Energo Potholder

My office got a new toaster oven a couple of weeks ago.  My colleagues and I were sitting around the lunchroom talking about it and noting that one of us should bring in a potholder.  One of them mentioned that it would be really cool if I could knit the company logo on a potholder.  Challenge accepted!

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I doubt that anyone else wants a knitting pattern for an Energo Engineering potholder.  If I’m wrong, comment on this post, and I’ll be glad to share!

Hello Kitty Hat

One of my coworkers asked me to make a Hello Kitty hat for his 3-year-old daughter.  He wanted it to be primarily pink rather than white (white and 3-year-olds don’t mesh well).  I knitted a hat and crocheted the Hello Kitty face from the Hello Kitty scarf that I made for my sister last year.  I chose a lattice pattern to put around the bottom of the hat to make the hat more feminine.  Afterwards, my coworker asked me to make the same scarf I made my sister.  I would have incorporated some gray into the hat as well if I was planning to make the scarf from the beginning.  The set did turn out really cute!

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Berrylicious (P)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in White (W)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Black (B)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Radiant Yellow (Y)
  • 5 Size US 7 Double Pointed Needles
  • Size H Crochet Hook

Stitches Used:

Instructions:

Band:

Cast on 84 stitches with P, knit in round being careful not to twist

R1-R4:  (k2, p2) 21 times (84 stitches)

R5:  (tr, p2) 21 times (84 stitches)

R6:  (k2, p2) 20 times, k2, p1 (83 stitches), leave last stitch unworked, this stitch becomes the first stitch of the next row

R7:  (pr, pl) 21 times (84 stitches)

R8:  (k1, p2, k1) 20 times, k1, p2 (83 stitches), leave last stitch unworked, this stitch becomes the first stitch of the next row

R9:  (tl, p2) 21 times (84 stitches)

R10:  (k2, p2) 20 times, k2, p1 (83) stitches), leave last stitch unworked, this stitch becomes the first stitch of the next row

R11:  (tr, tl) 21 times (84 stitches)

R12:  k83, leave last stitch unworked, this stitch becomes the first stitch of the next row (83 stitches)

R13:  (tl, k2) 21 times (84 stitches)

Knit each following row until the hat is 5.5 inches long.

Crown:

R1:  (K4, K2tog, SSK, K4) 7 times (70 stitches)

R2:  K70

R3:  (K3, K2tog, SSK, K3) 7 times (56 stitches)

R4:  K56

R5:  (K2, K2tog, SSK, K2) 7 times (42 stitches)

R6:  K42

R7:  (K, K2tog, SSK, K) 7 times (28 stitches)

R8:  K28

R9:  (K2tog, SSK) 7 times (14 stitches)

Cut the yarn with several spare inches.  Thread a tapestry needle and pull yarn through all 14 stitches on needles.  Work in ends.

Hello Kitty Face (from Made by K):

Switch to crocheting with W and crochet hook.

R1:  Ch5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 3 stitches (4 stitches)

R2: ch1, turn, 2 sc in next stitch, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in bottom of same sc, 3 sc in bottoms of next 3 sc, sl st to 1st sc of current round (12 stitches)

R3: ch1, turn, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 2, 2 sc in next stitch x 3, sc x 4, 2 sc in next stitch, sl st to 1st sc of current round (18 stitches)

R4: ch1, turn, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 6, 2 sc in next stitch x 3, sc x 6, 2 sc in next stitch, sl st to 1st sc of current round (24 stitches)

R5: ch1, turn, sc x 2, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 6, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 8, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, sl st to 1st sc of current round (30 stitches)

R6: ch1, turn, sc x 3, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 8, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 2, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 10, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, sl st to 1st sc of current round (36 stitches)

R7: ch1, turn, sc x 3, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 10, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 2, 2 sc in next stitch, sc x 2, sl st, hdc, ch1, dc in same stitch as hdc, ch 1, trc, ch 1, dc, ch1, hdc in same stitch as dc, sl st, sc x 4, sl st, hdc, ch1, dc in same stitch as hdc, ch 1, trc, ch 1, dc, ch1, hdc in same stitch as dc, sl st, sc x 2, sl st to 1st sc of current round and break off and work in ends (52 stitches)

Embroider eyes and nose on face using B and Y.

