Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bird Patterned Knit Hat


I published the Hawaiian Amakihi fingerless mitts a while back for my ecologist friend Loren who studies these birds. Shortly after making this pattern, I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to also have this pattern on a matching hat?" Now, over a year after completing the hat (I am so dreadfully behind on this blog...), I am finally ready to publish the pattern!



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

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bee Patterned Knit Hat



This is my second bee themed hat. Recently I designed a bee bottom hat for a baby. While thinking about that hat, I imagined and sketched an idea for a bee patterned hat featuring entire bees on the hat. This hat was knit using stranded color work for the bees' bodies. I embroidered the wings after the hat was finished.

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









Sunday, March 27, 2016

Bee Bottom Baby Knit Hat


I designed this hat for Teddy, the baby of some of my friends in St. Louis. Isn't he adorable!

Teddy's parents played recreational softball with me and our team mascot was a bee (the Sting). I designed this hat to look like the rear end of a bee, complete with an i-cord stinger. The ribbing design is very forgiving and should fit this guy next winter as well.

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





Teddy photo credit: Teddy's mom Sarah

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hipster Hat (version 2)

Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama
This hat is very similar to my warm bulky hipster hat except it is made with worsted weight yarn and smaller needles. It was a very easy knit and is fun to do. Directions are listed below, but click here for a printer-friendly pdf of the pattern.

Hipster Hat Version 2
By Heidi Arjes, © Heidi Arjes, 2016. This pattern is for personal use only. Commercial use without written permission of the author is prohibited.
Gauge: 20 stitches by 16 rows is 4 inches by 4 inches in K1P1 ribbing. Always check your gauge before beginning a pattern, especially as I have a loose knitting style.

Finished dimensions: Finished hat is 18” unstretched (stretches to ~24”) and measures ~10” from the base to the top.

Materials needed:
Size 5 16” circular needles
Size 8 16” circular needles
Size 8 double-pointed needles
Worsted weight yarn (I chose Vanna’s Choice)
Yarn needle

Directions:
Cast on 88 stitches with size 5 circular needles. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.
K1P1 ribbing for 12 rows.
Switch to size 8 needles, continuing in the K1P1 ribbing pattern.
Continue knitting until the hat measures ~8 inches from the brim and then begin decreasing.

Decrease:
*K2tog, K6* repeat around (77 stitches remaining).
*K2tog, K5* repeat around (66 stitches remaining).
*K2tog, K4* repeat around (55 stitches remaining).
*K2tog, K3* repeat around (44 stitches remaining).
*K2tog, K2* repeat around (33 stitches remaining).
*K2tog, K1* repeat around (22 stitches remaining).
*K2tog* repeat around (11 stitches remaining).


Cut yarn, leaving an ~8 inch tail. Using yarn needles, pull the tail through the remaining 11 stitches (twice if possible) and pull tight. Secure the yarn ends inside the work.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Super Hero Baby Hat and Slippers


When my college friend Shelley was pregnant with her son last year, she painted an entire wall of the baby's room to look like a city backdrop and decorated the rest of the room with superhero posters. This inspired me to make a baby knit hat with a superhero theme. I designed a city landscape along the brim of the hat and added a superhero emblem above the hat. Then, as a finishing touch, I embroidered a "J" for Jaxon on the emblem. I also made a pair of matching slippers following the easy 2-needle baby slipper pattern posted here. I am not a huge fan of pom poms on hats, but as an added touch, I sent along a pom pom that Shelley could attach if desired.

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry and here on Craftsy. It can also be purchased directly here.

It is written for a 1 year old, but can easily be edited to fit children and adults.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Music Note Knit Hat (with optional guitar)

My friend Drew challenged me to design a music-themed hat for him that included a guitar similar to his (photo below). 
Challenge: Represent this guitar on a knit hat :)
After several iterations, I came up with a design with a guitar and music notes. I think it turned out rather well and I hope he enjoys wearing it! Unfortunately, I didn't get any great pictures of just the guitar

The pattern can be found here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, and purchased directly here. The pattern includes a chart for the guitar with music notes and a separate chart just for the music notes. As always, feel free to comment below with questions or shoot me a message! Enjoy!



Posing in the Grove in St. Louis, MO
Photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Drosophila Knit Hat

I designed this hat for Jim Skeath, an awesome researcher and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Jim studies developmental biology using Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) as a model organism. To thank Jim for all the support and advice he gave me through my graduate career, I knit him this hat featuring drosophila (note the red eyes). I designed several iterations of the pattern (several had legs and some had the wings straight out) before I settled on this pattern.

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry, here on Craftsy, or buy directly here. Enjoy!




photo credit: Pablo Tsukayama