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Huz Hat - Knitting Pattern


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Here's a hat I made for my husband, Mark. It's still a little warm this time of year, but a nice lightweight hat comes in handy on windy days, cold concert evenings, or high altitude hikes.


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The simplicity of this hat makes it a very versatile accessory. The hat also rounds out on top in a simple star decrease, which I absolutely love.


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Materials:

Main Color (MC): Fibranatura Oak, Colorway 5382, 1 skein
Accent Color (AC): Fibranatura Oak, Colorway 5392, 1 skein

Needles:

Size 8 24" Circular

Gauge:
2"x2"=9-10 sts, 13 rows

Note: This hat was knit with the circular needle Magic Loop method, but could just as easily be started on a smaller circular needle and finished on DPN's

Row 1: CO 100 sts with long tail method in 2 by 2 ribbing pattern with AC

Rows 2 - 4: *k 2, p 2*, repeat 24 more times.

Row 5: Repeat row 2. Russian join MC to end of last st.

Row 6: Repeat row 2 in newly joined color.

Rows 7 - 35 : K 100 sts

Row 36: *K 18, place marker, k2, place marker*, repeat 4 more times

Row 37: *ssk, k 14, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Rows 38 - 40: *k 16, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 times

Row 41: *ssk, k12, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 42: *k 14, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 times

Row 43: *ssk, k10, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 44: *k 12, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 45: *ssk, k8, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 46: *k10, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 47: *ssk, k6, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 48: *k 8, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 49: *ssk, k4, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 50: *k6, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 51: *ssk, k2, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 52: *k4, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 53: *ssk, k2tog, sm, k2, sm*, repeat 4 more times

Row 54: *k2, drop marker, k2, drop marker*, repeat 4 more times

Row 55: *ssk, k2tog*, repeat 4 more times

Row 56: k10

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread tail onto a tapestry needle, and pass through 10 remaining sts. Pull tight to close hole at top of hat. Weave in ends securely and trim away excess.

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Making T-Shirt Yarn - Recycled Craft Supplies


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The holidays are here, and it's time to spread the good cheer. Why not make an effort this year to reuse and recycle as many of your gifts as possible?

Today I'll be showing you how to make t shirt yarn, which is great for creating custom yarns, from slim to bulky weight, that can be made into any number of great home decor or fashion gifts.

First, collect t shirts. Specifically, you want a tube knit shirt with no side seams for the best results. Harvest shirts from your give-away pile, your friends' or family's cast-offs or closets (after asking, of course!), or from thrift stores. If you opt for the last option, this is a case where bigger is better. Hit up the men's sections first, heading straight to the xxxl's if possible. Bigger shirts will get you more yardage for the same amount of money.

Wash and dry all shirts when you get them home. Next, we dissect.


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Begin by cutting off the hemmed portion of the t shirt as close to the stitching as possible. From there, cut a spiral strip from the bottom edge of the t shirt all the way up to either the armpit area of the t shirt or to the printed design, whichever comes first.

The thickness of your strip will determine the thickness of your yarn, but be careful not to cut down to less than a quarter of an inch strip or you won't be able to stretch your strips into yarn.


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Here's one 3xl shirt, cut into 1 continuous strip, before stretching.


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Begin stretching the strips between both hands by pulling the strip lengthwise. This works with the properties of a knit stitch to curl the cut ends of the fabric in on the strip, creating a rounded piece of fabric that is easy to work with and looks smooth. Continue pulling the strip until the entire length of the fabric has been stretched.


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Here's the same 3xl t shirt after being cut and stretched, waiting to be rolled into a ball.


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Here's my original pile of t shirts after being cut, stretched, and wound into balls. As you can see, I've already started crocheting them into a Christmas-colored rag rug. The rag rug was raffled off at the Our City Forest Eco-Holiday Craft Fair, and now has a happy new home!

Enjoy your new yarn, and enjoy making a green impact on our world!

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