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Shaken Baby Syndrome Purple Hat

Knitted "Shaken Baby Syndrome Purple Hats"  
One of my virtual knit/crochet friends shared with several of us, knitters, a link (see below) about donating purple hats for Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Further more, I found an article that talks about the science behind SBS - click HERE if you'd like to read it. It's quite a fascinating read about what happens to a shaken baby, supplied with images.
The color of the hat is purple because it represents the abbreviation for "period of P.U.R.P.L.E. crying." Watch THIS  EXCELLENT VIDEO to understand this crying period, which is explained by Dr. Ron Barr, a world expert on infant crying.
THIS VIDEO explains more about SBS and how to prevent it.

Articles, videos, and P.U.R.P.L.E. hats could help parents to prepare for this difficult time, especially new parents whose babies are more vulnerable. Some children never cry, some cry a little, some cry a lot. And parents of infants that cry a lot will have to train themselves to have a lot of patience.
The purple hat, if worn by a child, could remind parents to stay "calm" when frustrated, and find ways how to deal with the situation. If you know of any new parents, share the links above with them and knit a purple hat as a gift.

I decided to knit few hats for the cause mentioned above. See a couple of links below for places that need P.U.R.P.L.E. hats. I hear that hats should be preferably unisex, from relatively soft yarn (not to scratch babies' skin), hats must fit newborn babies, and they should be minimum 50% purple.

For visual knitters, I made a video of a simple hat (for my right-handed video click HERE and if you are a left-handed knitter click HERE) so if you prefer knitting along click on these links. I made three hats using three different yarns: a sports yarn (#3 - light weight) for babies, and two types of worsted yarn (#4 - medium weight). All same unisex style to be worn by a boy or a girl.

Places where hats are needed at this time (August 2017) as I write this post:



Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
DPN - double pointed needles
K2tog - knit 2 stitches together
BO - bind off

Gauge:
My gauge corresponds with a manufacturer's gauge on any yarn label


PATTERN #1 FOR 

Both hats were knitted with same knitting needles

Hat #1 & Hat #2 


Purple Hat #1 from Snuggly Wuggly yarn (Sof Lilac color)

Hat #2 from Shawl in a Ball yarn (Mindful Mauve color - use purple part)
Materials (if you shop, these affiliated links could help fund my projects):

Yarn for Hat #1: about 1/4 ball of Loops & Threads, Snuggly Wuggly; color Soft Lilac; 100% acrylic; 5 oz/141 g; 446yrds/408 m

Yarn for Hat #2: the purple part of Lion Brand; Shawl in a Ball; color: Mindful Mauve; 58% cotton/39% acrylic; 3 % other fiber; 5.3 oz/150 g; 518 yd/473 m; Note: I made 2 hats from one purple part of the yarn; this yarn is surprisingly soft to the touch

Double Pointed Needles or circular needles - size #5 (3.75mm), and #6 (4mm)
Hook - size #D
Yarn Needle (for weaving in the tail)
Scissors

Size:
Circumference: 13"-14"
Height: 6" (without the antennae)


Step-by-Step:

CO 70 sts on #5 (3.75 mm) long (or circular) needles and knit ribbing

Row 1              *(K1, P1)* - repeat to end (35x); then distribute stitches evenly among 3 DPNs (24-24-22 sts on each needle), connect into circle (make sure stitches are not twisted)
Rnd 2-14         *(K1, P1)* - repeat 35x in each row

Note: Switch to #6 (4 mm) knitting needles and finish knitting the entire hat with this size

Rnd 15-28       K70

Decreasing for top:

