Coffee, Cocoa and Tea Beanies

Once in a while, I browse patterns on Etsy and honestly, I have found some really good ones that have been my favorites for years. Last week, I had my hands on a knitting pattern bundle by @ladyjaycrochet. It is for three lovely beanies with texts coffee, cocoa and tea wrapped around. I spent my weekend knitting away and trying different colors with it and decided to stay with the neutrals.

They are so much fun to make! Whether you are a coffee lover, hot cocoa fanatic or a tea drinker, there is definitely one that is perfect for you!

Here are some of the photos. I have listed them on my Etsy Shop and you can take a peak right now!

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The yarn used is one of my favorites Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick and Quick in Gray Marble and Oatmeal for the main colors and Black for the texts and pompoms. I used The Jumbo Pompom Maker from Clover.

Visit my Etsy Shop! These are all now listed and I would be more than happy to make one for you! If you are a knitter or a crocheter and you want to make them yourself, you can find the pattern(s) at @ladyjaycrochet’s Etsy shop.

What do you think? Are not these adorable?

Thank you for dropping by and until next time. Blessings and happy knitting!

Pattern Testers Needed

Hello everyone! I am so excited to announce that the Alaska Ridges Beanie is finally ready for testing! This is going to be my first published pattern.

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This is an adult size beanie and I used Malabrigo Worsted in Frost Gray but you are free to choose any worsted weight yarn of your choice. Yardage is approximately 131 yards / 120 m.

I will select testers by this weekend and send you a message if you are selected. I am also running this tester call on Instagram which includes a giveaway within the US so if you have a public Instagram account, you can comment on there too and be eligible for the giveaway.

If you are interested, please check the requirements and leave a comment on this post.

Requirements:

  1. Due date is on March 18, 11:59 PM AKST.
  2. You need to check for gauge and final yardage and take note of the changes you had to do (if any) to achieve gauge.
  3. You need a public Instagram account and must photos of work in progress and finished item.
  4. You must allow sharing of your photos on IG, FB, Ravelry and my website: shelahknits.com. You will be tagged and credited for your photos.

Thank you in advance for your support. You all are the best!

Happy knitting!

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Simple Rib Knit Beanie

Handmade hats or beanies are simple are practical to give. They are personal and unique gifts. I think the most challenging part is actually making one that your recipient will like and actually use. People wear hats for many reasons. Up here in Alaska, it is mostly for staying warm and protection from the outdoor elements when the temperatures plummet.

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This pattern was inspired by a pattern online using the same 1 x 1 rib stitch, but I had to change the numbers (stitches and rows) to customize the size. DS likes his beanies with enough brim room to be folded and he wears it both ways. The decrease used was purl 3 stitches together (p3tog) to preserve the 1 x 1 rib stitch design. It is custom friendly in many ways.

  • Increasing or decreasing the number of rows to make it longer or shorter in height.
  • Increasing or decreasing the number of stitches by four for a smaller or larger hat width.

This particular pattern is a Regular Adult Size.

Materials:

  • Yarn used is Berroco Vintage in two yarn weights: Worsted and DK. Yarn composition is 52% acrylic, 40% wool and 8% nylon.
    • Worsted, 3.5 oz (100 g) / 218 yds (200 m), Color 5145 (Black)
    • DK, 3.5 oz (100 g) / 290 yds (26 m), Color 2134 (Red)
      • Yardage used:
        • Worsted – approximately 130 g / 284 yds
        • DK – 26 g / 76 yds
  • US 8 (5.0 mm) circular knitting needles, 16″
  • US 8 (5.0 mm) Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) for shaping the crown
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle for weaving the ends
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler

Gauge: 24 sts x 22 rows in 4″ square swatch using K1, p1 rib stitch, 2 strands (1 of each yarn weight)

Finished size: Width – 9″ Height – 11 1/2″

Abbreviations:

  • BOR – beginning of round
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • sts – stitches
  • p3tog – purl 3 sts together

Pattern:

Note: Repeat sts inside the parentheses as indicated.

  • Using US 8 (5.0 mm), CO 108 sts using 2 strands of yarn held together (1 strand of each yarn weight). Palce BOR stitch marker. Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
  • Rounds 1-24: (K1, p1) until end of round.
  • Rounds 25- 48: Drop the DK strand (red) and replace it with another worsted weight strand (black) and continue in 1 x 1 rib stitch pattern until hat measures about 9 1/2″ from brim (about 24 rows).
  • Start decrease:
  • Round 49: (K1, p1) 11x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 12x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 100 sts)
  • Round 50: (K1, p1) until end of round.
  • Round 51: (K1, p1) 10x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 11x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 92 sts)
  • Round 52: (K1, p1) until end of round.
  • Round 53: (K1, p1)9x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 10x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 84 sts)
  • Round 54: (K1, p1) 8x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 9x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 76 sts)
  • Round 55: (K1, p1) 7x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 8x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 68 sts)
  • Round 56: (K1, p1) 6x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 7x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 60 sts)
  • Round 57: (K1, p1) 5x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 6x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 52 sts)
  • Round 58: (K1, p1) 4x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 5x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 44 sts)
  • Round 59: (K1, p1) 3x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 4x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 36 sts)
  • Round 60: (K1, p1) 2x, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 3x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 28 sts)
  • Round 61: K1, p1, k1, p3tog, (k1, p1) 2x, k1, p3tog. Repeat. – (Total: 20 sts)
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Cut yarn, leaving about an 8-10 inch tail. Slip the remaining 20 sts off the knitting needle onto the tapestry needle and pull to close. Weave in all ends.

