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I am 45. I am married to the love of my life. Together we have two beautiful young adults who bring me joy everyday. In 2015 we added another beautiful young adult to our house, our niece, and she has been a great joy! Secretly, I'm counting the years till grandbabies start coming; they just need to find their forever loves first.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Beanies ~ Knit Pattern

I decided to share with you my Christmas beanies. I looked and looked and looked for a pattern that spoke to me and was something that I really wanted to make over and over and over again. I never found one, so I made up my own pattern.

My original idea was just to have something to share as gifts with my cousins kids because they had invited us to go over for Christmas Eve and I didn't want to walk in empty handed. Well, the idea grew. There will be a total of 10 teenagers (including family and girlfriends), an 8 year old and a new born there...all of them cousins (except the girlfriends, of course). So, I decided to make a beanie for ALL of the kids. I finished the last one yesterday. I loved making every single one of them because they were all a blank canvas for my creativity. Endless possibilities for color combinations and stripes. lol. BUT...I was so very glad when the last one was complete.

This is the biggest group of kids. We have an 18 yo w/a gf, 16 yo w/a gf, a 14 yo and an 8 yo. The 8 yo's hat turned out a little larger because I went by rows instead of measurements on a couple of hats. I figured out what went wrong and corrected myself for the rest of them, but hers is a little longer than the rest.


Used: hat 1: Wool Ease, hat 2: RH Soft & HL Love, hat 3: Wool Ease, hat 4: LB Jiffy & HL Love, hat 5: Wool Ease & HL Love, hat 6: RHSS


This is a brother/sister duo. Blue/gray is his, purple/black is hers. I was struggling with what colors to make for them, so I asked their mom. They were the only ones besides my kids that actually got to choose colors.


Used: hat 1: L&T Impeccable & RHSS, hat 2: RHSS & HL Love


These are for my kids. I am actually going to wrap them up and hand them out with the other kids' hats, even though my daughter has modeled hers a few times. I always have to snatch it back and say "you can't have that now!"


Used: hat 1: L&T Impeccable & RHSS, hat 2: Wool Ease & Caron SS


Last, but not least, we have the last set of brothers. The oldest was born 8 hours after my daughter and the youngest was born 2 days ago. I just couldn't leave the baby out, so I modified the pattern by a few stitches and rows and went to town. I actually love both of these hats. :)


Used: hat 1: RHSS, hat 2: TLC Amore


I am going to share with you the very basic pattern. Soooooper simple. And I'll share my "straight lines" method for my color changes.


Christmas Beanies (very stretchy, great for scraps)

by Elizabeth Mareno 2011


Materials:

About 2 ozs Main color, less for Contrast color, Worsted Weight!! :)

(Yarns Used: LB Wool-Ease, LB Jiffy, RHSS, HL I Love This Yarn, Caron Simply Soft, RH Soft, TLC Amore (discontinued?)& Loops n Threads-Impeccable)

size 8 dpns or circular needles

place marker (optional)

end stoppers (optional)

large eye needle for tucking ends in


ADULT SIZE: fits an average head up to 23".

co 85 stitches. I cast on 30-needle 1, 30-needle 2, 25-needle 3. I also used end stoppers to keep my stitches from sliding off. Join without twisting to make a circle, if you need a place marker, put it at the beginning of the join.


k3, p2 around.
You may stripe whenever you like, the pattern stays the same until you reach 6" in length from the beginning. When I stripe, I will slip the first stitch purlwise when I am beginning my second row of that color, this helps to pull the row "up" and hide the color change. If you are doing single rows, I am still a novice at that, so this method may not work if you are striping single rows.

I, also, do not cut my yarns between row changes, I just carry the yarn up the inside of the hat. Makes for less work in the finishing process. If you do this, remember not to pull too tight when you are bringing your yarn up for a color change or you will cause the hat to "crinkle".


top decrease rows: After you have completed 6", knit 1 row around.

next row: k5, k2tog,(repeat around) k1

next : knit

next : k4, k2tog,(repeat around) k1

next : knit

next : k3, k2tog, (repeat around) k1

next : k2, k2tog, (repeat) k1

next : k1, k2tog, (repeat) k1

next : k2tog

next: k2tog (you should have 7 loops remaining. if not, don't worry, just use what you have and close it up.)

