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

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hawaiian Amakihi Fingerless Mitts




Loren Cassin Sackett with Hawaiian Amakihi
My latest #knityourPhD project features these adorable Hawaiian Honeycreeper (Amakihi) birds on fingerless mittens. I made these fingerless mitts for Craftimism's #1 fan, Loren Cassin Sackett. Loren was the recipient of one of the original #knityourPhD hats (the prairie dog hat seen here). Since then, I have knit her a Bicycle Knit Hat and a Straight against Hate (STR8 anti H8) hat (pattern forthcoming). Loren studied the plague in prairie dog colonies for her PhD (more information here). After earning her PhD from the University of Colorado, Loren moved to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. 




Loren's project at the Smithsonian involves studying the Hawaiian Amakihi (honeycreeper). Loren and her colleagues are working to find out why the Hawaiian Amakihi is resistant to avian malaria (more details here). She recently asked if I could create fingerless mittens featuring the Amakihi. I designed a pattern featuring 2-colored stranded color work, and I embroidered the beak, wing, eye and leg after finishing the mitten.

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



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!