Thursday, June 03, 2010

Knitting Club - June - 1st Thursday

Knitting club met today. Two hours of bliss with fellow stitchers and chatters. A variety of projects were worked on, but show & tell was dominated by hats.

several Indian hats

Audrey makes hundreds of hats for Native American children. Several women from the various groups that she knits with make hats to contribute. Someone brought her a few today. I don't know who, because I arrived late. In the fall, Audrey ships the hats to someone who works for (or used to) the Bureau of Indian Affairs and they distribute the hats to the Indian Reservations.

There is only one knitted cap pattern used for these hats. We call it the Indian hat pattern. With different yarns and different stripe patterns (or no stripes at all), every hat is different. A few more people took a copy of the pattern home today.

weaving yarn endsIndian hat

Kathy wove in lots of yarn ends to finish this pink and green Indian hat.

knitted hat in progress

Audrey was working on a purple and red Indian hat.

Vanilla Twist hat

It's not an Indian hat, but I did the finishing on this Vanilla Twist hat during knitting club and then knit on my socks.

The Vanilla Twist hat is a free pattern from Knitcircus. I made the small size and omitted the cables on the brim for a more masculine hat. The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in the color dark sage.

As the Vanilla Twist pattern is written, the spiral purl pattern on the body of the hat will not spiral. I added 1 more stitch to make the design spiral properly. Some have used the stitch pattern instructions for working flat.

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