Tag Archives: Blue Sky Alpaca


19 May

When I first started knitting I bought a lot of nice yarn and knit a lot of mediocre stuff that I never wore. These items (mostly scarves because they’re easy) have been hanging around the house staring at me, wondering why they never see the light of day. It’s a good question, so I decided to do something about it.

This led to a lot of hunting down these items, unweaving ends, and ripping it all out. At the end I had quite a few balls of gorgeous worsted-weight cotton waiting to become something beautiful that will actually be worn.

Some of this yarn is a hand-dyed cotton of unknown origin and some is Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. Generally soft yarns like the Blue Sky Alpacas get really fuzzy when ripped out, but it all still looked great, so I started looking for new patterns.

After cruising Ravelry for days and checking out bags, scarves, shawls, hats and mittens, I just wasn’t happy with any patterns. I realized it was time to take things into my own hands.

Taking two of the colors of my reclaimed yarn I’ve started working on Rainbow Trout, a cushy cowl with alternating stockinette and garter stitch. The simple stitch pattern will highlight the beauty of the yarn and make for an easy side project. The name is inspired by the colors of the yarn, which remind me of the rainbow trout that fill Montana’s rivers and streams.

Now I’m just searching for the perfect buttons. I have some ceramic fishies in mind, but we’ll have to wait and see. This project will likely see more wear when autumn hits, but early mornings can still be chilly in Montana, so when this is all finished it may come along on my morning bike rides.

River Ripple Hat Pattern

20 Mar

I’m happy to announce that I’ve added a new free pattern to my site! The River Ripple Hat pattern (available by clicking on the image to the left or visiting the Patterns page) is finally complete!

The idea for this hat has been brewing for a long time. I knew I wanted something featuring garter stitch and cables with a brim worked flat then picked up along the edge.

This yarn was originally meant for a TARDIS hat, but after staring at it for months and using my successful Rose Red hat (knit in the same yarn) as an inspiration, I decided to knit a water-inspired hat for Spring.

This pattern is simple to work if you can knit cables, in-the-round, and take the initiative to find the length and fit that works best for your head. Because the pattern only includes instructions for a standard adult women’s size, a knitter looking to make a smaller or larger version will need to use their own judgement to adjust the gauge. That being said, any intermediate knitter should have not problem following the instructions and chart.

One of my favorite details of this hat, other than the way the simple four-stitch cable *pops* out of the garter-stitch background of the brim, is the fancy rhinestone buckle.

This buckle comes from a vintage sample card my mom bought me at an estate sale years ago. I’ve been looking for reasons to use it forever, and although my husband favored a simple button for the tab, I couldn’t resist adding some sparkle. Besides, this is a classy buckle. In 1951, this buckle cost $8. Calculate inflation into that and I put a shiny, $70 buckle on my hat, which is a testament to just how much I love this hat.

The pattern specifies that you can use any large buckle or button, but I’m so pleased that my hat features a classic detail that has some history. If I weren’t already married I could wear this as my something old and something blue!

I recommend using Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton in the Mediterranean colorway for this pattern, but any soft worsted-weight yarn with good stitch definition will work.

I hope you enjoy the pattern, and please visit the Ravelry pattern page to post any comments or questions.