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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My hands can do this --- Knitted Hoodie Beanie

It feels good when you feel warm during winter time.  This simple beanie project is a two-in-one knitted pattern designed to keep you warm and look stylish at the same time.  It can easily be worn and used conveniently.  No tangles of long scarf around your neck.  No hassle about your scarf falling off your neck because you don't need to wear a scarf anymore.  It is a unisex project that can be worn by men also as shown at the bottom.  

Knitted Hoodie Beanie (a)

Knitted Hoodie Beanie (b) 


(1) Caron Simply Soft, 6 oz/ 170g/ 315 yds, Plum Perfect 9761
(1) circular knitting needle, size 6 (4.0 mm)
(1) circular knitting needle, size 8 (5.0 mm)
(5) double-pointed needles, size 8 (5.0 mm)
      crochet hook F5 / 3.75mm  

Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)           knit
(P)            purl
(K2 tog)   knit 2 together
(sts)          stitches
(ch)          chain
(sc)          single crochet

Special Instructions:
Increasing evenly spaced – add one to the number of increases required and divide that number into the number of stitches on the needle. Subtract one from the result and the new number is the approximate number of stitches to be worked between each increase. Adjust the number as needed.  

Binding off – (K) two (sts).  Insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) and over the tip of the right needle.

(K2 tog) – insert the right needle into the front of the first 2 stitches on the left needle as if to knit then knit them together as if they were 1 stitch.


Ribbing - With circular knitting  needle size 6, cast on 92 (sts).  Always place a marker to mark the beginning of the round. Turn the needles around your hand.
1st Rnd –   K92.  Turn the needles around your hand.  
Result -  92 (sts)

2nd Rnd - (Right Side) (K1, P1) around. Repeat this round until ribbing measures approximately 5 inches   from cast on edge. Hide the excess yarn.
Result – 92 (sts)

1st Rnd –  Change to circular knitting needle size 8.  (K) around increasing {46} (sts) evenly spaced.  When increasing, (k1), but don’t remove the yarn from the left needle yet.  Insert the right needle at the back of the left needle, (k1), and then off the left needle. (K) and then increase alternately.
Result – 138 (sts)

2nd Rnd – Transfer the first 27 (sts) to one double-pointed needle, size 8.  Use the three other double-pointed needles to insert the remaining (sts) with 27 (sts) on each  needle. The circular needle is removed after the last (st) transferred.  Use bread ties to keep the (sts) on both ends of each needle from slipping off.  With the use of another double-pointed needles,  bind off 30 (sts) only. (K) closely in between double-pointed needles to prevent forming holes.  (K) until you reach the end.  Insert the end of the needle to the first binded (st).  Turn and  (k2tog). (K) until you reach the end again and turn. (K) on every round of the piece until it measures approximately 8 inches from cast to edge.

Result – 108 (sts) per round

Cap Shaping
1st Rnd -  Still using double-pointed needles, *(K2 tog), (K25) on each needle; repeat from * around.  (Note:  There should be 26 (sts) per needle.)
Result – 104 (sts)

2nd  to 5th Rnd – (K) around.
Result – 104 (sts) per  round 

6th Rnd – *(K2tog), (K24) on each needle; repeat from * around. (Note:  There should be 25 (sts) per needle)
Result – 100 (sts)

7th to 10th Rnd – (K) around.
Result – 100 (sts)

11th Rnd - *(K2tog), (K23) on each needle; repeat from * around. (Note:  There should be 24 (sts) per needle)
-Result – 96 (sts) 

12th to 15th Rnd – (K) around.
Result – 96 (sts)

16th Rnd- *(K2tog), (K22) on each needle; repeat from * around.  (Note:  There should be 23 (sts) per needle)
Result – 92 (sts)

17th to 30th Rnd – (K) around. 
Result – 92 (sts)

Binding Off and Connecting the Binded Stitches
Bind off the (sts) in every needle till you reach the end. Test the (sts) that were binded off initially, if they are too tight or not, by stretching them. Each needle is removed as you finish binding the (sts). Invert the project. Using your crochet hook, make (ch), fold the project, and have both ends connect by making the first (sc) on the first binded (sts).  (Sc) throughout the succeeding (sts) till the end.  Don’t cut the yarn yet.

Making of Pompoms
Cut a piece of scrap cardboard 4” wide and 2 1/2” long.  Pull out the other end of the skein. Wind the yarn around the cardboard lengthwise 40X in the middle.  Carefully slip the yarn off the cardboard and tightly tie a 15” length of yarn around the middle.  Leave yarn ends long enough to attach the pompom.  Cut both ends to spread the yarns and trim the pompom into a smooth ball. Insert both yarn ends into the last (sc) made and tightly tie them twice inside.  Cut and hide the excess yarns.  

