Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Nickis Mossa Adventure

I found this pattern on Ravelry after I finished the 2016 40 in 40 challenge, so I saved it, planning to make it for 2017.  If you aren't familiar with Ravelry, think of it as Pinterest for knit and crochet patterns with a community aspect.  Anyway, I didn't do more than look at the picture when I saved it, not bothering to check out the pattern....

So this year, when I pulled up the pattern to make it, I was disappointed to discover that it was no longer available online.  Then I remembered an awesome tool called "The WayBack Machine".  It's not Mr. Peabody's machine.
Instead of traveling through time and meeting historical figures, this wayback machine
http://archive.org/web/
takes you through time to view websites as they were in the past.  It doesn't always work.  The page has to have been "crawled" while still active and stored.  But if it was, you can view pages that are no longer available.  Fortunately for me, I was able to locate the pattern this way, but........

It was in SWEDISH!  I can't speak or read Swedish.  So another dead end, or so I thought.  You see, Google has this awesome translating tool in which you can input a URL and Google will translate the page for you.  I didn't know if it would work on a archived page, but I was willing to give it a go.....and it worked!  Sort of.....

This is what I got:

Lap 8:3 ch (first pillar), 1 DC, CH 1, 2 DC around first luftmaskebÄgen, 1 SC around next ch-bow. * 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC around the same lm-arch, 1 SC around next ch-bow * repeat from * when you crochet around the yard and going up to the first shell and should make last fm so take with first pole in first the cochlea also when fm is done = it gets 12 shells

Closer, but not quite it.  But this is as far as technology was going to get me.  From this point on I was on my own, and I was determined to MAKE. THIS. HAT.!

I pulled out my D hook, a mystery skein of fingering yarn and started working the pattern out.  Below is my adaptation of the original pattern for  Nickis mössa by Linda Forsberg.  It may not be exact, but I feel like the spirit of the pattern has been captured. 



Row 1: make a magic circle, crochet 6 sc

Row 2: Crochet 2 dc  in each stitch = 12 poles

Row 3: Crochet 2 dc  in each stitch = 24 posts

Lap 4: Crochet 1 dc  in the first stitch, and two the next, continue around = 36 posts

Rev 5: Crochet 1 dc  in the first two stitches and then two in the same stitch, continue around  = 48 posts

Lap 6: Crochet 1 dc  in the first three stitches and then two in the same stitch, continue around = 60 posts  turn

Lap 7: ch1, *sc, ch 2, skip 1, sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc  repeat from * around, join to top of 1st sc.  24 ch 2 spaces  turn

Lap 8: 3 ch (counts as a dc), 1 DC, CH 1, 2 DC in first chain space,, 1 SC around next ch-space. * 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC around the next chain space, 1 SC in next chain space * repeat from * when you crochet around join to top of chain 3 =   12 shells  Turn

Lap 9:4 ch (counts as first dc + 1 ch), 1 DC in first sc, * ch 3, skip the shell, DC, CH 1, DC (a V) in next sc * repeat from *. Sl st to 3rd chain of starting ch 4 = 12 V-stitch and 12 ch 3 spaces.  Turn

Lap 10: sl stitch to chain space at center of the V-stitch, ch 3 (counts as dc), 1 DC, CH 1, 2DC in center V-stitch, sc in chain space of shell from round 8, * 2DC, ch 1, 2DC in center of next V-stitch, sc in chain space of shell from round 8.  Repeat from * around, sl stitch to top of ch 3  = 12 shells  turn

Lap 11:CH 4 (counts as DC + 1 ch), 1 DC in first stitch, *4 ch, skip the shell, in next sc work a V-stitch (dc, ch1, dc_ crochet 1st, CH 1, * repeat from *. Sl st to 3rd chain of beginning ch 4.  12 V-stitches, 12 ch4 spaces.  Turn

