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More Pigs! And crocheting!


Well, now that classes are over, I’ve had more time to knit and try out a few things. I knit another pig, and I figured out how to crochet! I’m not very good right now and my amigurumi pig is a little crooked but I think he’s kind of cute that way. Crocheting animals is much easier than knitting too!
Do you guys crochet? And what do you crochet?


Penguin feet!

Well, classes have started up and I have a lot of reading to do. I decided to take Microbiology, Greek Mythology, and Great Philosophers which are all very reading intensive (I’ll have 150-300 pages to read every week). I’m really excited for these classes but I have to get used to the reading since I’m finally not taking all intro classes. Because of this, I probably won’t be posting every day, but I’ll do my best to get at least 2-3 posts out a week.

Anyways, back to knitting ( this is a knitting blog after all). Today I finished up the penguin’s feet! First I knit 4 triangles and then sewed two together for each foot.


Then, using a blanket stitch, I made toes! The pattern called for a blanket stitch but I think a normal whipstitch would be easier.


Finally, I whipstitched the feet to the bottom of the penguin. One is a little closer to the center than I intended but it works.


I’m done with all of the knitting! All I have to do is fill him up with stuffing. I’m planning a Michaels run this weekend to get some.

All in all, I quite enjoyed this pattern. It’s pretty quick and not too difficult if you can do basic increases and decreases (knit2tog and ssk). Even if you aren’t too confident on these techniques, google is a great place to learn. KnittingHelp.com is a pretty good resource (I think they actually have an iPhone app) as is youtube.

Happy Knitting!

A quick note

A couple of things:

Don’t start a knitting project 30 minutes before you are planning to start getting ready to sleep. You will inevitably find yourself still awake 2 hours later.

Also, make sure you completely read through the pattern before you start. Otherwise you will do stupid things… I ended up ripping out the belly piece for the penguin as I was increasing every 2 stitches instead of only twice per row. Oh well

I’m going to sleep now. More knitting (while awake this time) tomorrow

Here’s how the penguin is looking so far:


Beard Hat

Probably my favorite project so far has been making beard hats! They’re fast, easy, and make great gifts!
The beanie took me a few hours but with thick yarn, it’s pretty easy. I used Lion brand wool ease thick and quick to make a nice thick, warm hat.
For the beard, just keep in mind that its a good idea to pick. A yarn that’s nice and soft. I let the boyfriend pick out the yarn for the hat I made him and he picked a rough acrylic black yarn that had black sequins. It looks cool but it doesn’t feel real great against your face.

And to give credit where credit is due, this pattern is courtesy of Chicken Stitches


Here’s the hat pattern:

1 Skein bulky yarn
1 16″ circular needle #11 US (8mm)
5 6″ DPNs # 11 US (8mm)
Note: this was my first time using double pointed needles. It isn’t too bad once you get
used to it. Here’s a good tutorial. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier than it looks
1 knitting stitch marker.
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.

K – knit
P – purl
K2Tog – knit 2 stitches together – a decrease.

Using a Long Tail Cast On,
Cast On 70 stitches, connect the stitches for knitting in the round and place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.
Round 1 – 23
(K1,P1) all around.
Round 24
(K3,K2Tog) all around.
Round 25
Knit all stitches.
Move the stitches to DPNs.
Round 26
(K2,K2Tog) all around.
Round 27
Knit all stitches.
Round 28
(K1,K2Tog) all around.
I stopped after this row. I knit the following rows initially but it makes the hat a bit pointy at the top.
Round 29
Knit all around.
Round 30
K2Tog all around.
Cut the yarn, leaving a 6″ tail. Thread the end of the yarn through the needle and put the needle through all left over stitches. Tighten the yarn and weave in the end on the inside of the hat.
it looks better if you pull the yarn through the middle hole and pull the stitches inside a little, again, to avoid the dunce cap look

The beard!

The same materials apply here. I use lion brand homespun yarn (except for the sequin stuff the boyfriend picked out)

K – knit
P – purl
Sl – slip
K1M1 – Knit 1 stitch in the back loop, then in the front loop – An increase.
K2Tog – knit 2 stitches together – a decrease.

Using provisional cast on – Cast on 7 stitches.
Row 1- 8
Sl1, K5,P1.
Row 9
Sl1,K4,K1M1,K1. 8 stitches.
Row 10
K7, P1.
Row 11
Sl1,K5,K1M1,K1. 9 stitches.
Row 12
Row 13
Sl1,K6,K1M1,K1. 10 stitches.
Row 14
K9, P1.
Row 15
Sl1,K7,K1M1,K1. 11 stitches.
Row 16
Row 17
Sl1,K8,K1M1,K1. 12 stitches.
Row 18
Row 19
Sl1,K9,K1M1,K1. 13 stitches.
Row 20
Row 21
Sl1,K10,K1M1,K1. 14 stitches.
Row 22
Row 23
Sl1,K11,K1M1,K1. 15 stitches.
Row 24
Row 25
Sl1,K12,K1M1,K1. 16 stitches.
Row 26
Row 27
Sl1,K13,K1M1,K1. 17 stitches.
Row 28
Row 29
Row 30
Row 31
Sl1,K13,K2Tog,K1. 16 stitches.
Row 32
Row 33
Sl1,K12,K2Tog,K1. 15 stitches.
Row 34
Row 35
Sl1,K11,K2Tog,K1. 14 stitches.
Row 36
Row 37
Sl1,K10,K2Tog,K1. 13 stitches.
Row 38
Row 39
Sl1,K9,K2Tog,K1. 12 stitches.
Row 40
Row 41
Sl1,K8,K2Tog,K1. 11 stitches.
Row 42
Row 43
Sl1,K7,K2Tog,K1. 10 stitches.
Row 44
Row 45
Sl1,K6,K2Tog,K1. 9 stitches.
Row 46
Row 47
Sl1,K5,K2Tog,K1. 8 stitches.
Row 48
Row 49
Sl1,K4,K2Tog,K1. 7 stitches.
Row 50
Row 51 – 58
Sl1, K5,P1.

Start applying I-Cord with the last 7 stitches. Apply on top, leaving 6 stitches in the middle unattached for the mouth. Undo the provisional cast on and finish applying I-Cord with the seven stitches freed from the Cast on.
For the beard I used a two stitch I-cord. Cast on 2 stitches on one of the DPNs. Knit them. Slip the two knitted stitches to the other end of the needle. Do not turn your work. With the yarn coming from the back of your knitting knit your stitches again. Keep repeating the prosses until you get a cord the length you need.
To make an applied I-Cord.
Knit the first stitch as described above. Knit the second stitch of the I-Cord together with the first presenting stitch of the beard.
Attach the beard to the hat.

ok, so, I didn’t understand the I chord directions at all at first. It isnt so bad once you figure it out. I’ll try to post a tutorial soon

Well, I hope you enjoy this pattern. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Happy knitting!