Monday, May 25, 2015

Acoustic Guitar Hat

I recently designed this acoustic guitar patterned hat. A friend suggested the pattern and sent me a picture of his friend's guitar and I took it from there, paying special attention to the colors and details so that the finished work would most resemble that specific guitar.

I really wanted to have a guitar while posing for the pictures, but unfortunately the music store we went to was closed, so the closest I could get was the guitar on Chuck Berry's statue on the Delmar Loop (in St. Louis).

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or purchased directly here.

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Friday, May 15, 2015

Knit ottoman cover

My awesome friends Kyle and Diana asked me to make a knit pouf for their baby's nursery. I first designed the base out of cardboard and foam (ottoman tutorial here).

I knit this ottoman cover for the cardboard ottoman base. Because there was so much space to cover and I wanted to be economical, I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn and used two strands worked as one to create a bulky yarn. To speed up the process, I only used the knit stitch in the pattern. The pattern can be found here.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the construction of the base or the cover! 
Isn't this nursery awesome!
I knit this matching pillow just for fun. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DIY - Cardboard ottoman base tutorial

Hi everyone! A while back, I received a request from my friends for a pouf ottoman for their baby's room. I always love a challenge and was honored to help make something for their new arrival. I spent many a daydream thinking on how to best (and cheaply) construct a sturdy base for the ottoman. 

Luckily, I had a lightbulb moment and decided to roll up corrugated cardboard boxes to make the base. This proved to be an extremely sturdy and strong base. Click here to see a step-by-step tutorial of the process.

Then, I scored some half price foam at Joann for the cushioning. If desired, you could easily use an old blanket for the cushioning. Since I was knitting a cover for the ottoman and I did not want the foam to show through, I bought a dollar tree tablecloth to wrap around the ottoman. To see my knitting pattern, click here. Other finishing options include sewing a cover for this ottoman.

All ready for the baby!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Red eared slider turtle knit hat

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Woohoo, I am very excited to finally share my latest "knityourphd" hat! 

Jeff modelling his new hat
This hat was designed for my friend Jeff, who recently defended his thesis in the physics department at Washington University in St. Louis. Jeff had a super cool thesis project that involved, among other things, determining what areas of the brain responded to different patterns and types of light presented the visual field. Jeff studied this using the red eared slider turtle as a model organism and uncovered several interesting insights about how the brain processes visual cues.

I designed this hat with red eared sliders walking along the brim. The pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy or purchased directly here.

Congratulations on your PhD, Jeff! I hope you enjoy the hat!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Elsa Knit Hat

  Here is the Elsa themed knit hat I made for my nieces Taryn and Carleigh. These were the first two Frozen hats that I knit and I am excited to finally publish a blog post about them. You can find the Anna hat here and the Olaf hat here.

All of the patterns that I found online were not quite what I wanted to make, so I designed my own pattern with a tiara, snowflakes, and a big white-blonde braid. I originally designed the braid to go straight down the back of the hat, but my nieces tended to wear the hats so that the braid was on the side, so in the future, I would put the braid a bit off center so that the tiara could be dead center.

The pattern for this hat can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or purchased directly here

Friday, February 6, 2015

Frozen Inspired Anna Knit Hat

Photo Credit: Kate Arjes
I hope you all are ready for the second installment of my Frozen-inspired knit hats! (I previously posted the Olaf knit hat.)
Photo Credit: Holly Burbridge

Here is the Anna knit hat as modeled by my niece Audra this Christmas. I think she liked the hat! I really liked the way it turned out. The flower detailing was inspired by Anna's dress and the colors were inspired by her hooded cape. I even made sure to add the white streak in her braid.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry here, on Craftsy here, or purchase directly here.

Photo Credit: Kate Arjes

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