Round 29          *[K8, K2tog]* - 7x
Round 30          K63
Round 31          *[K7, K2tog]* - 7x
Round 32           K56
Round 33          *[K6, K2tog]* - 7x; (total 49 sts)
Round 34          *[K5, K2tog]* - 7x; (total 42 sts)
Round 35          *[K4, K2tog]* - 7x; (total 35 sts)
Round 36          *[K3, K2tog]* - 7x; (total 28 sts)
Round 37          *[K2, K2tog]* - 7x; (total 21 sts)
Round 38          *[K1, K2tog]* - 7x; (total 14 sts)
Round 39          *[K5, K2tog]* - 2x; (total 12 sts)
Round 40          *[K4, K2tog]* - 2x; (total 10 sts)
Round 41          *[K3, K2tog]* - 2x; (total 8 sts)
Round 42          *[K2, K2tog]* - 2x; (total 6 sts)
Round 43-?       K6 in each row until your tube measures about 4 inches.

BO by pulling yarn through all stitches, weave in the ends. Tie the knot and give it to some one.


PATTERN #2 

For Hat #3


Purple hat #3 - from Caron Cakes (Bumbleberry color)



Caron Cakes worsted yarn #4; Bumbleberry (purple variegated) color; 80% acrylic/20% wool; 7.1 oz/200g; 383 yd/350 m
Double Pointed Needles or circular needles - size #8 (5mm)
Hook - size #F
Yarn Needle (for weaving in the tail)
Scissors

Size:
Circumference: 13"-14"
Height: 5" (without the antennae)


Step-by-Step:

CO 60 sts on long (or circular) needles (5mm)

Row 1              *(K1, P1)* - repeat to end; then distribute stitches evenly among 3 DPNs (20-20-20 sts on each needle), connect into circle (make sure stitches are not twisted)
Rnd 2-12         *(K1, P1)* - repeat 30x in each row
Rnd 13-24       K60

Decreasing for top:

Round 25          *[K8, K2tog]* - 6x
Round 26          K54
Round 27          *[K7, K2tog]* - 6x
Round 28          *[K6, K2tog]* - 6x; (total 42 sts)
Round 29          *[K5, K2tog]* - 6x; (total 36 sts)
Round 30          *[K4, K2tog]* - 6x; (total 30 sts)
Round 31          *[K3, K2tog]* - 6x; (total 24 sts)
Round 32          *[K2, K2tog]* - 6x; (total 18 sts)
Round 33          *[K1, K2tog]* - 6x; (total 12 sts)
Round 34          K12
Round 35          K2tog - 6x; (total 6 sts)
Round 36-?       K6 in each row until your tube measures about 4 inches.

BO by pulling yarn through all stitches, weave in the ends. Tie the knot and give it to some one.



DID YOU FIND ERRORS? Let me know on what page and in which row by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE. There are many videos to be seen, too.

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Other Crocheted or Knitted Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)

Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Knitting Scarf With Boucle Yarn

To some of us knitters, boucle yarn can give us a hard time. Our knitting needles get caught in those little bumpy areas causing us to split the yarn. If you have the same problem, give this textured yarn another chance, just as I did.

Use a size bigger knitting needles. Instead of size US 11, use size US 13, which are 9 mm needles. With the chunkier tip of your knitting "sticks," it will be much harder to poke into the yarn. On top of that, you can emphasize already textured yarn to look even more 3D by using a seed stitch for any of your future boucle projects. That is exactly what I did with my donated yarn - I knitted a lovely plush scarf for the library, where I teach knitting. The staff will give it away to someone as a prize for summer reading. All librarians loved it.

Video For Righties
Video For Lefties


Measurements of the scarf:
Width - 11" (27 stitches)
Lenght - 52" after using entire ball of yarn


Materials (I may receive a commission if you make an online purchase using these links - thank you if you do):
Michaels on line store, OR Hobby Lobby, OR Jo-Ann Fabrics, OR Walmart 

1 big ball of donated Boucle Yarn, Lion Brand, Homespun - most likely 6 oz, 185 yds
Knitting needles #13 (9 mm)
Scissors


Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
BO - bind off


Step-by-Step

CO 27 sts

Row 1           *(K1, P1)* - 13x, K last st, turn

Repeat Row 1 until you have left about 56" long tail, then BO all the stitches and weave both ends in.


