Monday, November 19, 2007

Max's Staircase Tam

Child/ Adult Small

Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (Shocking Pink) 1 skein
1 set US #8 dpns or 16" US #8 circular needle.
Tapestry Needle
6 stitch markers

Gauge: 20 stitches over 4"/10cm


Cast on 84 stitches with a stretchy cast-on.
Join, place marker, and work 4 rounds in stockinette stitch.
Work 10 rounds (or 1.5") in 2x2 ribbing.

Increase round: *K2, M1* Repeat to end of round. (126 stitches)

Work 2" to 3.5" even in stockinette stitch, depending on desired depth of brim.

Begin crown:

*K17, K2tog, YO, K2tog, place marker* Repeat 5 more times (to end of round).

Continue in pattern as follows, until 4 stitches remain between each marker:

*K to 4 stitches before marker, K2tog, YO, K2tog, slip marker* Repeat to end of round.

When only 4 stitches remain between each marker, *K2, K2tog* 6 times.

Next round: *K1, K2tog* 6 times.

Final round: K2tog 6 times.

Run yarn through 6 loops, pull tight, and weave ends on inside of tam.

Sterling's Cable Hat


Size: Child/Adult Small

Materials: Malabrigo Yarn Chunky (Blue Surf) 1 skein
1 set US #10 dpns or 16" circular #10 needle
Tapestry needle
5 stitch markers

Gauge: 12sts over 4"/10cm after blocking in stockinette stitch


Cast on 52 stitches in 1x1 rib . Join work, mark beginning of round. Work in 1x1 rib for 8 rounds.

Increase round. *K6, M1, K7* repeat until end of round.

Begin cable pattern.

Round 1. *K3, place marker, P2, C2F, p2, K3* Repeat until end of round.

Rounds 2-4. *K3, slip marker, P2, K4, P2, K3* Repeat until end of round.

Repeat rounds 1-4 three more times.

Beginning on round 19, begin decreasing on odd rows while maintaining cable pattern.

To work decreases, *Knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, P2, K4, P2* Repeat until end of round.

Continue decreasing in this manner until all 6 knit stitches between cables are gone, then cease cabling and begin decreasing every round as follows:
*Work in pattern to 2 sts before marker, K2tog.* Repeat to end of round.

Continue decreasing until only 8 stitches remain. Run yarn through 8 loops and close top. Weave in ends.

Friday, November 16, 2007


That's the kind of day it's been.

Hell, that's the kind of WEEK it's been.


I desperately need some sleep.

(and, as you might've guessed, the tam & hat patterns are delayed some more)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tam, Tam, Hat

New patterns. Woohoo! And they'll be free. Probably won't be up til the end of the week, though, cause I'm wrangling monkeys all by myself.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

FOs -- Recent and Not-so-recent

Well, I just finished pattern number 3 from Elegance Knit 11. Japanese is fun! (Actually, those charts beat the pants off of anything I'd knit lace from previously.)



Yes, I know the pictures are bad, but DH had already packed the usual camera in his luggage by this point in the day. Unfortunately, his just-finished Vinnland socks were still damp and I didn't get a picture of those before he took them to Poland.

Speaking of... FINALLY some pictures of the redux of his felted jumper...



And not to be left out, the long-awaited picture of our herd of coffeepots.


And now for the list of knitted objects my husband is currently carrying in his luggage... 1 wool sweater (the cabled jumper in Patons above), 3 pairs of wool socks (Cherry Tree Hill, Die Wollemeise, and Wildfoote), 1 cashmere blend scarf (Truffles), and 2 hard hat liners (Austermann Step and KP Essential Stripe).