2017 Spring Knit Along Update

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Brookside Knitters love a challenge, and this summer we have certainly been challenged in our choices of knit along projects.

Changing Light Wrap

Some of us who have chosen the Changing Light wrap have gotten past the “pinhole” cast on (several times, but we did it), while others have advanced past the center diamond and have now entered the “second sock” stage in completing the two ends. Janet’s Changing Light is now complete.

Changing Light by Jane1

Changing Light by Jane1

I must say, photos don’t do justice to the lovely yarns in these wraps, but you’ll get to enjoy them all in January.

Are you new to Ravelry?

The main page for the Changing Light pattern gives you lots of information.  We like to browse the Projects other knitters have completed deciding on a pattern or before choosing our yarn. Look to the right side of the page. In the About this Pattern box, find the projects link at the bottom.  At the time of this writing, it shows “106 projects, in 630 queues.” Click there. Click on the link above the photo to see notes each knitter made (yarn choice, errata, and so on).

 

Baa-ble Hats and Cowls

A few of us challenged ourselves to two-color Fair Isle knitting. Joy and Janet knit Baa-ble Hats, while Sandi and LuAnn chose the I’ll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck spinoff pattern. These are fun projects with tie-ins to matching items (mittens, mug cozies, children’s items).

Baa-ble Hat by Joy

Baa-ble Hat by Joy

Baa-ble Hat by Janet

Baa-ble Hat by Janet

I'll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck by LuAnn

I’ll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck by LuAnn

I'll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck by Sandi

I’ll Pack a Cowl for Rhinebeck by Sandi

 

Spring Knit Along Ideas

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We once again invite you to join with Brookside Knits members in a spring 2017 knit-along. We hope you will join us not only in knitting now but also in sharing at next year’s Knit Out.

Our members have made three suggestions for knit-along projects this year. Each will fit the tastes, needs, or skills of some.

Changing Light

by Jennifer Weissman is “a fully reversible scarf or wrap featuring stripes, lace and elegant pointed tips.” It uses three colors of fingering yarn, and has instructions for sizes Small and Large. Check out the Projects link for color ideas and plenty of pictures. There is a small, reasonable charge for the pattern, and, if you like, a kit is available at Craftsy.

Baa-ble Hat

by Donna Smith is “a quick knit and it makes an ideal introduction to Fair Isle colour work knitting.” It is designed for Aran/worsted weight yarns and is knit in the round. Smith also designed the Baa-ble Mittens and Cowl. There is a charge for each pattern. The designer reminds us that the gauge is quite tight so a gauge square is especially important. A clever Ravelry surfer will find an assortment of spinoffs of these patterns.

Pivot Cowl

by Purl Soho is a free pattern available on its website. A Danish term, “hygge,” stresses the cozy and content feeling you get knitting and snuggling up during the winter months: the Pivot Cowl is “hygge.” Simple garter stitch uses short rows that create the “pivot.” Purl Soho suggests their cashmere merino yarn in DK weight, but the many Projects listed on Ravelry offer other soft yarn suggestions.

Happy Knitting!

2017 Charity Baby Hats

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Once again, we will be collecting baby hats to contribute to the Pottstown Hospital’s Labor and Delivery section. The hospital gives us a few guidelines:

  • Newborn sizes only (about 10 inches in circumference)
  • No buttons. No pompoms, or other dangling bits.
  • Use only washable, hypoallergenic yarn, like acrylic.
Striped Baby Hats with jogless stripes

Striped Baby Hats with jogless stripes. Seasonal themes.

Here is a simple striped pattern that you can use if you like. You can see we use it for some holiday hats, multi-striped hats, and even school colors.

Striped Newborn Hat

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice (worsted), main color (MC) and contrasting color (CC) of your choice.

Needle: Size 8 double-pointed needles or a Magic Loop to knit in the round.