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See my many videos on my YouTube Channel HERE (you can load more videos at the bottom of my channel page)

Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you who finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE.

Attaching Granny Squares with a Cable Stitch

A couple of years ago I made a video "How To Attach Granny Squares With Cable Stitch," which is very popular with my fans. A lady asked me to write a pattern for it because sometimes there is no Internet connection in her area and she would like to print it. So here we go.

Of course, for materials, you will use same hook and same yarn brand for your Cable Stitch as you used for crocheting your granny squares. Use your choice of color.

And just in case you would like to explore couple other videos on granny squares, just click on THIS LINK for righties or THIS LINK for lefties, which will take you to my Granny Square Playlists.

And here is "How To Attach Granny Squares With Cable Stitch" (for righties only, sorry)

Materials (if you shop via affiliated links below you could help fund my future projects, TXS):
Michaels on line store, OR Hobby Lobby, OR Jo-Ann Fabrics, OR Walmart 
  • any yarn of light (#3) thickness or medium (#4) thickness (I used Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly for my baby blanket)
  • appropriate hook that manufacturer recommends (I used 3.75 mm, US size "F" hook)
  • scissors

Abreviations:

ch - chain
dc - double crochet stitch
prev. - previous
st(s) - stitch(es)
Gsq(s) - granny square(s)
RS - right side


Step-by-Step Directions:

Note: Your starting point will be at one of the corners of the Granny Square.

Step 1           WORK ON THE FIRST SQUARE: ch3 into the corner, crochet around the 1st side: *(skip 1 sts, 1 sc next st, ch3)* - repeat to end of the first side; then into the 2nd corner make 1 sc, ch3, 1 sc; continue along your sides and corners, when you get to the end of your 4th side, make last ch3 and join into the 3rd ch stitch of your initial ch3. (Note in each corner you should have two single crochet stitches separated with ch3, and along the sides, you should have sc in every other stitch separated with ch3 as well).

Step 2          WORK ON THE SECOND SQUARE: do the same as in Step 1 along 3 sides and 2 corners, you will attach first 3rd corner, then one side, and lastly 4th corner (total 2 corners and 1 side) as such: when you make your ch3 after your last sc on the 3rd side make 1 sc into 3rd corner, make ch2, take hook out of the stitch, with both Gsqs facing right way up, insert to hook from right side into the corner so it comes out on the wrong side, grab the loop of your last stitch, pull it through the loop onto the right side, and make another ch (total 3 chains), then make sc in the same corner of the unfinished Gsq; now you will be joining/attaching both sides - one finished and one unfinished: make ch2, line up the finished Gsq (make sure they are not twisted and are facing with RS up) and insert your hook into the first loop of your finished Gsq (the one right after the corner), and join with another chain st - same way as you joined the corner. Continue as such along the sides until you come to the fourth corner, and you will attach again by the same method as you did in the third corner, lastly join with a slip stitch into the 3rd ch stitch of your initial ch3.

Step 3          Attach a row of Gsqs = repeat Step 2 as many times as you want (for your desired number of squares in a row)
  
Step 4         When working on the next rows, you will attach the first square in each row on one side just like in Step 2, but the next consecutive Gsqs will be attached on 3 corners and 2 sides - use the same technique as in step 2, except you will have to continue with 1 more side and 1 more corner (thus 2 sides and 3 corners)

The direction of attaching the 2 sides and 3 corners from #1 to #5
(left handed crocheters from #5 to #1)





DID YOU FIND ERRORS? Let me know on what page and in which row by clicking
 HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE. There are many videos to be seen, too.

