Knit-Along: Premie Hats

This month, Knit for a Cause is doing premie hats! For my group, I’ll collect them at our meeting next month to donate to Seton Hospital. If you’re not in Austin, you can donate them to a local hospital :-) So come knit along with us for little ones! (Here’s an adorable crochet pattern from Squishy Chocolate.)

Here are instructions sent to me by my mother-in-law. What I love about them is that they adjustable – different sizes, different brims, different yarns. You can find a ton of patterns for premies here (including patterns that you don’t knit in the round!). I’ll upload pictures as I go. Please feel free to do the same! For my first one, I’m using a gorgeous Debbie Bliss yarn (60% silk) – yum!

No. 3 DPN, gauge 5 st = 1″ across

ALL HATS HAVE TO BE SOFT COTTON OR SYNTHETIC YARN THAT CAN BE MACHINE WASHED/DRIED.  DO NOT USE WOOL AS THIS CAN IRRITATE BABY’S SENSITIVE SKIN.

Finished hat circumference (not head size):
X-small  5.5″
small 6″
med 7″
large 8″
full term 10.5″

Length of hat from edge to top:
X-small 2 1/2″
Small  3″
med 3 1/2″
large 4″
x-large 4 1/2″
full term 5 1/2″

Cast On:

Baby/Fingering Weight:
x-small  44 st
small 48 st
med 56 st
large 64 st
x-large  72 st
full term  84 st

Sport Weight:
x-small  36 st
small 40 st
med 46 st
large52 st
x-large  58 st
full term  68 st

DK Weight:
x-small  30 st
small 34 st
med 38 st
large 44 st
x-large 50 st
full term  58 st

Pick one edge:

Garter Stitch Edge:
Row 1:  knit around
Row 2:  purl around
Repeat row 1 & 2 until have 1 – 1 1/2″ edge, then start decreases (see below)

Rib Edge: 
Work 1/2″ of K1 P1 ribbing then K every row until 1 to 1 1/2 inches from desired length, then start decreases (see below)

Rolled Edge:
Knit every row until 1 to 1 1/2″ from desired length, then start decreases (see below)

Decreases:
Depending on the number of stitches you cast on (see chart below) you work your way down (number of stitches) until you have 3 or 4 stitches left on each needle then draw yarn through stitches to gather, securing well.

Multiple of 8: 
Row 1:  knit 6, K2 tog, repeat around row
Row 2:  knit
repeat

Multiple of 7: 
Row 1:  knit 5, K2 tog, repeat around row
Row 2:  knit
repeat

Multiple of 6: 
Row 1:  knit 4, K2 tog, repeat around row
Row 2:  knit
repeat

Multiple of 5: 
Row 1:  knit 3, K2 tog, repeat around row
Row 2:  knit
repeat

Multiple of 4: 
Row 1:  knit 2, K2 tog, repeat around row
Row 2:  knit
repeat

Multiple of 3: 
Row 1:  knit 1, K2 tog, repeat around row
Row 2:  knit
repeat

Knit for a Cause March

Knit for a Cause March will be held Tuesday, March 16 at Kick Butt Coffee in the Triangle!

This month we’ll be working on premie hats for local hospitals! If you’re comfortable, bring your double pointed needles and get started. If you’re still new, don’t worry – I’ll bring patterns for baby blankets as well. Feel free to bring your own patterns to swap! Here are a few I’ve found:

  • Knitting Patterns Central has a huge list here.
  • Here’s a great Angled Rib Hat.
  • There’s a crochet pattern here.
  • Maybe someone would like to make some booties?
  • I may try my hand at this hooded blanket.

This is a great cause, and I can’t wait to get started. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! And please spread the word :) Hope to see you there! (Not in Austin? You can knit along with us for your own local hospital!)

PS: If you’ve been working on squares for Knit a Square, please bring them with you – I’ll mail them off after the meeting :)

PS: GIVEAWAY!

Busy Saturday, again

Saturday was crazy busy again! I worked on some new ACEOs, which was awesome. I can’t show some of them, because they are on the way to recipients 😉 But here are a couple new ones:

I really just wanted to draw all day, but things needed to be done! Before I could meet my hubby for lunch (which was wonderful!), I had to run by the Post Office to drop off three envelopes for ACEO swaps! [I may have to organize a larger ACEO swap some time ;)] I had fun decorating the packages:

After lunch with the hubby, I went by Kick Butt Coffee to see if it would be a suitable place for Knit for a Cause (Tuesday, March 16 – you should come!). I think it’ll work out. I wanted somewhere a little north, to make it easier on people coming from that direction. I just need to call and talk to the manager tomorrow :) AND I contacted a few local yarn shops to see if they’ll donate. Should know soon!

