitch flap to base.
  10. Add embellisment over flap.
Thanks for letting me share this project, and little bit about myself with you! 
I would love for you to stop by and see me sometime at Snips & Spice.


3 comments:

Deb Legg,  said... April 6, 2011 at 10:58 PM  

That's such a sweet little cap! Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Auntie K,  said... April 27, 2011 at 1:31 AM  

Hmm. I've been thinking about what to give a new boy baby, and I think this will fit the bill (as long as I get started knitting and don't procrastinate, and minus the flower!). Thanks for the great project, Malory, and thanks for sponsoring a knitting post, T.

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