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Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Baby Blue Blanket and Green Scarf (lacy pattern)
Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Crocheted Box Stitch Pattern

Box Stitch pattern   
As a knit and crochet teacher I have to solve "puzzles" for my students quite often. Please understand, that word "puzzles" may refer to helping others to read graphs, fix errors, or "translate" written pattern to a simple/understandable version. On Thursday, I was asked to solve one of those "not-completely-clear-patterns", when my very talented and very advanced student, Sarah (who by the way makes beautifully crocheted toys, blankets, etc.), brought in a print of crochet directions from "my picot" website - FYI, it was THIS ONE. I wanted to help her out, but due to several distractions, we had to abandon the idea of trying to decipher the written pattern right then and there. Other ladies needed my help and there was not enough time for me to do it. So I told her I'd figure it at home and show her how to do it at our next meeting.

But then, at home, I thought - I should make an educational video! Not just for Sarah, but for all my fab virtual artsy and crafty fans.

As I was reading the above mentioned written pattern (click on the link to see it) and looking at its chart, I realized that I would like to alter the pattern - simplify it. When I started to do repeats I realized, there will be no need for one of the rows. It only not eliminated the usage of some of the yarn, but also the crocheting got less time-consuming. Then according to a chart, I was supposed to turn my crocheted piece at the end of each row. But I changed that too - I just kept crocheting in the rounds, which meant to "rewrite" the pattern in my head (and now also on the virtual paper).

If you want to crochet my altered pattern, see my Step-by-Step Directions below. If you'd like to crochet the original box stitch pattern, click on the link mentioned above.

To crochet along with my educational video, RIGHTIES CLICK HERE, while LEFTIES SHOULD CLICK HERE

Huge "thank yous" to all my wonderful followers for sharing my projects.
Enjoy, and have fun knitting or crocheting :-)


On the left my original & on the right my student's WIP


Size:
Varies - depending on how many rows you will make

Materials (if you shop via affiliated links below you could help fund my future projects, TXS):
Michaels on line store, OR Hobby Lobby, OR Jo-Ann Fabrics, OR Walmart 

Scissors

Gauge:
4"x4" = 13 sc sts x 7 sc rows

Abbreviations:
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
bpsc - crochet sc through back post of dc from prev. row
cluster - into the same stitch crochet: *(4 dc, ch1, 4 dc)*
join - join with a slip stitch
prev. - previous
ch1-sp - one chain space
ch2-sp - two chain space
cl ch1 sp - cluster's chain 1 space (in the middle of the cluster)
"V" stitch - 1dc, ch2, 1dc (Note: "V" stitches will represent each side)

Box Stitch pattern - right side and wrong side

Step-by-Step

Set up:
Foundation - magic circle

Work with yarn color A
Rnd 1           ch3 (counts as dc), then 2 dc, ch2, *(3dc, ch2*) - 3x, join into 3rd ch of initial ch3

Rnd 2           ch1, then *(1sc into 1st dc from prev. row, ch1, 1sc into 3rd dc from prev row, ch2)* - 4x, join into sl. st

Rnd 3           ch1, *(1sc into ch1-sp from prev. row, cluster over both ch2-sp from Rnd 1 and Rnd 2 (= into space between 3 dc-s in the first row)* - 4x, join

Rnd 4           work 1 bpsc sts around each st from prev. row as such: *(1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1 bpsc around sc)* - 4x, join

Work with yarn color B
Rnd 5           in the same 1st st: *(ch3, 2dc, ch2, 1dc)*, ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3, then *(skip 4 bpsc, in next st work: "1dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 1dc", ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3)* - 3x; finish row with 1dc into 1st st, ch2; join (total 4 repeats)

Rnd 6           ch1, bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp (1/2 of the corner), 1 sc into sc from prev. row; *(work cluster into ch2-sp, bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 sc into sc from prev. row)* - 3x; finish with cluster into ch2-sp at the beginning of the row, join

Rnd 7           work 1 bpsc sts around each st from prev. row as such: ch1, *(1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch11 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1bpsc around sc)* - 7x, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, join

