Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hope everyone has survived the hurricane intact. Sarah Hughes, a new knitter who lives in Cherry Hill came up with the idea of "Spreading the Warmth -- One Hat at at Time" to help families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.  On Thursday, November 29th at 7pm, Woolbearers will be having a knit/crochet night for all those who want to help.  I will give a 20% discount on any yarn used for this project. 

Hope to see many of you here on November 29th.  If you can't make it that evening, we will be collecting hats here at Woolbearers -- bring them anytime.  Sarah will be delivering the first batch of handmade hats on December 16th.

Here's a hat pattern I wrote right after the storm, aptly entitled:

Hurricane Hat

Materials: 1 skein of Blue Sky Alpaca Brushed Suri, 16" size 7 circular needles, Size 7 dpns
Gauge: 4 stitches = 1 inch
Hat measurements - approx  21" circumference

Cast on 83 stitches. Place stitch marker.  Join to work in round.
Round 1:* K2, P2,  repeat from *  until 3 stitches remain -- end with K2,  P1
Round 2: P1, *K2, P2, repeat from * all the way around -- end with a K2

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2  for pattern
Knit for  6" or desired length .  End with Round 2.

Crown  decreases:
Round 1: *K2, P2 tog -  repeat from * all the way around (last stitch will be purled)
Round 2: *P1, SSK tog -  repeat from * all the way around
Round 3,4 and 5 : K2 tog -- repeat this all around

Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail
Slip remaining stitches through tapestry needle threaded through the tail  and pull tight.
Weave in all ends.