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions. I would also love to see your finished project(s).

Happy knitting!

© 2021 Shelah Knits, LLC

New Shop Feature

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There is some very exciting news that I wanted to share with all of you. For the past few months, I have been developing my website and blog. I probably went through hundreds of themes before I was satisfied with the one I am currently using.

The newest addition is the Shop feature. You can now purchase some Alaska inspired handmade and gift items directly from the website using PayPal. The Shop page also offers another payment option, which is through Etsy, and you can find the link on the page as well. Please feel free to send me feedback and if it works well for you or not.

I will be adding more items to the shop by next month. I also have some knitting patterns in the works for the blog and for publishing. I am so excited. Stay tuned!

Happy making!

So You Want to Publish Your Pattern?

This year, I am finally doing it! I have been wanting to publish my own knitting patterns for a while and I think I am now ready to dive in. Having said that, it is only appropriate that it be one of the very first patterns I have written back in 2014. I called it the Ridges Button Hat.

Starting it out, I experimented with a couple kinds of yarn and discovered how different the finished garments can be:

  • Lion Brand’s Heartland – 100% acrylic in colors Great Smoky Mountains and Black Canyon – Hats came out with a nice drape to them, not that they will hang since they were not slouchy hats.
  • Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice – 100% acrylic in colors Kelly Green, Rust and Eggplant – Hats turned out to be a bit sturdier than the first ones and they felt thicker as well.

Now that I am trying to publish the pattern to share with everyone, I made some improvements on the pattern that I think helped define the design especially the crown of the hat.

The New Name

With an improved pattern, I have also changed its name to Alaska Ridges Beanie, inspired by Alaska’s gorgeous mountain ridges and beautiful terrain. This hat uses the basic knit and purl stitches and a few decrease stitches. With this revised pattern, I knitted a couple using Malabrigo Yarns’ Washted in color Sunset and Rios in color Azules, which are both 100% Superwash Merino Wool. I think these yarns best complement the design and texture of the pattern.

When I first started knitting, it never dawned on me that one day, I will write my own patterns, design my own knits and publish them. My own written patterns are scribbles on several notebooks and hard to decipher, most of them still are. So what changed? It takes a lot of work to be organized and it is quite a challenge for some of us. But I will admit that being organized is key. I go through my patterns one at a time and try to retest them, tweak and finalize them with appropriate measurements. Definitely the first step.

So stand by for future announcements. I am hoping to get through the final steps of this process and will be calling for knitters who are willing to test this hat pattern soon! I am so excited! Thanks for dropping by!

Happy making!

Handmade Baby Hats and Plaid Pumpkins

Can you believe October is almost over? Even with this pandemic and our usual everyday challenges, life goes on. I am just hoping that everybody is doing well and staying safe during these crazy times.

Staying busy and occupied helps a lot to distract us from today’s limitations. For me, knitting saves me from going insane of boredom. Since winter is here, at least here in Alaska, I created my Christmas handmade line for hats and knitted goods. These are all listed at my ETSY shop. Most of these are kids sizes from newborn to toddler sizes. Feel free to message me if you have any custom size that is not on the listings. Get a head start with your holiday shopping for your loved ones, these are all unique handmade gifts.

Happy making!

Alaska Wildflowers Collection

Alaska has wonderful summers. It is in fact a much awaited time of the year where the outdoors become Alaskans’ playground. People go out to hike, camp, fish and just enjoy nature.

This summer, I am introducing my Alaska Wildflowers Collection. It is a tribute to Alaska’s gorgeous wildflowers: fireweed, lupine, forget-me-not and daisy. The Fireweed Chunky Hats actually came out last fall, receiving a really good response from our community.

Here are a few details regarding the stitches that I have used for each wildflower.

FIREWEED

The Fireweed Chunky Hats are simply crafted to highlight this gorgeous wildflower. The pink flowers are created using french knots and the leaves were stitched using long stitches.

LUPINE

The Lupine Chunky Hats use a variety of purple shade yarns to create a gradient effect. This gorgeous wildflower is stitched using french knots and lazy daisy stitches for the leaves.

FORGET ME NOT

The Forget Me Not Chunky Hats are stitched with the lovely bullion knot as the center and long stitches for the petals.

DAISIES

The Daisies Chunky Hats feature the lovely and friendly Shasta Daisies. The flowers petals are stitched using long stitches with the center stitch in french knots.

These hats are now available on Shelah Knits Etsy Shop. It would be a unique gift for your lady friends. Visit my shop or drop me a message.

Enjoy your summer!