Work with yarn color A
Rnd 8            in the same 1st st: *(ch3, 2dc, ch2, 1dc)*, ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3, then skip 4 bpsc and work "V" stitch into next st (between the clusters/corners),  ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3 *(skip 4 bpsc, in next st work: "1dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 1dc", ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3, "V" stitch into next st (between the clusters/corners, ch3, skip 4 bpsc, 1 sc into cl-ch1-sp, ch3)* - 3x; finish row with 1dc into 1st st, ch2; join (total 4 repeats)

Rnd 9           ch1, bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 sc into sc from prev. row; work cluster into ch2-sp of "V" stitch, sc into sc; *(work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 bpsc around middle dc of 3 from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp, 1 sc into sc from prev. row, work cluster into ch2-sp of "V" stitch,  sc into sc from prev. row)* - 3x; finish with cluster into ch2-sp at the beginning of the row, join

Rnd 10           work 1 bpsc sts around each st from prev. row as such: *(1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1 bpsc around sc)* - 11x, finish with 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, ch1, 1 bpsc around each of next 4 dc, 1bpsc around sc, join

Continue working as many 3-row repeats as you wish in a similar manner as in Rnds 8-10, except keep in mind that in each first round of 3-round repeat you will have always one extra "V" stitch between corner clusters. The corners will always have 2 clusters, while "V" stitches will have only one cluster. These extra "V" stitches will make your item bigger and bigger.
Please see my video to crochet along and to see Rnds 11-13.

If you want to make a blanket then just keep adding the "V" stitches on the sides in each first row of a 3-row repeat. When you are finished, weave in all the ends.


DID YOU FIND ERRORS? Let me know on what page and in which row by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
Also if you haven't subscribed to my HandmadeRukodelky Channel, you can do it HERE. There are many videos to be seen, too.

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Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Baby Blue Blanket and Green Scarf (lacy pattern)
Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Copyright page - click HERE

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Candy Blanket

In my last post, I told you about a lady who donated a bag of yarn, which a couple of my knitting and crocheting ladies and I are utilizing for the gift prizes for summer reading in Bridgeport Public Library.
Today I share with you another free pattern where I used 2 big skeins for my project - a blanket (a lap blanket's usual size is about 35″ by 40″ and a kid's/baby blanket usually measures about 30″ by 36″.)
I chose these two skeins because they looked nice together, and as I progressed with my knitting I was loving the blanket more and more. The blanket colors look so yummy, and the pattern looks actually 3D - almost like I knitted cables.

I started on 158 sts and I was a little scared that I would not have enough yarn. Especially because the yarn was donated and I was not sure if I would be able to buy same yarn if I would run out. I am now finished and it turned out OK (see the measurements below). If you want to start on the same number of stitches and you would like to have your blanket a bit longer, you may need to buy more yarn than just one skein of each color (2 skeins total). You could also start with a lower number of repeats and make the blanket narrower.

Below is the written pattern, including few images of my finished project. AND - if you want to learn how to read charts and at the same time knit along (the pattern below) CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE MY VIDEO.

BTW - you could use this pattern for a scarf too because the wrong side looks very nice also. It is reversible. You would have to knit about six to nine "6-stitch" repeats (depending on how wide you would want your scarf) plus few extra stitches for the side edges and as many 12-row repeats as you want (again depending on how long you'd want to make your scarf).

ENJOY.
A donated bag with yarn


Gauge:
2" x 2" = 6 sts x 8 rows (in stockinette with 6mm knitting needles)


Size:
Width - 42" (158 stitches)
Height - 29.5" (148 rows = eleven 12-row repeats + two 8-row edges)


Materials (if you shop via affiliated links below you could help fund my future projects TXS):

Abbreviations:
Close-up of the pattern - each stripe is 12-row/6-stitch repeat
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
MC - main color yarn (yellow)
CC - complimentary color (peach)
pm - place marker
mm - move marker
BO - bind off


Step-by-Step:

This pattern requires 12-row/6-stitch repeats. Note: This pattern is written for 24 6-stitch repeats. However, you can choose your own # of 6-stitch repeats

