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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.

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Baby, it’s cold outside

23 Dec

Hoar frost clings to the needles of a pine three outside my house.

Winter has hit western Montana hard these past two days. Everything – fingers, toes, ears, necks – need handknits to keep warm as frigid, biting cold has settled into the Missoula valley. So, in the spirit of keeping things warm, I made a sweater for my coffee.

The warm glow of Christmas and a cup of hot coffee. Mmmhmm.

I love to pick up a cheap drip coffee while I’m out and about, but this time of year I find my coffee gets cold fast in those thin cardboard cups. What kind of knitter would I be if I didn’t solve that problem with yarn?

This is my new Cozy Partridge Coffee Sweater (click for free pattern). It’s so named because the slip-stitch pattern that adds such great texture to the fabric and diversity to the color is commonly referred to as the “eye of the partridge” stitch. This stitch is usually used for a nice cushy heel on socks, as seen on my River Rapids socks last February.

This is the first free pattern I’m adding to this site, and it’s not even for socks! I’ll try to correct that very soon. But until then, please feel free to bust your stash of all those tiny balls of leftover sock yarn. This pattern requires less than 50 yards of fingering or sport-weight yarn, and you can use as many different types and colors as you like. Your coffee will never notice that you combined pure merino with a synthetic.

Speaking of socks, isn’t this blog supposed to feature them? And this is the fourth post in a row with no socks??? WRONG.

Striped and Ribbed sock, ready to go and waiting for its mate.

This “Striped and Ribbed” sock, my own design, is waiting patiently for its mate. It was put on hold while I finished up some Christmas knitting, which also included some socks, but you can’t see those until Monday. (Just as a teaser, though, my coffee sweater is made with leftovers from the aforementioned Christmas socks)

The Striped and Ribbed socks feature ribbing in the sections where I wish my socks always fit a bit more snug: Ankles and toes. They are also a bit longer than my average socks, since I’m quite fond of wearing boots. They’re knit using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Dunedin colorway, which I used last year to knit my husband’s Writer Socks. I loved this color so much when I made his socks, I just had to get a skein for myself.

For at least a few more days, while I finish up a Christmas hat, this lone sock will have to hang out on my Knit Picks Sock Blocker, dreaming that it will someday no longer be a victim of Single Sock Syndrome (SSS).