Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hats for the littlest ones!

Getting ready to mail these...completed 9 hats for the preemies in the NICU at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.  This is a wonderful program and I really enjoyed making these sweet little hats.


I used my patterns, Lightning Fast NICU and Preemie Hats and Baby Bunny Newborn or Preemie Hat.  

Here are the Ravelry links:
Baby Bunny Newborn or Preemie Hat
Lightning Fast NICU and Preemie Hat

Also, if you are interested in participating in this project, there is a wonderful group on Ravelry, "Helping Kids At Hopkins" that does a special project for the kids every two months...check it out!

Helping Kids At Hopkins Ravelry Group

FO - Baby Bunny Hat for Charity

Hot off the needles...just finished this in white for the preemies at the the Johns Hopkins Children's Center NICU , took a little over two hours start to finish, will be perfect for a baby born around Easter at the hospital.  Love making hats for the littlest ones!

Here's the Ravelry pattern link:
Baby Bunny Newborn or Preemie Hat


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

FO - Easter Eggs

Just finished these...so cute to hang on a tree, for kids to play with or to just sit in a bowl.  I was thinking about making them into a garland, what do you think?  Knitted flat and seamed, they were a fun little project!  Here's the Ravelry link:

Easter Eggs

Monday, March 21, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern...Baby Bunny Newborn or Preemie Hat!



Baby Bunny Newborn or Preemie Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson

Knitted in celebration of spring babies who are arriving this season, this hat is quick to knit with simple construction. For bunnies due later in the spring, cotton makes a lovely warm weather choice. Instructions included for both preemie and newborn sizes.

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn in color of your choice
  • US 10.5 Straight needles
  • Tapestry Needle
Gauge:


  • 14 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches
Sizing:
  • Preemie and Newborn
Abbreviations:
  • CO: Cast on
  • BO: Bind off
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • P2tog: Purl two together
  • St st: Stockinette stitch
  • RS: Right side
  • WS: Wrong side
  • KFB: Knit front and back of stitch
  • SKP: Slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over
Instructions for Hat (knitted flat):
CO 40 sts for preemie or 48 sts for newborn, leaving a long tail for seaming up later.
Work in st st until hat measures 6” (both sizes) from CO edge, ending on a WS row.

Decrease (both preemie and newborn):
Row 1: *K2, K2tog, rpt from * to end of row
Row 2: Purl (note: if working in the round, knit this round)
Row 3: *K1, K2tog, rpt from * to end of row
Row 4: Purl (note: if working in the round, knit this round)
Row 5: K2tog across row

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Seam up the back of hat and weave in ends.

Instructions for Ears (make two):
CO 4 sts
Row 1: K1, KFB, KFB, K1 (6 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2, KFB, KFB, K2 (8 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K3, KFB, KFB, K3 (10 sts)
Row 6: Purl

Work 6 more rows of st st, ending on a WS row.

Ear Decrease:
Row 1: K2tog, K6, SKP (8 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2tog, K4, SKP (6 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog, K2, SKP (4 sts)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K2tog, SKP
Row 8: P2tog
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finishing:
Stitch both ears to top of hat with RS facing front and tie a knot a base of ear where it meets hat.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

 
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Free Knitting Pattern! Cotton Candy Hat



Cotton Candy Toddler Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson

Cotton Candy is a fun toddler hat that is easy to knit, finished off with a big beautiful bloom.

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn in fun color(s) of your choice
  • US8 16” Circular Needle for hat
  • 4 US8 DPNs for hat
  • US10.5 Straight needles for flower
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker
Gauge:
  • 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches
Sizing:
  • Toddler (1-3 years)

Instructions for Hat:
CO 72 sts
PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Work 6 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing
Work in st st (knit each round) until hat measures 6.5” from CO edge

Decrease:
Row 1: K2, K2tog around
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K1, K2tog around
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog around
Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.

