. . . greenhouse knits #5 . . .

#5 of the greenhouse knits collection: another hat but with a completely different construction.

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The hat is first worked back and forth and sideways to form a headband with the leaf stitch pattern. Short rows are worked to form an arch that goes upwards to the crown. Stitches are picked up along the headband to work the crown in the round. Lastly, the two sides of the headband are closed by sewing them together at the inside.

one adaptable size
adaptable for head circumference of 53 to 60 cm / 21” to 23¾ “
Finished height = ± 20 cm (8”)

What you’ll need
worsted / 9 ply
± 140 m / 155 yards
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

tapestry needle
6 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 30 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

 

I made another hat based on this pattern but in two colors and with a few changes.

2color hat 1
What I altered: worked the decreases from the left and right twists with CC (contrasting colors, also the 2 middle stitches of each leaf are done in CC.
I changed the background purl stitches in knit stitches.
I worked the crown in the round but that gives an extra problem with the leafs in CC. It is like working intarsia in the round. I think it is a better idea to continue to work flat and seam the crown as the headband.

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. . . greenhouse knits . . .

The first spring green …greenhouse hat +- This is the first pattern from the greenhouse knits e-book.

Variations on a theme and a color scheme: subtle, tender green leaves growing and climbing up or down … a sock, a hat, a cardigan …

greenhouse knits

The e-book will consist of at least 8 patterns, (probably 9) that will be released one after another during spring months with the last pattern in June. Two different hats, a pair of socks, long fingerless mitts, a cardigan, a tunic, a shawl and/or scarf and a pattern for small individual leaves to use as decoration or for knitwear embellishments. leaf 2

Greenhouse knits is already available at a discounted pre-release price. The price will go up with every released pattern until all patterns have been released. Than it will be at its full price of 22 euros.

Greenhouse knits #1: a hat worked bottom up with subtle leaves growing from the brim in twisted stitches. (no cabling). It starts with a rather clever and non-fiddly way to make a neat tubular cast on. The leaves are both charted and written out.

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Sizes: available for size : S-M and L
head circumference: 52-57 cm / 58-63 cm (20½-22½” / 22¾-25”)

Gauge
22 sts and 32 rows in stockinette stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”) with the larger needle

What you’ll need
DK / 8 ply
± 140 m / 155 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) circular needle

crochet hook for the provisional cast on
tapestry needle
6 markers

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how to … pompom and Co #3 …

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.

 

Or ….

some curls ? knit ?

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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

 

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1, 2 or 3 ?

how to … pompom and Co #2 …

part two of pompom and Co: tassels and cords (see here for part 1: the real thing)

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How to make tassels

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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“).

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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.                     
                      

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Pull the needle through
             At the opposite side cut          Remove the cardboard.
and tie a knot.                           through all the yarn wrapped          
…                                                around the cardboard.

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tassel-ready


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.

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what-youll-need-cord

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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.

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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.

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And here they are on my new hat

dove-stone-tassels

… something …

I have been concocting something the past weekend. It’s an idea I had for some time, but just now found the time and courage to test it out …

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Something quick, fun, special, striped, … and ideal to work up little leftovers

I made it as a set: a beanie and a cowl.

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I worked back and forth, but also kind of in the round in one piece and really completely seamless.
Off the needles and ready to wear.
And … : no purling  …

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I used a circular needle and magic loop. I didn’t try double pointed needles and I don’t know if it is possible, but I guess double pointed experts can do it.