Betsey Do

Monday, December 25, 2006

Miniature Stocking Hat Ornament PaTTeRN

It's Christmas today, late afternoon, Christmas day. I am typing this while I gather my thoughts about the knitting I've done these past weeks and the knitting projects set aside waiting to cast onto the needles.

Now that gifts are given and secretly done things are opened and seen, the following can be listed.

Grandpa Frank's sweater was frogged and the following were knitted and given to the family in memory of him, my dad Frank:
Using a slight variation on Susan B. Anderson's pattern posted on Craft Insanity, Miniature hats were knitted for each one of us in the family. The hats are so adorable on our Charlie brown tree.

Everybody received a little miniature santa hat to hang on the tree and keep forever to hang on trees of their own in the future. MAN these are soooo cute hanging on the tree. I'll try to post a picture of that too.

His sweater was knitted up from Bernat denim yarn - a super soft slub of yarn with a mix of cotton and acrylic (grandpa couldn't take wool, but this was a really nice yarn to work with in spite of its acrylic ness).

The pattern for the santa hat:

Hangs nicely on a Christmas tree
will also fit a 12” doll

Circumference: 5-1/4 inches / 13-1/2 cm
Length: approx. 3-1/2 inches/9 cm without folding up bottom brim

Either worsted weight yarn (the hats I made came out beautifully when I combined a yarn that was almost dk weight, together with a string of lace yarn throughout).

1 set US #5/3.75mm double-point needles
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

16 sts = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

PATTERN NOTES: These hats were knitted in the round. You can knit as a flat hat though, purling the even numbered rows (except row 2); and then seam the hat along the back.

K2 tog = knit two stitches together.

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1: p1, k2 to last stitch, p1.
Row 2: k1, p2 to last stitch, k1
Rows 3 through 6: stockinette stitch
Row 7: k5, k2 tog, k6, k2 tog, k1
Row 8 (and all even rows after this): Knit
Row 9: k4, k2 tog, k5, k2 tog, k1
Row 11: k3, k2 tog, k4, k2 tog, k1
Row 13: K2, k2 tog, k3, k2 tog, k1
Row 15: k1, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog, k1
Row 17: k2 tog, k1, k2 tog, k1
Row 19: k2 tog 2 times
Row 20: k2 tog
Bind off
Weave in ends.

OTHER cool completed things (long!):
For Ty, a hat with the yarn from franks sweater, combined with some grey wool. It's cute, soooo cute. And Robin got her hat with franks grey slub ply'ed together with some really nice baby-soft white yarn that she likes alot. The pictures don't really show much difference do they? Practice this camera some more, I should.

I was also lurking sites for some patterns and stumbled on a really neat idea for a beer cozy. My brother Johnny is a funny story teller, delivers jokes masterfully and comes up with memorable riddles to tease the children at the dinner table. I blame Frank for inspiring this talent in Johnny. Johnny got the knitted beer cozy from Frank's sweater. BIG super thanks to girlontherocks for inspiring me to do this after sharing her KING BEER CAN COZY pattern. Her pattern has a cable pattern in it that I still want to do - good summer knitting idea with cotton. (wouldn't it be cool if there was a neoprine yarn?)

Other coolness. Wow. The barbie knitting machine came through with Ty's snake scarf from the leftover Red Heart Camoflage yarn. I hardly used some of this yarn, which I needed for another project, so I just threaded it onto the barbie knitter and let it go to the end of the skein. The end product was this super long tube that just said "snake" to me. So the eyes and mouth were stiched on and Tyler finally got his first scarf (he really wanted one - he'd keep asking for a scarf and would take from Robin's collection alot).


  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger anneland22 said…

    That is a pretty lucky little boy to get such a rocking scarf! Love the camo.


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