Sunday, March 31, 2019

Basketweave Hat


Now that I have some down time while I recover from back surgery, I was finally able to write up a pattern I made about 5 years ago. This basketweave hat would accompany my basketweave scarf well.

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn (170-200 yds) - 1 or 2 colors if you would like the brim to be a different color than the main hat
  • H hook
  • G hook

Abbreviations:
  • ch - chain
  • dc - double crochet
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • st/sts - stitch(es)
  • fpdc - front post double crochet
  • bpdc - back post double crochet


Pattern:

Main Hat
H hook
  1. Ch 3. 9 dc into third ch from hook. Join with a sl st to first dc. Join like this throughout (join with sl st to first stitch in the round). (You can start this round with a magic ring instead of the ch 3 if you would like.)
  2. Ch 2. *Bpdc, fpdc in same stitch. Repeat from * around. Join. (18 sts)
  3. Ch 2. *Fpdc in next st. Bpdc, fpdc in same next stitch. Repeat from * around. Join. (27 sts)
  4. Ch 2. *Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Bpdc, fpdc in same next st. Repeat from * around. Join. (36 sts)
  5. Ch 2. *Fpdc in next st. Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st. Bpdc, fpdc in same next st. Repeat from * around. Join. (45 sts)
  6. Ch 2. *[Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st.] twice. Bpdc, fpdc in same next st. Repeat from * around. Join. (54 sts)
  7. Ch 2. *[Fpdc in next st. Bpdc in next st.] twice. Fpdc in next st. Bpdc, fpdc in same next st. Repeat from * around. Join. (63 sts)
  8.  Ch 2. *[Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st.] three times. Bpdc, fpdc in same next st. Repeat from * around. Join. (72 sts)
  9. Ch 2. [Fpdc in next st. Bpdc in next st.] around. Join.
  10. Ch 2. [Bpdc in next st. Fpdc in next st.] around. Join.
  11. Repeat rounds 10 and 11 until hat is as long as you need it to be. 6-7 inches from the top of the hat is a good length. The brim will add about 1 inch to the length of the finished hat.
  12. Cut main hat color and switch to brim color, if applicable.
Brim
Switch to G hook.
  1. Ch 1. Fpdc in the fpdc sts, bpdc in the bpdc sts around. Join.
  2. Repeat round 1 two more times.
  3. Cut brim color yarn. Secure and weave in ends.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Back Surgery

Hi everyone!

For those who have been following me for a while will remember my ACL reconstruction and subsequent second surgery 7 months later. The first surgery was an awful an experience. I found out the hard way that I likely have some sort of genetic anomaly which makes opioid pain medication completely ineffective in me. Hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycotin), and morphine all don't work. I get zero pain relief and no semblance of a high from any of them.

Well, I just had my third surgery in four years. Luckily, my knee is okay. It's my back this time. I've talked about my back twice on this blog. I herniated what is probably the most commonly herniated disc in 2008. I was 18 at the time. I've had some flare ups since (about 5 of them), but the latest flare up that started last November was different from the rest. The previous ones were all because I didn't keep up with the core exercises and muscles just got weak. This recent one was the result of me exercising. Physical therapy didn't make things better and sometime made it worse.

After missing several days of work over a couple weeks because of the pain, I got another MRI and saw a spine specialist. He told me the disc had herniated more somewhere in the last 10.5 years. I opted for surgery (microdiskectomy).

I'm still in a fair amount of pain, four days out from surgery. Just like with my knee, pain management was an issue that, in my opinion, was not resolved. I was discharged from the hospital with pain I was rating as 7/10. I understand they couldn't admit me, but I feel like something else should have been done for the pain.

I'm hoping things will start feeling like they did before last November (but really like before July 2008) soon. I've been in pain for so long I'm really at a breaking point. I keep seeing people in videos online, TV shows, movies, and just outside my window and they are able to walk normally. I haven't been able to do that since last November. It really feels like I'll never be back to that. I know that isn't the case, but it feel like it.

