Tops and Toes- Part 1

Tops and Toes- Part 1

by Kara Gott Warner
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9781592172207
Publisher:
Annie's Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Pages:
176

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Tops & Toes

A Whimsical Collection to Delight Hat & Sock Knitters


By Kara Gott Warner

House of White Birches

Copyright © 2009 House of White Birches
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59217-220-7



CHAPTER 1

Spring Has Sprung Hat

This adorable hat is inspired by the welcome sight of sprouting spring flowers.

DESIGN BY ANN SQUIRE


* * EASY

SIZES

Infant's 0–3 (3–6, 6–12, 12–18) months. Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.


FINISHED MEASUREMENT

Circumference (unstretched): 10 ½ (13, 15, 17) inches


MATERIALS

4 MEDIUM

• Mission Falls 1824 Wool (worsted weight; 100% superwash wool; 85 yds/50g per ball): 1 ball each mallow #025 (MC) and sprout #531 (CC) (Note: only a small amount of CC is needed)

• Size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles (set of 4)

• Size 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles (set of 4) or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd

• An old felted sweater, craft felt, or similar non-fraying fabric


GAUGE

17 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st with larger needles.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


PATTERN NOTE

The flowers that embellish the hat are cut from a wool sweater that has been felted. To do this, take an old 100 percent (non-superwash) wool sweater, put it through the "hot" cycle on your washing machine, and then place in the dryer. The sweater will become shrunken and felted and may be cut into decorative shapes without danger of fraying. If you prefer, you may use craft felt or another non-fraying fabric. Test for colorfastness by washing before use.


Hat

BODY

With smaller needles and MC, cast on 45 (54, 63, 72) sts. Distribute sts evenly on 3 dpns; place marker for beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Knit 6 rnds.

Change to larger needles and knit 7 rnds. Cut MC.

Join CC and knit 1 rnd, purl 2 rnds. Cut CC.

Join MC and knit 12 (13, 15, 17) rnds.

Next rnd: *K5 (6, 7, 8), place marker; rep from * around.


CROWN

Rnd 1: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep [Rnds 1 and 2] 2 (3, 4, 5) times — 18 sts.

Next rnd: K2tog around, removing all markers — 9 sts.

Next rnd: K2tog 4 times, k1 — 5 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 5-inch tail.

Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, pull tight then secure to WS.

FINISHING

Weave in all ends.

FLOWERS

Place 4 pins evenly spaced around brim to mark points where flower stems are to be embroidered. Using CC and tapestry needle, and starting at green stripe, work 1 to 1 ½ inches of chain st to form stems. For each leaf, work a single large chain st diagonally out from base of stem. Using template cut 4 circles from felted sweater. Cut 5 small triangles from edge of each circle to form petals. Using a small amount of MC, CC or another yarn, sew flowers to hat at top of stems. If desired, use a French knot to decorate center of flowers.

CHAPTER 2

All Buttoned Up Beanie

Calling all girls! This hat not only keeps her warm, but buttons up the back to show off that ponytail too!

DESIGN BY JULIE GADDY

* * EASY

SIZE

Fits child approx 7 years old to teen


FINISHED MEASUREMENT

Circumference (above cuff): 19 ½ inches


MATERIALS

4 MEDIUM

• Plymouth Baby Alpaca Worsted Paint (worsted weight; 100% baby alpaca; 102 yds/50g per ball): 2 balls variegated pinks color #8818

• Size 5 (3.75mm) 16-inch circular needle

• Size 8 (5mm) double-pointed and 16-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd

• 4 [7/8-inch] buttons

• Matching sewing thread


GAUGE

19 sts and 24 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needle.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


PATTERN STITCH

K1, P1 Rib (even number of sts) Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 for pat.

Note:When working in rows, work the sts as they present themselves, i.e. knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.


PATTERN NOTES

The cuff is worked in the round, then a button band is added and the body is worked back-and-forth for 3 inches, after which it is rejoined and finished in the round.

When working the crown, change to double-pointed needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably on circular needle.


Hat


CUFF

With smaller needle, cast on 96 sts; place marker and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Work K1, P1 Rib for 4 inches.


BODY

Row 1 (RS): With larger needle, work 8 sts in established rib (buttonhole band), k88; using backwards loop method, cast on 8 sts for button band, turn — 104 sts.

Row 2 (WS): [P1, k1] 4 times, p88, work 8 sts in established rib.

Continuing to work 8 sts in rib at beg and end of row and 88 sts in St st, work 2 rows.

Buttonhole Row 1 (RS): K1, p1, bind off 2 sts, work in established pat to end.

