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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bad Santa Hat 2014

Bad Santa 2014 (10)
This pattern is part of a Calendar of patterns that you get.  There is a pattern that comes out each month.  I had enjoyed all the pattern that came out of this calendar year and I am looking forward to next year's calendar.  Here is a link to the Calendar December Bad Santa Hat  and the  Ebook for 2014.  Have a wonderful rest of week and Ho Ho ho!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

"NURBS" a unisex hat

NURBS unisex hat Collage

My last hat design for 2014. It is a fun hat to make and it is easily adapted to many sizes.
NURBS a unisexd hat... Non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) is a mathematical model commonly used in computer graphics for generating and representing curves and surfaces. It offers great flexibility and precision for handling both analytic (surfaces defined by common mathematical formulae) and modeled shapes. They can be efficiently handled by the computer programs and yet allow for easy human interaction. NURBS surfaces can represent simple geometrical shapes in a compact form.

Depending on the type of user interface, editing can be realized via an element’s control points, which are most obvious and common for B├ęzier curves, or via higher level tools such as spline modeling or hierarchical editing.

This hat can be made into a beanie, Tam or slouch. I hope that you will discover your favorite style, then make one for you and one for a friend.  

Materials:

Yarn: “Pure” 100% Merino Superwash, Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin
Any Fingering weight yarn (14 wpi), about 160 – 250 yds
(Main Picture Hat 126 sts and takes less than 50 grams or 175 yds)
Unblocked 15” resting, blocked to 22 “ and about 9“ from crown to ribbing.
This hat has a negative ease of 2 - 5 “

Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or a circular needle with cable of 30” or more.

Gauge: 2 “ = 12 Sts and 17 Rows in Stockinette Stitch (adjust needle size to get gauge if needed)

Stitch marker and a Darning needle

Finished Dimensions: Rib band measures about 18( 20, 22, 24) inches if you get gauge.

$ 6.00

Friday, November 28, 2014

"Triton" a unisex hat



collage triton 7a 
 
Triton  is a unisex hat. Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively, and is herald for his father. He is represented as a merman, having the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish, "sea-hued", according to Ovid "his shoulders barnacled with sea-shells".

Like his father, Poseidon, he carried a trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was such a cacophony, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast.

This hat has versatility,  plenty of waves, cables and twisted stitches. It may be made many shapes and head sizes.  I hope that you will discover your favorite style, then make one for you and one for a friend.

Materials:

Yarn:  Pictured above Wollmeisse Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin, or any  Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) Yardage 385 yards (352 meters) 100 grams . You will need about 150 yards to 300 yards  of a fingering weight yarn.

( Main Picture Hat at 126 sts  50 grams or 175 yds),  stretching to 24 inches at ribbing with 8 inches from the crown to the cast on edge, blocked and stretched. 

Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or a circular needle with cable of 30” or more.

Gauige: 2" = 12 sts and 17 Rows in stockinette stitch (adjust needle size to get desired gauge)
Stitch Markers  and a darning needle.

Finished dimensions before blocking:   Rib band measures about 18(20, 22, 24) “, if you get gauge.  Your hat will stretch quite a lot, so keep in mind how you are blocking your hat.  If you wash the hat and lay it flat it won’t stretch as much as using a dinner plate to block the hat.

Price is $6.00

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brethren socks in White

White Brethren (3)
I am done just in time for Thanksgiving , I have made the Brethren in white. It is amazing to be able to make socks for yourself. Next week I am hoping to work on my Cardigan and on two hats that I have designed, I am testing them as we speak. I also have a new pattern for a scarf that promises to be fun. In the meantime have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving 2014. Thanks for stopping by! White Brethren (9)

Monday, November 24, 2014

The New Knitting Circle by San Francisco Magazine

San Francisco Magazine December 2014

Thanks to the San Francisco Magazine for featuring some of the guys  from our knitting circle, whic also includes crocheters.  Nine of us went to the shoot, only 8 show up.  Charles Ford is the guy missing. There is a group of fellows that meet on Sunday at a local Coffee house.  2349 Market street, Espressamente Illy Castro.  There are crocheters and knitters and we are men of many venues and backgrounds, doing something creative.  We call the attention of the casual and not so casual passer by .  We are the New Knitting Circle  San Francisco Style.  Here is the link to the Free Digital Copy of the Magazine http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/digital-edition  

Happy Thanksgiving!

San Francisco Magazine December 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Urbanite Neck Warmer" Version 2

Urbanite Neck Warmer Version 2

Urbanite Collage 2 

I have been busy remaking and modernizing some of my old patterns.  The "Urbanite Neck Warmer" came to life in 2009.  Five years ago I made this simple pattern and today it has been upgraded.  The benefit of having more experience and confidence and being able to  play with yarn.  I have included sizes, the yarn went from Super Bulky to Bulky.  It had two buttons, now it has three.  I am very happy with the outcome and let me tell you , I made one in 3 hours. There are four sizes, and the rest is up to you.

Even though this is not a scarf is definitely a Neck Warmer. It is a design intended for guys, but versatile enough that women may wear it and have a very fashionable item. It is all about materials and color play. It has an industrial Sci-Fi look that I really like. This is a very fast knit, no more than 3 hours and is great for a quick gift. One Skein of Bulky will do. This pattern has a chart and instructions for sizing.

This is $4.00.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Hyperion" a unisex hat



hyperion hat collage




Hyperion ("The High-One") was one of the twelve Titan children of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky or Heaven) who, led by Cronus, overthrew Uranus and were themselves later overthrown by the Olympians. With his sister, the Titaness Theia, Hyperion fathered Helios (Sun), Selene (Moon) and Eos (Dawn).


Hyperion's son Helios was referred to in early mythological writings as Helios Hyperion. He was always distinguished from Helios; the former was ascribed the characteristics of the "God of Watchfulness, Wisdom and Light", while the latter became the physical incarnation of the Sun.

Another beautiful hat in my series honoring the Gods and human divinity, it is timeless piece with some strong lines. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride. 3rd Treasury of knitting by Barbara G. Walker Patchwork Cable 1 adapted for a circular knitted hat by me.

Materials:


Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) or any fingering weight yarn

510 yards (466 meters) 150 grams (5.29 ounces)

How much? 0.3 skeins = 153.0 yards (139.9 meters), 45 grams

Colorway Stella polaris (Main Picture Hat at 133 sts takes less than 45 grams, 22” stretched)


Needles: US 4, 3.50 mm double pointed needles or a circular needle with cable of 30” or more.


Gauge: 2 “ = 12 Sts and 17 Rows in Stockinette Stitch (adjust needle size to get gauge if needed)

 For sale for $ 6.00