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More knitting! Pac-man ghosts

Still knitting.  I have maybe 20 hats, half done, half in progress.  More on that in a bit.  I found a cute little Pac-man ghosts pattern but for crochet.  Now, I can both Knit and Crochet, and at various times I have preferred one over the other.  At the moment I am knitting.  So when I saw the pattern was for crochet, I had to figure out how to convert it.  It’s just my nature LOL!

I hate sewing up, so all my hats are done in the round, just like socks. And the thing is, I really like magic loop knitting. for the two (or more)-at-a-time knitting.  And you can’t make multiples with crochet.

So the tricky bit was the scalloped edge, the “feet” of the ghosts.  Easy to do in crochet.  Harder, or at least more time-consuming, to knit, and fiddly across only 14 stitches per needle. But I eventually worked it out. Like so:

  1. Cast on the standard 28 stitches, in DK weight yarn and 4 mm needles.  All the hat needs to do is fit the top of a Smoothie bottle.  And a Smoothie bottle’s not alive (sing it with me now, Sesame Street fans, “no, no, no, no, No!”) so tension/gauge is not critical.  But do leave a long tail
  2. picot Split the stitches for Magic Loop, 14 per needle, and join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.2picot
  3.  Knit 3 rows.
  4. On the 4th row, work a yarn over, k2tog  across.  This creates an eyelet round that you will turn into a picot edge.

The trick to the first yarn over is to do what they always tell you YOU MUST NOT DO when knitting magic loop, have the yarn in front of the needle.

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That way, when you wrap to knit the first two together, you will create a yarn over – normally a bad thing, but exactly what you want in this case.

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That probably isn’t as clear as it needs to be but when you are doing it, it will make sense.  You want the extra loop.

Normally with a picot edge, you then knit the k2tog stitches and the yarn overs, creating a gap, but resulting in the exact same number of stitches, then knit three rows, so the rows below match the rows above, then fold and knit the cast on edge together with the next row.  For a nice explanation of this with good photos, check out Craftsy.  I just knit two rows,  then stop. I’ll explain why after the rest of the pattern, which is:

5. Knit 14 rows

6. Knit 2, k2tog across the first needle, then repeat across the back needle (22 stitches)

7. Knit 

8. Knit 1,  K2tog, around (shift the last stitch on the first needle to the back needle to k2tog), ending with a knit stitch  (14 stitches)

9. K2tog to the last stitch on the front needle, k then k2tog across the back needle 

Thread the end thru and pull tight to close the top. Secure end. Fold so the picots form the bottom edge and use the long tail to whip stitch the cast-on edge in place on the inside.

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Sorry, you can’t really SEE the picot edge but I’ll try to get a better shot if we EVER see the sun again.  It’s been dismal for a week!

So back to why I stop at two knitted rows.

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I would normally cast on two socks, for example, and knit them together from the beginning, but frankly, the picot edge is just that little bit tricky, and working with so few stitches, keeping everything tight and neat at the joins takes focus.  I only want to have to focus on one at a time.  So I make all of the hats that I want up to the same point, then I shift them to a longer needle.  Mine are interchangeable tips, so I just shift the small number of stitches onto just the needle tip, unscrew that, screw on the longer cable, and slide it over.  The needles then go back on to the shorter cable and I knit another hat, up to the second row past the picots, then slide them over.  In the end I have all four ghosts on one long cable, and it’s all knitting in the round till the shaping.

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That got long.  Sorry.  Hope it all makes sense.  The picot edge looks cute on a normal, simple hat with a bobble on top but I think it would be cute NOT folded back, maybe with a little scrap of ribbon threaded thru and tied in a bow.  Might have to give that a go….

Still have a visitor, and a few drs. appointments, but I am determined to do WOYWW tomorrow to the best of my ability.  Best snap a shot of my desk before it is too dark!


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The Big Knit – little hats

I have been a bit dead in the water, due to my graphics card in my Mac failing, big time.  When I went to my desk, and wiggled the mouse to bring the screens back to life, the displays were full of squiggle lines.  Rebooting didn’t help.  DH determined it was a display issue (to be fair, over the phone, only from my description) and that seemed to be it, once I disabled the large TV display.  But then it happened again, within the hour.  The additional data meant it was probably the graphics card.  And it was, it just took a couple of days to sort it out  In the meantime, a new visitor has arrived  Departure date? 20th Nov.

