April 8, 2013

F*ck Cancer Hat Pattern, In Tunisian Crochet

Success! I finished making the F*ck Cancer hat, a knit pattern, in Tunisian crochet! I've been asked to post the pattern, so it's included in this post. Are there things I wish I'd done differently? Sure. But I'm happy enough with how it turned out to not want to frog it again. (See note at beginning of pattern for the changes I'd make.)





One of these days, I may try to make this hat entirely differently, with a circular crochet hook (much like circular knitting needles), tunisian simple stitch (vs. the tunisian knit stitch featured in this pattern), and a reconfigured chart. If I ever get around to that, I'll be sure to post it.

Here's the original knit pattern.

I've heard from many of my crocheting friends that they aren't well versed in tunisian crochet. If you need a refresher, or if your hearing about it for the first time, here are some useful tutorials:

Tunisian Crochet in the Round  (great place to get started)
Tunisian in the Round, Spiral Technique (I used this technique to start off the hat)
Tunisian Knit Stitch

***When doing the colorwork section, you need to "lock" the yarn to avoid having large loops on the inside of your hat, or having to cut threads a million times & work them all in later. Here's how to lock your yarn: The color you're working with in the chart (forward pass) will be on your left hand side (for right handers. I'm not sure how tunisian is done left handed), and the unused color on your right. Work forward until you come to a color change. Cross the old color on the left over the new color on the right. This puts the new color on the left now, & the old color on the right. Pick up loops with new color. When you come to the next switch in colors, again cross the color on the left that you've been working with, overtop of the color on the right, before you start picking up loops with the next color. If you're working a section that is more than three (3) stitches of one color, lock your unused yarn every 2 or 3 stitches to carry it to the next section. To do that, cross the color you are working with over, then under the color you're not using.***

***Because this hat is done in Tunisian Knit Stitch, you DO NOT need to change colors for the return pass of the color work section. Tunisian Knit Stitch pushes the yarn used for the return pass to the back side of the piece, where it will remain relatively unseen from the front side. Rejoice in having less tails to work in later!***


F*ck Cancer Hat in Tunisian Crochet

Supplies needed
5.5mm double ended afghan hook
5mm standard crochet hook
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (to mark beginning of each round)
2 contrasting colors soft, worsted weight yarn

Abbreviations
MC                  Main Color
Ch(s)               Chain(s)
Rnd                 Round
Tss fp              Tunisian Simple Stitch, forward pass
St(s)                 Stitch(es)
Rp                   Tunisian return pass
Tks                  Tunisian knit stitch
Ea                    each
CC                   Contrasting Color
Fp                    forward pass
Prev                 previous
Tks dec            Tunisian knit stitch decrease
BL                   Back loop
SC                   single crochet
Sl st                 slip stitch
Fp hdc             front post half double crochet
Nxt                  next
Bp hdc             back post half double crochet
Hdc                 half double crochet

Notes
Keep your tension LOOSE to minimize the amount of curling the piece will do. Feel free to use a larger tunisian hook if necessary.
Body of hat may look better w/ 2 repeats of Rnd 13. If worked this way, do not do row 6 of hat band.

Hat body
5.5 mm double ended afghan hook. Worked in a spiral.

MC, Ch 84. Do not join to beginning of chain.

Rnd 1: Insert hook in spine of 2nd ch from hook. Tss fp in all chs. (84 sts)
            Rp w/ 2nd strand of MC, until 4 loops remain on hook.
Rnd 2: Tks in 1st Tss of rnd 1, to form ring. Be sure ring is not twisted.
            Tks in ea Tss across, working Rp when piece prevents further forward working. (84 sts)
Rnd 3: Tks in ea Tks of rnd 2. (84 sts)

Switch to CC, both Fp strand & Rp strand.

Rnd 4-6:          Tks in ea Tks of prev rnd. (84 sts per rnd)
Rnd 5-10:        Work chart in Tks, alternating colors on Fp only. Rp on all rows with CC only. Use separate strand of MC for each rnd; do not carry MC from end of chart to beginning of chart. (84 sts per round)
Rnd 10-12:      With CC only, Tks in ea Tks of prev rnd. (84 sts per rnd)



Switch to MC, both Fp strand & Rp strand.

Rnd 13:           Tks in ea Tks of prev rnd. (84 sts)
Rnd 14:           6 Tks, 1 Tks dec, *12 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 6 Tks. (78 sts)
Rnd 13:           6 Tks, 1 Tks dec, *11 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 5 Tks. (72 sts)
Rnd 14:           5 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *10 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 5 Tks. (66 sts)
Rnd 15:           5 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *9 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 4 Tks. (60 sts)
Rnd 16:           4 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *8 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 4 Tks. (54 sts)
Rnd 17:           4 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *7 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 3 Tks. (48 sts)
Rnd 18:           3 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *6 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 3 Tks. (42 sts)
Rnd 19:           3 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *5 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 2 Tks. (36 sts)
Rnd 20:           2 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *4 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 2 Tks. (30 sts)
Rnd 21:           2 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *3 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 1 Tks. (24 sts)
Rnd 22:           1 Tks, 1 Tks dec. *2 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 4 times. 1 Tks. (18 sts)
Rnd 23:           *1 Tks, 1 Tks dec. Rep from * 6 times. (12 sts)
Rnd 24:           6 Tks dec. (6 sts)
Rnd 25:           Bind off in Tks (6 sts)

Cut & work in tails.

Hat band
5mm standard crochet hook. Worked in Rows.

Insert hook into foundation chain, BL & spine only. Pull up loop of MC.

Row 1:                        Ch 1. SC in same ch, BL & Spine only. SC in ea ch across, BL & spine only. Sl st to join to beginning sc. (84 sts).
Row 2:            Ch 3. Fp hdc in nxt sc. Alternate bp hdc & fp hdc in ea sc across. Sl st to join to 3rd ch. (84 sts)
Row 3-6:         Ch 3. Fp hdc in nxt hdc. Alternate bp hdc & fp hdc in ea hdc across. Sl st to join to 3rd ch. (84 sts per row)

Cut yarn, finish off, & work in tails.

Block if necessary. 

Progress Pictures
Hat body complete, no work yet done on the band. Tks is VERY curly!

Hat band, Row 1, front side. 
You can see the front & back loops of the foundation chain next to my thumb.
Hook is inserted under back loop & spine of foundation chain to work a sc.
This helps fight the curl of Tks.

Hat band, Row 1, back side.
My fingernail is agains the end of the back loop & spine of a foundation chain.
Hook is inserted under back loop & spine of a foundation chain.

After adding Row 1 of hat band. Curl already diminishing.

Halfway through Row 2 of hat band. Curling is pretty much gone already.

Fin!

April 1, 2013

Happy Tatting Day!

It's International Tatting Day!

(No, really. Not an April Fools joke. It's an actual thing.)

Want to find out more? Head over to one of my favorite blogs, from TotusMel!

Want to celebrate? Pick up one of TotusMel's beautiful tatted pendants, in any color you'd like! Only $5 today! (Will be full price after today.)

Looking for a nifty tatting pattern? TotusMel has you hooked up on that front, too! Instant downloadable PDF of the above pendant, as well as it's matching bracelet & earrings! Check it out!

What tatting will I be doing today? Likely, not much. I'm being a productive business owner today, & when I get home, I'll be finishing up the F*ck Cancer hat I showed you in an older post. If I get the chance this evening, the tatting needle might come out to play, though...

Happy Tatting Day!