Lap 12: sc in chain space of shell from round 10,* 3 DC, CH 1, 3 DC in ch space of V-stitch  from row 11, 1 SC in center of next shell from round 10. * repeat from * end with 3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC in chain space of last V-Stitch, , sl stitch to top of first sc.  12 shells  Turn

Lap 13:4 ch (counts as first pole + 1 ch), 1 DC in first stitch, *5 ch, skip the next shell, DC, CH 1, DC (a V-stitch) in next sc * repeat from *. Sl stitch to 3rd chain of beginning ch 4 = 12 V-stitches, 12 ch 5 spaces  Turn

Lap 14: same as lap 12

Lap 15:4 ch (counts as first pole + 1 ch), 1 DC in first stitch, *6 ch, skip the next shell, DC, CH 1, DC (a V-stitch) in next sc * repeat from *. Sl stitch to 3rd chain of beginning ch 4 = 12 V-stitches, 12 ch 5 spaces  Turn

Lap 16: same as lap 12

Lap 17: same as lap 15

Lap 18: same as lap 12

Lap 19: same as lap 15

Lap 20: : sc in chain space of shell from round 10,* 4 DC, CH 1, 4 DC in ch space of V-stitch  from row 11, 1 SC in center of next shell from round 10. * repeat from * end with 3 DC, ch 1, 3 DC in chain space of last V-Stitch, , sl stitch to top of first sc.  12 shells  Turn

Lap 21: same as lap 15

Lap 22: same as lap 20

Lap 23: same as lap 15

Lap 24: same as lap 20

Lap 25: same as lap 15

Lap 26: same as lap 20

Lap 27: same as lap 15

Lap 28: same as lap 20

Lap 29: same as lap 15

Lap 30: same as lap 20



For the newborn size I only completed the pattern through Lap 22.  And I left each round as "lap", which is the way Google translated the pattern, don't let it confuse you. 

(This was offered as a free pattern online, and is not my own design.  I have simply outlined the steps I took to discover, and translate the pattern and shared my notes based upon that translation.)

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Scalaria pattern

Every year I try to create a new pattern during my 40 in 40 challenge.  They are often inspired by things I discover online and this one is no exception.  While perusing Pinterest I discovered this pin:
which is an amazing shawl pattern available for free from JessieAtHome.com.  I loved the braid effect and thought it would translate well to a hat.   So I decided to give it a go and came up with the Scalaria pattern.  Scalaria means "ladder" in Latin, and when you drop those stitches it looks like a bunch of ladder rungs.

I admit the idea of finishing the hat and then going back and pulling out so many stitches was scary.  Honestly, dropped stitches were the one and only thing that kept me from loving knitting for ages.  I was terrified of them, and now I am asking you (me) to intentionally drop them!  Are you ready?  Here we go!

Scalaria
Patterned created by Ginny Blankenship of Sunflowers at Home

Sz 6 dpn
Ww yarn (I used Crafters Secret from Hobby Lobby)
Optional :  J crochet hook

CO 60 stitches  using long tail cast on evenly over 4 needles, join making sure not to twist  (You must use the long tail cast on for this to work!  Video tutorials can be found on YouTube if you aren’t sure how to do this)

R1-4:  k2, p2
R5 : knit all stitches
Repeat r5 until hat measures 3.5  inches from co edge

Begin decreases
R1: k 8, k2tog   repeat  (54)
R2 and all even rows: knit
R3: k 7, k2tog  repeat  (48)
R5: k6, k2tog repeat   (42)
R7: k5, k2tog repeat  (36)
R9: k4, k2tog repeat  (30)
R11; k3, k2tog repeat  (24)
R12  k2, k2tog repeat  (18)
R 13:  yo, drop next 2 stitches, k1  repeat  (12)
R 14: ktbl,k1 repeat  (12)

R 15:  *pull dropped stitches loose all the way to the bottom.  Take bottom 3 rungs (think of the dropped and pulled stitches as a ladder, so the bottom 3 steps or “rungs’)  and twist to form a loop,  place loop on crochet hook.  Pull next 3 strands through the loop with the crochet hook. Continue to the top.  Depending on how many rows you worked, you may not have 3 strands at the top.  If you end with 1 strand, add it to the previous loop.  If you end with 2 make a loop with those.  Place final loop on right needle,  Knit next stitch,  pass loop over the knit stitch.  K 1.  Repeat from * around
R 16: ssk around.  Break yarn and pull through the 6 remaining stitches to close top.  Weave in ends.

