Sunday, June 21, 2015

Yoga Knit Hat

With this hat, I combined two of my favorite things, knitting and yoga. Looking for a something to get me through the winter doldrums in St. Louis in January, I decided to try out yoga. I quickly saw the benefits in my strength, stress levels, and mood just by adding a few yoga classes to my week. One day during the class, my mind started wandering and began to design a yoga-themed hat.

This is the result! The pattern can be found on Ravelry here, on Craftsy here, or purchased directly here.

Also, if you are looking for an amazing yoga studio in St. Louis, check out Urban Breath! They are simply awesome! 

Thanks to Pablo Tsukayama for the awesome pictures!

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