The beautiful colours and warm temperatures of fall are wonderful, but we all know that winter will soon be upon us. That means your winter knitting is already underway, right? My Winter Comfort Collection of cozy winter knitted accessories has … Continue reading
The Gratification Hat is the fifth and final pattern in my Winter Comfort Collection. This slouchy hat is naturally asymmetrical, giving it a unique shape and style. It uses an easy slipped stitch pattern that creates a triangular section on a background of stockinette. It … Continue reading
So, you’ve decided to knit a beret. There are so many beautiful beret patterns available and you’ve searched through them all and chosen the perfect one. You purchased and downloaded it, used the suggested yarn, and followed the pattern instructions … Continue reading
Check out the Holiday 2012 issue of Vogue Knitting International magazine. I am mentioned in the ‘Made in Canada’ column! There’s even this photo of my Bestie Beanies:
My most recent pattern, the Boxy Slouchy, has been a big hit – with my friends and family. Now that winter has officially arrived here in the north, I have been making more Boxy Slouchies and more Bestie Beanies – with different yarns. It’s always interesting to see how a pattern works with another yarn. If you are looking for substitute yarn ideas for these patterns, here are my suggestions.
The Bestie Beanie pattern was written for Malabrigo Merino Worsted – a beautiful yarn! But what if you want a machine washable version? I highly recommend Malabrigo Rios. I got pretty much the same gauge with it. I made it in Coco.
The Boxy Slouchy pattern is written for a sport weight yarn. But what if you want a warmer, thicker version? Rios is a great choice here too. I used the same size needles so it would be tightly knit and I cast on the same number of stitches. Because Rios is a worsted weight yarn I ended up with a hat that is slightly larger. The gauge I got? 22 sts = 4 inches, instead of the original pattern gauge of 24.5 sts. Yes, it’s bigger, but it’s a slouchy. The fit isn’t too far off for my head.
And finally, if you want to make a Boxy Slouchy with a hand painted or variegated yarn but don’t want to change the gauge or size, try Malabrigo Arroyo. I used Plomo and fell in love with it. I will be buying more and making something else – maybe a sweater? It’s gorgeous!
Next, I’d like to make a Bestie Beanie in Cascade 220. Has anyone tried it?