Cut, leaving a long end for closing the top. Weave needle through the remaining loops and pull tight. I usually weave them through one more time for security, then weave your end in to make sure the top doesn't come undone and finish off.

Weave in the remaining and you are done!


NEW BORN/INFANT VERSION:

CO 55, work pattern for 4 inches,

decrease rows: k3, k2tog

next: k2, k2tog

next: k1, k2tog

next: k2tog

next: k2tog

Finish off.


To make larger versions, cast on in multiples of five. I do not have a scientific approach to knitting for babies. I sort of fly by the seat of my pants. If someone has a tried and true method...please...do tell. I haven't had a baby in my house in so long, I have forgotten how small they really are.


Here is my non-scientific method:

for infants, if using WW, cast on 55, knit until 4", then decrease.

for babies, cast on 65, knit until 4-1/2"(3-6mo), 5" (6-9mo) & 5-1/2" (9-12 mo). (Some babies have really big heads and may need more length to have the hat fit properly. Use your judgement.)

toddlers, cast on 75, Stay at 5-1/2" (but you be the judge here!)

kids & older, cast on 85, and depending on how big of a melon they have, knit till 6".


Hope you enjoy!! :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hi All! Merry Christmas!

I haven't forgotten about the blog! I promise...but it's been a BUSY couple of weeks here.

Last weekend we went to Orlando and visited some friends that had travelled from Wisconsin to go to Disney for a week. I remember when her "countdown" still said something like "Only 538 days till Disney!!!"....OY! And just like that, they were on their way home from Florida on Monday.

We had the opportunity to spend a day with them at Disney on Sunday. It was the perfect day. We visited Magic Kingdom. There were almost no lines, so we rode all the rides we wanted to and then some. Walked a million miles. Ate some really good burgers and fries. We took pictures with characters. Some of them repeats from when we were there for Stefani's Make-A-Wish trip in 2005, some of them new characters that we didn't have the opportunity to take pictures with last time. The only ones that we missed that were the "heartbreak of the day" were Jessie and Woody. Saw them in two places and missed pictures both times. :-/

One thing we realized as we were driving back home after an extremely full day was that we don't necessarily have to wait years to go back to Disney anymore. For heaven's sake, we can take a 4 day weekend and go over there if we want to. It's amazing the 'world' that gets opened up to you when you leave the boondocks.

We are excited about Christmas. I just finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. Every single thing I wanted was on sale. It's was a blessed, blessed shopping trip. Only thing I can definitely do without is the traffic. I got to the mall at 10 and it was already filling up. By the time I left at 11 something, it was a MAD-HOUSE!! I think every single person in Pensacola decided yesterday was the day to go shopping! Getting anywhere was a nightmare, but I was a woman on a mission. I was so glad when I was able to say "Mission Accomplished" and go have some lunch with my husband, the major babe.

I have been knitting my little arms off of my body. All the nieces and nephews got slippers this year. There are 10 of them. We are going to my cousin's house for Christmas Eve festivities, so I decided..."hey, I'll knit all the kids a beanie".... and there are 10 of them (including 2 girlfriends and the new little dude being born today. Congrats Brad and Anna!!!).

I haven't mailed the boxes of slippers off yet. They are going in the mail today, so they won't get there till after Christmas. Even though I was a poky puppy about all of this, there is a silver lining to this cloud. Neither of the "families" are getting together with "our side" until after Christmas, so they can open our gifts when "our side" is together and it will be almost like we are there for "family" time. Ok, maybe not. But, it makes me feel better about mailing things out late.

Well, I have a child patiently waiting to use this laptop to get her school work done for the day, so I must skeedaddle.

