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joe_doufu
01-10-2006, 01:09 PM
I want to make a hat for a girl I like. I'm a beginning knitter so nothing fancy... I'll keep the hat simple but design a pattern with colors. I was able to find out that her favorite colors are white, blue, and pink. Anybody have a pattern or a sketch of one?

brendajos
01-10-2006, 01:17 PM
awww how cute are you? Did you try www.knittingpatterncentral.com ?

check out their hats section. there are all sorts of goodies over there. hats are waaaaaaaaay easier than you would think (especially if knit in the round on circulars!) and you can play with color in any ol' way you want to! oooooh or you could go to the patterns on this site and look at the baby hats. there is one there with hearts on it....all you would have to do is adjust the size for a full grown adult! :thumbsup:

joe_doufu
01-10-2006, 01:55 PM
I'm not really looking for a "structure pattern" for a hat... really I'm looking for a color scheme or fair isle design. Structure-wise the hat will be very simple and easy.

Lana
01-10-2006, 02:14 PM
Did you see this in a post by garden mommy?
http://www.ptyarn.com/valentinehearts.html

Alternative to two color knitting would be to purl the hearts on a knit background, or vise/versa.

knitterma
01-11-2006, 11:37 AM
What about this one?

http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kcw-heartHat.html

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-11-2006, 11:56 AM
there's a hat with hearts in Stitch and Bitch Nation, very easy and cute

joe_doufu
01-11-2006, 12:46 PM
I think hearts is a little bit more blunt of a statement than I want to make. We're not a couple... not yet... i just want to make a nice looking hat for her.

Something like this maybe: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/ladys-fairisle-hat.htm

humblestumble
01-12-2006, 05:15 AM
ooh ooh! *waves hand* I saw this neat thing on Craftster, where someone knit morse code into the hat...that would be subtle, as I didnt even know it was morse code until I read the post...it really makes for a neat design, and you could "send a message" too without her even knowing..how sneaky...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45253.0

Or you could do a celtic design? http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/charts/triskele.htm

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/charts/key.htm

I especially like that last link for celtic key...but then you have been to her website, so maybe you already saw those...

http://wiseneedle.com/patternpage.asp?pattern=knitpatknot

I really like the above...then I dont know if your lucky receiving lady likes celtic stuff, but I'd just about die if a guy knit me something like that :)

mintdee
01-12-2006, 11:29 AM
I think hearts is a little bit more blunt of a statement than I want to make. We're not a couple... not yet... i just want to make a nice looking hat for her.

Something like this maybe: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/ladys-fairisle-hat.htm
Oooo... Joe thats pretty! I think that would be perfect for your lady friend! :thumbsup:

joe_doufu
01-12-2006, 09:10 PM
I think hearts is a little bit more blunt of a statement than I want to make. We're not a couple... not yet... i just want to make a nice looking hat for her.

Something like this maybe: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/ladys-fairisle-hat.htm
Oooo... Joe thats pretty! I think that would be perfect for your lady friend! :thumbsup:

Yes, of course, I'll have to buy three different shades of pink yarn. And white. I've given notice at work, and I'll be moving to a new job in Beijing in a month... so whatever "stash" I acquire here I probably won't be able to take with me. :S

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-12-2006, 09:29 PM
Uh-oh, are you taking your girl with you????


i LOVE that morse code hat!!!!!!!!! I'm going to do that for my brother, I think :-) It'll say "hi, i'm a big dork! "

joe_doufu
01-13-2006, 01:20 AM
Uh-oh, are you taking your girl with you????
No, she lives in Beijing. We've known each other for three years but I haven't seen her face-to-face in about a year and a half. I will be arriving in Beijing just before Valentine's day so I hope to make a date then, or at least on the weekend.

Jan in CA
01-13-2006, 01:28 AM
I can't wait to see the hat when you make it! http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/liebe/love-smiley-030.gif

joe_doufu
01-13-2006, 01:30 AM
i LOVE that morse code hat!!!!!!!!! I'm going to do that for my brother, I think :-) It'll say "hi, i'm a big dork! "

If you want to be even more nerdly, make an ASCII hat. That's the computer code that represents each letter + number with a sequence of eight ones and zeroes (you could use black and white stitches). Number one means "on" and zero is "off" electronically, so you can represent that however you like. No need to add spaces between words. Spacebar is 00100000.

