8 November 2018

santa hat pattern



SANTA HAT

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Hat will fit an average size adult head. Dimensions of hat are 18 ins / 46 cm, but will stretch a few inches.

ABBREVIATIONS 
rd(s): round(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
tog: together
rep: repeat

MATERIALS 
four dpns size 6.5mm  (US 10.5)
stitch marker
red chunky / bulky / 12ply
white chunky / bulky / 12ply
white dk / 8ply  for tassel

Cast on 72 sts in white chunky yarn, divide between three needles (24, 24, 24), join in the rd and place st marker.

Rds 1–8: (k2, p2) rep to end of rd.

Change to red chunky yarn.

Continue with k until work measure 4.5 ins / 11.5 cms from cast on edge.

Next rd: (k10, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (66 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k9, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (60 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k8, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (54 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k7, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (48 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k6, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (42 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k5, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (36 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k4, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (30 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k3, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (24 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k2, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (18 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k1, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (12 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Next rd: (k2tog) rep to end of rd  (6 sts).

Next 3 rds: k.

Break yarn thread unto a needle and then through the 6 sts, pull tight and fasten off.

To make the tassel
Cut a piece of cardboard 4 inches by 3 inches. If you prefer a longer tassel then cut a longer piece of card, the length of the card determines the length of the tassel. Wind the white dk yarn around the cardboard approximately 30 times.


Using a long piece of white yarn, thread through the top and tie in a knot. These two yarn ends will be used to attach to the hat.


Remove yarn from card and wrap a length of yarn, a couple of times round the tassel about an inch from the top. Secure with a knot.


    
Loose the two yarn ends in the top of the tassel.



Trim the ends of the tassel and attach to the hat.




OTHER IDEAS FOR DECORATING THE HAT

Add a pompom.


Decorate with bells, beads or buttons and felt holly leaves. Add a knitted piece of mistletoe...the pattern is available in my blog click here



copyright Alison Hogg 2018

22 June 2018

dog ball pattern

In an attempt to use up leftover yarn, I decided to knit some toys for my dog. Nice and soft for playing indoors and because they are felted a bit more durable.
Here is the pattern, perhaps more suitable for a smallish dog.


DOG BALL

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Approximate dimensions - 18cms diameter, finished size will depend on the 
intensity of felting.

ALL PLAY MUST BE SUPERVISED - BALL DOES CONTAIN TOY STUFFING

MATERIALS 
Wash+ Filz -it! wool (not the fine type)
four 6.5 mm (US 10.5) dpns
small squeak
polyester toy stuffing
stitch marker
tapestry needle



ABBREVIATIONS 
rd – round
rep - repeat
k- knit
st(s) – stitch(es)
kfb –  increase, knit front and back
M1 – increase, make one
k2tog – decrease, knit two together



INSTRUCTIONS 
Cast on 8 sts, leaving a long yarn tail.
Divide between three needles (2, 2, 4), join in the rd and place stitch marker.
Rd 1: (kfb) rep to end of rd  (16 sts).
Rd 2: k.
Rd 3: (k2, M1) rep to end of rd  (24 sts).
Rd 4: k.
Rd 5: (k3, M1) rep to end of rd  (32 sts).
Rds 6 – 8: k three rds, change yarn if knitting two tone ball.
Rds 9 – 11: k three rds.
Rd 12: (k2, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (24 sts).
Rd 13: k.
Rd 14: (k1, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (16 sts).
Rd 15: k.
Stuff inside ball and insert squeak.
Rd 16: (k2tog) rep to end of rd  (8 sts).
Add a little more stuffing. Break yarn and with tapestry needle, thread the yarn 
end through the stitches on the three knitting needles. Pull tight, secure with few stitches and loose yarn inside ball. 

With the yarn tail at the cast on edge to close the opening. Sew small running
stitches round the edge, pull tight, secure and loose yarn inside ball.



TO FELT 
Felting is done in the washing machine.
I used a cotton cycle to felt.


With the balls use washing powder, a squirt of washing up liquid and an old towel or pair of jeans.
If using more than one colour of yarn use a colour catcher sheet, put inside a mesh bag.
After going through the cycle, if the balls aren’t felted enough put them in again for another wash.
When they come out push and massage into shape.

copyright Alison Hogg 2018











17 January 2018

snuffle mat

My new years resolution should have been, post more regularly on my blog. Well here goes, I'm following the dog Santa hat with another dog related craft. This time its a snuffle mat, made from fleece strips and and rubber doormat with holes.
Obo likes to "help" and here he is assisting me sort out the fabric....


I used to love working on the floor but this is no longer and option. The making of the snuffle mat couldn't be easier no sewing required and I followed a tutorial on you tube, for the link click here.
I cut the fleece into strips of 2.5inches by 10inches approximately.


I threaded the strips through adjacent holes along the first row and then diagonally on the second row. All you do is thread them through and knot, easy peasy, its all in the tutorial.


The reverse side shows this more clearly...


Voila my finished snuffle mat.....looks like a bit of modern art....



Our pup is a very food orientated dog and I know it will keep him busy, here we have him in action, snuffling.....


Now while he's occupied tonight, Ill be able to watch "A Stitch in Time" in peace, Great programme on BBC4.
It goes without saying that all play should be supervised!
Hopefully wont be long till I post again, Ali,





15 December 2017

dog santa hat

Could'nt resist knitting a Santa hat for our new bichon pup. I wrote the pattern down in case someone else might want to make use of it. 



