Posts from the ‘Knitting’ Category

Pussy Riot Balaclava is finished!!

Free Pussy Riot!!


Well I knitted like mad all day yesterday.  All I had to do today was weave in loose ends and stitch in Free Pussy Riot on the front.  I used Ella Rae Classic 100% Wool.  I got this yarn as part of a SXSW knitalong at Hill Country Weavers in Austin, TX.    We knitted mic stand cozies for Kelley Deal.  I thought it was pretty appropriate to use yarn I got for a rock show to make a balaclava for a punk band.

If you make your own Pussy Riot balaclava, be sure to add it to the We Are Pussy Riot tumblr!!!


Freedom for Pussy Riot!!!

Go Go Pussy Riot!!!

In case you haven’t heard about them, Pussy Riot is a riot grrl punk band from Russia.  They performed a punk “prayer” at a Russian Orthodox Church asking the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin.  Well, three of the members were arrested and now they’ve been convicted of “hooliganism” and have to serve two years in jail.  Please visit Free Pussy Riot and donate!

And all you fellow knitters, knit yourself an awesome ski mask in a fun bright color, just like the members of Pussy Riot wear.  I’m going to modify this free pattern that I found on Ravelry called Jackyll & Hide by SasKnitsItAgain.

When I finish mine I’ll post a pic on my blog. I’m starting it today!

My very first knitting pattern

Hat on a desk.

I learned to knit about five years ago, but I didn’t keep it up at first.  I’ve just gotten back into knitting seriously over the past year.  This hat is my first attempt at knitting without a pattern.  Pictured is what I finally knitted on my third try.  My first one was way too big, the second still loose, and this one was juuuuust right.

What I Used:

Size 8 circular 16″ needles and matching dpns

Tahki Yarns Mia 100% cotton: approximately 55 yards total.  There’s 41 yards per skein.  I used white and olive green.  This yarn is a chunky thick and thin yarn.


I got approximately 2.75 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch on size 8 needles..


Cast on 52 stitches in the color you have chosen for the top and bottom (I used white). Place marker at the beginning of your row so you can keep track of where it is.

Rows 1-4:  *K2, P2.  Repeat from * all the way around.  This will give you a 2×2 ribbing along the bottom of your hat.

Rows 5-10: Knit all the way around.

Rows 11-18: Change to the color you have chosen for your stripe (I used green).  Knit all the way around.

Rows 19-20: Change back to your first color (I used white).  Knit all the way around.

Row 21: *K5, K2tog, K4, K2tog.  Repeat from * all the way around.  You should now have 44 stitches.

Row 22: Knit.

Row 23: *K4, K2tog, K3, K2tog.  Repeat from * all the way around.  36 stitches.

Row 24: Knit.

Row 25: *K3, K2tog, K2, K2tog.  Repeat from * all the way around.  28 stitches.

Row 26: Knit.

Row 27: *K2, K2tog, K1, K2tog.  Repeat from * all the way around.  20 stitches.

Row 28: *K1, K2tog, K2tog.  Repeat from * all the way around.  12 stitches.

Row 29: *K2tog.  Repeat from * all the way around. 6 stitches.

Weave in loose ends and you’re done!