Stay Warm This Winter With The Fashion Forward Hat

It’s time for a new hat pattern and a promo to go with it! Meet the Fashion Forward Hat. It matches nicely with the Fashion Forward Cowl or it does just fine on its own. It has a nice relaxed slouch with a snug ribbed brim that doesn’t slide off. Add a big pom pom and you’ll be right in style, not to mention nice and warm! Get the pattern this week – before midnight on Friday – and get 30% off with the coupon code honeycomb. Check it out here.

This hat is designed in the soft and cozy Cascade 220 Superwash Aran and the colour shown is Feather Grey. One skein is required plus an additional colour for the contrasting stripe and the pom pom. I used my leftover  Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud in charcoal from my Fashion Forward Cowl, making a matched set.

As always, my test knitters were great fun to work with. Check out their wonderful colour combos here and find out how we solved the problem of the increase holes. More about that in my next post!

It’s Been A While

It’s been a while since I released a scarf pattern. This one is perfect for these last weeks of winter and first weeks of spring. It’s my Cables & Lace Scarf.

This scarf is wide and not too long. The fabric drapes softly and the cable and lace pattern adds visual interest. The eyelets give the scarf a feeling of lightness and airiness while the cable pattern lends a bit of formality. Size is adjustable. Use more yarn to make a longer scarf. Or, add or remove pattern repeats to make a wider or narrower scarf.

Malabrigo Finito, a beautiful merino wool, is the yarn used for this pattern. It’s soft, light, and feels beautiful against the skin. The colour shown here is Aguas.

As always, this pattern has been tested by my fabulous testers: MDQuilter, nj2, RabbitEars, Kowleen, Sallygayle. Their projects are here.

I hope you enjoy this one!


A Touch of Royalty

It’s time for a new pattern release, just in time for the holidays. It’s the Royal Cowl pattern!

The Royal Cowl is made up of alternating cable stitches which creates a dense, textured, and warm fabric. The pattern also uses a new cast on technique and a new bind off. The i-cord cast on and the i-cord bind off each make a formal, structured bottom and top edge, making this a truly royal looking cowl! I love these neat and tidy, symmetrical edges. The pattern contains easy to follow instructions for the cast on and bind off. It also includes a photo tutorial for grafting the i-cords ends making the seam on each truly invisible. Watch for the tutorial on this blog in the coming weeks.

As always, it’s the yarn that makes each of my patterns. This time I used Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted. It is a wool, silk, and cashmere blend which is critical to comfort for anything worn around the neck, right? The colours shown in the photos above are Tart, Antique Lace (my favourite!), and Cousteau.

Thank you to my wonderful Royal Cowl testers: MDQuilter, JStockert, Birdsrus, NokNoy, HotCraftyGirl, meg7219, and nj2 – check out their cowls here.

It’s not too late to get one last Christmas knitted gift done – happy holiday knitting!


A New Hat!

Meet my new hat pattern – Cables & Twists.

My 13-year-old daughter inspired this one. She is a fashionista, following all the latest trends. She showed me a selection of hats and knits from the fall fashion runways and I put the pieces together. Cables and twists adorn the traditional shape giving it texture – which I love. A thick brim gives a bit of volume. Shown here in a classic grey, it’s perfect for the fall season.

Cables & Twists is designed for Knit Picks Swish Worsted and requires two skeins. It’s worked in the round from the bottom up.

Happy knitting!