Thor’s Helmet

I’ve heard a rumor that my nephew has a thing for superheroes and avengers. Now he’s almost 6 and changing his mind quite often so I’m hoping that this will keep in trend for few weeks more – at least until I get to deliver the Christmas knit!

I looked around my favourite pattern inspiration and neverending source of things to do – the Ravelry portal. I haven’t managed to spot anything exactly to what I wanted – in the weight and the size I wanted so it was time to improvise. Here is the result:

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So here is a quick writeup of what I’ve done:

CO 106 with 3.75 needles

r1-2: knit
r3-4: purl
r5-7: knit
r8: bauble row on every 8th
r9-10: knit
r11-12: purl
r13: knit
r14: purl
swap to silver (double stranded)
Knit until piece measures 5.5in and then decrease
* k6, k2tog *
knit
* k5, k2tog *
knit
* k4, k2tog *
knit
* k3, k2tog *
knit
* k2, k2tog *
* k2tog *
I did the tiniest i-cord on the top for the extra helmet look.

Now I’m a lazy one and can’t be bothered to do any more stitching than absolutely needed so I’ve picked up the wings just off the golden rim.

pick up 22 stitches
rA: *k2, p2*, turn work
rB: *p2, k2*, turn work
alternate rows A and B until piece is long enough and you are ready to start decreasing the wings (roughly when your decreases start on the hat), finish with row A
then repeat this two rows until you cast off all of them:
rC:(in pattern) cast off 2, knit in k2, p2 pattern to end, turn
rD: knit in k2,p2 pattern to end, turn

Repeat the same for the other wing (make sure you cast off/tilt your wings in the opposite direction!).
If easier for you, you can always knit your wings separately and then stitch them on.

Good luck!

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My pattern works!!!

too much enthusiasm? nah ๐Ÿ˜€
so what is it about… well, few weeks ago i knitted a baby hat. little thing with a braid that just popped out of my head and ended up sitting on the mantelpiece for … well, few weeks ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, my hubby suggested it would be a nice present for his colleague soon to come newborn and why not ๐Ÿ™‚ of course, in the meantime hubby didn’t confirm and I’ve put the hat in the shop and passed it (along with a bag of hats) to my friend who offered to take lovely baby pictures (i’m actually impatiently waiting to see those – hoping the hats will look nice and cute :D). Of course, as soon as the hats were out of the house and impossible to get within an hour, the hubby asked for it ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ apparently “he confirmed it ages ago” LOL So, needles and yarn and pattern test time – and few hours after the second one is finished! I’m really happy that it looks the same as first!! (well, except for the colour – the shades are tiddly bit different) Started working on the nappy cover to match but that will take a while (draft does fit the dolly perfectly :D)

A-Z hat challenge

In September I’ve started choosing the patterns that also fit into different parts of the alphabet – it was suggested on one of the Ravelry boards and I thought it will make me expand my pattern pool – and also stock up on some Christmas knitting :o)
The ones that I can’t find owner for will end up in my shop – so take a look if you have a moment to spare ๐Ÿ™‚

And here’s my take on the alphabet:

A IMG_20111009_023412 IMG_20111018_001122 D
E F G H
I IMG_20111017_233803 K L
M N O IMG_20111012_010250
Q IMG_20111008_223757 IMG_20111010_210037 T
U V W X
Y Z

Patterns used (in order of making, links to be added):
– Free Rapunzel by Stephanie Dosen
– Starry Noggin by Amy Duncan
– Braided Sleepy Hat (my own, still testing, to be released soon)
– Pompom Bear by Amanda Keeys
– Jack Attack by Jenny Raymond
– Classic Cap by Amanda Keeys

Fully TOK’d

Last weekend I was increadibly lucky and won a full set of patterns from Stephanie (tinyowlknits). The patterns are ever so cute so I’ve already done rapunzel (well, two of them – and I have two more in queue already) and think hopsalots wil be next ๐Ÿ™‚

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Also, I have some malabrigo yarn in my (evergrowing instead of cutting down on) stash, so I’ve experimented a bit – here is my late night knitting design attempt:

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Photos are bad, but I still haven’t managed to arrange photosession time – they’ll have to do for now…