See, that wasn't so bad!  This pattern will remain FREE until the end of my 40 in 40 challenge.  After that I will be creating a video to assist with R15 and the pattern will be available for purchase on Ravelry and this will be removed, so if you want it, grab it before Easter.

If you are interested in more hat patterns, I am currently offering your choice of either my Ellie or my Roots pattern on Ravelry for free using the code 40in40 until Easter 2017.

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Until next time,

coupon codes

I forgot to let you know, I am offering 2 of my hat patterns on Ravelry for FREE during the Lent season.  It is my hope that if you choose to take advantage of this, you will make an extra hat to donate to a local charity organization.  You can view the patterns on my Ravelry store here.  The code is good for my Ellie and Roots hats that I designed last year for the challenge.  To get the pattern for free visit the pattern page, choose "buy it now" and enter 40in40 in the code box. 
Roots hat front

Roots hat top


The Ellie hat



 Until next time,





Monday, March 27, 2017

week 4 of the 40 in 40 challenge 2017

This week I have some really fun hats for you, so let's dive in!


First up is this bright hat, called Only Just Born, available on Ravelry as a free download.  It uses Red Heat Boutique Unforgettable yarn, which is self striping and available in several shades from pastels to this bright colorway.  I modified the hat some to size it down for a more preemie sized project since I had a limited amount of this yarn left over from a hat that I made one of my sunflowers last year.  It isn't often that you see bright colorful hats for babies so I felt like this would be a great change.  I know you can't really tell from this picture, but the pattern itself is very textured making this a fun hat to work and to look at.


Next up is the Slanted Shell Beanie, available at EyeLoveKnots.  It is available in sizes newborn to 12 months and I worked this pattern up exactly as written in the newborn size.  I chose to use two colors for the hat but it is just as pretty when monochrome.  It while the shells add texture, they don't make it so feminine that this can't be a unisex hat, or even an adorable beanie for a little boy with some good color choices.  and if you can work a single crochet and a double crochet you can make this hat.

Another crochet hat for you, The Parker, which also happens to be another hat using a worsted weight yarn.  That means this whips up super quick.  Even better, the designer also offers a matching set of booties to go with this pattern!  It uses a very small amount of yarn so this is great stash busting pattern and also a perfect last minute gift.  It was designed for a baby boy, but I think you could definitely change the color and put it on a little girl as well.


This is an oldie but a goodie.  I made it last year for the challenge and came back to it again this year.  This crochet cutie uses a sports weight yarn and can be found on KnitPick.  It is called the Calming Baby Crochet hat.  Be sure when you visit the site that you click the download PDF link.  It will give you the option to join their email list, but that isn't necessary to download.  They also have an add to cart option if you wish to purchase the print pattern.  It is similar to the Parker above, only it uses half double crochet stitches instead of double crochet. 

Can you tell it's a crochet kind of week this week?  This little cutie is the Simply Elegant Beanie.  Another hat using worsted weight yarn and this one uses a big "I" hook.  That makes this another super fast pattern.  It utilizes some frost post double crochet decreases, which ups this on skill level somewhat, but a little patience makes this a doable pattern.  AND it is available in sizes preemie to adult!


And the final hat this week is the Elianna Puff Beanie, available in size 0-3 months all the way up to 3 years.  And this one also works up with worsted weight yarn.  I love these puff stitches and the gently scalloped border.  Definitely a very feminine hat. The puff stitches add some great texture and interest to this otherwise basic beanie.

And that's it for this week.  See you next week.

Until next time,
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