Instructions for Bloom:
CO 10 sts
Row 1: KFB each st to end of row (20 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: KFB each st to end of row (40 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: KFB each st to end of row (80 sts)
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: KFB each st to end of row (160 sts)
BO all sts

Finishing:
Stitch bloom to hat and weave in ends.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

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FO - Easter Shrug

Just got around to sharing this sweet little number with you, a shrug to keep a little one warm in a sleeveless Easter dress.  This was a super simple pattern, my third time knitting it...here's the rav link:

Easter Shrug

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern...Super Pink Toddler Hat!




Super Pink Toddler Hat
By Jennifer Dickerson

Super Pink is a super girly toddler hat for your little diva. Knit in the round and finished with a sweet bow, it will keep your toddler warm and fabulous.
 

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn in fun colors of your choice (Note: for the hat shown, I used 3 colors for stripes...hat looks just as lovely in a solid color)
  • US8 16” Circular Needle
  • 4 US8 DPNs
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Marker

Sizing:


  • Toddler (1-3 years)

Gauge:

  • 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches

Abbreviations:

  • CO: Cast on
  • BO: Bind off
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together
  • PM: Place Marker
  • St st: Stockinette stitch
  • RS: Right side
  • WS: Wrong side



Instructions for Hat:


CO 72 sts

PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work 6 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing

(Note: This particular hat has 3 rows of striping for each color, but feel free to mix it up if desired)

Work in st st (knit each round) until hat measures 6.5” from CO edge, switching colors for stripes as desired.

Decrease (continue with stripe sequence if desired):
Row 1: K2, K2tog around
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K1, K2tog around
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog around

Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends.



Instructions for Bow:

Bow is knit in two parts—1 long piece for side loops and tails, and 1 short piece for center band using US8 needles.

Long piece:
CO 6 sts
Knit in st st for 13 inches
BO

Short piece:
CO 6 sts
Knit in st st for 2.5 inches
BO

Assemble bow as shown below:

1. Make a loop and pinch in the middle.





2. Carefully twist the two tails so that the stockinette side is facing out, while still holding it in your hand (this gives the bow a more uniform appearance with RS facing out on both loops and tails).


 

3. Attach to hat in the middle with a stitch or two to hold it down and free up your hands. Then tack down loops and tails with a stitch or two each (I didn't completely sew down entire bow, just a few well placed stitches to keep it looking three dimensional.



4. Finally place center band around bow and stitch to hat. Lovely!


 


© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!

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What to do?




A March birthday for a Floridian coffee lover? A challenging question for a knitter...I decided to whip up this little number and slip a coffee shop gift card inside, that way she can reuse it as a change purse while getting her coffee fix on. Took very little time and I just had to put a flower on it for spring...

Ravelry link:
Red Change Purse

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Love this book...

Just returned a copy of Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger back to the library this week, and I love, love the mittens pattern in it, "Wee Mittens."

At first I wasn't sure because they are knitted flat, and I just couldn't wrap my brain around their construction, but I just followed the pattern on blind faith, and they materialized on my needles like magic...so cool!

In fact, I whipped up these:

and these...

and these...

And these!


There are two sizes, I knit the 1-3 year size, and I love that they are exactly the same so they can go on either hand, which is priceless for a squirmy toddler :-)

Here's the rav link for the mittens pattern too, check it out...a very sweet little book.
Wee Mittens Ravelry Link

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring is in the air!

...and a new warm weather blog makeover to match!!

Free Knitting Pattern! Rock Candy Hat


Rock Candy is a funky, adorable little hat that knits up quickly. It is perfect for your little ones who won't keep a hat on. Feel free to customize hat with multitude of colors, or knit in a favorite solid color.

Finished Size:
3-9 months, 16” circumference
**Update: Gauge is 24 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches**

Materials:
  • Any worsted weight yarn in 3 of your favorite colors
  • 1 US 8 16” Circular Needles
  • 1 set US 8 DPNs
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch Markers

Abbreviations:
CO: Cast on
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
P2tog: Purl two stitches together
St st: Stockinette Stitch
PM: Place marker
RS: Right side
WS: Wrong side

 
Hat:
CO 70 sts using color A, PM.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Begin working in st st (knit all rounds) in striped color pattern as follows:
4 rounds color A
2 rounds color B
4 rounds color C
4 rounds color A
2 rounds color B
4 rounds color C
4 rounds color A
2 rounds color B

