Mens super chunky knitted hat pattern

The weather here in the UK has begun to turn a little wintery.  We’ve had quite a few chilly and misty mornings, so when I was at the shops I picked up 2 balls of this lovely yarn.

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I always forget to take a photo before I actually start as I’m so excited to begin, but I’m sure you get the idea .  The shade were 1706 & 1719 just in case you are interested, although I’m not sure which colour is which number as I ripped the bands off and started knitting without taking too much notice.

Anyway Mr D&D is always complaining that his head gets cold while walking the dog, so I decided to make him a hat.  Here it is, beautifully modelled by my son.

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The yarn itself is lovely and soft, and knitted up so quickly. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and luckily for me I had enough wool in the two balls to make another 2 hats, with different colour ways, one of which is pictured below.

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I would definitely recommend this yarn, as its a dream to knit with.

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The pattern below is for the hat with a single stripe, like the half finished knitting above. If you prefer the one with lots of stripes, just follow the same pattern and change colour every 4 rows.

Use 7mm knitting needles, cast on 48 stitches

In colour A
Rows 1-4: *k1, p1* to end

Change to 10mm needles and colour B
Rows 5-8: *k1, p1*

Change to colour A
Rows 9-10: *k1, p1*

Change to colour B
Rows 11- 25: *k1, p1*

Row 26: k2tog to end of row
Row 27: k2tog to end of row.

Cut off long tail of yarn, thread it into wool needle, and feed through remaining stitches.  Pull tight, and sew the seam together.  That’s it.

I managed to make each hat in a single evening, so they’re a lovely quick project. I just wish I’d picked up another ball of grey as now I’d love to make a scarf to go with them.

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Extreme Knitting

When I was wandering around my local hardware store a couple of weeks ago, in amongst all the other things, I found a couple of broomsticks and immediately thought that what I needed to try next was a spot of extreme knitting!

I took them home and used a craft knife to sharpen the ends a little (I really need a giant pencil sharpener if anyone knows where to buy one?)

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And then holding 5 strands of wool together, cast on.

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I used a simple pattern of k2, p2 and just carried on knitting.

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I love the effect of the rib, and it only took about a week of evenings to knit a blanket big enough to snuggle under. I used about 7 100g balls of wool in the end, so I think if you were making a single bed sized blanket you’d need about 10 balls. I used Stylecraft Special DK, which is my favourite yarn for experimenting in as it’s very good quality for a low price and knits/crochets up beautifully.

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I think I’m sold on the whole idea of extreme knitting, especially because due to the weight of the broomsticks and the yarn, it also has the added bonus of toning up your upper body at the same time! A win win situation in my eyes.

I do have another project on the huge needles now, watch this space soon for an update.

Superman Cushion

Ooh I nearly forgot to show you, I’ve finished my first knitted cushion:

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It was a real labour of love as it took absolutely ages to knit, as I am quite a slow knitter, but I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I think for the next pattern I would change the size of the cushion and make it slightly smaller as it has turned out a little larger than I’d planned, but for a first attempt at writing my own pattern, I’m happy.

Superman part 2, and the start of a new crochet cushion

After my disaster with the sizing of the Superman cushion I went back to the drawing board (well laptop anyway) and redesigned the pattern. This time I decided to make the cushion square.

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These are the balls of yarn I’m juggling at the moment,

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Not too many of them yet, but I know the further up the cushion I get the more balls of yarn I add in – something for me to look forward to 🙂

As I find knitting a little slow and more of a challenge, I like to do some crochet in between my knitting projects. I was browsing on pinterest (hands up anyone else who spends lots of time drooling over the gorgeous things on there!) and found a tutorial for a beautiful crochet cushion made up of squares. Here are the first two of my squares:

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Such a pretty design for squares, I think I’m going to enjoy making this cushion.

A big oops!

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve taken a short detour into knitting and was working on my first knitting design. I’d planned and designed a new cushion, got the yarn out and began to knit.

All was going well,

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I’d even been patient with the knots that developed at the end of each row

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And then I finished it

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Now what you can’t see very well from this photo is the proportions, in fact I would even go so far as to say it looks pretty reasonable, but sadly photos can lie

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A brief detour into knitting

Well I know you were expecting me to post a photo of my finished cushion, and don’t worry it is still a work in progress, however I must confess to getting distracted and starting another project while my diagonal striped cushion was discarded in my crochet bag (who am I kidding, a bag would never be big enough for all of my unfinished crochet projects!)

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This is what I have been distracted by, my first attempt at designing a knitting pattern! My mum taught me to knit while I was quite small, you know the words I’m sure “in, round, through, off” and I still chant this as I’m knitting, but up until now knitting has always come second to crochet. But this year I’m determined to pick up the needles and develop my knitting designing skills. Now I’m not going to tell you what design it is yet, especially as I’m not quite sure how it will work out, but hopefully in a later post I’ll be able to show you and maybe, if you’re very good I’ll share the pattern with you too.

To finish I thought I would prove that I am still working on the striped cushion, here is the front (you would’ve thought those darn ends would have been sewed in by now!) and the back, so you can see I’m almost there.

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