Have a great day. And if I neglect to post before..Have a wonderful Christmas!! Celebrate the love of Jesus and family!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Mini-Hat #4 - Decoration/Gift Bag Knit Pattern

KNIT (and tiny bit of crochet for the hanging loop) VERSION by Elizabeth Mareno
Needed:
sz 9 straight needles
G crochet hook
Lg eye needles for sewing seam
Small amounts of WW yarn (Used RHSS Turqua and Lavender)
Stitches Used:
Purl, Knit, Slip Purlwise, (crochet chain)
*wyib- with yarn in back
*sl2p- slip 2 purlwise
RIBBING:
with ribbing color, CO 34
1- k1, p1 across
repeat row 1 for 4 rows or 3/4"
DO NOT CUT
BODY:
run yarn along side of work
1- knit row
2- purl ro2
3- sl first 2 st purlwise, join second color, (k2, wyib sl2p,) repeat across
4- (p2, wyib sl2p) repeat across
5 & 6: repeat rows 1 & 2
7- w/second color (k2, sl2p), repeat across
8- (sl2p, p2) repeat
9-24- Repeat rows 1-8 two more times
should be 4-ish inches after row 24
25- k2, (k3, k2tog) 6 times, k2 (28)
26- k2, (k2, k2tog) 6 times, k2 (22)
27- k2, (k1, k2tog) 6 times, k2 (16)
28- (k2tog) across (8)
Cut yarn, leave a long end for sewing. Cinch up the top and sew seam.
*Make a pom-pom for the top.
*Hanger- Keep the seam on the fold- attach hanging yarn color to a post dcon
the inner edge of the hat brim with a sl st. Chain 18-25 (your
preference),sl st to a post on opposite side of the hat brim. Cut and weave
ends

Mini-Hat #4- Decoration/Gift Bag Crochet Pattern



CROCHET VERSION by Elizabeth Mareno
**Great for beginners to practice stitches and color changes**

Needed:
Small amounts of WW yarn. (Used RHSS Turqua and Lavender)
G hook
Large eye needle for assembly

Stitches Used:
sl st, ch, sc, dc, sc dec, fpdc, bpdc
*fpdc- yo,insert hook from front to back around the post of the stitch
below, yo, pull through, finish like dc
*bpdc- yo, keeping RS facing you, insert hook from back to front around the
post of the stitch below, yo, pull through, finish like dc.

RIBBING:
with G hook and "Ribbing" color- in this case Turqua
1- Ch 36, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each of remaining ch's.
2- (RS) ch2, turn, (fpdc around next dc, bpdc around next dc) repeat to end
of row. Yes, bpdc around the chains at the very end of the row. Cut ribbing
color and tie off.

BODY:
with G hook and first color- in this case Turqua
1- with RS facing you, join with a sc to the top of the ch 2 from previous
row, sc in each dc across.
2- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
**drop first color DO NOT CUT Join second color.
3- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, ch2, sk 2sc) repeat 4 times, ch2, sk 2sc, sc in 3sc, (ch2, sk 2sc, sc in 2sc) repeat to end (19sc, 8-ch2 spc)
4- repeat row 3.
drop second color DO NOT CUT pick up first color from the side and join.
5- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, dc in next open sc 3 rows below) repeat across putting a sc in each sc and dc in open sc 3 rows below.
6- ch1, turn, sc in each sc and dc across.**
drop first color, pick up second color from the side and join.
7- ch3, turn, sk first 2sc, sc in next 2sc, (ch2, sk 2sc, sc in 2sc) repeat 3 times, ch3, sk 3, sc in 2sc, Repeat () 3 times, leave rem 2 sc undone. (16sc, 2 ch3 spc, 6 ch2 spc)
8- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, ch2, sk 2sc) 3 times, sc in 2, ch3, sk3, (sc in 2sc, ch2, sk2) 3 times, sc in 2, ch2, sl hook into 1st ch of original ch3 of row 7.
drop second color, pick up first color
9- ch2, turn, (dc in open sc from 3 rows below, sc in each sc) repeat across, dc in unworked sc from 3 rows below.
10- ch1, turn, sc in each dc and sc across.
11-14 Repeat from ** to ** once.
Cut second color, do not cut first color, should be 4-ish inches in length.