Hair Bow:

R1:  With P, ch5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in next 3 stitches (4 stitches)

R2:  Ch1, turn, sc 4 (4 stitches)

R3:  Ch1, turn, sc2tog twice (2 stitches)

R4:  Ch1, turn, sc 2 (2 stitches)

R5:  Ch1, turn, sc 2 in next stitch x 2 (4 stitches)

R6:  Ch1, turn, sc 4 (4 stitches)

R7:  Ch1, turn, sc 4  break off and work in ends (4 stitches)

Pinching center of bow together, sew the bow onto the face while wrapping the yarn around the center of the bow

Connecting the Face to the Hat:

Modified sc (msc):  When you insert your hook under top 2 loops of the stitch below, also insert it under the hat loop directly underneath the stitch on the face, yarn over, bring loop through hat loop and face stitch, yarn over and bring loop through both stitches on hook.

Hold the face in place on the hat.  With P, sl st to any stitch on R7 of the face, ch1, msc in same stitch.  Msc in each stitch on face except trc, place 3 msc in each trc, after completing all msc, sl st in first msc.

Embroider whiskers on face.

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Difficulty:  Moderate

Time Required:  5 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Socks with Sarah

Socks with Sarah is a year-long knit-a-long (KAL). The goal of this KAL is to knit at least a little bit on a sock everyday for the next year. I’ve been wanting to make my sock drawer more exciting for quite some time, but I get a little bored making socks. I decided this would be a good way to make sure I make them. I plan on going slow and steady and making lots of other things. The KAL started today, so I cast on the second sock to match this cutie I made a couple of months ago. The pattern is here.

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Dachshund Koozies

Yesterday I posted that I had made a series of dachshund-related gifts for my friends including this miniature crocheted dachshund.  I also knitted some adorable dachshund koozies.

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Disclaimer:  Feel free to make this pattern for your personal use, for your platypus, for charity, or to sell.  The only thing I ask is that you please do not sell it on Etsy.  If you are interested in purchasing a koozie from my Etsy store, you may do so here.

Materials:

  • 5 Size US 4 double pointed needles
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Sapphire (S)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Rust (R)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Burgundy (B)
  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Black (K)
  • Stitch Holder or Extra Needle

Stitches Used:

Gauge:

10 stitches and 15 rows = 2″ Stockinette Stitch

Instructions:

Cast on 48 stitches with S.  Distribute stitches evenly on four of the double pointed needles.

R1:  Knitting in round being careful not to twist the cast on stitches, (kS 2, pS 2) 12 times.

R2-R5:  (kS 2, pS 2) 12 times

R6-R14:  kS 48

R15:  kS 30, kR 3, kS 15

R16:  kS 21, kR 1, kS 6, kR 2, kK 1, kR 3, kS 14

R17:  kS 21, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold in front of work, kS 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kS 2, kK 1, kR 9, kS 13

R18:  kS 22, kR 1, kS 3, kR 8, kB 1, kS 13

R19:  kS 22, kR 1, kS 8, kR 2, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold behind work, kB 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kR 13

R20:  kR 21, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold in front of work, kR 1, kS stitch on stitch holder, kS 8, kR 1, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold behind work, kB 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kR 14

R21:  kR 21, kS 10, slip next stitch on stitch holder and hold behind work, kB 1, kR stitch on stitch holder, kR 15

R22:  kR 21, kS 10, kR 17

R23:  kR 20, kS 12, kR 16

R24:  kR 20, kS 14, kR 2, kS 12

R25:  kS 18, kR 2, kS 13, kR 3, kS 12

R26:  kS 17, kR 3, kS 24

R27-R32: Continuing with S, k 48

R33:  (k2, k2tog) 12 times

R34:  (k2, k2tog) 9 times

R35:  (k1, k2tog) 9 times

R36:  (k2tog) 9 times

To finish, pull a loop through all 6 stitches on needle and pull tight.  Work in ends.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

 

 

Crochet Miniature Dachshund

Two of my friends have a dachshund that they absolutely adore.  So I made them dachshund related Christmas gifts.  I was planning to create a pattern for the dog, which is about an inch long, but I had such a hard time with making it that I couldn’t keep track of the stitches.  I made the dog of embroidery floss using a size US 14 hook.  I had a hard time seeing the stitches and kept having to rip them out.  The overall product turned out really cute!

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Holiday Activities

I completed a couple of fun craft-related activities over the holidays.  While visiting my family in Indiana, my sister wanted to improve her crocheting skills so that she could crochet something for her 4-H arts and crafts project.  My grandma came over and my mom, sister, grandma, and I spent the afternoon crocheting flowers.  It was a lot of fun to spend time together doing something we all enjoy.  Here are some flowers my grandma already had made plus the flowers we made that afternoon.

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After getting back to Houston, I decided my stash was getting out of control.  My husband built me a set of cubbyholes, and I organized my yarn into bins by color.  I’m excited to have it all organized!

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