Free Pattern Friday: Big Hit Beanie Hat

It's been a hot summer here in Charleston. Our normally somewhat mild (though humid) summer days have been replaced with temperatures and heat indices of 100+ degrees (and still humid).

ALL THE MORE REASON TO KNIT WINTER HATS!

When I was a kid, one of my strategies for surviving scorching Texas summers was to read books like "The Long Winter" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and pretend it wasn't quite so hot where I lived. Fast forward to today and you'll find me knitting winter garments, pretending it's not quite so hot where I live. Some things really don't change, do they?

If you, too would like to escape summer by preparing for winter, here is a free hat pattern for you!

Big Hit Beanie Hat

Pattern by Tamara Goff

Materials:

KnitPicks Brava Worsted (100% Acrylic; 219 yards/100 grams) one skein orange
US Size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles, 16" 

US Size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, set of 4 or 5.
Yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge: 

Approximately 4 stitches to one inch in Stockinette Stitch in the round.

Size:

Fits adult sized head, approximately 22” around.

Pattern:

With circular needles, CO 91 stitches.
Place marker to mark beginning of round. Decrease one stitch when joining—slip the last cast on stitch onto the left needle and knit it together with the first cast on stitch.  This will prevent the gap left when joining in the round. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Work in K3P2 rib for 2.5 inches.
Knit every round (stockinette stitch) until piece measures 7 inches or to desired size, then begin decreases. The decrease rounds will add another 2.5 inches.
Note: As you knit decreases, it will become harder to knit comfortably on the circular needle. Transfer your stitches to the double pointed needles when needed.

Decreases:
Round 1: *K7, K2tog; repeat from * – 80 stitches remain
Round 2 and all other even numbered rounds: Knit
Round 3: *K6, K2tog; repeat from * – 70 stitches
Round 5: *K5, K2tog; repeat from * - 60 stitches
Round 7: *K4, K2tog; repeat from * - 50 stitches
Round 9: *K3, K2tog; repeat from * - 40 stitches
Round 11: *K2, K2tog; repeat from * - 30 stitches
Round 13: *K1, K2tog; repeat from * - 20 stitches
Round 15: *K2tog; repeat from * - 10 stitches

Finish:
Cut yarn, weave through stitches still on needles, pull closed and weave in ends. Block as needed. 

If you'd like a free pdf of this pattern, visit my Ravelry shop or use this link.

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KnitOasis Knitters...OK?

Knitting groups are fun! It's a chance for knitters of all ages and skill-levels to gather and well, knit. There's always a lot of encouragement, usually some commiseration, and show and tell is a must. We stitch, we swap knitting stories, we catch up on life. We eat and drink (and this varies depending on location and time of day) as needed to keep our strength up for the tasks at hand. 

I have hosted knitting groups for years and every so often they get tweaked. Due to a change in the schedule of my favorite son, it's time to tweak knitting group again. For July and August, Monday Morning Knitters will still meet (July will be second Monday, due to Independence Day and August will be first Monday as usual), but starting in September, get ready for.....

KnitOasis Knitters-Wednesday A.M.

(KO-K: WAM)

That's right--we're moving to first Wednesday mornings (still 10-11:30 am)(still at Panera). We'll still have knitting (crocheting, etc), coffee, conversation, and I'm going to just go ahead and officially make "occasional charity project" part of our description.

Dates for KO-K: WAM  for 2016: 

SEPTEMBER 7

OCTOBER 5

NOVEMBER 2

DECEMBER 7

Then.... one evening a month we'll have KO-K: After Hours, formerly known as Knit Night. The locations and evenings will vary so keep an eye on the Facebook events page for scheduling. 

Until September, please plan to join us for the last two MMK meetings--July 11 and August 1.

Both MMK and KO-K: WAM will meet at

Panera Bread
1070 International Blvd
N. Charleston

 

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Hey, Hey It's a Dalek Beret!

Inspired by the Daleks from Dr. Who (ok, maybe scared silly by them would be more accurate), I created this bobble beret. It makes use of three different bobble construction techniques, because, being the teacher I am, I wanted to give my students a lot to learn. Combined with the bit of cable and the seed stitch, this hat has texture aplenty. 

And if you want to walk around saying "Exterminate" in a cyborg voice while wearing it, I'll totally understand.

You can find my Hey, Hey It's a Dalek Beret on Ravelry here and if you're a savvy shopper you'll snatch it up now. To celebrate the release of this pattern, I'm having a sale on all patterns in my Ravelry shop. Just use the coupon code DALEK from now until the end of June and receive 40% off any pattern. 

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Around here lately...

Since it's been quiet here on the website, I thought I'd update you on what's been going on at KnitOasis HQ. 

Plans have been mulled for workshops and retreats, socks have been finished, swatches for new projects have been knit and re-knit. The hubby and I took a couple of lovely days off for our anniversary and went to watch sunsets at a lake.

Another year of homeschooling finished for one kid brought the realization that he only has two more years of this before I will retire my title of Homeschool Mom. When that happens I will have performed that job with varying measures of success for 18 years, and leave that position with no severance and no future prospects for a job in the same field. This may be the point where some would think of forming a union...

With the help of an awesome friend I conducted a very fun indigo dyeing demo at the Georgetown County Museum, during which I dyed, among other things, a hank of wool a gorgeous blue to use at a later date (neck warmer? hat?).

I had some minor surgery which kept me from doing much besides knitting for a couple of weeks. Well, that and watching a lot of movies and TV programs based on Victorian literature.

Then, just as I was returning to normal, it rained a lot at our house and the storm drains backed up and our house flooded again. It was not as bad as last time, but it was a pretty sad thing to watch your pretty, 6-month old flooring get removed and thrown out because it was ruined by floodwater. We didn't lose walls or contents, only floors and baseboards, so despite the mess and inconvenience we are able to live in our home while we wait for new floors and some storm drain maintenance.

In the meantime...classes, events (Charleston Knit in Public Day!) and knitting will continue. We picked out some lovely floors that will, we hope, get installed before the summer is over and last for many, many years to come.

Stay tuned for pics of restoration and new fun knitting patterns, since it seems need to do both simultaneously. Again.

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