Knitted Hoodie Beanie (d)

Knitted Hoodie Beanie (e)

*Knitted Hoodie Beanie (f)
Last Thursday, Feb. 19, I went out for my eye exam appointment.  I patiently went through the eye routine check up for almost 3 hours. Afterwards, I saw it was already snowing terribly outside.  My car was covered with snow and had to wipe off the snow from the front windshield of my car. I was terribly feeling cold on my face and head.  I regret not bringing with me this newly finished project.

Last Saturday, February 21, when I went to church, I did not forget anymore to bring my Knitted Hoodie Beanie. Look! It’s also perfect on me (-.-) 

*This project was also featured on All Free Knitting under my designer profile as "Knitted Hoodie Beanie"

*Look also What’s Hot - Top Knit Designers below.  This ranking dated Feb. 25, 2015 is not permanent.  But I’m still very proud and happy to be included in their list.   Thank you very much to all viewers (-.-)

What's Hot

2.      Susan Hamilton
4.      Robin Celli
8.      Gretchen Tracy

*Look again! Last month dated, Feb. 25, 2015 I was ranked #2, but this day, March 03, 2015, I became #1 among the Top Knit Designers of All Free Knitting. Please note this ranking is not permanent. Thank you very much to all viewers (-.-)

What's Hot

1.      Susan Hamilton
3.      Robin Celli
6.      Gretchen Tracy
7.      Natasha Price
10.    We Are Knitters

Monday, February 9, 2015

My hands can do this --- Yogurt Flower Vase

Whatever the flavor is, I like to buy and eat Activia Yogurt.  Yogurt is nutritionally rich in protein, calcium, Vitamin D, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and B12.   It has nutritional health benefits beyond those of milk.  While enjoying eating it, have you thought of what you can do to its cup instead of just throwing it?  To give you an idea, try this simple, beautiful project and be glad you did it. 


(6)  empty yogurt cups
(3)  4.925 ft / 1.5 m tone wire
(1)  pack foam 2’ ball (12 pcs./ pack)
       many dried mini roses
       Offray ribbons (different colors)
       tissue paper (used / new) (different colors)
       aquarium gravel
       peanut foam or small styrofoam (used)
       needle nose plier
       Loctite Super Glue
       floral wire
       ice pick
Level of Difficulty – easy


Twisting of Tone Wire
Cut four 7 inches of  tone wire.  Hold them together at one end and twist them with the needle nose plier.  Leave one inch not twisted at the other end and separate  the four wires like in the picture above.   

Setting up in a Yogurt Cup
Insert three peanut foams inside the empty yogurt cup.  Poke the twisted tone wire on the foams and let it stand at the center.  Pour aquarium gravel to put weight on the cup.

(Note:  If you don’t have peanut foam, any styrofoam will do. Just cut a small size to fit in the cup.)

Attaching the Roses
Get one foam 2” ball and gently poke a small hole at the center using an ice pick.  Apply Super Glue on the hole and insert it on the tip of the tone wire.  Have something to elevate the yogurt cup like, books, before you begin attaching the roses.  Pick one dried mini rose from its stem, leaving half an inch of it for insertion. Apply glue first on the lower part of the receptacle connecting the stem.  Gently poke a small hole at the bottom area of the ball, but not too deep. Gently insert  the first dried mini rose, pushing a little bit till the lower part of the receptacle with a glue touches the ball.

(Note: If there are sepals that are folded or wrinkled, don’t remove it.  Gently stretch them as you apply glue on the lower receptacle.   If there are sepals detached from the receptacle, save them as fillers for spaces around the roses later.) 

Filling up the Spaces
Fill up the space around with more dried roses. On the second round, attach the first rose in between two roses. Put a mark near the first rose you attach to help you remember the end part where you need to attach the last rose.  Fill up the spaces around with more dried roses. Do the same with the rest of the spaces till you reach the top area. Remove the books as you are nearing the top. 

Apply glue on single, long sepals and insert them all over the spaces you think may need these fillers.  

Making of Ribbon (a)

Making of Ribbon (b)
Cut 25 inches of ribbon and 10 inches of floral wire.  To make a ribbon, tie it around your three fingers with equal allowance at both ends as shown in picture (a) above. Remove the middle finger and insert the floral wire at the middle. Gently pull out the two remaining fingers while holding tightly the ribbons with the wire. Twist the wire with a needle nose plier.  Spread out the loops of the ribbon as shown in picture (b) above.  Cut both ends diagonally.

Wrapping up with a Tissue Paper
Cut 12 X 12 inches of tissue paper. Center the cup and pull up the paper to the center of the wire.  Hold and tie the center with the ribbon by using your needle nose plier. Cut any excess wire.  This is the first ball of dried roses done on a yogurt cup. Set it aside.

Do the same procedures above for making another 5 balls of dried roses using the remaining 5  empty yogurt cups.


Please see also my other yogurt cup craft project: