Crafty Friends ~ Spotlight on Sheila Marbella

Crafty Friend Sheila Marbella

Well, folks, I hate to admit it, but we still have a foot of the white stuff on the ground here in the North country. So long as we see snow, Thematic Stitchings can justify a couple more winter projects before we kick our Spring-time crafts into high gear.

This week I’d like to introduce another member of our office break-time knitting circle, Sheila Marbella. Sheila enjoys creating colourful knitted fabrics, especially for her daughters.

Hatband is created in 2 stages

This wonderful tri-colour hat (red, white and blue) was built in 3 parts. First, the base of the hat band (white) is about 2 1/2 inches wide, or approximately 10 stitches using heavy worsted and 5mm needles. It is worked in stocking stich. (Knit 1 row, purl the next.) The edges will curl, but that’s ok. You want them to curl to provide a frame for the red ‘belt portion’. The belt loops are made by dragging the yarn across the band width at even intervals. Continue in stocking stitch till the white band is long enough to fit comfortably around your child’s head.

Sheila: I’ve been knitting for about 6 years, since Silva first got me into it. Before that I used to crochet.

The red ‘belt’ for the hat band is narrower than the white band — approximately 7-8 stitches. It is worked in garter stitch (knit all rows) and will be longer than the white band by approx. 1 – 1/2 inches. It will also be tapered at one end. To create this effect, when the red ‘belt’ is about an inch longer than the white band, reduce 1 stitch at each end for the next few rows, until only two stitches remain. Cast those 2 stitches off. The belt is then inserted into the loops on the white band, and a matching button is added to hold it in place.

Stitch body of hat in round st-st

The body of the hat (blue) is knitted in the round using a 5mm medium length circular needle. Depending on your yarn weight and guage, pick up approximately 60-70 stitches. Remember to measure your child’s head and knit a guage first. Sheila tried several methods of joining the white band to the hat body, but finally simply picked up stitches around the upper back of the hatband to begin knitting the hat.

The hat is a simple stocking stitch, continued for approximately 4 inches (or to fit your child). After 4 inches, reduce 10 st each row in a random fashion to avoid obvious ‘clumping’.

Finished Tri-colour hat in heavy worsted

When you have approximately 8-12 stitches remaining, use a darning needle or crochet hook to feed a long strand of yarn through the final stitches and pull them together in “drawstring” fashion to close the hole at the top of the hat.

The red, white and blue colours contrast so nicely — this is a great sporty hat to make any young girl smile!

Sheila models her daughter's hat

Sheila was kind enough to model the hat for us, so here it is! On behalf of Thematic Stitchings, I want to thank Sheila for sharing this winter project with us.

If you have questions about this or any other project, feel free to reach me directly through my contact page.

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However, if you’re more interested in following this crafty bird through the labyrinth of fabric and yarn that we call a life, you can always join me on my Just Knittin’ Twitter site under @DCarrickCrafts . Either way, I’d love to meet you on FaceBook, so be sure to look me up!

Best in knitting and living passionately,
Donna Carrick

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