Friday, January 3, 2014

Dewberry Winter Hat


I apologize this post was supposed to be up the beginning of December but it was a crazy month!  I swear everyone in my house chose a week to get sick, Christmas shopping, present making, etc...  This weekend I'm hoping to have the very very easy pattern for the below item up.

Ribbed Neck Warmer/Cowl

And some really really AMAZING Double Split Pea Soup that I made over the weekend!
So So yummy especially the second day after it
marinates in the fridge overnight!!
This has been one weird fall compared to what we have had the past couple of years.  We've recently had days where you could go running around in a t-shirt and shorts and be comfortable and others where it's so cold and windy you just want to move somewhere tropical.  For Thanksgiving we went to Buffalo to spend a couple days with my in-laws and I really wish I would have finished this hat before we went.

We were only there for a few days but it was a great trip.  A very cold trip but a great trip nonetheless.  I really feel bad that the last time that MJ had been to Buffalo she was around 18 months old.  She's five now so its been a while since Rambo's brother and sister and family had seen her.  And this time it was a little sad.  we lost Rambo's father the end of June to cancer.  Since this was MJ's first trip since Poppy passed we weren't too sure how she was going to do.  We were concerned that she would try to go looking for Poppy and would get upset but thankfully she didn't.  When we went to Mema's house the first thing she told her after we sat down was that she really missed Poppy and that he was in heaven with Jesus.  And that if we want to we can pray for him.  I think it surprised all of us because no one was expecting her to be so calm and comforting to everyone else.  We expected some confusion and tears but instead we got a child who was reassuring* everyone that everything would be okay.  She made me so proud that day!

Unfortunately while we were up there we had another little sad event.  On Thanksgiving night we came back to Mema's house after dinner at Rambo's sisters house and Rambo found that Poppy's cat had passed away while were out.  She was a very old cat and had been very attached to Poppy when he was alive.  Wherever he was she wouldn't be too far behind.  We feel that she passed of a broken hear exactly 5 months to the day that we lost Poppy.  

It was a little sad celebrating Thanksgiving without Poppy but we all know that he was with us maybe not physically but he was as MJ would tell you there in our hearts.  How did I get such a smart little girl?  

I had planned on having this hat finished before we went to Buffalo but it didn't quite work out in my favor.  I had a class in session and between worrying about Rambo, he was on the road with training for his new job, work and doing everything else I have to do just didn't have the time to sit down and work on my hat and when I did I just couldn't get it right.  I don't know how many times I had tore it down before I got the brim to look the way I wanted it to.  I even took it with me to Buffalo but wasn't able to get it to work until the drive home.  Once I changed the pattern around a little I found that it came together really easily and would make a great first hat for a beginner knitter.  It's a little wider than some of the patterns that I have seen but I don't like my hats to feel tight and this hat is extremely comfortable and warm!  I think this hat could be made for a guy you would probably just want to change the colors and probably do less ribbing and more stockinette.

Dewberry Winter Hat


Materials
Color A: 1 skein Bulky Wool of the Andes in Cadet  
16" US10 circular needles
US10 double pointed needles
stitch marker
darning needle

Abbreviations:
CO: cast-on
st(s): stitch(es)
Rnd: round 
k: knit
p: purl
k2tog: knit the next 2 sts together
dpn: double pointed needles

Gauge
16 sts and 24 rows= 4 inches in stockinette stitch



Make-up free selfie!  I don't think it came out that bad!


CO72 sts in  color A and making sure not to twist the stitches join the round and place a stitch marker to signify the beginning of the round.

Brim
Rnd 1-12: *k3, p3, rep from * to end of rnd

Next change the yarn to color B and knit 20 rnds in stockinette st.

Crown (Decreases)
Rnd 1: k all sts
Rnd 2:* k10, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 3: k all sts
Rnd 4: *k9, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 5: k all sts
Rnd 6: *k8, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 7: k all sts
Rnd 8: *k7, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 9: *k6, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 10: *k5, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 11: *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 12: *k3, k2tog; rep frpm * to end of rnd
Rnd 13: *k2, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 14: *k1, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd
Rnd 15: *k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd

My little helper modeling my hat for me!  She is such a clown!
You should now have 6 sts left on your needles.  Cut a 6" tail and using the tail thread it through a darning needle and pull it through the live sts and tie off.  Weave in ends and block.



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