With MC yarn CO multiple of 6 sts plus 14 sts for 2 edges (each edge will have 7 sts). I casted on 158 sts (24 repeats of 6 sts = 144, plus 7 sts for each edge; 144 sts + 14 sts = total 158 sts)

Row 1-?       (MC) K158
Note: Knit as many rows of your bottom edge as you wish, I knitted 8 rows

Pattern:

Repeat the below pattern as many times as you want - alternating 12 rows in CC with 12 rows in MC, and finishing with 12 rows in CC.
I  will start row count from the beginning again (from #1). As you are knitting the first row, place markers for reference between your repeats - it will be easier to keep the track of your repetitions and what stitches you are supposed to knit. This work requires attention and concentration on your knit and purl stitches - great for our brains. I made my markers from a different color yarn, but you can use your preferred markers.


Blanket - for baby, kid, or for your lap

Use CC yarn:

Row 1          K7, pm; *[P2, K4, pm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 2          K7, mm; *[P4, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 3          K7, mm; *[P2, K4, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 4          K7, mm; *[P4, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7

Row 5          K7, mm; *[K2, P2, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 6          K7, mm; *[P2, K2, P2 mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 7          K7, mm; *[K2, P2, K2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 8          K7, mm; *[P2, K2, P2 mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7

Row 9          K7, mm; *[K4, P2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 10        K7, mm; *[K2, P4, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 11        K7, mm; *[K4, P2, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7
Row 12        K7, mm; *[K2, P4, mm]* - repeat from * to * 24x (or your # of repeats); K7

Now repeat 12 rows above in MC yarn, after that again repeat 12 rows above in CC, and so on... Finish 12-row repeats with CC yarn.



12-row/6-stitch repeat (without edges)

Finishing:

Finish the blanket with the same number of rows as in the beginning. Let's start row count from 1 again.

Row 1-?       (MC) K158
Note: Knit as many rows for the end edge as you wish, I knitted 8 rows as in the beginning. BO last row. Finish crocheting single crochet stitches (or back stitches) around the entire perimeter with CC and to conceal your color changes of each 12-row panel as well. Do not make your edge too tight. 

Crochet around the side edges

Both sides look nice - I consider this blanket reversible

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Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Baby Blue Blanket and Green Scarf (lacy pattern)
Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Knitted Griffindor Hat For Teens

Griffindor Hat for teens
I teach knitting and crocheting at one of the Bridgeport Public Library's branch. Anyone can come to our class and if they are stuck with their project, I will help them to solve their problem. In-between helping knitters and crocheters with their projects I occasionally teach beginners to knit.

The other day someone was cleaning their closets, and the nice person brought a bag of yarn to our library. Yippie!

I talked to Michele, the head of our branch, about the use of the yarn. She had a grand idea - to knit or crochet items that the librarians can give as prizes to kids for their summer reading. And knit something for our senior citizens too, while we are at it. I liked the idea so much that I presented it to my ladies who come to knit or crochet on Thursdays. A couple of my wonderful, talented young ladies decided to make some toys for five-to-eight-year-olds. Then we decided that we will make some lap blankets for our senior citizens with rest of the yarn.

In the bag, we also found a maroon, and yellow colored yarns - ideal for a "Griffindor" hats. As you see in the images below, there is plenty of yarn for two hats. So today, I decided to write a simple pattern for anyone that would like to knit this hat. Enjoy.





Gauge:
2" x 2" = 8 sts x 11 rows (stockinette)

Size:
Circumference - 18"
Height - 8"

Materials:

  • Yarn - 1 big ball of yarn in Aran weight #4 (unknown company/kind - use your preferred yarn); Main Color - Maroon; 
  • Several yards of yarn in Aran weight #4 (unknown company/kind - use your preferred yarn); Complimentary Color - Orangy Yellow
  • Long Knitting Needles - size #8 (5 mm)
  • Double Pointed needles OR Circular Needles - size #8 (5 mm)
  • Hook 5mm
  • Yarn Needle for weaving in the ends (optional, you could use your hook instead)

Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
K - knit
P - purl
m1 - increase by making one extra stitch
DPN - double pointed needles
MC - main color yarn (maroon)
CC - complimentary color (yellow)
k2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together
BO - bind off

Step-by-Step:

CO 66 sts on long knitting needles (or circular needles) - start knitting with "Main Color".

