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Due to a rather nasty cold I had plenty of time to knit a couple more smoothie hats last week. Those first few you’ve already seen in my last post, but now I’ve finally managed to take a pic along with the game – Pikmin for Wii – that gave me the inspiration for those hats:

Pikmin Hats

Pikmin Hats

Here are¬† a couple the new hats I knit last week… mostly with left over yarn:

Just some more Smoothie Hats

Just some more Smoothie Hats

The Firefly fans among you, will probably have recognzied the hat in the middle. It’s the one Jayne wears in one of the last episodes, only a lot smaller of course. ūüėČ Here is a close-up pic of the Jayne hat:

Jayne Hat (Firefly)

Jayne Hat (Firefly)

And finally here are just a couple more of my smoothie hats:

Just some more Smoothie Hats

Just some more Smoothie Hats

In case you’d like to see more pic or read up on yarn/needle details, just have a look at my ravelry page. I think I already linked it in my previous post. Maybe there’ll be a couple more hats eventually… there is still a bit of time before I need to mail them to Innocent Smoothies. ūüėÄ

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Summer is slowly turning into autum… well actually there was nothing slow about it this year… and so it’s time to start knitting Smoothie Hats again. I just love knitting those tiny hats. They make such fast and fun projects with the added benefit of using up a lot of left over yarn. Also they give me the perfect opportunity to try out new techniques or just repeat patterns I previously enjoyed. This year I’m totally into flowers and leaves:

Smoothie 2013

Smoothie 2013

In case you are wondering those flowers are crocheted. I’m normally not very good at crocheting and so I’m rather proud of how the flowers turned out, especially as I made them up entirely. This is what I did:

With yellow chain up 6 stitched and then join up into a ring with a slip stitch. Then single crochet into that ring 7 times, slip stitch into the first stitch and then cut the yarn.

Switch to the white yarn (or whatever color you like) and chain 1 and them work into the same stitch *1 double crochet, chain 1, 1 double crochet and 1 slip stitch* Repeat that into the other 6 single crochets. Cut yarn and sew in the loose ends.

(I hope this makes sense… as I said before I’m not really familiar with crocheting techniques.)

Smoothie 2013

Smoothie 2013

As usual I’m using my fav. Lana grossa Merino superfein yarn and 2,5mm DPN’s. Here is what I do, when I knit a basic hat:

CO: 40 stitches and join in the round distributing the stitches evenly on the DPN’s.

Then just knit or work whatever pattern you feel like till the hat is about 4-5 cms long before starting the decrease rounds.

For a rounded top (like the green hat above) decrease 8 evenly spaced stitches in every other round and for a pointy one (like the red one below) only decrease 4 evenly spaced stitches in every other round. When only 4 stitched remain either bind off or work an icord. ūüôā

Smoothie 2013

Smoothie 2013

In case you are wondering why somebody would actually bother to knit hats for a smoothie, the whole thing is basically a charity thing. (And also lots of fun.) For every smoothie that is sold wearing a self knit hat 30 Cents are donated to help elderly people through the winter.

Smoothie 2013

Smoothie 2013

As usual here is the link to my ravelry page. More pics, all yarn and needle detail can be found there: http://ravel.me/aravis83/hveoz

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Anna hat

A couple of weeks ago my little cousin Anna was christened and that gave me a wonderful opportunity to knit a couple of baby things. I love to knit baby stuff. Here is a hat I invented just for Anna.

Anna hat

Anna hat

Material: Lana Grossa Merino Superfein in 2 different colors, DPN’s size 3mm

CO: 80 stitches (the size of the hat is for a 6-9 months old baby)

Ribbing: k2p2 for about 3-4 cms or till you’ve reached the desired length.

Anna Hat

Anna Hat

Pattern:

Optional Increase round: increase by 8 stitces, evenly spaced during this round

k 2 rounds in the main color before starting the actual pattern, switch color

1.-3. round: k all stitches (for the pink stripe)

Switch to main color

4.-5. round: k all stitches

6. round: p all stitches

7.-8. round: k all stitches

Switch back to color for stripe

Repeat those 8 rounds 2 more times or till you’ve reached the desired length before starting to decreases. For the decreases place 8 evenly spaced stitch markers. Continue working the pattern while decreasing as follows:

1. round: *k till 2 st before stitch marker, k2tog, slip marker* repeat to end of round (or p if it’s the purl round)

2. round: k all stitches (or p all stitches if it’s the purl round)

Repeat those 2 rounds till only 4 stitches remain. You can now either just bind off or do a short icord before binding off. Sew in all loose ends and block gently. Happy knitting! ūüėÄ

Apart from the hat I also knit a dress for baby Anna. Well, acutally I started out with the dress and then found that I still had so much left over yarn, that I also made two hats and socks…

Matching Dress and Socks for Anna

Matching Dress and Socks for Anna

…and a Knubbelchen, which Anna absolutely loves.

Anna's Knubbelchen

Anna’s Knubbelchen

More pics and all the pattern details for the dress, the Knubbelchen and the other hat can be found on my ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/aravis83

The socks are my own pattern. They turned out really cute only she’ll need to grow a lot before they’ll actually fit her. ūüėČ

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A couple of weeks ago during a rather long (and also very tedious) train ride to V. I knit a pair of socks, which turned out quite cute. Orignally I just wanted to do simple striped ones with 4 rounds in blue and 4 rounds in white. But due to a very long delay in Böckstein I had quite a bit of time to create a more interesting pattern and so here it is:

Böckstein Sock

Böckstein Sock

Material: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Stretch (but I guess any sock yarn will work), size 2,5mm DPN’s

CO: 60 stitches (the pattern works with a multiple of 12 stitches)

If you are unsure about the size, it’s better to go for a bit more stitches than usual, for the socks get rather tight. That’s also the reason, why I prefer a stretchy sock yarn.

