I like the tassels on my new hat, but I want to try something else …
This is my hat without any pompom, tassel or anything …
In the large photo my hat is soaked in water and left to dry on a plate for a ‘beret’ look. The small photo on the right is ‘unblocked’.
And here with tassels (see previous post how to make them)
Maybe a pompom ? (see here)
With other materials ? and a different look ?
Crochet chain might work … in a pop color. Let’s try.
I used some cheap acrylic yarn but with a terrific orange color to try it out. Crochet a chain of about 3 m / 3.30 yards (or longer), break the yarn and tie off.
Wind the chain around the thumb and pinky as shown. Cut another piece of yarn or use the 2 ends of your crochet chain to tie it firmly in the middle. That’s it.
some curls ? knit ?
I used DK yarn and 4 mm / US 6 needles
Curl 1: Curl 2: Curl 3:
Cast on 24 sts Cast on 20 sts Cast on 20 sts
row 1: purl all stitches. row 1: pfb* every stitch row 1: k1, yo, k1*
row 2: kfb* every stitch. You now have 40 sts in every stitch.
You now have 48 sts Bind off all stitches You have 60 sts
row 3: purl all stitches. Bind off all stitches
Bind off all stitches
- kfb: knit in the front and back leg of the same stitch
- pfb: purl in the front and back leg of the same stitch
- k1, yo, k1: knit 1 st , yarn over, knit 1 st in the same stitch
1, 2 or 3 ?
part two of pompom and Co: tassels and cords (see here for part 1: the real thing)
How to make tassels
Cut a piece of cardboard at the length of the tassel you want to make (the cardboard in the sample is 5.5 cm / 2“).
Wind the yarn all around The more you wind the Cut a piece of yarn (± 20 cm
the cardboard. fuller the tassel. / 8”), thread it in a tapestry
… Cut the yarn. needle. Slide the needle be-
… tween the cardboard and
… the yarn.
Pull the needle through At the opposite side cut Remove the cardboard.
and tie a knot. through all the yarn wrapped
… around the cardboard.
Cut a 2nd piece of yarn
about 3 times the length of
the tassel, wind it at least
twice around the tassel to
form the head. Tie it very
firmly and cut the ends at
the same length as the tassel.
Ready … unless you want it to hang at the end of a cord …
How to make a cord
Decide how long and thick you want your cord to be. Each piece of yarn will be folded in half, twisted and folded on itself again, so using one strand results in a 4 strands thick cord. Using two strands will give you an eight strands thick cord (see left margin). Cut one (or more) piece(s) of yarn at four times the length of the cord you want to make.
Fold the strand(s) in half. Hold the ends in your left Stretch the yarn and place
. hand. your right index finger in
… the loop at the folded side.
… Start twisting.
Continue to twist in the Remove your finger from Tie all the ends firmly in a
same direction until the the loop and fold the little knot and trim the
yarn is completely twisted twisted cord in half. Hold ends but don’t cut too
and tightened up. the two ends together. much because the knot
… The cord will twist on itself. could be undone
Attach the tassels to the cord and hide any yarn ends in the tassel. As you can see in the next pic the cords are the finer ones made with only one strand.
And here they are on my new hat
Pompoms, tassels, curls …. even so many possibilities to finish a hat, scarf or shawl and give it a special touch. Even a dull colored hat can change dramatically depending on the pompom, its color or other embellishments.
How to make a pompom
Copy the circle below on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. Cut a 2nd one too. You need to make the circle a little larger than you want your pompom to be. I made cardboard circles with a diameter of 8 cm / 3”. The pompom will be 8 cm / 3 ” – or less depending on how much yarn you will cut away to even it.
Hold the 2 cardboard circles together with the slits at the same side.
Wind the yarn all over the Use different colors if you The more you wind the
cardboards. like. fuller the pompom.
Starting at one of the slit Take care not to lose any Cut a piece of yarn
ends of the circle, slide your yarn, so hold the middle (± 20 cm / 8”) and
scissors in between the two area of the circle firmly. slide it in between
cardboard layers and cut the cardboard layers and
through all the yarn wrapped tie very tightly.
around the top.
Remove the cardboard circles and even the pompom with scissors.
A pompom can be made with anything yarn-like. Fun-fur, Fantasy yarn, Eyelash yarn, Novelty yarn: it has lot of names. I had some balls of that fun-fur in my stash for years and finally found a use for it.
How to make a fun-fur pompom
If you tried to make a pompom in the usual way with cardboard and sciccors (see above) you will see that making a pompom in Fun-fur is even easier. No need for cardboard and scissors at all.
Wind the fun-fur around When it is thick enough,
your fingers. break the yarn.
Cut a piece of matching (it doesn’t really look like a
cotton or wool and tie it very pompom now). Gently pull
tightly in the middle. out the fur with your fingers
(Notice that I used the fun- to give it the fluffy look.
fur to tie, but it’s better to
use a smooth yarn for this,
Ready to attach to your hat or scarf or to anything you like.
