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

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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.

My First App is on the Apple App Store!

I wrote an iOS app called Nifty Gifty. It organizes your gift giving, allow you to keep tabs on all of your gift-giving events and make lists of what gifts you want to give and who you will give them to. Nifty Gifty notifies you when an event is drawing near so that you have enough time to select the perfect gift!

Nifty Gifty

Strictly speaking, the app is not knitting related. However, it’s the perfect app to use to keep track of knitting gifts you make!

Check it out on the app store:
App Store Link

My First Knitting Project

In early 2011, my mom offered to teach me how to knit. Although I had done other needle crafts, I had never tried knitting, and it was something I was interested in. She sat down with me and taught me the basics — cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. I practiced these for a while and soon I was ready to try making something.

I decided on a 2×2 ribbed scarf using Lion Brand Wool Ease in a nice forest color and my first needles — bamboo circulars. I had to ask my mom to again show me how to cast on, but once I started the ribbing, I got into the hang of it very quickly.

2x2 ribbing

I diligently worked on the scarf, even while traveling and sitting at the airport waiting for a flight. I began to enjoy the rhythm… knit, knit, purl, purl, knit, knit, purl, purl…. It was relaxing for me, and I felt like I was accomplishing something. It wasn’t long before I finished the scarf, and I was (and still am) quite proud of it. Such a simple piece to me now, but that was what started my love affair with knitting.

2x2 Ribbed Scarf

ooOoo Plushie

My favorite creature in the online game Guild Wars 2 is the Quaggan. They are so adorable, and I love it when they sing or do just about anything. This plushie was inspired by the Quaggan. He is a great companion for anything from hanging out at home to adventuring and exploring the world around you. He is super soft and squishy and loves hugs!

ooOoo Plushie

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The lucky recipient of this adorable cuddle-buddy was my sister for her birthday. I think I will be making another one for myself!

View more details about the pattern here.

Wildflower Crown for a Hobbit

Happy Halloween! This year I made just a single accessory for my Halloween costume. It’s a wildflower crown:

Flower Crown

The pattern is knit, but uses basic crochet for the flowers. The pattern can be found in Woodland Knits, which has many lovely fantasy oriented knitting patterns.

The green yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Garden yarn in the Grass colorway, and the white yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn in cream. The vines are knit as a i-cord, and then stiffened with jewelry wire. The pattern calls for the flowers to be crocheted directly onto the crown, but I crocheted them separately and then attached them. I also opted to twist together three of the vines instead of using just one.

The crown was perfect for my Hobbit costume!

Hobbit Costume

Adorable Knit Candy Corn

I’ve always loved candy corn around Halloween. They’re pretty much pure sugar, but the shape and color is so iconic and it’s just fun eating them.

I found this adorable knit candy corn pattern, and I knew I had to make it this year for Halloween.

Knit Candy Corns

They turned out great! They are so adorable! I haven’t given them mouths yet, and I used safety eyes instead of felt, but I kinda love them the way they are.

Sometimes I modify patterns to suit my own needs. In this case, I wanted to use Judy’s Magic Cast On and knit them in the round in order to avoid seaming. It was coming along great until I realized that I had made the cast on perpendicular to the direction the seam was supposed to go! The result is the candy corn on the right in picture below:

Knit Candy Corns

As you can see, he has little feet and decreases going up the face. The bottom was intended to be round like the one on the left with the decreases going up the sides. I finished him anyway, and he’s pretty cute. For the next one, I modified my modifications to fit the rounded shape I wanted:

Cast on 16 with Judy’s Magic Cast On.

Yellow Yarn:
Round 1: knit
Round 2: kfb, k6, kfb, kfb, k6, kfb
Round 3: knit
Round 4: kfb, kfb, k6, kfb, kfb, kfb, kfb, k6, kfb, kfb
Round 5: knit
Round 6: kfb, k12, kfb, kfb, k12, kfb
Round 7-10: knit
Round 11: k, ssk, k10, k2tog, k2, ssk, k10, k2tog, k

Orange Yarn:
Round 12-14: knit
Round 15: k, ssk, k8, k2tog, k2, ssk, k8, k2tog, k
Round 16-18: knit
Round 19: k, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k
Round 20-22: knit

White Yarn:
Round 23: k, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k
Round 24-26: knit
Round 27: k, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k
Round 28-30: knit
Round 31: k, ssk, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2tog, k

Pull working thread through the remaining stitches.

The yarn I used for orange and yellow was Red Heart Super Saver. The white is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. You can see the project page on Ravelry.

Rainbow Baby Blanket

I made this rainbow baby blanket last year for some friends of mine with a new baby girl. The idea behind this style of blanket is that the yarn is held double, combining two colors at once for each square. This creates a very nifty blending of colors that appeals to the eye.

Rainbow Baby Blanket

Ravelry project

I based this blanket off of the Double Vision pattern, though I didn’t use the pattern directly. Each row and column uses the same color throughout, only changing the second color. So, for example, a single row would have squares made of pink/pink, pink/yellow, pink/green, pink/blue, etc. If you look at it up close you can see the separate colors, but from farther away, each set combines to form a new color.

The technique I used to create the squares is called “mitered squares”. Basically, each square is knit in an L shape, which forms an interesting diagonal line down the middle. I hate seaming, so for each square and its border, I picked up and knit the stitches directly onto the existing squares instead of knitting them all separately.

Rainbow Baby Blanket Mitered Squares

The yarn is Caron Simply Soft Light. It’s a DK weight, acrylic yarn, that lives up to its name of softness. As a machine washable yarn, it’s great for babies since their things often need cleaning.

When I showed this blanket to my mom before giving it as a gift, she loved it so much that she wanted me to create a second one exactly the same just for her!

My First Knitting Pattern – Fire Dragon Scarf

I’m excited to announce that I just published my very first knitting pattern, the Fire Dragon Scarf.

Fire Dragon Scarf
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In the pictures, you can see that I made two versions of this scarf, one in black and a fire-themed colorway (Universal Yarns Classic Shades), and another in black and green (Cascade 220 Superwash). The last picture is myself and my boyfriend, Chris, using the scarves to keep warm in Yosemite in winter. I made the green and black one longer by lengthening the solid section, since he is much taller than me. I’ve always loved dragons, and these were so much fun to design and knit!

Buy this pattern now on Ravelry or Etsy.