Space 00100000
Exclamation Point ! 00100001
Double Quote " 00100010
Pound/Number Sign # 00100011
Dollar Sign $ 00100100
Percent Sign % 00100101
Ampersand & 00100110
Single Quote 00100111
Left Parenthesis ( 00101000
Right Parenthesis ) 00101001
Asterisk * 00101010
Plus Sign + 00101011
Comma , 00101100
Hyphen / Minus Sign - 00101101
Period . 00101110
Forward Slash / 00101111
Zero Digit 0 00110000
One Digit 1 00110001
Two Digit 2 00110010
Three Digit 3 00110011
Four Digit 4 00110100
Five Digit 5 00110101
Six Digit 6 00110110
Seven Digit 7 00110111
Eight Digit 8 00111000
Nine Digit 9 00111001
Colon : 00111010
Semicolon ; 00111011
Less-Than Sign < 00111100
Equals Sign = 00111101
Greater-Than Sign > 00111110
Question Mark ? 00111111
At Sign @ 01000000
Capital A A 01000001
Capital B B 01000010
Capital C C 01000011
Capital D D 01000100
Capital E E 01000101
Capital F F 01000110
Capital G G 01000111
Capital H H 01001000
Capital I I 01001001
Capital J J 01001010
Capital K K 01001011
Capital L L 01001100
Capital M M 01001101
Capital N N 01001110
Capital O O 01001111
Capital P P 01010000
Capital Q Q 01010001
Capital R R 01010010
Capital S S 01010011
Capital T T 01010100
Capital U U 01010101
Capital V V 01010110
Capital W W 01010111
Capital X X 01011000
Capital Y Y 01011001
Capital Z Z 01011010
Left Bracket [ 01011011
Backward Slash \ 01011100
Right Bracket ] 01011101
Caret ^ 01011110
Underscore _ 01011111
Back Quote ` 01100000
Lower-case A a 01100001
Lower-case B b 01100010
Lower-case C c 01100011
Lower-case D d 01100100
Lower-case E e 01100101
Lower-case F f 01100110
Lower-case G g 01100111
Lower-case H h 01101000
Lower-case I I 01101001
Lower-case J j 01101010
Lower-case K k 01101011
Lower-case L l 01101100
Lower-case M m 01101101
Lower-case N n 01101110
Lower-case O o 01101111
Lower-case P p 01110000
Lower-case Q q 01110001
Lower-case R r 01110010
Lower-case S s 01110011
Lower-case T t 01110100
Lower-case U u 01110101
Lower-case V v 01110110
Lower-case W w 01110111
Lower-case X x 01111000
Lower-case Y y 01111001
Lower-case Z z 01111010
Left Brace { 01111011
Vertical Bar | 01111100
Right Brace } 01111101
Tilde ~ 01111110

humblestumble
01-13-2006, 01:37 AM
lol binary...See You can do anything!

beldaraan
01-13-2006, 04:42 AM
If you did the binary in green digits on a black hat, it would look like it was from the Matrix :D

joe_doufu
01-13-2006, 09:36 AM
If you did the binary in green digits on a black hat, it would look like it was from the Matrix :D
I was thinking you could do each letter/digit vertically. Therefore your pattern would be eight stitches tall. You could put as many letters into the design as you have stitches in the circumference of your hat. It would look something like "static" or one of those new style bar codes.

joe_doufu
01-13-2006, 11:40 AM
i picked out a white, pink, and purple yarn for the project, but discovered they were far too thin to make my hat with. So I've tried doubling up the strands. Here is a swatch I knit. The first six or eight rows are pink + white, followed by purple + white, then pink + purple, then pink doubled up, followed by white + a teal yarn that's not quite the right weight and fiber to match. I'm not going to use the pattern, instead I think I'm going to make horizontal stripes of pink-white and purple-white, I like the randomness and the colors match. Above the ribbing I'll invent some kind of pattern as I go -- possibly a few narrow vertical stripes of solid colors doubled up -- then go back to the pattern.