Gauge: About 18 st = 4 in

Finished measurements: width = 4-1/2 in across (9 in around); height = 5 in.

  • CO 40 sts in main color (MC).
  • Set a marker (if needed) as you join to form the first round.
  • Rib (K1, p1) for 5 rows in MC.
  • Continue in stockinette stitch in MC for another 5 rows.
  • To make the stripe, join the contrasting color (CC) and knit 1 row. To make a jogless stripe, pull up the first (MC) stitch in the previous row and loop it over the left-hand needle. Knit to two stitches together. Continue in CC for a total of 5 rows.
  • Return to MC and knit for 1 row. Use the jogless technique (see video) on the second row and knit for a total of 10 rows. Your hat should now measure about 4 in.
  • Decrease in alternate rounds: (1) Knit 3, K2tog around. (2) Knit. (3) Knit 2, K2tog around. (4) Knit. (5) Knit 1, K2tog around. (6) Knit. (7) K2tog around. You should have 8 st left on the needles. Cut an 8 in tail and pull it through the 8 st twice. Thread the tail through the top hole and weave it in.

Two different technique for making jogless strips in the round:

Here are some of the charity Baby Hats the Brookside Knitters have been creating. You can take inspiration from the season! Pumpkins. Little Pilgrims. Elves!

If you would like to participate in this project, knit or crochet a baby hat (or many!) and bring them to the Knit Out.

October Baby Hats

October Baby Hats

Bag of October Baby Hats

Bag of October Baby Hats

Drachenfels Knit-A-Long

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Brookside Knits is having a group knit-a-long. We have chosen to knit the ‘Drachenfels’ shawl by Melanie Berg. We will show our shawls at the 2017 Knit Out. You are invited to join us in our knit-a-long. To do this, purchase the pattern on Ravelry, buy some yarn (or use your stash), and show us your results next year. Here are photos of some of the shawls we have completed. We will post more during the year.

Joy

Joy

Sandi

Sandi

Karen K

Karen King

Karen Kar

Karen Kar

Janet

Janet

Carol

Carol

Sharon's Shawl

Sharon

2015 Knit Out Participant Donated Chemo Caps

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2015 Donated Chemo Hats

2015 Knit Out participants generously donated their time and talents to help others.

Many thanks to all the 2015 Knit Out attendees who donated chemo caps at this year’s event. We collected 92 hats, just a small sampling of which is shown in the photo. These hats will be given to the Cancer Center at the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

Free Chemo Cap Patterns

2015 Charity Chemo Hat

2015 Suzanna Beanie

In 2014, we donated about 50 caps to the cancer center. You may download last year’s free chemo cap pattern. In 2015, Joy has created a new pattern in PDF form to honor Suzanna Rauscher.

The hospital and patients are always grateful for your donations.

Knitting a hat is not a requirement of the Knit Out. Donate if you can. We appreciate it.

2015 Knit Out—Charity Baby Hats

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Brookside Knits donates handmade hats to the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. We welcome all knitters to offer a helping hand.

Baby Hats

2014 Charity Baby Hat

2014 Charity Baby Hat

About forty baby hats go to Labor and Delivery each month. Last year, Knit Out attendees dropped over 100 baby hats—about one quarter of all those donated to the hospital—into the collection basket.

Free patterns for baby hats of all kinds are available on Ravelry and other sites on the Internet. Check here for links to A Few of Our Favorite Things.
The hospital, the parents, and the babies are always grateful for your donations.

Knitting a hat is not a requirement of the Knit Out. Donate if you can. We appreciate it.

Baby and Chemo Charity Hats

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We are proud to say that we received many charity hats both for chemo patients and for newborns.

Knit Out attendees donated over 100 hand-knit and crocheted baby hats that will be donated to them Pottstown Memorial Medical Center’s Labor and Delivery unit. Each month Brookside Knits donates about 50 preemie and newborn hats.

We received 33 chemo hats.

Thanks so much and please feel free to donate more.