Row 1                    (MC) *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *, move stitches onto 3 DPNs (22 sts on each DPN, or keep them on circular needles), do not twist the knit while you are connecting it into a circle and start knitting in the round
Rnd 2-10                (MC) *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to *
Rnd 11                    (MC) *[K10, m1, K1]* - 6x (Note: you increased by 6 sts total; total 72 sts)
Rnd 12-20              (MC) K72
Rnd 21-22              (CC) K72
Rnd 23-25              (MC) K72
Rnd 26-27              (CC) K72  
Rnd 28-39              (MC) K72
Rnd 40                   (MC) *[K4, k2tog]* - 12x (total 60 sts)
Rnd 41-42              (MC) K60
Rnd 43                   (MC) *[K3, k2tog]* - 12x (total 48 sts)
Rnd 44                   (MC) K48
Rnd 45                   (MC) *[K2, k2tog]* - 12x (total 36 sts)
Rnd 46                   (MC) K36
Rnd 47                   (MC) *[K1, k2tog]* - 12x (total 24 sts)
Rnd 48                   (MC) K24
Rnd 49                   (MC) *[k2tog]* - 12x (total 12 sts)
Rnd 50                   (MC) BO by pulling yarn through all the remaining stitches with use of a hook -                                    make a 5" long loop and leave also a 5" long tail (see image below) - you will use                                the loop and tail to attach your yellow pom-pom
5" long loop with 5" long tail

Finishing:
Wrap your yellow yarn many times around your pom-pom maker (or around a cardboard, or your hand), wrap the 5" long loop around the middle of the pom-pom maker (or around the yarn that you slide off your cardboard, or your hand) and tie it with the other tail really tightly (at the base of the hat top) a couple of times. Pull both ends inside the hat. Cut all the pom-pom loops to make a pom-pom shape. If there are any longer ends, cut them to create a nice "ball shape". Lastly, weave in all the ends.

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Free knitting patterns/videos you may enjoy checking out:

Knitted Poncho-Shrug
Reversible Knitted Holiday Scarf
"Summer Rain" Halter Top (M size)
Cerulean Hat
Poncho
Knitted Long Basic Mittens (adult)
Basic Knitted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Knitted Striped Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Charcoal Hat With Rolled Up Edge (youth/adult)
Spring To Fall Lacy Hat (youth/adult)

Other crocheted items you may want to check out if you crochet too

Easy Lacey Bracelet With Pearl Beads
Crocheted Boobies (Prosthetics)
Crocheted Fingerless Gloves (adult)
Three Summer Crocheted Hats For Babies
Crocheted Spring Hat (youth/adult)
Crocheted Hat With Raised Design (Youth)
Chicken Placemat For Kids
Simple Crocheted Headband
Simple Crocheted Coasters

Crocheted or Knitted Baby Crowns

Crocheted Crown For a Child (easy free pattern)
Crown Knitted On Straight needles (pattern & video)

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Note: Most of the time I work as fast as I can to keep up with knitting and crocheting requests. I have to videotape, edit videos, then convert them & upload them to my channel. After that often I post on my blog patterns. I answer many questions, which means that often I work up to 16 hours a day. I would tremendously appreciate IF anyone of you who finds an error in the written pattern, to please, let me know - where (what rows) and what may be the problem. Many future knitters & crocheters from our artsy and crafty virtual world will thank you for your good deed, including myself.

Let me know by clicking HERE, and I will fix it as soon as I get to it. You can PM me on my FB Page HERE as well. Txs!
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