I guess the reason why I'm sharing this and why I shared my other medical issues in the past is that it makes me feel less alone in this. If you want to help support me in this, I have a link to Buy Me a Coffee somewhere on the right panel.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Two Tone Ribbed Winter Hat Pattern and Tutorial

About a month ago, I received an anonymous comment on my original Ribbed Winter Hat pattern asking how one would go about making the brim (the folded up part) a different color than the rest of the hat. I gave a written reply, but I don't know that it was the best I could have done. I decided to make a video tutorial for how to make a two tone Ribbed Winter Hat. 

Materials:
  • Worsted weight yarn 
  • K hook (However, depending on the yarn, sometimes the top of the hat [the part in the round] becomes rather open between stitches. If this occurs, switch to a smaller hook, like an I or H.)
The video below is probably the best way to work this pattern. If you would like an accompanying written pattern, it is below the video.

Feel free to let me know if anything is not clear. I don't mind revisiting the content of the video or the written pattern to clarify things. 

Link to Ravelry



Abbreviations:
  • Ch - chain
  • Sc - single crochet
  • st/sts - stitch/stitches
  • sc2tog - single crochet 2 together
  • BC - brim color
  • MC - main color
  • BLO - back loops only
Pattern:

Row 1. Chain 10 in BC. Drop BC. Join MC. Ch 26. (36 ch sts total)

Row 2. Using MC, sc in second ch from hook. Sc across to last MC ch. Sc half a stitch (i.e. don't complete the stitch with the last "yarn over and pull through"). Drop MC. Complete the stitch with the BC (i.e. the last yarn over and pull through). Sc to end using BC. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 3. Using BC, sc across in BLO to last BC st. Just like in Row 2, sc half a stitch in the last BC st. Drop BC. Complete the stitch using MC. Sc to end in BLO. Ch 1. Turn.

Row 4. Using MC, sc across in BLO to last MC st. Just like in Row 2, sc half a stitch in the last MC st. Drop MC. Complete the stitch using BC. Sc to end in BLO. Ch 1. Turn.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until you have 61 sc rows total. End with ch 1. (Note: check the hat at this point by wrapping it around your head. The ch row should touch the last sc row. You may need more or less rows to accomplish this. Make sure you end on an odd number of sc rows.)

Fold the piece in half so that the first ch row is next to the last row. Slip st together each st of the first row and the last row starting with the BC. When you get to the last BC st of the last sc row, sl st this using the MC. Continue using MC for the remainder of the hat. Ch 1 at the end.

Sc across the top of the piece in every other row. Do not join to ch st or first sc.

*Sc2tog in next 2 st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * around until there are 12 sts left.

Sc2tog six times.

Fasten off. Weave yarn through last 6 stitches and pull tight to close the top of the hat. Weave in ends.

Monday, January 21, 2019

1800s Hat-Scarf (Crocheted Version)


Hi everyone!

I'm so excited this is finally done! I've been working on this since July 2018. I'm so happy with how it turned out after doing three versions of it.

I now introduce you to......the crocheted 1800s Hat-Scarf!


This is my version of a one-piece hat-scarf based on the hat-scarf worn by 19th century Frenchman Charles-Marie-√Čtienne Champion Dubois de Nansouty (image from Wikipedia). He was a military man turned mountaineer who lived from 1815-1895. I discovered his picture at an event hosted by the National Park Service in Maryland at the Monocacy Civil War Battlefield in Frederick. I immediately knew I had to recreate his hat-scarf.
Champion Dubois de Nansouty
The yarn I used is: 
Lion Brand Yarn Fishermen’s Wool, Natural (MC) – 2 skeins, 930 yds 
Lion Brand Yarn, Fishermen’s Wool, Brown Heather (CC) – 1 skein plus about 50 yds of a second skein, ~510 yds
...although any worsted/aran weight yarn would work. And you don't have to stripe it if you don't want to.
You can find the pattern at Ravelry and LoveKnitting. No more Craftsy. They recently changed how patterns are offered on their site and I did not make the cut. 
Cheers!