Monday, January 19, 2015

Olaf-inspired Knit Hat

My sister's kids modeling their Frozen-themed hats

Christmas of 2014 in my mind will always be the year of the Frozen hats! I decided to make all six of my nieces frozen-themed hats. (Yes, that is right, I have SIX NIECES, 4 from my sister and 2 from my brother - it is a bit of a joke in my family that if I ever have kids they will all be boys!). The eldest nieces of each family got Elsa hats, the second eldest nieces got Anna hats, and my sister's 6-month-old baby got a Sven reindeer hat (patterns for these will be published soon).


I made an Olaf hat for Quinn, my sister's third daughter. As an aside, if you want to see how quickly kids grow up, check out ~8 month old Quinn in her Polar Bear knit hat from Christmas of 2012.

 I was not happy with any of the Olaf patterns that I found online as most of them were crochet patterns and I prefer to knit. Therefore, I decided to create my own pattern. You can see for yourself how it turned out!

The pattern begins with a basic white knit earflap hat (optional crochet border). Then all the face details are either embroidered or knit separately and sewn on.

This pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy or purchased directly here. Please let me know if you find any mistakes or have any questions about the pattern! 

Hopefully this pattern will bring smiles to many people's faces and countless warm hugs. :)


My Instagram "Before" Picture

My Instagram "After" Picture - #nailedit






Saturday, January 10, 2015

Mighty Maddy's Cheetah Hat




In November, I was lucky enough to design a hat for Maddy, a 6-year-old girly-girl who loves all things cheetah print. Maddy was recently diagnosed with cancer and has since been very brave and strong battling the treatment. Since I learned about Maddy, I have been following her journey on her "Mighty Maddy" Facebook page and I have been very impressed by her attitude and enamored with her contagious smile.


Maddy rocking her hat and wearing some awesome cheetah print pants!
Maddy wanted a Cheetah print hat so I took some inspiration from this pattern and designed the hat in her favorite colors of pink and purple. I added the purple flower as an extra touch for this special gal. I am touched to have been able to help put a smile on her face! Best of luck, Maddy! I am rooting for you!

The pattern for this hat is listed here on Ravelryhere on Craftsy, or directly here. All proceeds from this hat will go to Children's Cancer Connection and will help support Maddy and other children like her who are battling cancer.

I would like to thank Meridith Swoyer of the Children's Cancer Connection in Des Moines for helping me help others! I can't wait to design more hats for more special kids!





Saturday, January 3, 2015

Clutch Purse

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama
Last summer, I finally entered the world of smart phones and got an I-phone. To my dismay, the only clutch I owned did not fit my phone. Thus, I decided to try my hand out at making a clutch of my own.

I got one skein Boutique Sashay Yarn in Tango on sale ($1.99) and bought a basic 7 inch gray zipper and got to work.

Pattern
gauge: 9 stitches is 4" in stockinette stitch

 Using size 8 double pointed needles (or size for gauge), cast on 36 stitches leaving an ~16 inch tail. Join to knit in the round. Knit around in stockinette stitch until you have finished a round and there is only ~4 feet of yarn remaining. Cast off around until only 2 stitches remain. With the remaining 2 stitches and the yarn, make an I-cord that is ~8-10 inches long. 

Finishing:
I prefered the knobbly side of the stockinette stitch for the exterior of my purse. Therefore, with the opposite side out, use a yarn needle and the tail of the cast on yarn and whip stitch the bottom of the purse closed. Then, with the zipper closed and in the opposite orientation (zipper facing down on the side closest to the strap), sew the zipper to the top of the tube as shown. Then open the zipper and flip the clutch right side out. Attach the strap end to the zipper as shown.





Friday, December 19, 2014

Cat Patterned Knit Hat

A couple of years back I designed a Kitty Cat Patterned Hat for my niece, Carleigh. Ever since then, I have wanted to design a similar beanie, but for adult heads. This fall, I decided to use up some green yarn that I inherited when a friend moved and leftover brown from this Eyeball Hat. Here is the result. You can find a 3-in-1 pattern for all of these here on Ravelryhere on Craftsy or you can buy it directly here.

If you would like to buy the finished hats, they are listed on Craftimism's Etsy shop. If they are sold out, feel free to contact me through Etsy for a custom design.


Photo credit (First 2 pictures): Pablo Tsukayama

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dragon Patterned Knit Hat


Photo credit: Carla Falasco
 Meet Cara, a friend of mine who recently began graduate school at UCSD. Before Cara left St. Louis, I designed this dragon hat for her because she loves dragons.

The hat features 4 dragons breathing fire on a black background. I had this pattern sketched out for over a year before I finally cast on the project and brought it to life. If you would like the pattern, it is here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or you can purchase it directly here. As a note of caution, the colorwork is pretty advanced so make sure you wrap the non-worked colors around the working colors so that you maintain the stretch.
My in-flight entertainment! 
Make sure to keep the non-working colors loose so that the hat maintains its give

And finished in the Dallas airport!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Penguin Patterned Knit Hat


This is my second penguin hat. The first one actually looks like a penguin and is designed for toddlers. For this one, I designed penguins walking around the hat as they would in Antarctica to keep warm. The pattern can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy, or purchased directly here


Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Triathlon Knit Hat

I recently designed this triathlon knit hat for a friend in the St. Louis Triathlon Club. I really like how this hat turned out and I added the lettering especially to commemorate the awesome St. Louis Triathletes.

Please contact me on Etsy for custom requests for this item. 

The pattern for this hat can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or purchased directly here. The pattern is written in two sizes, the smaller one (pictured here in red) and a slightly larger size (pictured in black). I have included the lettering "STL TRI" but you can easily adjust the lettering to spell any 5-7 letter word (as long as you have graph paper handy to work out the letters). Feel free to contact me if you need help adjusting the lettering.





As always, thanks to Pablo Tsukayama for the pictures!