My Mission hats…

Hello there!

I completed my mission hats about 2 weeks ago and dropped them off, but hadn’t had a chance to post them yet.

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I ended up making about 16 of them. Not as many as other years, but with moving houses and starting up my own business, time got away from me.

It’s a simple pattern that’s suited for anyone because of the ribbing (it has good stretch) and also the brim can be folded up as little or as much as needed.

It knits up really quickly using chunky yarn.  I used Bernat Softee Chunky that I purchased from YarnCanada.ca.

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If you would like to make a hat or 2 of your own, here’s the pattern

MATERIALS:

US size 10.5 needles

100 yards of chunky yarn (total)

Darning needle

NOTE: THIS HAT IS KNIT FLAT AND SEAMED

PATTERN:

Knit 1, Purl 1 across every row until the decrease.

DIRECTIONS:

Cast on 60 stitches with your first colour.

Follow the above pattern until your piece measures 5″ (approx. 20 rows) ending on the same side as your cast on “tail”.

Tie on your second colour.

For the first row with your new colour, knit across the entire row.  This prevents your second colour from showing through the stitches of your first colour giving you a nice, clean colour change.

After your one row of knit stitches, continue with the knit 1, purl 1 pattern until your second colour measures 5″, ending on the same side as your cast on “tail”.

DECREASE:

With the cast on “tail” on your right hand side, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together across the row.  You will end up with 30 stitches.

The next row, knit 1, purl 1 across the row.

The next row, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together across the row. You will now have 15 stitches.

For the final row, purl 1, knit 1 across the row ending with purl 1.

Cut off your yarn leaving about 8″.  Thread your yarn through a darning needle and lift the stitches off the knitting needle and onto the darning needle.

Pull tight so the top closes and start sewing up the hat using an invisible stitch.

Once you get to the end of the top colour, cut off your yarn and tie on about 8″ of yarn of the bottom colour and continue sewing up your hat.

Once at the end, knot your yarn and weave in your ends.

Alternately, you can make the hat just one colour.  The hat uses exactly 1 ball of the Bernat Softee Chunky.

So, I think this hat pattern is going to be my go-to pattern for next year for all my Mission hats.  And I think I’ll start much, MUCH earlier so I can get more done. 😀

If you decide to make some too for your local charity, I would love to see them.  Send me a photo at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting!

Diana

Giveaway time…

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year again when YarnCanada.ca gives away yarn to groups and individuals who knit and crochet for charity.  It’s open to residents of Canada and United States.

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This year they teamed up with Bernat and Paton Yarns to be able to offer $2000 worth of yarn to 2 groups and 10 individuals! That’s A LOT of yarn!!

You have until January 5, 2019 to submit your application so what are you waiting for?

Click here for the application form.

Good luck!

Diana

“Pay it forward” gift #2

I just wanted to stop by quickly and show you the finished blanket I made for my second Facebook “Pay it Forward” gift.

DSCN4254I used 4 balls of Bernat Super Value yarn and US size 8 circular knitting needles.

I casted on 180 stitches and slipped the first stitch purl wise, knitted across the row, then purled the last stitch.  I did this for every row creating a garter stitch blanket with an I-cord edge.

When I came close to the end of one colour and wanted to add my next colour, I knit  2 rows of my one colour, then 2 rows of my next colour and I did this twice so you would have 2 stripes of the new colour intertwined with 2 stripes of the colour before.

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This one is heading to Sault Ste. Marie for my godson and his family.  😀

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I’m paying it forward…

Hi everyone!

Back in January of this year, I participated in a Facebook “Pay it Forward” challenge.

I wanted to encourage people to do kind things for others “just because”.  So, the first 5 people who commented on my post with an “I’m in” and then posted the same message on their Facebook wall, would receive something from me at some time during 2017.

Well, I only had 4 people comment, so I picked a 5th person myself and that was the mom I made the last baby blanket for.

Even though I know I said that 2017 would be a year of making socks and pillow cushions, I got sucked back into blanket making mode with the last blanket I made! LOL!! In my defense though, I have made one new pillow cushion! 😉

So here’s a glimpse of the next blanket I’m working on.  It’s knitting up tighter than I thought so I’m going to go and get a fourth colour to add.  Grey maybe??

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Happy knitting!

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