A few of the 33 Chemo Caps we received.

A few of the 33 Chemo Caps we received.

Dark colors are favorites for baby boys.

Dark colors are favorites for baby boys.

Hats with toppers that are securely fastened.

Hats with toppers that are securely fastened.

Classic pastels are both knit and crocheted.

Classic pastels are both knit and crocheted.

Colorful hats catch the nurses eyes.

Colorful hats catch the nurses eyes.

The tiniest hats are for preemies.

The tiniest hats are for preemies.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

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Baby Hats for Charity

Baby Hats for Charity

Each year at the Knit-Out, someone asks where we donate the baby hats we collect and what kinds of hats the hospital asks for.

For years now, we have donated baby hats to the Pottstown Memorial Medical Center—about 50 a month. They ask that hats be knitted for newborns (10” round) or preemies (8” round), that they be made of washable yarn, and that they have no buttons, pom-poms or other detachable items that may endanger the babies.  We decide on styles and colors for the hats.

In past years, we have offered patterns for basic newborn hats—ribbed cuffs and rolled bands. This year, we thought you might enjoy sharing our favorite online patterns.

Here are websites for just a few:

2014 Chemo Cap Pattern

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In honor of our 10th Knit Out, Master Knitter Joy Jannotti created a chemo cap pattern. Participation is optional, of course. Enjoy!

Brookside Summer Knit-Along 2013

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At least six Brookside Knits members joined in on the annual summer knit-along. One of their choices was Leftie by Martina Behm (www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leftie). The name “Leftie” was chosen because Behm’s original scarf was made of leftover yarn, something all knitters have around. It was designed as “an asymmetrical shawlette,” narrower at the beginning and wider toward the end. As a result the stripes “swirl about your neck in a very flattering way.” The original was made with fingering weight yarn, but the pattern can be adapted to other yarns. A garter stitch is used throughout.

Joy's Leftie

Joy’s Leftie

Joy chose to knit her Leftie in Telemark, a sport-yarn from Knit Picks (3 balls, 150g) of garnet heather for the main color and a lighter colored contrast yarn. In the photo, her daughter models scarf.

Marilyn's Leftie

Marilyn’s Leftie

Marilyn chose black fingering-weight Chroma yarn, also from Knit Picks, for her main color with a self-striping Chroma as the contrast color. In the photo, Marilyn models the scarf herself.

Vickie's Leftie

Vickie’s Leftie

Vickie chose Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in Lollipop & Natural. She adds that she was able to carry the contrasting color along but believes she would cut and weave in the yarn if she knitted another Leftie. A Greek goddess models Vickie’s Leftie.

Carol's Leftie

Carol’s Leftie

Carol chose worsted-weight yarn and size 7 needles for her Leftie, knitted from her stash (or what she refers to as Junk Yarn). She has chosen a light grey tone of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for her main color and darker contrast colors. Her scarf is displayed on a table, giving us a chance to see the whole pattern.

LuAnn's Wingspan Leftie

LuAnn’s Wingspan Leftie

Janet and LuAnn chose to knit Wingspan scarves. Their choice was a design by maylin TriCoterie Designs, seen as the first among several lovely variations (www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=wingspan). Maylin describes the wrap as “deceptively simple, knitted in one piece, shaped by short rows and completely knit in garter stitch.”

LuAnn used Ella Rae Lace Merino sock yarn (1 ball, 460 yd) and a size 3 needle. She wears her Wingspan as a shawlette with a starfish pin in her photo.

Janet's Wingspan Leftie

Janet’s Wingspan Leftie

Janet is, as we say, last but not least. Her photo shows three of her nine Wingspans displayed at The Yarn Gallery in Reading, PA. She knit in Noro Taiyo sock yarn and is planning a tenth in Noro silk garden. According to Janet, the pattern is addictive. She shared her Wingspan with five of her friends who planned a trip together to Poland.

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