The Pineapple Motif has been around for a very long time and is considered to be a vintage addition to the art of crochet. This simple little pattern is very versatile in that it can be used for a wide variety of applications such as applique work using crochet thread and multiple pineapples to make shawls and blankets.
With Autumn looming around the corner and Winter fast on its way too I decided it was time for a new hat (and to use up some of my stash so I could later by more yarn) and so I came up with this cosy little pattern. By using a DK weight yarn you’ll get a fairly light hat but if you want to get a thick and dense feel then you can easily switch over to a chunkier wool on the same needles to get that effect,
The Bamboo stitch is one of my favourite stitch to use for items designed for colder weather just like this beanie hat.
This particular design is adjustable for babies up to an XL adult size using DK weight yarn but if you want it a little chunkier you can go up to worsted or chunky yarn and it will work just fine.
If you want to crack on and get the pattern then follow the buy now button below. Otherwise carry on reading for some extra detail on what you’ll need for the pattern and how to knit the bamboo stitch.
The Bamboo Stitch is one of my favourite stitches to use in many of my projects. When worked with thicker yarn such as worsted, Aran, or chunky you get a really cozy fabric knit up really quickly and when using lighter yarns such as sport weight or fingering you create an airy fabric that’s great for Spring or Summer items.
How many times have you looked at your work and suddenly realised you’ve got the wrong stitch count and look to discover that you’ve dropped a stitch a few rows down now making a lovely ladder effect? There’s that moment when you wonder if you should rip everything back to below the dropped stitch or try to recover it. If you have only dropped a single stitch then this article is for you as it’s easy to fix. However, if you have got multiple stitches that have dropped in succession or they are in a complex pattern (i.e cables) then you may be better off ripping out your work to before the mistake and correcting from there.
Recycling Yarn For New Projects
As with any project you will undoubtedly decide to rip it out entirely at some point or another. This can be for many reasons which I wont go into here but the important result is that you can recycle that yarn you have just frogged and save yourself some money as you wont have to buy new yarn.
If you have ever undone a piece of work you will notice that the yarn has kinks in it where it has held the shape of the stitch. Now while this can be fine if you’re going to make a new piece with the same needle or hook size with the same tension, 99% of the time it can cause havoc with your tension and make your work look off if you don’t relax the yarn again. So, no matter what it is you’re recycling the yarn for I will always highly recommend un-kinking or relaxing the yarn before you do anything with it.
The waffle stitch is a great introduction for beginners looking to move into 3D textures and how to make your work stand out rather than just being another flat piece.
The great thing about the waffle stitch is that you can make just about anything with it: scarves, blankets, wash-cloths. If it’s in a square or rectangular shape that you can apply the waffle stitch to get that 3D effect.
I have designed a new hand-warmer to keep the chill out in the Autumn months or to wear inside on those cold December days and the office heating just isn’t quite up to scratch. Having passed the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year (in the UK) it is time for us organised knitters to start planning ahead for those cooler months.
This is a lovely quick knit hat pattern for children aged 3 months – 10 years.
This pattern is all based around twisted knit stitches to create columns of little twisters that all meet up at the crown of the head.
The pattern can be adjusted for adults but it is not included in the pattern but you can scale up your cast on based on your gauge or use a thicker yarn and larger needles.
This hat is worked in the round with the magic loop method although you can quite easily work the hat up using DPNs.
What Will You Need?
To create this lovely little hat you will need the following:
- 4 mm circular needles: I used Knit Picks Caspian Interchangeable Needles for this project;
- A stitch marker: I love Charmed Knitting’s Metal Stitch Markers and they look so pretty on your project too;
- Scissors & tapestry needle: the Tool Marker Kit by BCMRun has everything you could possibly need for most of your knitting life;
- Any version of a DK weight acrylic or wool blend yarn, one skein will be plenty.
How To Make The Hat
The pattern is designed for beginners – advanced knitters and I talk you through the different skills that you will need. However, if you need any extra support then feel free to leave a comment or message me and I’d be happy to help you.
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Double Knitting Tips For Beginners
Also known as reversible knitting this technique allows you to make two connected layers of fabric at a time. It’s great for any type of garment you want to potentially wear on either side, or for garments you will end up seeing both sides of anyway: hats, gloves, scarves/shawls, cardigans, blankets.
Having recently learnt how to do double knitting it is still fresh in my mind all the things I wish I had known before I picked up the pattern. Reversible knitting has some unique methods you will need to follow which don’t always correspond to the usual techniques found in regular knitting and this is what I want to pick up on for all those other beginners. Trust me, it will make life easier for you once you know about these 7 common problems and questions new double knitters face.