Not really a gift but I’m pushing!

I’m working on a new fair isle hat design since my husband asked for another hat. I figured I could accomplish two things at once! Even though it is not a gift, I’m still pushing to get it done. It’s easier for me to do fair isle when it’s not noisy so over the course of the next few days, I envision family and noise.

Here is a sneak peek. My design includes a Latvian braid of sorts. I hear it’s also called the Herringbone stitch.

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Well, Merry Christmas to my blog readers and I hope you enjoy the holiday and remember the REAL reason for the season.

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New designs published!

I wanted to share that I’ve just recently published two new designs at Ravelry.

The first one took a few months of design work using Intwined Pattern Studio and then I moved onto swatching the design with old sock yarn in case I had to do some frogging. So, here it is – Botanical Scarf. There are actually flower motifs in the chart repeat and then of course the leaf edging helped me name the design.

I used Opulence from the Woolen Rabbit and the yarn is so yummy being that it’s 50% wool and 50% silk.
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My other design was a “spur of the moment” hat. I really like the way the blue fair isle design coordinates with the gray background. I was not sure what the call the hat and I went for a walk and all of the sudden, the name, “Winter’s Morn” popped into my head. I used two skeins of KnitPicks yarn, Wool of the Andes Superwash.

Winter's Morn Fair Isle hat
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A change of pace – crocheting

Yes, the Knitwit can crochet! Actually, I have many more years of crochet experience than knitting although I much prefer knitting. I wanted a change so I decided to do some stashbusting and make a few hats for charity. The result? A new hat pattern published on Ravelry.com this morning called “Banded toque with shell edge“.

turquoise hat

lavendar hat

The hat uses a specialty yarn from Jo-Ann’s called Wave. I’ve had it in my stash for a few years because I hadn’t figured out how to use until I realized I could embellish a plain hat with it! Crocheting with it required me to slow down and make sure I pulled each of my loops through the stitches so I wasn’t crocheting too tightly. I suppose the other option would have been for me to increase my hook size for the decorative band.

What kind of colors can you make in this pattern? Use up some of your stash and share the results. I can’t wait to see what people create. Enjoy!

I’m seeing spots!

Yesterday was a busy day as I finalized another pattern for my latest design called the Spotted Diamonds hat. The pattern includes links to YouTube videos demonstrating some of the techniques I used when making the hat.  I like to include those because I like sharing things I’ve learned.  Similar to my Best Friends Forever hat, you can reverse the colors and get two hats out of two skeins of yarn.

Spotted Diamonds hat

Side view of Spotted Diamonds hat

I’ve done other fair isle designs and have struggled n the past with the resulting fabric puckering.  I’ve gotten better but still don’t have a fabric I’m 100% happy with.  The biggest benefit of this design is that there only a few places that have a float of five stitches. So the smaller floats really help make a nice fabric and I don’t get any puckering or tight spots. I think this is a good project for those who’ve had the tight areas or puckering in their work.

Best Friends Forever hat

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I’d share a recent design I published on Ravelry.  It’s called the Best Friends Forever hat and the idea is that you can take two skeins of yarn and create two hats – one for you and your best friend!

Red and white BFF hats

Pair of hats in coordinating colors

Knitted hats that are made from the bottom up typically have crown shaping created by knitting two stitches together at certain intervals. In my design, I decided to purl the two stitches together. This produces a unique pattern as shown below. I figured “Why not be different?”

crown shaping with P2tog

Decreases made with P2tog stitch

The patterns calls for Cascade 220 Superwash but I think any lightweight worsted yarn would work. I’ve noticed that some of my newer Cascade 220 Superwash is thinner than some other “worsted” weight yarns so it might be closer to a DK. Whichever yarn you use, you should make a gauge swatch to make sure your hat will be the right size.

So, have you thought of what colors you might have in your stash?