WIP: Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Well, what have I been doing all week? I have to confess to getting a little bored with the granny squares. I only have a few left to do, and the weather is actually cold enough now to need a coat, so I should get it finished.

However, I have been lured away by this project. It’s a cute hat and cocoon set for a newborn. These things seem to be very popular for photoshoots at the moment. The downside to this particular pattern is that there is no gauge listed and no finished measurements. I did look up some size info at the Craft Yarn Council of America site but mostly I am eyeballing it.

The pattern called for 6 stitches at the beginning of the hat, and I was getting a very small conical shape that I didn’t like, so I changed it to 8 instead. Much prefer a rounder crown. Kept to the same number of stitches for the straight part and hoping it fits.

The pattern uses one colour for the cocoon and has shaping to make it look more caterpillar-ish. However I am using all four shades of green, as the caterpillar in Eric Carle’s book has different shades in it, and I’m working straight as it seemed to me that the skinny bits would be much too skinny. I dunno, I will only know for sure once the actual baby is put into it. I think I’m about halfway through the cocoon and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

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Unless…! Maybe I will be lured away yet again by this:

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The supervisor at work isn’t a confident crocheter but decided to give this pattern a go. Red Heart have brought out their Unforgettable Waves, which is a thick and thin version of the Unforgettable. Well, she tried it, but after a short distance along the brim she gave up in disgust and then found out that this yarn does not unravel well. She gave me the yarn and free pattern leaflet today. I think her intention was for me to keep the yarn for myself but I will crochet it up (if it plays nicely) and give her the finished hat.

Fabricland also now has their own line of yarn (Dynasty) which includes a Toque Kit (aka woolly hat). Inside the kit, you get a big ball of chunky yarn, a pattern and a fake fur pompom. Those things are very “in” right now, don’t you know! There is a big sale coming up and I have offered to buy a kit at half price  that weekend, knit it up, and put it on display before giving it to someone as a gift. That will be my first knitting in about a year!

Well, the kitchen awaits. Pizza to be made, family to be fed, etc, then I can get going with my crochet hooks.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend.

 

 

 

6 responses »

  1. Beautiful work you do. I just bought that fabricland toque knit kit. Did you finish one as I’m having problems with the pattern.
    With 46 stitches on my needle, next row says
    Sl1, *K1, K3 tog* to last 3 st, K3.
    Cannot figure this out as I slip 1 st, repeat the ** to end of row and I end up with 1 st left over to K, not 3 or do one less repeat of pattern and there are 5 stitches left. Any suggestions?

  2. Hi Tami, I just checked my Ravelry project page and it looks like I only cast on 44 sts as I was concerned about running out of yarn. With 46, you have a slip 1 and a K3 at the ends, and the middle part should be divisible by 4, but it’s not. I calculate that you’d have 2 extra sts. Hmmm, I guess it’s time to use the fudging method to make it work out. I don’t have any more useful suggestions, sorry.
    Nicola

  3. Thank you, I used the 46 st and then just did a K1 at the end. Hat is very large.
    Thank you for responding

    Tami

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