TOP DECREASE:
1- ch1, turn, (sc in 3 sc, sc dec over next 2sc) repeat across (28sc)
2- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, sc dec) repeat across (21sc)
3- ch1, turn, (sc in 1sc, sc dec) repeat across (14sc)
4- ch1, turn, (sc dec) repeat across (7sc). Cut, leave a long end for
sewing the seam.
Cinch the top closed by weaving your needle in and out of the remaining sc
of row 4. Then fold the hat putting the Right Sides together and whipstitch your
seam together from top to ribbing.
*Make pom-pom and attach
*Hanger- Keep the seam on the fold- attach hanging yarn color to a post dc
on the inner edge of the hat brim with a sl st. Chain 18-25 (your preference),
sl st to a post on opposite side of the hat brim. Cut and weave ends.

Mini-Hat Decoration/Gift Bag Pattern- Hat #3

Original Knit Pattern: http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW2658.pdf
This one reminds me of hunting season in the Northwoods. :)
CROCHET VERSION by Elizabeth Mareno
**Great for beginners to practice stitches and color changes**

Needed:
Small amounts of WW yarn. (Used RHSS Brite Yellow, Pumpkin & Tea Leaf)
G hook
Large eye needle for assembly

Stitches Used:
sl st, ch, sc, dc, sc dec, fpdc, bpdc
*fpdc- yo,insert hook from front to back around the post of the stitch
below, yo, pull through, finish like dc
*bpdc- yo, keeping RS facing you, insert hook from back to front around the
post of the stitch below, yo, pull through, finish like dc.

RIBBING:
with G hook and "Ribbing" color- in this case Brite Yellow
1- Ch 36, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each of remaining ch's.
2- (RS) ch2, turn, (fpdc around next dc, bpdc around next dc) repeat to end
of row. Yes, bpdc around the chains at the very end of the row. Cut ribbing
color and tie off.

BODY:
with G hook and first stripe color- in this case Pumpkin
1- with RS facing you, join with a sc to the top of the ch 2 from previous
row, sc in each dc across.
2- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
drop first color CUT leaving a long enough end to weave in, Join second color (tea leaf).
3-14- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
**Should be 4-ish inches long. DO NOT CUT.

TOP DECREASE:
1- ch1, turn, (sc in 3 sc, sc dec over next 2sc) repeat across (28sc)
2- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, sc dec) repeat across (21sc)
3- ch1, turn, (sc in 1sc, sc dec) repeat across (14sc)
4- ch1, turn, (sc dec) repeat across (7sc).
Cut, leave a long end for sewing the seam.
Cinch the top closed by weaving your needle in and out of the remaining sc
of row 4. Then fold the hat putting the Right Sides together and whipstitch your
seam together from top to ribbing.
*Make pom-pom and attach
*Hanger- Keep the seam on the fold- attach hanging yarn color to a post dc
on the inner edge of the hat brim with a sl st. Chain 18-25 (your preference),
sl st to a post on opposite side of the hat brim. Cut and weave ends.

Mini Hat Decoration/Gift Bag- Pattern Hat #2

I made the knit version of this hat with size 9 dpns. I prefer working in the round, as opposed to working straight and sewing seams. I will be making the rest of my knit hats in the round.
CROCHET VERSION by Elizabeth Mareno
**Great for beginners to practice stitches and color changes**
Needed:
Small amounts of WW yarn. (Used RHSS Cherry Red and Bright Blue)
G hook
Large eye needle for assembly

Stitches Used:
sl st, ch, sc, sc dec, fpdc, bpdc

*fpdc- yo,insert hook from front to back around the post of the stitch
below, yo, pull through, finish like dc
*bpdc- yo, keeping RS facing you, insert hook from back to front around the
post of the stitch below, yo, pull through, finish like dc.
RIBBING:
with G hook and "Ribbing" color- in this case Bright Blue
1- Ch 36, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each of remaining ch's.
2- (RS) ch2, turn, (fpdc around next dc, bpdc around next dc) repeat to end
of row. Yes, bpdc around the chains at the very end of the row. Cut ribbing
color and tie off.

