What is this I see before me? A few skeins of Plassard Grand Large worsted in variegated spring and summer colors, and a Bottom's Up Bucket Hat pattern by Bonne Marie
. Looks like the makings of two snappy bucket hats for spring and summer, so it's time to kick off my Bottom's Up Bucket Knitalong
for the season. Woot!
Hats are fun; they knit quickly and make for a nice small project when I need a bit of a break from my bigger projects. And they make great gifts! Anybody who would like to knit a hat for spring or summer is welcome to knit along with me and I'd love the company. The roolz of the knitalong are simple: Just knit a hat that can be worn in warm or mid-season weather. I'll list you here and on my sidebar with a link to your finished hat. Finished bucket hat photos for those who don't have blogs will be posted here, if you desire.
Of course, that's not all. I love sharing the yarn goodness, so the one who makes the snazziest warm weather bucket hat and features it in a posed photo that makes me smile will win some fabby French yarn as a prize
. Prizes will be awarded on two different occasions: One on July 1 (for hats knit during spring) and another on September 1 (for hats knit during summer). So it's really two contests in one knitalong. Can you stand it? Oui, oui! Que j'adore les laines françaises! Details of the knitalong contest and rules of eligibility are found here.
Knitalongers for my Spring/Summer Bottom's Up Bucket Knitalong:
(Those in italics
Nicole - 1, 2
Emily - 1, 2, 3
Sarah, Vegan Knitter
Rhonda - 1, 2
Emy - 1, 2
Lisa P. - 1, 2
Rossana 's hat: Pictures 1 and 2; description here
Brynne - 1, 2
April in Kentucky
The Bottom's Up Knitalong CONTESTS.
2 skeins of Grand Large Plassard in the color of the winner's choice or 4 skeins of Phildar Phil Ruban in the color of the winner's choice, depending on availability
[amended 06/aug/04...Phil Ruban has just been discontinued and I didn't know this when I posted the prizes]. 2 skeins of Grand Large make a bucket hat, and 4 skeins of Phil Ruban make a sleeveless summer top or halter. Winner gets to choose which yarn prize he/she wants as well as the color.
There will be honorable mention prizes as well: 1 skein of Anny Blatt Victoria ribbon, 1 skein of Anny Blatt Flash ribbon, or 1 skein of Plassard Gioia sequined thread, suitable as a carry-along for a fancy warm-weather necklace or evening scarf. Oh, how FANCY!
The contest is in two parts. One for spring, and one for summer. The prizes apply to both.
In order to be eligible for the prizes
(please take note of each rule because each one counts!):
The bucket hat must be knit using the Bottom's UP Bucket Hat pattern or Bucket-o-Chic pattern
by Bonne Marie Burns of ChicKnits
. You must download the pattern directly and follow it to knit your hat, because it is the pattern I am using for my own.
2) Spring/Summer version only
. All cotton, cotton blends, acrylic [gasp!], paper, hemp, etc. as long as it's suitable for warm weather. Plain or embellished, and it can be for anyone you like and in any size.
It must be knit between April 5 and June 20 to be eligible for the spring prize or knit between June 21 and August 31 for the summer prize. Hats knit from April 5 to June 20 and winners of the SPRING prize will not be eligible for the SUMMER prize. Hats knit outside of the period from April 5 to June 20 are not eligible in any event. Please sign up before you begin. This is a knitALONG, not knitBEFORE or knitAFTER:-)
Please note: The winners from my Winter Bucket-o-Chic Knitalong
are eligible for this particular knitalong's contests! They have to knit a new hat for this season, of course.
4) You must be listed in my knitalong, and participate.
If you knit a bucket hat, and then write to me to send me a photo of a finished bucket hat or to send me to a blog entry where you show a finished bucket hat without ever having officially signed up in the first place, I won't consider your photo for the prize. Similarly, interaction is a factor as it's in the spirit of a knitalong; simply sending in a photo isn't enough
. For the duration of the knitalong I will post bucket hat entries regularly and welcome feedback, updates and questions, and that will be your chance to share any you have. So please make sure that your name is listed here, and don't be a stranger in the comments of my bucket hat entries because that is going to count, too :-) [Updated to mention: If you have a blog or website, I do not link to it
from your name on the list of knitalongers. I link to your finished hat, and only if you lead me to it. Due to the number of people participating, I do not visit all knitalongers' sites in search of bucket hat updates and/or photos.]
You must submit a photograph of the bucket hat, either post it on your blog AND point me to it via the comments in my latest bucket hat entry or via e-mail
, or send the photo (one only, no larger than 35k) to me directly via e-mail
. The bucket hat must be fully photographed on the head of the person for whom the hat was knit
. If you feel the need to go incognito, wear shades. But no mannequins or alternate models! I am giving a prize based upon what I deem to be a snappy hat AND photo. Witty captions help, too. Originality is a factor. Frankly, photos that amuse me greatly will get extra points because there's nothing I like more than knitters who are so happy with something they've knit that they let it show in a photo.
Please note: These rules apply to the contests ONLY, not to the knitalong.
The knitalong officially ended on September 1, so sign ups are closed