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Knitting pink princess crown #2

imageAfter knitting one pink princess crown, and the last Christmas gift washcloth, one more crown is on the needles for a small girl we will see New Year’s Eve (Frozen obsessed: “My name is ELSA!”). I needed something very simple to knit. We are now on Christmas holidays with the English side of the family, who are all very nice (though I gave given up counting how many nice cups of tea they through in a day, alternating with lovely cups of tea). Me, I prefer Christmas in Norway, but we alternate years, so this year is English Christmas in Spain. This year there are 9-10 of us, in two rented houses in a rather surreal holiday house development near a golf course in Southern Spain. Good weather, and very good company, though a lot of people, so I will find a sunny corner to knit and maintain holiday cheer.

Project 11 (2014): Pink knitted princess crown #2

Pattern: Garter stitch (rillestrikk): 12 stitches increased to 17
Yarn: Østlandsgarn (100% wool)
Yarn purchased at: Nille, Oslo, Norway in October 2014
Colour: medium pink
Difficulty for me: easy, this time, now that I know how to increase
Needles: circular needles size 4
Knitted where: on Christmas holiday on Costa Blanca, Spain
Final size: About 44 cm long (for head diameter 50-51 cm)
Final weight: forgot to weigh, maybe 30 grammes?imageHere, wool yarn on 4 mm circular needles. Knitting garter stitch all the way, rettstrikk (that is Norwegian for knit. Cast on 12 stitches, increasing one stitch at end of each rows 1 3 5 7 9. Rows 2 4 6 8 10 are just plain knitting (rettstrikk). In rows 12 14 16 18 20 decrease one stitch each time: knit one loosely, knit second stitch, lift first stitch over second stitch and continue knitting row.

It is a really odd expat enclave, where the local Mercadona (large Spanish excellent supermarket) has PG Tips (English tea), baked beans and English biscuits. Very odd. I was looking forward to exploring Spanish yarn stores, but have not found any yet (though there is an English pub, flamenco shows and full English breakfast on offer.) Oh well, it will be a nice family holiday I am sure, but I am very happy I packed several knitting projects. It is lovely and sunny, a turkey has been located and we just need to secure Brussels sprouts and wrapping paper. Happy countdown yourselves!

…. and project finished, with sequins added.

pink princess crown

crafts · knitting · strikking

Pink knitted princess crown

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I just went to Norway for the weekend, for a pre-Christmas family visit, and managed to finish this one as an advent gift. Her cousin had asked for Nutella, which seems to be hard to find here. They have Nugatti, a Norwegian variation, but not Nutella. Anyway, I knitted away so both kids would get something, and guessed at the right width for this princess crown. This is knitted in garter stitch, so it is quite elastic. I also added some sequins, ribbons and a tiny cat, since my niece really wants a REAL LIVE CAT for Christmas, which she will not get, or sparkly pink My Little Pony plastic things. All in all, anything sparkly and pink is popular. She is six, and liked this.

Project 8 (2014): Pink knitted princess crown

Pattern: A cross between Grooo’s strikket kronnepannebånd and several others described online
Yarn: Østlandsgarn (100% wool)
Yarn purchased at: Nille, Oslo, Norway in October 2014
Colour: medium pink
Difficulty for me: medium, I did make a couple mistakes but enjoyed it
Needles: circular needles size 4
Knitted where: at home in Rome, and on the bus
Final size: About 44 cm long (for head diameter 50-51 cm)
Final weight: forgot to weigh, maybe 30 grammes?

Knitting princess crown

These were really helpful for me, as a novice knitter:
Grooo’s strikket kronnepannebånd
From vrangstrikk: kronepannebånd til små jenter
From strikkehikke: Kronepannebånd oppskrift

I did a mix between these. Here, wool yarn on 4 mm circular needles. Knitting garter stitch all the way, rettstrikk (that is Norwegian for knit. Cast on 15 stitches, increasing one stitch at end of each rows 1 3 5 7 9. Rows 2 4 6 8 10 are just plain knitting (rettstrikk). In rows 12 14 16 18 20 decrease one stitch each time: knit one loosely, knit second stitch, lift first stitch over second stitch and continue knitting row. I suppose this is technically garter stitch, rillestrikk.
(Her strikkes første maske løst, andre maske vanlig og første maske felles over maske 2. Strikk resten vanlig rett. Dette fører til 20 masker i spissene og 15 i bunnen. Fell av på pinne 20 på den siste spissen.)

Nieces baking

I had some challenges increasing evenly, but watched some videos online and got better at this. Next time 12 stitches might be wide enough, rather than 15. Here the cousins are baking, and the knitted princess crown stayed on all weekend!

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WIP: Knitting a princess crown

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A change from dishcloths: newest work in progress is a pink knitted princess crown. I have seen these online, and this is a small Christmas project. If it works out, and I can get the size right, I will embroider it with sequins, and possibly line it so it is not scratchy. This in knitted in Østlandsgarn (100% wool), circular needles 4mm. It is a yarn that could be felted as well, but this time I will just knit it.

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First attempt: the tag on the crown was quite right, so I unravelled this and tried another way to increase. This is 15 stitches, increased to 20, which might be a bit wide. I need to measure (stealthily) on the possible recipient.

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Second attempt, much better! I watched some technique videos, which helped. For the actual pattern, these were really helpful for me, especially as a novice knitter:
Grooo’s strikket kronnepannebånd
From vrangstrikk: kronepannebånd til små jenter
From strikkehikke: Kronepannebånd oppskrift

I am doing a mix between these: wool yarn on 4 mm circular needles. Knitting all the way, rettstrikk (that is Norwegian for knit, vrangstrikk is purl. These blog posts are also reminders for me for what worked, and what could be improved).

It is fun to be knitting something pink and silly, and think about how it might be embellished. Will it need an elastic lining? We shall see!