Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Vogue Knitting Challenge

Hey friends!
I haven't posted anything in a while...been getting back in the groove of school and work. :(
Anyways, today I'm going to write about a project I made over the summer at a RISD course. In the course, me and several other girls had to design accessories inspired by the glass artist Dale Chihuly, and our designs might be featured in Vogue Knitting Magazine. I made a hat and scarf, and I'll show you how to make both of them :)
You need:
-size 8 needles
-a crochet hook
-5 balls of Berrocco Freedom Spirit Yarn
-1 ball of Berrocco Lustra in a reddish shade
-1 ball of Berrocco Mica in green (this yarn was discontinued, but you can find a similar yarn)


Hat:
Cast on 90 stitches in Berrocco Freedom Spirit on size 8 needles, and knit for about 9 inches.
When you get to nine inches, on a knit row, k5 then k2tog all the way across.
Purl the next row.
On the next knit row k4, k2tog all the way across.
Purl the next row.
K3, k2tog all the way across.
Purl the next row.
K2, k2tog all the way across.
Purl the next row.
K1, k2tog all the way across.
Purl the next row.
k2tog all the way across.
Cut off a tail of about 2-3 feet, thread it onto your yarn needle, and transfer the stitches from your knitting needle onto your yarn needle. Pull tight, but don't sew up the side of the hat just yet.
Cast on 90 stitches again, still with the same yarn, and work in Feather and Fan stitch:
(Row 1: *(k2tog) 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times, rep from *
Rows 2 and 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.
Rep rows 1-4) for about two inches, then tack it on to the bottom of the main hat and sew up the side of the hat.
Crochet some flowers with your other yarns:
 Ch 4 leaving a tail 3-4 inches. Join with sl st to form loop.
(Ch 3, Sc 1 into loop) 4 times.
Ch 3. Join with sl st to base of first ch 3.
Fasten off and arrange on hat.

For the scarf:
Cast on 36 stitches in Berrocco freedom spirit yarn, and knit in Feather and Fan stitch for about 6 feet.
Cast off and crochet flowers in alternating green and reds, attaching them to the scarf as fringe.
I hope you enjoy these patterns, and maybe you'll see them in Vogue Knitting someday!
Binding Off, 
Angela 

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