Wish me luck.

joe_doufu
01-13-2006, 11:48 AM
Quick question... how big is a typical woman's head, in inches? Mine is nearly 23 inches.

Julie
01-13-2006, 11:51 AM
A typical woman's head, according to Yarn Standards, is 20 inches.

Fab reference: http://www.yarnstandards.com/headsize.html

humblestumble
01-13-2006, 04:53 PM
mine's 21 1/2 but I'm petite.

gardenmommy
01-13-2006, 07:00 PM
http://www.scknitting.com/spring2005/tea-cosy-hat.html

Here's a pretty hat too, maybe with white instead of black?

Hildegard_von_Knittin
01-13-2006, 10:51 PM
OMG my brother has a BS in computer science and another in mathematics. he'll be THRILLED with binary code!!!!!! what a total dork!

joe_doufu
01-15-2006, 10:45 AM
This is completely different from that pattern that I liked, but here is the hat I made. Basically, I bought three yarns: an ivory white, a bubblegum pink, and a dark red wine color. They were so thin (5 st/in with a 5mm needle) that I decided to knit two strands together, turned out to be 4 st/in with a 6mm needle. I liked the way the colors looked when twisted with white, and made up this pattern basically as I went along.

It's not a perfect design, but it's the first pattern I made myself, so I'll write it down for posterity:
First, roll some of the pink and the purple into extra balls. The pattern requires knitting with two strands of each color at the same time.

19 in. x 4 st/in = 76 stitches. The hat came out quite small (but fortunately stretchy) and I think I should better have cast on 80 or 84. Must be a multiple of four.

12 rows (about 2") of white twisted with pink, k1p1 rib.
12 rows (about 2") of white twisted with purple, k1p1 rib.

(stockinette stitch from here)

2 rows of solid pink (knit 2 strands of pink together).
1 row of solid purple.
3 rows: k2-solidpink k2-solidpurple.
1 row of solid purple.
2 rows of solid pink.

12 rows of purple twisted with white.

(Begin decreases about now, as in the Mielke's Fiber Arts hat pattern (http://www.mielkesfarm.com/bsic_hat.htm). In the first decrease row I decreased 6 times, to give me a stitch number divisible by 10, then followed Mielke's instructions.)

12 rows of pink twisted with white.
Remaining rows, purple twisted with white
I hope this gets me somewhere with her!

punkhippiemom
01-15-2006, 01:37 PM
Nice hat! :thumbsup:
I hope she likes it.... :pray:

Meant to say, too - I really like the way the coilors look twisted with the white - great idea!!!

humblestumble
01-16-2006, 01:59 AM
awesome! :thumbsup: I can't see what girl wouldnt love a handknit hat made out of her fav color!

brendajos
01-16-2006, 02:49 AM
eggggggggggggggggggggggggselent!!!! :thumbsup:

dustinac
01-16-2006, 09:29 AM
Great job on the hat love the colors.. she will love it :thumbsup:

Jan in CA
01-16-2006, 11:52 AM
What a cute hat! I'm sure she'll love it!

BinkyKat
01-16-2006, 10:18 PM
Way to go!
She will be very impressed. I would drop on the floor if DH would just write me a sentence or two in a card...if he knit me a hat he'd better have me committed because that would drive me CuhRazeeeee!
The first thing DH ever made for me when, even though we were already a couple in my case, was a little ring. It was made of copper wire and had two little LED bulbs sodered to the top. I still have it. It's too small for my finger, but I cherish it as much as my engagement/wedding ring.

What a thoughtful fellow you are. Maybe soon you'll be knitting together.
:XX: :heart: :XY:

DannahK
01-18-2006, 12:16 AM
It ain't love till you say it in Hex or Octal!

joe_doufu
01-18-2006, 01:13 PM
It ain't love till you say it in Hex or Octal!
The girl I like is Chinese. There are all kinds of bizarre symbols I could knit and she'd understand. Here's a site with Chinese characters for hundreds of phrases including names:
http://www.formosa-translation.com/chinese/index.shtml

Danielle
01-18-2006, 02:05 PM
Great job on the hat, love the colors! :thumbsup: I'm sure she'll love it! ;)