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Nurseyknitter: Is that a Frog on your head, I''m a slave to my cat, and other random thoughts
Every morning we go through the same routine. Fresh water, layering the pillows on the bed in just a particular way, downstairs for breakfast and back and forth from my office to the bedroom to play at least 3 times before 10am. This is not my schedule, but rather my cat''s schedule that I have the privilege of following. It seems that she thinks I''m at home everyday just to fulfill her every fancy. I don''t mind though; she is a joy, and her quiet meows and purrs fill my heart with love. ~ Excuse me while I make my 5th trip back to the bedroom to make sure the bed pillows are placed just right for her to nap behind. ~
So, have you ever wished you could be the one to sit around and come up with the names for all the colors of paints, crayons, nail polish, yarn? What a fun job that would be. My kitchen is red, but the paint color is called "Summer Pudding". The nail polish on my toes is pink but the color is "Blushingham Palace". The yarn for my recently knitted creation is called "Lily Pad" and it does remind me of frogs and lilies floating on the pond water. I hope you enjoy this easy pattern which uses one of my favorite stitches: the seed stitch:
Seed Stitch Alapaca hat
Difficulty: Beginner familiar with working in the round
1- Seed stitch - K1 P1 for 1 round, then P1 K1 (in other words, knit your purls and purl your knits)[ x - knit, o - purl : example : round 1 - xoxoxoxo , round 2 - oxoxoxox ] 2 - K2tog- knit 2 stitches together.
Using circular needles, cast on 66 stiches using long tail cast-on. Join for working in the round and place marker for beginning of round. Begin seed stitch for 5 rounds. The pattern will work as follows ** Explanation: because this is an even number cast on, when working the seed stitch in the round, at the beginning of the next round you will have to knit or purl twice in order to create the pattern. So, if round one started with a knit and ended with a purl, round two would do the same, which would NOT create the seed stitch. Simply knit or purl the same stitch you just ended with and start the new round with the appropriate stitch:
Rounds 1-5 : seed stitch Rounds 6-10 : knit stitch (which will form stockinette stitch when worked in the round) Rounds 11-15: seed stitch Rounds 16-20 : knit stitch Rounds 21-25: seed stitch Knit next 3 rounds then
Begin crown decrease: Switch to DPN when work becomes too small for circulars
Row 1: (K9, K2tog) 6 times Row 2: (K8, K2tog) 6 times Row 3: (K7, K2tog) 6 times Row 4: (K6, K2tog) 6 times Row 5: knit Row 6 : (K5, K2tog) 6 times Row 7: knit Row 8: (K4, K2tog) 6 times Row 9: knit Row 10: (K3, K2tog) 6 times Row 11: (K2, K2tog) 6 times Row 12: (K1, K2 tog) 6 times Row 13: (K2tog) 6 times
Cut yarn leaving an 8 inch tail. With tapestry needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.
And watch out for frogs. They will be very tempted to jump on your head!
I've been looking all over for a Baby Alpaca Grande hat pattern! This one looks like it'll fit the bill. I'm making a bunch of warm, soft hats for my sister-in-law, who started chemo last week. Thank you for giving me just what I wanted! Cecilia Ellison Paradise, CA