Let’s pretend we’re Ralph Lauren!

Who saw the Olympics Opening Ceremony?
Anyone? Bueller….

It seems that no one I’ve spoken with has seen the opening ceremonies but I DID!

And during said opening ceremonies I fell in love with a Ralph Lauren beanie that was made for all the Olympians. I didn’t think I’d be able to make something like this until I was stalking the Ravelry forums and found a thread featuring the pattern from someone who had taken the time to reverse engineer the knitting and make the cap!


I later told my mom “I need something more challenging! I’m so bored with scarves and hats and I need something with more of a challenge.”

So I downloaded it and immediately set to getting out to Loop at some point. The pattern itself calls for Cascade 220 in Red Blue and Cream. I went to Loop but couldn’t find any of the colors. However, next to it was the Berroco line and the colors were so vibrant and I fell in love with the rich red, navy blue and pure cream. I also had to buy size 6 circular and DPN needles for the gauge I wanted.

So I got home and after making my way through some homework, set to raveling the hanks into symmetrical balls of the yarn.

While watching the Men’s Luge and Moguls I cast on.

And quickly twisted my stitches upon joining! I’m just that awesome!

So I took it apart, re- cast on, then made absolute sure that I’d be OK for the rest of the pattern and I am.

I have to do some alterations to the pattern because it only shows one part of the hat. This chart is very well done but I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing for a majority of the hat, so I printed out graph paper (thank you, excel!) and grabbed a red and blue colored pencil and started coloring row by row (I’d color a row, then follow it. Otherwise I’d get too overwhelmed and screw up!)

First the pattern asks for 15 rows of just stockinette stitch to act as a lining (you flip the yarn under so it’s against the forehead, lining against the back of the fair-isle knitting.) for all the moving around the yarn does at the back of the knitting. It looks like an inverse of the pattern on the back but the yarn is pulled across to join to the new stitching. It’s hard to explain but it looks kind of cool! This lining was kind of unnecessary because the knitting isn’t going to come apart the way it’s done, but it’s purely a comfort thing.

I finished the brim last night. It has a beautiful and simple fair isle pattern that would have been a lot harder had I not done it the way I did.

I get to add in the two rows that include the red yarn tonight and then it’s on to making my moose and trees! I’m so proud of myself. I didn’t think I had it in me to ever do fair isle or other color work.


I’ve started making patterns

I bought this random book at barnes and noble a while back and never had a very good use for it… until now.

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I started with the pattern of the crocheted flappy hat and kept going. I’m working on my fourth pattern- a remake of the mittens I bought this afternoon.

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This is only part of the pattern- if you want the whole thing, let me know!

In the back, I taped all the labels and tags from the yarn I buy and let me tell you- it was A LOT of yarn that I’ve previously bought.

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I can’t wait to add more patterns of my own creation and even some pictures to put in there as well. It’ll be like my very own scrap book for patterns and knit-tacular items.


What do you mean?

I hate reading patterns… like really hate reading them. They’re always different and they never usually help you out when it comes to deciphering them unless you go to the front of the book to find them, then flip back- which can be detrimental to the knitting flow.

I’m not much of a pattern user because I like to experiment, but on the occasional time I use one, I try to remember what I’m doing without looking at the pattern otherwise I’ll get lost or get frustrated.

So here’s a basic of what the abbreviations to a pattern look like:

DPN-Double Pointed Needles
Knit- K
Purl- P
k 2 tog- Knit two stitches together. This is used when Decreasing!
CO- Cast On
p-wise- Purl Wise- as in Purl
tog- Together
WS- Wrong Side
YB or YTB- Yarn to back of work (to knit the next stitch)
yo- Yarn over

I’m sure there are many more, but I’ll update whenever I come across them.
Just remember: There is no universal set of abbreviations for a knitting pattern- anywhere. If you’re working on a pattern in one book and go to another book, you could very easily have a problem deciphering. Just keep an eye on the key and you won’t be able to go wrong.