Friday, 23 October 2015

Jayne's Smoothie Hat (Firefly)

A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.

Some credit for this pattern must go to the author of "Jo's Big Knit". Her Norwegian Hat (which can be found here) provided a lot of inspiration for this pattern but I have changed it quite substantially to suit my needs.

Pretty cunning, doncha think?
You will need:
Red, Orange, and Yellow DK yarn
4mm needles (or thereabouts)
Darning needle
Fork (for the pompom- you might have a different method but I can almost guarantee you it will not be a better method)

Abbreviations:
K=Knit
P=Purl
M=Make

Ear Flaps-Red (Make 2)
Cast on 2 sts
Row 1: K1, M1, K1
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl

When you cast on for the second ear flap do it on the same needle as the first so that you end up with the two both on the same needle and facing the same way.

Hat-Orange
On the other needle cast on 5 sts. Knit accross first earflap. Cast on 9sts. Knit across second ear flap. Cast on 4 sts
Beginning with a purl row stocking stitch 5 rows in orange
Change to yellow and continue to SS for 10 rows
K2tog till end (14sts)
P2tog till end (7sts)
Cut thread leaving 25cm left over, thread through stitches on needle and pull tight to form the hat.
Sew down the back of the hat, thread some red yarn through the end of the ear flap and plait it with the yarn already there. Sew in all other loose ends.
Finally make a tiny red pompom to sew on to the top. I recently learnt how to made a pompom with a fork and it has revolutionized my pompom making. I include an instructional video of how to make said pompom, I hope that it is helpful but please bear in mind that I just filmed it on my phone. The most important thing is that you tie the knot nice and tightly.

 And if the way I've tied the knot around the pompom on the fork looks really awkward well that's because it was. You try making a knot and holding a fork at the same time with your arms outstretched.

I've just been to see Crimson Peak at the cinema this week,. Not being good with jump scares I was worried my poor heart wouldn't be able to cope with the palpitations caused by the horror combined with Tom Hiddleston in period costume. But I think the most terrifying thing about it was the price. I haven't been to a Cineworld for ages and this reminded me why, £7.60! With a student discount! And if that doesn't shock you then maybe you don't realise that things can be different. In my local independent cinema at home tickets cost £2.50 so paying over three times that was a bit painful for me. I cannot fault the film itself though, it was gripping, surprising and most importantly really creepy but it does, and this may have been intentional, kinda have the same plot as Scooby Doo Zombie Island.