DOG SANTA HAT

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Hat measures 26 cms or 10 and a half inches and would be suitable for a small dog or cat.
The hat can be made larger or smaller by adding or removing stitches in multiples of 8. 

ABBREVIATIONS
rd(s): round(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
kfb: increase, knit into front and back of same stitch
tog: together
rep: repeat

MATERIALS
four dpns size 4.00m  (US 6)
red dk (8ply)
textured white dk (8ply)
elastic ¼ inch wide
white sewing thread
small amount of toy stuffing
two 9mm white beads – large opening (optional)
buttons beads or sequins to decorate (optional)

Cast on 56 sts in white textured yarn, divide between three needles (16, 16, 24), join in the rd and place st marker.
Rds 1–10: k for 10 rds.
Change to red yarn.
Rds 11–16: k for 6 rds.
Rd 17: (k6, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (49 sts).
Rds 18–23: k for 6 rds.
Rd 24: (k5, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (42 sts).
Rds 25–30: k for 6 rds.
Rd 31: (k4, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (35 sts).
Rds 32–37: k for 6 rds.
Rd 38: (k3, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (28 sts).
Rds 39–44: k for 6 rds.
Rd 45: (k2, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (21 sts).
Rds 46–51: k for 6 rds.
Rd 52: (k1, k2tog) rep to end of rd  (14 sts).
Rds 53–58: k for 6 rds.
Rd 59: (k2tog) rep to end of rd  (7 sts).
Rds 60–65: k for 6 rds.
Break yarn thread unto a needle and then through the 7 sts, pull tight and fasten off.

POMPOM
Knitted flat with two 4mm needles.
Cast on 3 sts with textured white yarn, leaving a long yarn tail.
ROW 1: kfb, kfb, k1  (5 sts).
ROW 2: p (right side).
ROW 3: kfb, knit to last two sts, kfb, k1  (7 sts).
ROW 4: p.
ROW 5: kfb, knit to last two sts, kfb, k1  (9 sts).
ROW 6: p.
ROW 7: kfb, knit to last two sts, kfb, k1  (11 sts).
ROW 8: p.
ROW 9: kfb, knit to last two sts, kfb, k1  (13 sts).
ROW 10: p.
ROW 11: k2tog, knit to last two sts, k2tog  (11 sts).
ROW 12: p.
ROW 13: k2tog, knit to last two sts, k2tog  (9 sts).
ROW 14: p.
ROW 15: k2tog, knit to last two sts, k2tog  (7 sts).
ROW 16: p.
ROW 17: k2tog, knit to last two sts, k2tog  (5 sts).
ROW 18: p.
ROW 19: k2tog, knit to last two sts, k2tog  (3 sts).
Cast off purlwise, break yarn, leaving a long yarn tail.
With one yarn end, gather half way round the edge of the pompom. With the other yarn end gather round the remaining half edge of the pompom. Place a small ball of stuffing in the centre. Pull the two yarn ends tightly and knot.

Attach pompom to end of hat.
Fold white brim upwards, sew round the edge of the brim attaching it to the hat, this can be done with white sewing thread.
Sew beads and sequins onto brim.


Measure the elastic round the dog’s chin and then sew the ends of the elastic to the inside of the brim with white sewing thread.


If you do not know measurements an adjustable piece of elastic can be made. Firstly cut a large piece of elastic and thread it through one of the beads, this will act as a stopper. 


Then thread the two ends through the other bead (this bead can be moved up the elastic to fit snugly under the chin). 


Sew the two ends of the elastic to the inside of the brim, with white sewing thread.


Have a great Christmas, all the best, Ali.








18 September 2017

freebie pattern

Just written up my pattern for a Ranunculus, I love the way these flowers don't care if they colour clash or not. I used double knit yarn but any weight of yarn could be used with the corresponding needle size. To knit a bigger flower just cast on more stitches. Although I have called it a Ranunculus, it could be a rolled rose or anything else you want it to be. Hoping someone can make use of the pattern.



RANUNCULUS

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Diameter of flower is approximately 2inches (5cms)



ABBREVIATIONS
st(s): stitch(es)
k: knit
p: purl
yo: yarn over
rep: repeat 
Increasing 
Two methods of increase are used in the pattern
kfb – knit into front and back of the same stitch.
M1  – with the left needle, from the front lift the loop between the two stitches on the right and left needle. Then knit into the back of the lifted loop.
See www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases



MATERIALS 
needles 4mm/US 6
dk/8 ply yarn
tapestry needle
bead (optional)



Cast on 15 sts, leaving a long yarn tail.
ROW 1: (k1, kfb) rep to last st, k1  (22 sts).
ROW 2: p.
ROW 3: (k2, M1) rep to last two sts, k2  (32 sts).
ROW 4: p.
ROW 5: (k2, M1) rep to last two sts, k2  (47 sts).
ROW 6: p.
Cast off loosely.
First st cast off in the usual way (k2, pass first st worked on right hand needle over last st worked). Continue (yo, k1, pass first two sts worked on right hand needle over last st worked) rep to last st. Fasten off.



TO ASSEMBLE 
Place flower with knit side facing upwards.
Starting at the opposite end to the yarn tails, roll along cast on edge.




Once rolled up. With yarn tail from cast on, make stitches back and forward through the base, making sure to catch all edges.



Then stab stitch up and down through centre to secure.



Loose yarn tail at cast off edge, along the side edge.

Push and flatten flower into shape.
Add bead to centre.

 copyright Alison Hogg 2017