BODY:
with G hook and first body color- in this case Cherry Red
1- with RS facing you, join 1st body color with a sc to the ch 2, sc in each dc across. (35sc)
2- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
**drop 1st color DO NOT CUT, join with 2nd color
3- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across
4- repeat row 3. CUT 2nd color leaving a long enough end to weave in.
**pick up 1st color and join
5-14- ch1, turn, sc in each sc.
**should be 4-ish inches long. CUT 1st color, rejoin 2nd color for top decrease.
TOP DECREASE:
1- ch1, turn, (sc in 3sc, sc dec over next 2sc) repeat across (28sc)
2- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, sc dec) repeat across (21sc)
3- ch1, turn, (sc in 1sc, sc dec) repeat across (14sc)
4- ch1, turn, (sc dec) across (7sc)
Cut, leave a long end for sewing the seam.
Cinch the top closed by weaving your needle in and out of the remaining sc
of row 4. Then fold the hat putting the Right Sides together and whipstitch your
seam together from top to ribbing.
*Make pom-pom and attach
*Hanger- Keep the seam on the fold- attach hanging yarn color to a post dc
on the inner edge of the hat brim with a sl st. Chain 18-25 (your preference),
sl st to a post on opposite side of the hat brim. Cut and weave ends.

Mini-Hat Decoration/Gift Bag Pattern- Hat #1

Original Knit Pattern Here: http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW2658.pdf
CROCHET VERSION by Elizabeth Mareno
**Great for beginners to practice stitches and color changes**
Needed:
Small amounts of WW yarn. (Used RHSS Brite Yellow and Turqua)
G hook
Large eye needle for assembly
Stitches Used:
sl st, ch, sc, dc, sc dec, fpdc, bpdc
*fpdc- yo,insert hook from front to back around the post of the stitch below, yo, pull through, finish like dc
*bpdc- yo, keeping RS facing you, insert hook from back to front around the post of the stitch below, yo, pull through, finish like dc.
RIBBING:
with G hook and "Ribbing" color- in this case Turqua
1- Ch 36, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each of remaining ch's.
2- (RS) ch2, turn, (fpdc around next dc, bpdc around next dc) repeat to end of row. Yes, bpdc around the chains at the very end of the row. Cut ribbing color and tie off.
BODY:
with G hook and first stripe color- in this case Brite Yellow
1- with RS facing you, join with a sc to the top of the ch 2 from previous row, sc in each dc across.
2- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
**drop first color DO NOT CUT Join second color.
3- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
4- repeat row 3.
drop second color DO NOT CUT pick up first color from the side and join.
5- ch1, turn, sc in each sc across.
6- repeat row 5**
Repeat from ** to ** until you reach 4-ish inches (roughly 14 rows), finishing with 1st color.
Drop 1st color and cut, leave a long enough end to weave in, pick up second color.
TOP DECREASE:
1- ch1, turn, (sc in 3 sc, sc dec over next 2sc) repeat across (28sc)
2- ch1, turn, (sc in 2sc, sc dec) repeat across (21sc)
3- ch1, turn, (sc in 1sc, sc dec) repeat across (14sc)
4- ch1, turn, (sc dec) repeat across (7sc). Cut, leave a long end for sewing the seam.
Cinch the top closed by weaving your needle in and out of the remaining sc of row 4. Then fold the hat putting the Right Sides together and whipstitch your seam together from top to ribbing.
*Make pom-pom and attach
*Hanger- Keep the seam on the fold- attach hanging yarn color to a post dc on the inner edge of the hat brim with a sl st. Chain 18-25 (your preference), sl st to a post on opposite side of the hat brim. Cut and weave ends.