BTW: this is my latest pattern: Prpl rain is a set containing a beanie and a long, vintage-like, narrow scarf, both with a very easy stitch pattern that is very useful to use with variegated yarns. It effectively breaks up the ‘pooling’ in these gorgeous skeins by the use of lots of yarn overs. It equally looks good in solid or semi-solids.
Check it out here
Next time more on this and these
Gone live today on Ravelry: my latest design: Lavandula
It is an open front cardigan with a lace collar, large cozy pockets and the same lace on the hem and cuffs.
It can easily be altered to have buttons and buttonholes. The body is worked flat, top down and seamlessly in one piece. The shoulders and sleeve inset are worked using the contiguous method of Susie Myers.
The sleeves are worked top down and in the round ending with the same lace pattern on the cuffs. An incorporated I-cord edges the lace pattern all along. Off the needles and ready to wear apart from a few stitches to sew down the pockets at the inside.
I used Cascade Superwash to knit the sample. It grew and grew. Superwash, I should have known. It’s a bit long. But I think I like it long. it will be so cozy for colder weather 🙂
This is how it looked like. I like it but it is also quite heavy.
I finally removed one pattern repeat and now the length is much better. To do so I cut the thread in the 4 rows without lace pattern, undid one row in the same manner as I did with the afterthought pockets (see this post ) and frogged 27 more rows leaving me with 2 pieces: a top and a bottom piece with live stitches. I then grafted both sides together using the kitchener stitch.
Available for size: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
finished measurements chest: 32 / 35 / 39¾ / 44½ / 48¾ / 53½ “(81 / 89 / 101 / 113 / 124 / 136 cm)
Intended to be worn with 6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “ of positive ease.
What you’ll need
± 1100/1200/1360/1550/1700/1850 m (1200/1320/1480/1700/1850/2000 yards) worsted /10 ply weight
4 mm (US 6) circular needle and straight needles (if you prefer)
markers: it is best to use 2 different kind of markers:
· 4 markers to use in the lace pattern (m’s)
· 4 markers to mark the sleeves (M1 to M4)
Gauge: 19,5 sts and 27 rows in stockinette stitch
Check it out here
I made a large shawl, a wrap in brioche stitch… actually it are four different brioche stitch patterns…
B&W aka boomerang is a large, reversible, extra soft, boomerang-shaped shawl with four different brioche stitch patterns. It is worked bottom up and starts with an I-cord, stitches are picked up & knit to start working two of the brioche stitch patterns. From here the shawl has an incorporated I-cord edge and the two stitch patterns at both sides are started.
The brioche stitch patterns are charted and written.
Size is easily adaptable
as pictured: wingspan = ± 200 cm / 78”
depth at the largest tip: ± 56 cm / 22”
What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
Yardage depends on size of the shawl
Color A (off white in the sample)
± 600 m / 660 yards
Color B (black in the sample)
± 650 m / 720 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) 2 double pointed needles for the I-cord cast on and bind off
Gauge is not crucial but will affect the width of your shawl
gauge of the sample (unblocked)
22 sts and 24 ridges (or 48 rows) in garter stitch
22 sts and 28 rows (1 row is A+B) in brioche stitch
Check it out here
Now that autumn is around the corner it is time to present a pattern to you that I made a while ago, but never showed. I called it ‘mont blanc’ as the colorway I used for it. the yarn is Wollmeise DK in the so called colorway.
The design grew as I was knitting it (top down, of course). The only element that I was sure of is the deep cabled V-neck that starts at the back.
Cropped or longer ? I like it cropped as some kind of sleeveless vest bot longer is maybe better.
or sleeves ? and what kind of sleeves ?
I decided for skinny ribbed sleeves. What do you think ?
A pic of the back 🙂
One could even make a cardigan of it (instructions included in the pattern) I don’t have pics to share. I am more of a pullover gal.
Mont blanc is a sleeveless vest … or a pullover with fitted sleeves … or a cardigan … all with a large V-neck and a gentle A-line. The cable panel is first worked bottom up at the back. Then stitches are cast on to work the sleeve caps and from here on, mont blanc is worked top down …
Available for size: XS, S/M, M/L, L/XL and XXL
finished measurements: 36½, 42, 46½, 50, 54 “ (93, 108, 118, 128, 137 cm)
Mont blanc is intended to be worn with lots of positive ease: 15 to 25 cm / 6 to 10”
Model is wearing the M/L size with 26 cm / 10 “ of positive ease.
What you’ll need
DK weight / 8ply
Yardage pullover without sleeves
± 900, 1000, 1100, 1250, 1450 m (990, 1100, 1200, 1360, 1600 yards)
Add ± 200 to 300 m / 220 to 330 yards
If you make a cardigan you might need a little more.
4 mm (US 6) circular needle and straight needles or size to obtain gauge
3.5 mm (US 4 circular needle
20 sts and 30 rows stockinette with
the larger needle = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)
Check it out here