Simple Knit Toque

Remember during my last post, where my jealousy of knitters shone like a bright green emerald? I said something along the lines of "you knitters are so lucky,  you have a huge amount of patterns available to you". 

Well, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to pick up my knitting needles again. I had tried it before, but every time they were thrown across the room in fury and frustration. I dropped stitches like crazy, so I would need to start over and over and I never seemed to get anywhere. 


But this time, I got Bamboo knitting needles and some wool yarn and I actually finished what I set out to do. And it was the most rewarding feeling. 

So, without further ado, I present to you my first knit "pattern" !

Simple Knitted Toque


Materials

-size US 11 circular knitting needles
-2 balls of Patons Classic Wool Worsted ( I used them both at the same time)
-Stitch markers

Pattern
-Cast on 52 and join ( If you think that 52 will be too small, cast on an even number. My hat was really stretchy though). Place a stitch marker at first at join. move this stitch marker with every completed round

-Knit 1 purl 1 around for 5 rounds

-knit in each stitch around until your hat is about 25 cm tall. 

-cut string leaving bout an 20 cm tail. As you take the remaining stitches off the needles, pull this tail through them tightly and tie a knot. Pull tail to inside. 

-add a pom pom and you are done!


Like I said, super simple. It will be a while before I consider myself a "knitter". But I am excited that slowly this new area of crafting is opening up to me :)


Happy Knitting!
--Bee

Copycat Hat

Hi there :)

Now that the majority of my midterms are done, I have been spending time earning money, crocheting, watching Olympics (go Canada!), and scourering Ravelry for more inspiration. 

I came across this amazing hat. It's classic, but a little bit different at the same time. Something that makes you look twice. I was all ready to buy the pattern, but at the last minute realized it was knit.

You knitters have it good. There are a huge amount of beautiful patterns available for you. 



In a mixture of jealousy and desire for this hat, I made my own pattern. Lucky I had Patons Classic Wool Worsted on hand in similar colours anyway :) Thanks to the creator for the beautiful idea and inspiration. :)

Copycat Hat 

NOTE: This is a work-in-progress, untested pattern. I am aware there are flaws, and I am slowly working them out. If you have any feedback, let me know! 

Materials:
-1 skein colour A (I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Heath Heather)
-A small amount colour B (I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Burgundy)
- 4.5mm crochet hook

Hat Portion: (UPDATED--stitch counts)

With Colour A, Ch 4 and join with sl st to form a loop. 
Round 1: Ch 2, 8 hdc in loop. Join with sl st to first st. (9sts)
Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st. Join with sl st to first st. (18 sts)
Round 3: Ch 2, 1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st.  Join with sl st to first st. (27 sts)
Round 4: Ch 2, 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (36 sts)
Round 5: Ch 2, 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (45 sts)
Round 6: Ch 2, 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (54 sts)
Round 7: Ch 2, 6 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (60 sts)
Round 8: Ch 2, 8 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (67 sts)
Round 9: Ch 2, 10 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (73 sts)
Round 10: Ch 2, 11 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (79 sts)
Round 11: Ch 2, 12 hdc, 2 hdc in next st. Join with sl st to first st. (84 sts)
Round 12-24: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each hdc around. Join with sl st to first st.(84 sts)
**Switch to Colour B**
Round 25-28: repeat round 13. (84 sts)
Switch to Colour A. Do not fasten off.
That final row is going to be important. I will call it the "base". 

Fold Over Portion:



This part of the hat will be folded over after it is finished. Each row gets longer by working into the base row as well as the fold over portion. Work in back and forth rows. 

Row 1: ch 1,  1 sc, 8 hdc in next 8 sts. 1 sc in next st. Ch 1, turn. 
Row 2: skip first sc, hdc in next 8 hdc and sc of row 1, 4 hdc into base row, 1 sc in base row. Ch 1, turn. 
Row 3: skip first sc. hdc in next 15 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn. 
Row 4: Skip first sc. hdc in next 20 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn. 
Row 5: skip first sc. hdc in next 25 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 6: Skip first sc. hdc in next 30 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7: Skip first sc. hdc in next 35 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 8: Skip first sc. hdc in next 40 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 9: Skip first sc. hdc in next 45 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 10: Skip first sc. hdc in next 50 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 12: Skip first sc. hdc in next 55 sts, 4 hdc in next 4 sts of base, 1 sc in base. Ch 1, turn.
Row 13: Skip first sc. 1 hdc in each st across fold over portion AND the unworked base. Join first last st to first via sl st. Fasten off



I have to be honest, I love this hat. I love the way it ended up fitting, I love the cool fold and the bit of colour that pokes through. The wool is a little scratchy, but I think I will get used to it.


So, enjoy making this hat! It would mean so much to me that if you do, let me know how the pattern was. *This pattern has not been tested* and so it would help me make the pattern better if you let me know how it went :)

Happy Crocheting!

--Bee :)