Buttonhole Row 2: Work in established pat to bound off sts, cast on 2 sts, k1, p1. *Work in established pat for 1 inch, then work buttonhole rows again; rep from *. Work in established pat until hat measures approx 7 inches from beg, ending with a RS row.

Next row (WS): Bind off 8 sts in pat, work to end of row, turn — 96 sts.

Joining rnd: With RS facing, knit all sts around, place marker for beg of rnd, and join, tucking bound off edge to inside of hat.

Work even in St st until hat measures 8 inches and on last rnd, place markers every 12 sts.


CROWN

Rnd 1 (dec): *Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around — 88 sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep [Rnds 1 and 2] 7 times — 32 sts.

Rep [Rnd 1] 3 times, removing markers on last rnd — 8 sts.

Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, and pull tight, and secure to WS.


FINISHING

Sew 8 bound off sts of button band to underside of hat at top and bottom — it is directly under the buttonhole band. Sew buttons to button band, lining buttons up with button holes. Sew rem button to top of crown. Weave in all ends and block hat as desired.

CHAPTER 3

Itty Bitty Buggie Preemie Caps

Create a "buzz" making these fun and quick-to-knit preemie caps.

DESIGNS BY ERSSIE MAJOR


* * * INTERMEDIATE

SIZE

Preemie with 12-inch head circumference


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Circumference: 10 inches

Height: 5 inches (with brim unrolled)


MATERIALS


4 MEDIUM

• Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran (worsted weight; 100% merino wool extra fine superwash; 88yds/50g per skein): Ladybug: 1 skein each ebony #15 (MC) and red #18 (CC); Butterfly: 1 skein each ebony #15 (MC) and purple #13 (CC) and small amount of gold #20; Bumblebee: 1 skein each ebony #15 (MC) and gold #20 (CC) See Pattern Notes

• Size 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5) or size needed to obtain gauge

• 2 bobbins

• Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd


GAUGE

19 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


SPECIAL ABBREVIATION

Increase 1 (Inc1): Knit in front and back of st.


SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

I-Cord: *K4, do not turn, slip sts back to LH needle; rep from * until cord is desired length. Bind off.


PATTERN NOTES

1 skein of ebony (MC) should be sufficient to knit all 3 hats; there will be enough gold from Bumblebee for embellishment for Butterfly.

The 2 vertical bands of MC on the Ladybug and Butterfly hats are worked in intarsia in the round. Load 2 bobbins with MC. When you get to the vertical stripes, bring MC up from under CC and knit; then continue on with same ball of CC.

The spots and markings on the Ladybug and Butterfly Preemie Hats are worked in duplicate stitch after the hat is done.

For smaller (larger) preemie head size, change needle size to change gauge.


Hats

BRIM

With MC, cast on 56 sts and distribute on 4 dpns; place marker for beg of rnd and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Knit 8 rnds.


BODY

Ladybug and Butterfly Hats only

Work appropriate charts and on last rnd, place markers every 7 sts.


Bumblebee Hat only

*Knit 4 rnds CC, knit 4 rnds MC; rep from * once more, then knit 3 rnds CC and on last rnd, place markers every 7 sts.


CROWN

Ladybug and Butterfly Hats only

Dec rnd: *With MC, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around — 48 sts.

Rep Dec rnd until 16 sts rem.

Next rnd: Removing markers, k2tog all around — 8 sts.


Bumblebee Hat only

Dec rnd: *With CC, knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around — 48 sts.

Change to MC and rep Dec rnd until 16 sts rem.

Next rnd: Removing markers, k2tog all around — 8 sts.


Antenna Stalk

Sl 4 sts to 1 dpn and rem 4 sts to 2nd dpn.

Work 4-st I-cord on first dpn for 9 rnds/rows.


Antenna Bobble

Rnd 1: Inc1 in each st all around — 8 sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: Inc1 in each st all around — 16 sts.

Rnd 4: K2tog around — 8 sts.

Rnd 5: K2tog around — 4 sts.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail; Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, and pull tight. Pass tail through bobble several times so that tail starts to stuff inside of bobble. When bobble is firm enough, pass yarn tail down inside stalk and draw out, cut close to work so tail is hidden inside.

Make another antenna stalk and antenna bobble on rem 4 sts on 2nd dpn.


FINISHING

Close any gaps at top of hat.

Lay both antenna stalks side by side and sew first 3 rnds of one stalk to the other so antennae stand up at base then flop over.

Work duplicate st areas on Ladybug and Butterfly hats.

Weave in all ends.


