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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Introducing Ladders of Love!

Happy Summer Everyone.  Schnapps and I prefer Winter, but we are trying to make the best of the heat and use our time to make lots of pretty knit things!

It's been a while since we posted a new hat pattern - we've been busy making a baby blanket and some washcloths for friends and moving George, our giant fish into a new tank, getting the pool opened and all sorts of things.

Finally, though a new pattern is here.  Schnapps and I let Paul name it and it's called Ladders of Love.  We hope you like it.  This was knit using Hometown USA, which is 6-weight, but there are instructions for all yarn weights included.

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Ladders of Love

You will need 6 -weight yarn and size US 13 circular needles and dpns or another combination listed below.

s1:    slip one stitch, purlwise holding yarn as if to purl
k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one.
p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one.

Cast on 45 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:
Row 1:  *k1, s1, k1, p2*; repeat around

Row 2:  *k3, p2*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 - 2 until piece is 7 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:
Row 1: *k1, k2tog, p2 *; repeat around
Row 2: *k2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2tog, p1*; repeat around
Row 4:  *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give this hat along with some hugs, hope and love, to someone!

The pattern is worked over 5 stitches.

To knit this using 5-weight yarn, use size 10 needles and cast on 60 stitches. 

To knit this using worsted weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches. 

To make it child size, use worsted yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 60 stitches.  Adjust in increments of 5 stitches for individual sizes.

To knit this using sport weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 105 stitches. 

If using a different weight, you might have to add more rows to the crown decrease.  Feel free to use dpns if you prefer!