Decrease Crown:
(Note: Change to double pointed needles when needed)
At next round with color C begin decrease:
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: K2tog across
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: K2tog to last st, K1
Round 5: Knit
Using tapestry needle, break yarn leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tightly. Weave in ends. (Hat will probably begin curling because of stockinette edge, but earflaps will help straighten it out)

Earflaps:
Using color A, fold hat in half to determine placement (I placed a stitch marker on either side to mark the spot), pick up and knit 14 sts and work in st st for 4 rows, ending on WS row.
Earflap decrease:
Row 1: k2tog, k10, k2tog
Row 2: p2tog, p8, p2tog
Row 3: k2tog, k6, k2tog
Row 4: p2tog, p4, p2tog
Row 5: k2tog, k2, k2tog
Row 6: p2tog, p2tog (two sts remain on needle)
Ties:
With remaining 2 stitches, work i-cord for 12” inches (this creates enough length for a bow to be tied comfortably under chin). BO 2 sts and repeat again for the other ear flap. Weave in any remaining ends.


Pom Pom:
Add pom pom if desired and fasten to top of hat.


© Jennifer Dickerson 2011
Pattern is for personal and non-profit use only.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef


Not sure if everyone has heard about this, but I wanted to put the word out there about this beautiful and fascinating exhibit on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

It will only be there until April 24, 2011, so if you are able, I strongly recommend seeing it.  It was a collaborative effort by crocheters around the country to promote awareness of the fragility of real live coral reefs.

From the site: "By working through this process and viewing the art, one can see the correlation between the crocheted reefs and living corals, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  The fragility of the coral reefs is echoed by their crocheted counterparts."

Now I am a die-hard knitter, but I participated in the project too and learned how to crochet in the process, here was my contribution, don't laugh...still learning:-)
Here's the link:
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at the Smithsonian

So, check it out if you can, if you've already been, tell me...how did you like it?  I'd love to hear your thoughts :-)

Have you checked out Volunteer Match yet?


I just had to share the Volunteer Match love with you...I've been using it for a couple of years now and it is a really helpful site if you like to volunteer. You just plug in your zip code or town/city and you can check out a ton of opportunities. For us knitters, things like knitting projects abound, but also unique experiences like teaching a knitting class to homeless people, hanging out (and knitting) with children of battered women so they can take care of things or get a break, or even donating yarn to prisons. Check it out, there are even virtual opportunities if you don't have time to get out and about.

www.volunteermatch.org

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern! Luggage Blossoms




Luggage Blossoms
By Jennifer Dickerson

Inject some spring into your travels or give as a sweet little gift to the traveler in your life. Knit with brightly colored yarn, these super quick little projects will help identify your suitcase or bag in a sea of luggage at the airport.



Materials:
US10.5 (6.5 mm) straight needles (for blossom and leaf)
2 US8 (5.0 mm) DPNs (for I-cord hanger)
Small amounts of brightly colored yarn
Tapestry needle



Blossom Instructions:
Using US10.5 straight needles, CO 5 sts
Row 1: kfb each st (10 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: kfb each st (20 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: kfb each st (40 sts)
BO

Leaf Instructions:
CO 5 sts
Row 1: k1, kfb, kfb, K2 (7 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2, kfb, kfb, K3 (9sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: skp, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 6: Purl

Work rows 5 and 6 until 3 sts remain on a WS row
With WS facing, then p2tog, purl 1 (2 sts remain)
With RS facing, k2tog (1 st remains)
Cut yarn and fasten off

Hanger Instructions:
Using two US8 DPNs, CO 2 sts
Work I-Cord for 9 inches for a thinner handled bag and 12+ inches for a thick handled bag
BO

Here is a photo tutorial on making an I-cord

Alternatively, you could use a French Knitter/Knitting Spool--here's a tutorial on how to do this here:
How to Use A French Knitter

Finishing:
Weave in ends of blossom, leaf, and hanger. Stitch together, hang on a bag and off you go!




© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only.  In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages).  Thank you!

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