Caps for a Cause

When it comes to giving to others in need, what better way than through the loving hands of a knitter? If you're looking to do your part to help newborns in need, here are some highly recommended online resources to get you started:

www.stitchesfromtheheart.org:

Knit and crochet hats, booties, blankets and sweaters for newborn and premature babies.

www.knittingforcharity.org:

Vast resource of charity knitting for babies in need and other knitting charities.

www.yourcause.com:

If you have the desire to start your own charity, this site allows you to create your own Web site and promote the charity of your choice.

The following list offers some of the most comprehensive resources found on the Web:

www.lionbrand.com www.thedailyknitter.com www.woolworks.org www.knitting.about.com

CHAPTER 4

Sassy Swirl Hat

This groovy hat will make those cold-weather blues disappear!

DESIGN BY CELESTE PINHEIRO


* * EASY

SIZE

Adult medium


FINISHED MEASUREMENT

Circumference: 21 inches


MATERIALS

5 BULKY

• Plymouth Galway Chunky Paint (bulky weight; 100% wool; 123 yds/100g per ball): 1 ball sky blue/lime/mauve #809 (A)

• Plymouth Galway Chunky (bulky weight; 100% wool; 123 yds/100g per ball): 1 ball each green #145 (B) and purple #13 (C)

• Size 10½ (6.5mm) double-pointed (set of 5) and 16-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch marker


GAUGE

12 sts and 16 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st. To save time, take time to check gauge.


SPECIAL TECHNIQUE

I-Cord: *K4, do not turn, slip sts back to LH needle; rep from * until cord is desired length.


PATTERN NOTE

The hat is worked from top down. Change to circular needle (if desired) when there are enough stitches to do so.


Hat

CROWN

With dpns and A, cast on 8 sts. Distribute evenly on 4 dpns; place marker and join, taking care not to twist sts.

Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rnds: Knit.

Rnd 2: *K1, yo; rep from * around — 16 sts.

Rnd 4: *K2, yo; rep from * around — 24 sts.

Rnd 6: *K3, yo; rep from * around — 32 sts.

Rnd 8: *K4, yo; rep from * around — 40 sts.

Rnd 10: *K5, yo; rep from * around — 48 sts.

Rnd 12: *K6, yo; rep from * around — 56 sts.

Rnd 14: *K7, yo; rep from * around — 64 sts.


BODY

Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rnds: Knit.

Rnd 2: *Ssk, k6, yo; rep from * around.

Rnd 4: *Yo, ssk, k6; rep from * around.

Rnd 6: *K1, yo, ssk, k5; rep from * around.

Rnd 8: *K2, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * around.

Rnd 10: *K3, yo, ssk, k3; rep from * around.

Rnd 12: *K4, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * around.

Rnd 14: *K5, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * around.


BRIM

Next rnd: Change to B and purl around.

Knit 6 rnds.

Eyelet rnd: *Yo, k2tog, k2; rep from * around.

Knit 9 rnds.

Bind off.


FINISHING

Weave in ends. With B, cast on 4 sts and work I-cord for 28 inches; bind off. Thread through eyelets as in photo.

CHAPTER 5

Funky Chunky Cloche

This fun and chunky hat will make a great impression, while keeping those ears warm!

DESIGN BY ERIKA FLORY

* * EASY

SIZE

Woman's small/medium


FINISHED MEASUREMENT

Circumference: 20 inches


MATERIALS

4 MEDIUM

• Colinette Iona (worsted weight; 70% wool/15% kid mohair/15% silk; 160 yds/100g per skein): 1 skein dusk #77

• Size 8 (5mm) double-pointed (set of 4) and 16-inch circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge

• Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd


GAUGE

14 sts and 14 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st.

To save time, take time to check gauge.


PATTERN NOTE

Change to double-pointed needles when stitches no longer fit comfortably on circular needle.


Hat

BODY

With circular needle, cast on 66 sts. Place marker for beg of rnd and join, taking care not twist sts.

*Knit 5 rnds, purl 5 rnds; rep from * once more.

Knit 15 rnds.

Next rnd: *K11, place marker; rep from * around.


CROWN

Dec rnd: *Knit to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; rep from * around — 60 sts.

Next 2 rnds: Knit.

Rep [last 3 rnds] twice more — 48 sts.

Work Dec rnd — 42 sts.

Purl 3 rnds, knit 1 rnd.

Work Dec rnd — 36 sts.

Knit 1 rnd, purl 3 rnds, knit 1 rnd.

Work Dec rnd, knit 1 rnd — 30 sts.

Rep [last 2 rnds] 3 times — 12 sts.

Next rnd: Removing markers, k2tog around — 6 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 5-inch tail.

Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, pull tight, then secure tail to WS.


FINISHING

Work in all ends. Block lightly.


(Continues...)

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