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

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.

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. 

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