New yarn and new techniques brought my new favorite winter hats this season. Crocheted bean stitch, knit pillars, and a soft chunky yarn from Loops & Threads. The top left pattern is a modified version of the Malia Beanie - Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet at littlemonkeyscrochet.com. I modified this pattern by using a chunky … Continue reading Winter Thread for your Head
Well this week certainly encompasses the true nature and meaning of the Greek for "passing away the winter" - paracheimazo. (Hence, the name for my blog - cheimazoknits - as I love winter and one of the better things to do while stuck indoors is creating knit items meant for staying warm.) While the midwest … Continue reading Polar Vortex Afghan
As noted on the sidebar, I really like trying to support local farms and I enjoy seeing the mills and testing out the yarn. I've found alpaca to be (surprisingly) the softest and SO smooth and easy to work with. The honeycomb stitch (also featured on the sidebar) is with my first test using llama … Continue reading Fiber
Needles: whether using aluminum, bamboo, or some type of pressed composite - the make-up of the needles will affect how easily different yarns will move from needle to needle. Yarns tend to slide easily on aluminum but these are also heavier. Whichever you choose generally sums up to being that of personal preference but … Continue reading Needles
I've done a lot of hats for my daughter and in newborn/toddler sizes but this is the first year I've tried a few for myself. The little newsboy hat was my first crochet project. The cream colored hat was my first with a newly-discovered yarn from Loops and Threads and makes a nice thick … Continue reading Hats!
Old Shale Pattern The Old Shale Pattern gives you a scalloped edge and wavy, undulating pattern. My first try was with this afghan (using the 18 st combination below). I've also incorporated it into some fingerless gloves. For the gloves I used the 12 st combination, double-point needles and opted out the purl row for … Continue reading Some template patterns
Sometimes I come across patterns which indicate to "decrease" or "make one" but it's not always clear how to do so - and there are a variety of ways. Each can result in a slightly different appearance so I wanted to create a reference page (and maybe add pics soon). It took a couple years … Continue reading Increasing/Decreasing