Monday Project Report – Dead Fish Hat and Star Wars Hat (the Dark Side)


Finally finished the “have to finish before Xmas” hats today.  I still may knit one or two more before Xmas but I don’t have to knit them.  They are just bonus.  Also, I have an idea for how I am going to “wrap” the hats I did knit for gifts, which may use up the time.  But that is a different post for a different day.

First up is the Dead Fish Hat.

Kaitlyn's Dead Fish Hat top view

This is a wildly popular Knitty.com pattern (yes, free, as all Knitty.com patterns are) which is a great way to use up your scrap yarn.  This year the Fish Hat is being made for my niece Kaitlyn, who has sensitive skin, so I took all of my softer scrap yarn for the front part of the fish that will have direct contact with her head and then put the scratchier yarn that had the colors she likes in the tail of the fish.

Kaitlyn's Dead Fish Hat side view

All of my boys thought Kaitlyn would like a Dead Fish Hat.  I hope they are right.  She has a fun sense of humor so I think she will like it and even wear it.

Then I finally finished Chris’s Star Wars Hat.

Chris wearing his Star Wars Hat

Chris is wearing the hat because he was involved in the design of it so he knew it was coming.  I wanted it to be a hat he would want to wear so we worked on it together.  I did not have a pattern for this hat specifically and pieced it together using two Star Wars charts I found in Ravelry and then knitting a basic hat.

star wars hat

Basically I cast on 100 stitches on size 6 needles using a long tail cast on, knit 7 rows of 2 x 2 ribbing (k2 p2).  Switched to stockinette stitch, knitting first row in black, next two rows in alternating black and grey for a border, knit another row in black and then started following the two charts, placing the outline for Darth Vader in the center with a storm trooper to each side.  The yarn is Cascade 220, worsted weight.

You can find the Storm Trooper (and several other Star Wars character) chart(s) here: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/charts/starwars.htm

storm trooper side view hat

You can find the Darth chart here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/angryolive/3155370720/

darth outline front hat

Then I knit two rows of black and then started the decreases.  The first row was a repetition of k8 k2tog while also alternating grey and black stitches.  The next row was knit while also alternating grey and black stitches.  The following row was knit in black.  After that, I did decreases on alternate rows, always doing a k2tog at the end of each grouping.  So the next row was a repetition of k7 k2tog, then a knit row, then a repetition of k6 k2tog, then a knit row, then a repetition of k5 k2tog, and so on.  Once I got to k2, k2tog I left out the straight knit row and just kept doing decrease rows until I got to 5 stitches on the needles at which point I pulled the yarn through the remaining stitches and wove the yarn into the hat.  Whew!  I finally wrote it all out.  Not a proper pattern, but enough that a knitter could follow it who has made basic hats.

top of Star Wars Hat

That’s how the top looks when it is done (a little blurry – sorry).

So that’s the Dead Fish Hat and the Star Wars Hat.

Finally – a moment – to send a heartfelt, tearing, hug to the parents of the children who died last week in Connecticut.  I watched our boys in their Xmas pageant in Sunday and thought of those parents who’s kids were supposed to be standing in theirs and were not, and ached for them.  There is no greater pain.  Please know that it is felt by so many of us with you.

Vash and Markus as shepherds

jesse as a wise man

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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8 Responses to Monday Project Report – Dead Fish Hat and Star Wars Hat (the Dark Side)

  1. Danielle says:

    Great hats! The fish hat looks great, I bet she will love it. And Chris is too cute in his Star Wars hat. You go Shel!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Thanks Sis. Chris was not real happy that I posted the pics of him (he thought I would crop them to just the hat), but I think he’s pretty cute too!! I’m so happy that I can slow down a little now.

  2. OMG. Too cute. I will never get over how putting eyes on something instantly makes it alive. Or in this case, dead, lol. Isn’t it strange? You put two white circles with crosses on them on the hat and suddenly it is instantly recognizable as a dead fish. Love it. And love the Storm Troopers!

    And then heart breaks all over again. They had the memorial playing on the tv yesterday when I went to work. They were showing the names/pictures of each child and grown-up who died and saying something about them. And just seeing a name and then their age—6 years old, 27 years old, etc… Yeah. Big, big, big love to all those families.

    • Shelly R. says:

      I know – I read how now a bunch of politicians are all “changing their minds” about gun control. What is upsetting is that it took all these children dying for them to figure out something that I thought was obvious without having 20 children die – along with their teachers. It is so hard to even think about – I can’t imagine how those parents are even able to get up in the morning much less function. I just want to hold them and cry along with them. Lets send one of your winds – though a calming warm embracing one – to them.

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