Appalachian Trail Koozie

We played Secret Santa at work this year. I drew a colleague who had recently taken off six months to hike the Appalachian Trail. (2200 miles!) For one of his gifts, I designed a koozie with the Appalachian Trail symbol. 

   
 
Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 2 Movies

Overall Experience: Excellent

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Chappy Newsboy Caps

I have sooooo many friends that have had babies in the last couple of months.  I need to catch up on baby hat posts.  First up:  the Bergs.  The Bergs are leaders in my Sunday School class.  They have a toddler, and they welcome a new baby at the end of June.  I wanted to make matching hats for both of their boys, and chose Chappy Newsboy Caps from Ravelry.  The hats turned out so sweet that I adapted a preemie hat to add to our preemie collection.  The hat features a half-double crochet pattern worked through alternating front and back loops that gives the hat a really fun texture.  I’ll have to start using that stitch more often!

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Preemie Hat Adaption:

Make the hat following the newborn pattern with the following changes:

Skip Round 6

Skip Rounds 12 and 13

Round 15:  Instead of sc 16, sc 12

Round 17:  Instead of sc 12, sc 8

Round 19:  Slip stitch instead of sc around

 

Difficulty:  Challenging; while the stitches themselves aren’t difficult, paying attention to the front loop/back loop instructions is challenging.

Time Required:  One movie

Overall Experience:  Excellent