Thursday, April 10, 2008

Genesis

So, I've decided to start a knitting blog. Here you will find my ramblings on patterns, projects, needles, and more. In celebration of my first post, I have decided to provide you with a pattern, one of my first designs. So welcome, and enjoy.





Cables and Earflaps

Yarn: For this pattern I used a locally grown alpaca yarn from Rainbow's End Farm. It's a light worsted weight, so substitute at will.

Needles: Size 8 16" circulars, Size 8 dpns
Notions: crochet hook, tapestry needle, markers

CO 88 st. PM and join, being careful not to twist.
Work in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for ten rounds, increasing 12 stitches evenly in the last round (100 st).
Begin body of hat:
Round 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6: *K2, P2, K4, P2*
Round 3: *K2, P2, C4B, P2*

Work in this pattern until hat measures 7" from cast on edge.

Decreases:
Round 1: K2tog at each K2
Round 2: P2tog at each P2
Round 3: K2tog in the middle of each K4

Cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull top of hat closed. Thread through to wrong side of work and secure, weaving in ends.

Earflaps:
Mark center back of hat with removable marker. Count forward 8 st from marker. Pick up 18 st with dpn. Knit ten rows.
Row 11: K to last 3 st, K2tog, K1
Repeat Row 11 14 more times (3 st)
BO
Repeat procedure on opposite side of hat.

Braids:
Cut 6 one yard lengths of yarn. Thread through bottom of earflap with crochet hook. Braid. Tie off with an overhand knot. Repeat procedure on opposite side.

6 comments:

tkane said...

Hiya, Love this pattern.. just a couple of questions. Can I knit this without circulars and if so, how would I adapt the pattern? Also, after I case on, it says round 1 and then round 3, but there's no round 2? What am I missing? Is it because I'm a n00b? I found you on ravelry btw... cool blog you have. Cheers

W0LFS0NG said...

This pattern is more easily knit with circs. It would take me quite a while to rewrite the pattern for straight needles. And it says rounds 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Round 3 is the cable round, so it's different. Hope that clears up any confusion!

Stephanie said...

Hey, that last comment was me, StevieLynn,I just couldn't figure out how to log in so I logged in with my AIM screen name. Just in case you weren't confused enough.

tkane said...

ok, thanks for that, gotta wait til i get my circs for this one then... thx for sharing

tkane said...

Hey.. still trying to work this pattern.. what is c4b? Cheerz

Stephanie said...

C4B means cable 4 back. In other words, hold two sts on cable needle, hold to back, knit next two, and then knit the two on the cable needle.