Böckstein Socks (close up)

Böckstein Socks (close up)

Ribbing: k1p1
Work 4 rounds in each color till desired length (I worked 3 stripes)
Pattern:
Set-up stripe:
1. Round: k all st
2. Round: k all st
3. Round: 2 x (k2tog), 4x (YO, k1), 2x (k2tog) repeat till end of round
4. Round: k all st
All other stripes:
1. Round: k all st
2. Round: p all st
3. Round: k all st
4. Round: 2 x (k2tog), 4x (YO, k1), 2x (k2tog) repeat till end of round
5. Round: k all st
Switch colors after every stripe.
For the blue stripes with the white lines: (I’m working every 2. blue stripe like that ūüôā
1. Round: p all st
2. Round: k all st
3. Round: 2 x (k2tog), 4x (YO, k1), 2x (k2tog) repeat till end of round
4. Round: k all st
For the heel and toe just use your prefered method. Once you’ve finished your sock, sew in all the loose ends and then block gently to open up all the eyelets.
Oh and here is a pic of the station in B√∂ckstein, where I spent over an hour sitting on my suitcase, knitting my sock and listening to Hokuspokus read two awesome short stories by Guy De Maupassant to me. (Btw. check out Hok’s Blog. It’s pretty cool! ūüėÄ )
Station in Böckstein

Station in Böckstein

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I had a couple of days off last week and so I had finally time to knit a “Strikkedukker” doll. The pattern is out of a book called “Strikkedukker” by Arne and Carlos. The book is really well written and detailed and so knitting was a pleasure… though all those small parts are quite fiddly to knit. Anyway, may I introduce you to Emilia Strikkedukker:

Emilia3

Emilia

Emilia actually is quite a big doll. I’d say she’s about 40-45 cm tall and very slender… that’s also the reason she is so fiddly to knit. Still I just love how she turned out. All she needs now are some pretty dresses and skirts.

Emilia4

Emilia

I gave Emilia quite a LOT of hair (almost 1 1/2 balls of yarn). She looks really awesome with all that hair and you can do all kinds of different hairstyles without having to worry that the skin of her head will show through. The only downside is that all that hair is so heavy that she has troubles keeping her head up. So she has an entire crochet hook in her body at the moment to stabilize the head.

 

Anyway, here is a closeup of her face… and the hair: ūüėČ

Emilia

Emilia

On my ravelry page are all the yarn and needle details… and you can also watch her grow from just being one foot into a pretty fully grown doll: http://ravel.me/aravis83/7t8qn

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Omg, it’s been ages since I’ve had time to write a proper blog post. May always is a really busy month for me… lots of birthdays, congresses and other stuff. Anyway, I’ve also been really busy knitting-wise. As I need some new colors for my sock yarn blanket I’ve been knitting socks, socks, socks and even more socks lately. ūüėČ

First of all here is the pair of plain socks, I knit for my brother K. For those socks I cast on 66 stitches (He had BIG feet!). The ribbing is k1p1. The pattern for the ‚Äúmain‚ÄĚ sock is:

  1. round: k5 slip 1 stitch purlwise
  2. round: k all stitches

Repeat those two rounds till you’ve the desired length and then just work your fav. heel.

Socks for K.

Socks for K.

The second pair I’d like to show off is called “Froschk√∂nig” socks. Froschk√∂nig translates as “Frog King” and I guess it probably relates to the famous fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. Anyway I just love how they turned out. Those off-center cables combined with the lacy edges are simply beautiful. Also I really love the coloring!

Froschkönig socks

Froschkönig socks

The third pair I knit are called Monkey socks. They are a birthday surprise for Hanna and I just love how they turned out. The yarn reminds me a bit of flames with that yellow, red and orange. Anyway, I hope she’ll like them.

Monkey Socks

Monkey Socks

And finally here is my latest pair of finished socks. They are called “Spring Forward” and are simply beautiful. The pattern was super-easy and fast and still the socks look really fancy! I just love such patterns. Maybe I’ll do another pair some time soon with different colors of course.

Spring Forward Socks

Spring Forward Socks

Oh and I almost forgot. Here is the pair I’m currently working on. The pattern like all the others is from ravelry and it’s called Hermione’s Everyday Socks. It’s supereasy and fast… more or less just plain knitting with an occasional purl stitch here and there. The socks not only look comfy, they are!!!

 Hermione's Everyday Socks

Hermione’s Everyday Socks

As usual all yarn, needle and pattern details along with a lot more pics can be found on my ravelry page: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/aravis83

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Here is another short post to show off my newly finished Lambton Top!

Lambton Top

Lambton Top

I just love how it turned out. The pattern is great and the top actually fits. Well it’s a tiny bit too big around the shoulders and it tends slip down. Maybe I’ll add another couple of rows to the neckline to make it tighter.

Lambton Top

Lambton Top

More pictures and all needle/yarn details are on my ravelry page: http://ravel.me/aravis83/ew1ku

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