FO – Lace Leaf Hat

I just finished knitting my first lace pattern hat (really my first lace garment whatsoever) and I have become addicted. I chose the Lace Leaf Hat pattern by Sophy Ting that I found on Ravelry, which is a free pattern. Ravelry, for those of you who are not familiar with is basically yarn and pattern heaven. If you do not have an account there, I strongly suggest you make one, because there are thousands of patterns and it’s the perfect place to look for inspiration. But talking about Ravelry would be a post on its own, so I will leave that for another day…

I chose this pattern to begin my journey into lace knitting because I really wanted to learn how to make those tiny leaves that I kept seeing everywhere, and because it was designed to be knit in worsted weight yarn, which happens to be my (current) favourite yarn weight to knit hats… Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have noticed that I have been in a hat knitting frenzy this autumn/winter season!

I made this hat for my colleague’s mom, who just underwent surgery for a breast cancer and is going through chemotherapy now. I really can’t imagine what she’s going through, but if I could help her feel a little better I would be really happy. So I thought I could knit her a hat!

I happened to have two skeins of Drops Big Merino in the Marble (08) colourway in my stash, that I thought would suit the pattern perfectly…

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Drops Big Merino is a superwash-treated 100% Merino Wool yarn. It’s amazingly soft and so fluffy, and warm but airy. Combined with a lace pattern… perfect for the begining of the spring! And even though I wasn’t convinced the lace would show well with such a thick thread, you’ll see what convinced me below…

I also wasn’t sure about the twisted K1/P1 ribbing (knitting and purling through the back loop) but I stuck to the pattern and I think it goes really well with it. A classical K1P1 ribbing (my favourite) would shrink the edge and the lace pattern would not show so well. As I was knitting it, which was totally addictive because the lace pattern alternates easy increases and decreases with all-knit rows, it seemed to give quite a textured fabric. But the leaves were there, and that made me oh so happy!

But, as you can see, it seemed too bulky! I knew that wearing it would stretch the fabric and make it look more even. But of course that was before blocking it… Normally I wouldn’t block my hats very aggresively, because I like the ribbing tight. So what I would do is place it in a balloon and dampen it a bit, but not fully immerse it. The hats that I have made for me, with superwash wool, I have indeed put in the washing machine and laid flat to dry.

But I have never seen this much difference before… Today I saw the magic of blocking appear before my eyes!

And what a difference! A picture speaks a thousand words… So judge for yourselves! Yes, it’s the same hat. Before and after blocking. I just put it in the washing machine, in a short cold program and then laid flat to dry, making sure I wasn’t stretching the ribbing.

The only thing I’m not very happy about is how the cast on looks, I usually like this for my K1P1 ribbed hats, but I’m not convinced about it with this twisted ribbing… I might try another one if I ever knit this again.

So, what do you think? Have you experienced any miracle blocking too? How do you usually block your hats?

If you want to see my project on Ravelry, click here.

Happy Sunday and happy knitting!

Erika (LoareKnits)

 


Hoy os enseño mi primera prenda acabada en el blog. He tejido el Lace Leaf Hat de Sophy Ting, un patrón gratis en Ravelry. Otro día hablaré más sobre Ravelry, pero si no tenéis una cuenta… ¡Deberíais hacerla! Porque hay miles de patrones (muchos de ellos gratis) y es mi sitio preferido para buscar inspiración. Es el primer gorro que he tejido con un punto calado, pero me ha encantado. Tenía muchas ganas de aprender a tejer esas “hojas” que veía en todas partes, y no ha sido tan difícil como pensaba. Lo he tejido en mi lana preferida para los gorros, la Big Merino de Drops. Y lo que más me ha gustado es ver cómo cambiaba el patrón después de bloquear la prenda (que lo único que he hecho es meterla en la lavadora en un ciclo corto en frío y secarla en horizontal, asegurándome de no estirar mucho el borde). Es una prenda muy especial porque es para la madre de una compañera de trabajo que acaba de ser operada de un cáncer de pecho y ahora empieza la quimio… ¡Pensé que un gorrito tal vez le ayudaría a sentirse un poco mejor durante la recuperación!

Puedes ver mi proyecto en Ravelry aquí.

¿Y tú, cómo bloqueas tus gorros? ¿Has experimentado la magia del bloqueo recientemente?

Feliz domingo, happy knitting!

Erika (LoareKnits)

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TUTORIAL – Hair Bow

Without further ado, here’s my first pattern/tutorial! Today, I will show you how to make a little knit bow using scrap yarn from other projects. You can attach it to a hair-clip, -tie or -band… Or even a pin and use it as a brooch to brighten up any coat or scarf! The same directions can be used to knit a little bow in Aran (10ply or Heavy Worsted) weight yarn in 4.5mm (US 7) needles or with DK (8ply) weight yarn in 3.5mm (US 4) needles.

Here, with step-by-step pictures, I will show you how to knit it in Aran weight yarn, but you can download a PDF with the beta pattern here, that includes directions for both sizes.IMG_20160314_131855-01

Materials:

  1. 10g of Aran weight yarn = 15m (16.5 yds) approx. I used Drops Big Merino in the colourway 18 Red (below)
  2. 4.5mm (US 7) needles (you can use straight or circular needles, but the piece is knit flat)
  3. Tapestry needle
  4. Scissors
  5. Measuring tape
  6. Hair clip, hair tie or headband, depending on where you want to attach the knit bow

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical for the success of this project. If knit in Aran weight and 4.5mm (US 7) needles it will give a 9cm x 5cm (3.5in x 2in) bow, approximately.

