Articles for December 2015

Elf Hat for Christmas

This year I knit myself a present. Since I often play the elf, giving everyone in my family plenty of hand made gifts, I made myself an elf hat. I didn’t want it to look too much like a santa hat, so I chose a pattern with stripes and used green and white.

Elf Hat

The pattern is called Striped Stocking Caps, and includes a child size, small adult size, and large adult size. I made the small adult size.

The yarns I used were:

  • Cascade Pluscious in White for the brim and pom pom
  • Cascade 220 in Christmas Green and White for the hat body

Elf Hat

Although the pattern is perfectly fine as is, I couldn’t help making a few modifications:

  • Use size 6 needles for the brim (the Pluscious yarn knits up thicker) and size 7 for the hat.
  • Knit 40 rows for the brim to make a very wide folded up brim.
  • First stripe in green is 11 rows. Then each stripe after that is 10 rows.
  • Decreases are on rows 41, 51, 56, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81, etc.
  • The final stripe (in green) goes down to 8 stitches. Then knit 5 more rows and thread the end through the stitches and tie off.

Check out my Ravelry project for the hat.

I’m looking forward to wearing it on Christmas morning!


Dragon Curve Fractal Scarf Pattern

Dragon Curve Fractal ScarfDragon Curve Fractal Scarf

Fractals have always fascinated me. They are a beautiful combination of mathematics and art. At its most basic level, a fractal is a pattern that looks similar at every level of magnification. The Dragon Curve Fractal is the fractal featured in the chapter headings for Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.

The Dragon Curve Fractal is created by applying a transformation to a line multiple times as follows:

Dragon Curve Fractal

I designed this scarf to show off the lacy design of the Dragon Curve Fractal. It is a medium weight, double knit scarf that features the fractal repeated all along the length of the scarf. Contrasting yarns show off the design, especially if one of the yarns is a variegated yarn. The length of the scarf is customizable, depending on how many repeats of the charts are worked.

Dragon Curve Fractal Scarf

View more details about the pattern here.