Mini Hats 

There was a call for preemie hats for an NICU, in one of my groups.  Ashley H was making goodie bags for the NICU in memory of her son, and she wanted to add  some hats to the bags. I put the call out to the group, and although she was only asking for 21 hats, I’m sure she’s going to get double that, because you know how generous crafters are with their yarn ūüėĀ

Not having made too many preemie hats, I thought this was a good in-between project, since I can’t seem to get settled on starting a project. And I found the perfect yarn in the stash … Sirdar Baby Bamboo!  I bought them from a detash group months ago. No idea what I was going to do with them, but I liked the colours … Powder Blue and Iris Blue. 

For the crochet hat – the one on the right – I just crocheted front post double crochet all the way around. That is a great stitch – it looks good, has enough texture, and the finished project stretches nicely, even if you crochet tight. For the knit hat, I decided to practice the Rick Rack Rib pattern. I had tried it a couple of times, but wasn’t seeing the pattern clearly. But with this yarn, the pattern showed up nicely. 

And here they are, all finished. For size comparison, they’re on top of a regular teen/adult small hat. The rick rack rib pattern needs to be knit back and forth. I tried to knit it in the round, but it didn’t work out. I’ve googled if it can be done in the round, but I didn’t find anything. So I knit a little rectangle, and then a decrease for the crown, and finished it off by seaming the two ends together. It’s turned out ok – still a few things to improve. I hope the joining isn’t too lumpy or hard for the babe heads. 

Oh! I was also practicing the double knit stitch for the brim. That also needs to be knit back and forth. Again, I didn’t find anything if it could be done in the round.  But this turned out ok. So next time I knit hats, I’ll use larger needles for the brims in double knit, and then the pattern. This is probably old news for the experienced knitters, but this is exciting new for me! ūüėÄ

This is what it looks like on the other side, so you know what it looks like. I think when learning a new stitch, it’s always helpful to see what both sides look like. Most tutorials only show the ‘right’ side of the stitch, and what the pattern looks like done the right way. That’s helpful too, but I also want to see what the ‘wrong’ side looks like, in case I’m still doing it wrong, and also just because I want to see it ūüė¨

Anyway … here’s the inside of the hats. The double knit brim looks the same as the front. The rick rack rib pattern looks like a loose garter stitch. The crochet fpdc looks like horizontal knit stitches. Cool, isn’t it? 

And there’s my preemie hats, ready to send off. 

On to the next projects! 

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2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

One more state has announced their colours for the 2018 Scarf Project.

SO Maine has chosen the colours Purple, Grey, and Black as their colours. ¬†It looks kind of a darkish combination, but I’m thinking elegant designs for this, don’t you think?

It will certainly work well with our featured pattern for the project – Waves/Chevrons.

2018 SO pattern

It’s so good that so many states – nine so far! – have chosen their colours early. ¬†I hope that this gives the crafters enough time to work on them, before the end of the year crush comes around again! ¬†But with so many priorities along the way, I know it’s hard to keep this in mind throughout the year when working on those crafty projects. ¬†I’ll try to post on this regularly – I really should take advantage of those scheduling posts feature !

Anyway, you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups on knitting and crocheting for the SO Scarf Project. ¬†And of course, this page 2018 SO Scarf Project – is always available.

Spread the word to your crafty friends, and come on over and join us on this worthy cause !

 

Thanks for all your help and support of the project!

 

2018 SO Scarf Project Starts

We’re done with the 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project !

Not sure if all the participating states reached their goals, but if they didn’t, hopefully they came close to it. ¬†It seemed to be a slow year for our groups this year. ¬†There are the perennial favourite states, who have no problem reaching their goals. ¬†And then there’s the other states who struggle to reach their goal ūüė¶

Now we’re off and running with the 2018 Scarf Project, with six state programs already announcing their colours ! ¬†Yaaayyy !! ¬†Hopefully that means that these states will be done, or halfway to their goal by the time other states announce their colours in the late summer.

So, here’s an early start to the 2018 Scarf Project … Complete info and details can always be found on the 2018 SO Scarf Project page. ¬†Check back every now and then – maybe your state program will join this year!

 

2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project

The 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project is in full swing.

Actually, we’re nearing the end of the project for some participating states, with about four states holding their winter games soon. ¬†But don’t worry – there’s still another 12 participating states that you can knit and crochet items for.

For a full list of participating states and what they need, go to the 2017 SO Scarf Project page. 

In the meantime, be inspired by the items made by our Facebook and Ravelry group members.

 

2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project

A mid-summer update … and reminder …

I, myself, have not been able to do anything for this project yet. ¬†There’s so many things going on, it’s the middle of summer,¬†and it’s easy to lull yourself into thinking that there’s lots of time after summer to work on this. ¬†But we all know how those deadlines creep up on us …

So, if you’re looking for a quick and portable project, think hats and scarves, in any of the following colour combinations. ¬†And if you’re stomped for a pattern our featured pattern for this year is Diagonals. ¬†I think SO South Dakota is my favourite colour combination this year – main colour Red, and any accent colours you want to add to it. ¬†Now, how easy is that?

2017 KC4SO all

 

2016 SO Scarf Project: The Final Fifteen

SO Washington is the latest state program to join in the Scarf Project, and that brings us to fifteen states participating in the Scarf Project.

2016 Special Olympics Scarf Project

One or two may decide later to join in, but for now, I think we’re good with the current fifteen.

Time to get those hooks and needles busy!  Complete details on the Scarf Project can be found here.

You’re welcome to join the Facebook group ¬†– Knit and Crochet for a Cause – and on Ravelry –¬†Special Olympics State Scarf Project ¬†–¬† meet the other crafters who are also working on this project and show off your completed items.

See you there!

Special Olympics Scarf Project: Success for 2015 and On to 2016

The 2015 SO Scarf Project was a success!

– ¬†11 out of 15 states completed …
– 11 colour combinations …
– 12 months later …
– 8,032 scarves, hats, headbands, earwarmers …
– Thousands of warm athletes …
The 2015 SO Scarf Project is done !

Well done, everybody!
Congratulations !

And now, on to the 2016 Scarf Project!

Eleven participating states have already announced their colours. ¬†That gives us all enough time to meet their goal totals. ¬†And as a bonus, most are also accepting winter wearables – hats, headbands, earwarmers, which are all quick, easy and portable projects. ¬†I think we’re in good shape again for another successful year on the SO Scarf Project.

Please do also tell your other crafty friends about the project and join in the fun.  Updates can always be found here, or you can join our Facebook page РKnit and Crochet for a Cause Рand the Ravelry group РSpecial Olympics State Scarf Project Рfor information and chat with other fellow crafters.

2016 KC4SO

Isn’t it exciting?