5.26.2018

Crochet Mesh Hat (free pattern link, tutorial)

I had some acrylic yarn in my stash and had been knitting on a sweater, as a fast break I decided to make a sun hat. I found some video tutorials from BobWilson123, (YouTube link). If you are not familiar with her, she makes a lot of video tutorials on YouTube on crochet projects. She also has them written out in PDF on her website (link) I believe all of her patterns are free, as of this writing. Her videos are excellent and I found her when I was trying to understand a crochet stitch pattern. I would highly recommend checking her out!
The pattern I choose was her Mesh Sun Hat (link). If you look at the people that have made it, there is one who used less increases than called for in the pattern to get a flatter brim. One increase every 4th Stitch instead of what is called for. I liked the look of this, and went with her suggestion. This pattern was very easy, and I’m not an advanced in my crochet.  Also I completed it in 2 hours. The  videos goes through the entire process of making the hat, so anyone could make this.
Love the results!
Crochet Mesh Sun Hat (free pattern link, tutorial)Crochet Mesh Sun Hat (free pattern link, tutorial)
My husband is wearing it for the photos! I think it could be for either sex.
Another sun hat I was interested in making I’ll (link here), it has a wider brim. From Rainbow Warrior on You Tube. It is called the Crochet Sun Hat
It gets very hot and humid here, and I have a few sun hats that I’ve made with cotton yarn. I was curious to try some acrylic from my stash. It is surprisingly cool, I think the mesh stitch is the key. I think I’ll also try this hat in cotton yarn.
Keep cool this summer!

5.23.2018

7 Day Sweater Challenge (free pattern link)

It is getting hot and muggy outside. I’ve been working in the yard a lot and enjoying spring. Now it is heating up and I’m doing more knitting inside. Going through some of my stash I found some  hand dyed yarn (my own, I’ll link here the blog post about it). I’ve been trying to knit my stash down so the search for a pattern started. After spending quite a bit of time on Ravelry and Pinterest looking at.options, and finding lots of patterns I would like to make. I started a sweater then frogged it and finally settled on this simple over sized pattern. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mammas-hjemmestrikkede-genser-skappelgenseren
7daysweater cast on free pattern Mammas hjemmestrikkede genser! "Skappelgenseren" by Dorthe Skappel
Written by Dorthe Skappel it is the Mammas hjemmestrikkede genser. It is a super easy garter stitch oversized sweater. Taking a look at all of the knitters that had completed it (almost 900 when I looked at it) I saw that it flattered a wide selection of body shapes and ages. From toddlers and up. I feel in love and cast on.
Mammas hjemmestrikkede genser! "Skappelgenseren" by Dorthe Skappel (free pattern)

It went so well I decided to try and knit this in 7 days! I had done a Berroco LopiKAL and finished that in 6 weeks. Just found another KAL the beekeeper, which is a 4 day sweater challenge that I’m going to participate in. So hey 7 days sounded like a long time.
If you want to join me I’m going to be posting pics #7Daysweater on Instagram. let me know ! @knittingdragonflies
May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies……

5.21.2018

Slinky Silky Scarf/Shawl

Asymmetric shawl/scarfs/wraps! Wow, all of the sudden they are everywhere. I have knit a couple and now understand the attraction.
Arlequin Shawl, Free knitting shawl/scarf pattern link
I love the added interest of the shape. A little quirky and different. Love the way the yarn, if it is self striping, patterned or hand painted, looks. The horizontal stripes will lay in a diagonal manner when you put it on. I think it is also easier to wear, the smaller end can be tucked in and make your scarf secure.
Arlequin Shawl, Free knitting shawl/scarf pattern link

This pattern is a free one from Peggy Maxheim, it is the Arlequin shawl (Pattern link). I made my first one (link here) extra large. I liked the way I could wrap up in it, all cozy. The small end helped everything stay where I wanted it to be. This one I wanted to be smaller, more scarf rather than blanket/wrap . (This pattern is very easy and suitable for a beginning knitter).
A rather mindless knit, good for Netflix or movie watching. Or even ball games, sporting events and car knitting. I like that it has a little interest with the rows of knit and purl that make the texture, but once you do a couple repeats your on auto piolet!
Yarn and needles:
I knitted this with US size 13 needles and two skeins of Red Hearts Unforgettable yarn, colorway is Petunia (yarn link)  It is a 100% acrylic yarn, but I really liked the color repeats and it has a silky and slightly shiny look (in a good way) to it. The colors are very vibrant, the color changes are a nice length.  in addition to being super soft. It is a one strand roving like yarn with a very slight twist. I didn’t have to frog any, but bet this could be a headache if you had to.  I did knit this with aluminum needles and it was very slippery on them, but it didn’t bother me enough to switch to bamboo needles.  I used a total of approximately 560 yards of yarn and it is listed as worsted weight.but I think it is closer to what I think of as DK or even sport weight. This is the 2nd time that I’ve used this yarn. I also made another shawl and have worn it quite a bit. (link, colorway is sunrise) It has not pilled or other wise worn in a bad way. It is 100% acrylic, so if this is worn on your neck it can be a little sweaty  Nice for a shawl but I wouldn’t recommend knitting something that would lay against your skin. I believe I paid about 5 to 6 US dollars per skein of this, it does have 280 yards on each skein. I have three more skeins in the colorway sugarcane & I can’t decide if I’m going to use them. I do love the vibrant color of this yarn & the color spacing of the changes, I guess the 100% acrylic is the downfall for me. But if that does not bother you, it feels nice and soft.