Glossary:

K: knit

P: purl

sl1k: slip one stitch knitwise

Directions:

Cast on 9 stitches, leaving a 25cm (10in) short tail

Row 1: knit all stitches

Rows 2-46: sl1k *P1,K1* Repeat between * and * until the end of row, 4 times total

Row 47: knit all stitches

Bind off, leaving a 100cm (40in) long tail

You will now have a rectangle measuring 18cm x 5cm (7in x 2in).

Using the short tail and the tapestry needle, sew both ends together, without twisting the fabric. Place the seam in the middle. Without releasing the short end, pinch the fabric transversally and slip the thread gathering the center of the bow, where the seam would be hidden.

Wrap the long end around the gathered center, hiding whatever is left seen from the seam, as many times as desired. If you are going to put it in a hair-tie or hair-band, I suggest you already wrap the long end around it at the same time you are wrapping it around the bow (images 9 and 10).

Then tie the long and short ends into a knot and weave in the ends in the back of the bow. If you are going to attach it to a hair clip or pin instead, you can finish off the bow and then sew it to the clip or pin using a thinner sewing thread (images 11 and 12).

I decided to finish this off with a hair-tie, here’s the result:

Tutorial - Knit Hair Bow

What do you think? Do you like it? Do you think it’s a useful project for scrap yarn? What kind of projects do you use for your scrap yarn?

I’m going to ask a few test knitters if they would like to knit these for me and see if the pattern is right, but I would like to leave the beta version for everyone to try. Since this is my first tutorial post and first pattern published any suggestions and recommendations would be much welcome! If you share a picture of your finished bow on Instagram, you can use the hashtag #loareknits and/or #loareknitsdesign and tag me, I’d love to see!

I hope you enjoyed it and thanks for reading!

Erika (LoareKnits)


 

Aquí tenéis mi primer patrón/tutorial… Os enseño cómo tejer un pequeño lazo de punto a dos agujas. ¡Un proyecto perfecto para restos de lana! Podéis ponerlo en una horquilla, un clip para el pelo, una goma, una diadema… ¡O incluso en un imperdible y utilizarlo como broche para darle color a cualquier abrigo o bufanda! Pueden seguirse las mismas instrucciones para tejer el lacito con lana de grosor Aran (calibre medio) en agujas de 4.5mm o lana de grosor DK (calibre más ligero) en agujas de 3.5mm.

Aquí arriba en el paso a paso con fotos os enseño como tejerlo con una lana Aran (de calibre medio), pero en breve os podréis descargar el patrón que incluye las instrucciones para hacerlo con lana más fina también. 

Materiales:

  1. 10g de lana grosor “Aran” o “DK”
  2. Agujas de 4.5mm o 3.5mm
  3. Aguja lanera
  4. Tijeras
  5. Cinta métrica
  6. Una horquilla, un clip, una goma o una diadema, dependiendo de dónde quieras colocar el lazo

Tensión:

La tensión no es crítica para el éxito de este proyecto. Si eliges lana de grosor Aran y agujas de 4.5mm obtendrás un lazo de 9cm x 5cm, aproximadamente.

Glosario:

pd: punto derecho

pr: punto revés

desl1d: deslizar un punto del derecho

Instrucciones:

Monta 9 puntos, dejando una hebra corta de unos 25cm

Vuelta 1: teje todos los puntos del derecho

Vueltas 2-46: desl1d *1pr, 1pd* repite entre * y * hasta el final de la vuelta, 4 veces en total (al haber montado un número impar de puntos, repitiendo la misma vuelta siempre obtenemos el punto de arroz, ya que tejemos cada punto de manera opuesta a la que se nos presenta)

Vuelta 47: teje todos los puntos del derecho

Cierra los 9 puntos, dejando una hebra larga de unos 100cm

Ahora tendrás un rectángulo que mide aproximadamente 18cm x 5cm.

Utilizando la hebra corta y una aguja lanera, cose los dos extremos cortos del rectángulo (donde has montado y cerrado los puntos), con cuidado de no retorcer la labor. Habrás generado un cilindro. Dóblalo de manera que la costura quede en medio, y sin soltar la hebra corta (que sigue enhebrada en la aguja lanera), pinza el cilindro por el medio donde queda la costura y pasa el hilo haciendo un fruncido. De esta manera, la costura quedará oculta en el fruncido en el centro del lazo.

Ahora coge la hebra larga y enróllala alrededor del centro fruncido tantas veces como desees. Si vas a poner el lazo en una goma o diadema, puedes hacerlo antes de dar las vueltas para que se sujete a medida que vas haciendo girar la hebra larga. Cuando hayas acabado, anuda la hebra larga con la corta y remata los extremos.

Arriba puedes ver las fotos del paso a paso y el resultado final. ¿Qué te parece? ¿Crees que es un proyecto útil para restos de lana? ¿Qué sueles tejer tú con los restos de lana que te sobran de otros proyectos?

Si te animas a hacerlo y compartes una foto en Instagram, puedes utilizar el hashtag #loareknits y/o #loareknitsdesign… Y ¡etiquétame, me encantaría verlo!

Espero que te haya gustado y gracias por leerme…

Erika (LoareKnits)