In celebration of Halloween and my daughter’s birthday (also Halloween), I knitted a new toy. A spider, inspired by one of my favorite knitters, Anna Hrachovech from Mochimochi land. The pattern was from her book “Super-Scary Mochimochi.”. Her patterns are super cute I own 3 of her 4 books and am planning on getting the 4th eventually. I also have a bunch of patterns from her blog.
I used one (gobbledyghost) to create the candy corn colored goblin for my Halloween girl last year.
Anyway, the spider was from the make your own monster section of the book. I used the round body and fangs directly from the book. The head is just a smaller version of the body, and the legs are just long i-chords.
I made a new hat. I had made a scarf and hat last year in the same yarn, but the had stretched too much from being crotched with too big of a hook. I ripped it out and started over. This time knitting. I had painstakingly made my husband a hat last winter with size 3 yarn on size 2 needles. About 150 stitches, had to start over twice and I made an accidental increase, which is luckily fixable. Yuck.
My hat is made with super bulky yarn, size 6. In fact I used lion brand wool ease thick and quick. It is awesome yarn and comes in pretty colors, including metallics. My yarn in a deep purple with a purple metallic in it.
The pattern: there are so many ways to knit a hat. This is a simple one. I started with size 10.5 double pointed needles, you could go up to 13’s but I used what I had. I have a book with a master hat pattern, I did a gauge swatch, and measured almost 3 stitches per inch. Checking the chart, I needed to cast on 60 stitches. I did a double open and closed long tail or Latvian cast on. Then did 2″ of k2 p2 ribbing. Then I switched to a straight knit stitch till it measured 6″ from the cast on edge. As for the top shaping, I decreased 6 stitches per round, starting with every other round, the last 4 rounds I decreased every round, ending with 6 stitches on the needles. This made sure the hat would be long enough to cover my ears.