Then I got to photograph products and upload my GIVEAWAY post! Make sure you enter :)
Of course, I still have a long list of things to do! I’ve got laundry, a workout, lots of stuff for Etsy Austin, and this embroidery that doesn’t seem to want to embroider itself…

Anyway, I hope you had a fun and productive/relaxing (whichever works for you) Saturday! Until next time, Moxy and I bid you farewell!

(ps: i learned how to crochet!)

yay! Um, in case you didn’t know, crocheting is wayyy faster than knitting! I’m still learning and getting used to things, but I crocheted my 8″ squares (for Knit a Square) in less time than it takes me to knit them. Amazing.

 
 

I also had been wanting to try knitting/crocheting with two strands, so I finally gave it a try. FUN! I happened to have the apple green and teal yarns with me, so I put them together. I have to say that at first I thought they looked kinda pukey together. However, the more I crocheted, the more I came to love the color combo. Alex says it looks like old school camo, hehe.

And you know what this means? I’m ready to tackle the granny square. Yes, that’s right. I’m excited ^_^ Next week is my goal! Definitely by the end of February I will have crocheted a granny square (or twelve). yayyyyy!

Knit for a Cause – organization!

Thanks to everyone who made it out for our February Knit for a Cause! I know it was a biiit chilly, but I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did ^_^

On to the great news! After three meetings, I think I’ve figured out a good way to proceed from here 😀 Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Every month we’ll meet (no change).
  • At each monthly gathering we’ll start a project. That way we can swap patterns, help each other out, have a good time…etc.
  • Over the next month you can finish the project (or make multiples).
  • At the next meeting, everyone can hand over what they’ve made and I’ll deliver it to our chosen organization :-)

Sound good? I think so 😉

SO: If you have any squares (8×8″ with a meter tail at one end), please hold on to them (or make more!) and I’ll collect them at our meeting in March! If you can’t make it to the meeting, we’ll figure out a way to get them to me :) For other charities, you may be able to drop it off directly.

NEXT MONTH: Premie hats! I’ll try to find patterns for those who can knit in the round and those who are still a little shy 😉 It’ll be fun!

knit for a cause February!

Please come join us for our third knit for a cause event! This will be the final month donating our craft to Knit A Square. We’ll have a new project for March! Come join us for knitting, chatting, and coffee (and some great desserts!) down at Mozart’s on February 16. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. (Yes, crocheters are more than welcome, too!)

Hope to see you there!! 😀

Hearts for Haiti

I was supposed to be sewing Style School projects, but then I found this:

“This is an Etsy collective of donated items from hundreds of Etsy shops to raise money to rebuild Haiti. 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders (http://doctorswithoutborders.org ) in bi-monthly increments…All items include seller-donated free shipping (most worldwide, see individual listing) because the need is SO great, we want you to buy and help support Etsians helping Haiti.”

And I just had to help! I just donated this little guy to the shop:

I hope you like him ^_^ His little heart makes me happy.
Moral of the story: Donate by either giving an item to sell or buying something special. Think about it: get something cool for yourself while donating to charity. And free shipping! Perfect deal, no? 😉

January Knit for a Cause

Last night was a huge success!!! We had a great turnout – over 30 people made it out to knit for South African orphans. We took over three rooms of the Stitch Lab! I’m going to have to scout out a new location for February 😀 I’m so excited!

We knit 19 squares, which is almost enough to make a baby/toddler blanket. All in one evening! And many more will be added this week. Last night’s plus last month’s squares make enough for a medium sized blanket. I’m amazed.

[If you’ve been working on some squares, please drop them off at the Stitch Lab (1000 S. First St.). Becky will collect them and I will pick them up this weekend to mail to South Africa. Can’t wait to see how many we get!]

Austinites who want to join:
Facebook: I started a group Knit for a Cause – Join and discuss new meeting locations, charities/causes, etc!
Twitter: Reply to me @AJthePurple, and I’ll start a Knit for a Cause list :-)

Thank you everyone for a great night!