Just before the mac went offline, I got an email from Deramores, regarding The Big Knit.  This is the annual tiny knitted (or crocheted) hats that top Innocent Smoothies, with sales generating donations to Age Concern  Well, heck – *I’M* ageing, and I am darn concerned about it, and I knit, and I like charity knitting, so this seems a match made in heaven. Since I was limited to what I could do on my iPad (i.e. not much) I thought I would have a go.  Knitting from a web page rather than a printed copy was annoying but I made a few of the basic ones.

I then found some more interesting patterns, some from this year and some from previous years  and I made one pattern up (but based on a sock pattern I am just beginning, so I can test it out.)  I knit them in the round with Magic Loop, rather than knitting flat and sewing them together, cause why purl, when you can knit?  Here are the ones I have done so far  There are a few extra of that basic hat pattern, but those aren’t worth photographing individually – hover to see the names.

I love the Jellyfish – totally my favourite.  Our visitor asked why I didn’t just find one I like and make 100 of them.  He’s one of our oldest friends, yet he clearly doesn’t know me at ALL.  LOL!  I am working on one that is going to be quite interesting, I think, and have an idea for another I want to work out.  We’ll see…

And now the Mac is up and running, albeit slightly sluggishly, I have actual UKS work to do too.  Plus the house is a total wreck and the laundry is all in a heap.  AND I have an hour to do on the treadmill, to keep my heart healthy.  AND the visitor is vegetarian so recipes to research as well.  And I am well aware that Christmas is looming, so some handmade gifts need addressing too. I’m knackered already….


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Thanksgiving Printables for Project Life

This year, especially, I would say I have much to be thankful for.  I do every year, but this year in particular.

I SAY these are for PL, but I think they could easily work as card toppers.  With a little effort they would easily work for place cards.  I think just a simple folded piece, with the printed card stuck to the front, then a small strip with the name printed (or hand written) on it stuck to that, works fine! Even easier, just mount the printed card just slightly higher on the folded piece and jot the name below, like so:

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Quick and dirty, LOL!  I think I would opt to print the name in a nice font rather than my chicken scratchings.

They have a slightly cartoon-y feel to them, but I have another set that is more..elegant?  Sort of. They will come soon.

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You can download those here.

 

 


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Folded book stuff, again

I still get requests and comments asking for folded book templates of specific words.  I am still trying to figure out a way to make it possible for people to make their own.  I don;’t mind doing, it – with the program I use it takes seconds.  The hardest part is thinking which font might work best.  I have two or three scripty fonts that seem to work and one or two plainer ones.  I did alphabets so people could assemble any word for themselves, but it is a bit tricky.

I have collected a number of book-folding links that I thought I would share.

This video has all the steps for creating your own template using Photoshop.  I thought it was tricky, which is why I tried doing it in Intaglio. At about the 1:30 minute mark, she shows using the template to make the folds.  This is basically what I do with my lined templates.

There are other methods I’ve not yet tried but that look very easy.  This one doesn’t require a printed template – you simply fan the pages very slightly and draw the info on the page-edges then use the pencil marks to show you where the folds are! Cool, humm?

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This link has a number of great ideas.  My favourite is totally the peacock cascade!  Love it.

If you want simple, with little effort, this site has some simple geometric shapes.  They are so easy to follow and would look great a few in a group. The link is to her category for book folding so there are many to choose from, some more successful than others, so look thru them all.

This one comes with the measurements but I think it could be the one of the harder methods. If all you want is a heart?  This might be a good place to start. There is also a link to someplace that will make and sell you a template.

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This site has lots of free templates, of the measuring sort. If this method appeals to you this site will keep you busy.  And the one to start with is probably the Christmas trees!  How adorable – and timely.

So that will keep you busy for a bit.  But I’ve not given up sending out templates, don’t worry.

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Early Christmas tags

I made a quick set of tags, in two colourways, for those of you who, unlike me, get your shopping and wrapping done before the week of Christmas.  I envy you all and every year try to get a little bit better, a little earlier.  I usually fail miserably.  But there is no reason you should be delayed.

One simple and plain:

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Download the plain set here.

 

 

one a bit more colourful:

brownboxescolourDownload the colourful set here.