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Jolie with Pointy Sticks

August 18, 2012

Well! It only took me AGES, but I finally have a little collection of accessory patterns available, just in time for autumn.

I’ve talked a little about the philosophy behind this collection as I’ve worked on it, but I’m going to mention it again. The idea behind this collection was to create a somewhat cohesive set of accessories that could be mixed and matched to offset a fall and winter wardrobe. Like most knitters, I have an absolute ton of hats and cowls and mitts and such, but they’re often knit in isolation from one another and can’t really be worn together without making me look a little crazy. Watching old movies, one of the things that struck me about the curated wardrobes of the actresses was how well the accessories worked together. I wanted to create small patterns using minimal amounts of luxury yarn that would create a set of accessories that could be worn as part of a well matched wardrobe.

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Myrna cowl and mitts

I’ve listed two sets as individual patterns, meaning that while there are six patterns listed for the collection, there are actually instructions for eight different accessories: two hats, two cowls, two shawls, one set of mitts, and a cravat.

So let’s talk a little about the patterns! You’ve seen Rosa and Dorothy before.

Rosa and Dorothy

Rosa has been updated to include a second, larger size, and a second suggested yarn. Both suggested yarns are from Rocky Mountain Dyeworks. I love the rich colors that Hasmi, the creative force behind Rocky Mountain Dyeworks, teases out of fibers. The original red Rosa was knit in Bow Falls Fingering, a tight BFL. The new version is knit in Kicking Horse Sock, a merino/bamboo blend with a soft hand and oodles of drape. I asked Hasmi if she had any colors suggestive of a yellow rose, and she dyed me THREE absolutely gorgeous shades, which I alternated to create a subtle gradient from light to dark. I absolutely love the result. If you previously purchased Rosa, you should have received an update to the pattern, and if you wish to purchase the whole collection, the price of Rosa will be automatically discounted at purchase.

Dorothy is included in this collection as well, the only way to purchase the pattern through Knitting Kninja. Unlike my other shawl patterns, Dorothy is a raglan shawl, which makes it easy to drape over the shoulders and wear. It’s also easy to wrap around as a scarf. I used Knit Picks Imagination sock yarn for this version, an alpaca blend that adds a fuzzy halo to your knitting. Each section is fast and fun to knit, with a great deal of texture.

Clara

Clara is a bobble and lace hat. I don’t always love bobbles, but there’s something about a bobble hat that I adore. I have a saved picture in my files from ages ago of a bobble hat with diamond lace and I knew I wanted to make something similar one day. Clara is that something similar. It’s a one size hat, because the lace makes it very stretchy in order to fit a wide range of head sizes. Clara’s lace comes together in the decreases to make a star shaped top that just added to the fun little details. Knit in Sanguine Gryphon Traveller, it’s a warm hat despite the holes. I suggest substituting Cephalopod Yarns or Verdant Gryphon Traveller. Each skein is enough to make at least two hats.

Edith

Edith is a beret and cravat set knit in A Verb for Keeping Warm Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a gorgeous silk/merino blend with a somewhat rustic hand. The beret is covered in little twisted stitch cables that interlock and wind up the hat. They are echoed slightly in the ruffle cravat. The hat comes in two styles, a shallow beret (shown) and a slouchier version for those who want a little more substance. You can make a shallow beret and a cravat in any size from just one skein of yarn, which makes this a good value for an expensive and luxurious yarn.

Ida

Ida is a colorwork cowl knit in the inevitable Malabrigo yarns. Inevitable, because, let’s face it, I love Malabrigo. I am not the best at colorwork, so the thick Malabrigo Worsted made this a breeze, since it knits up fast and limits the amount of colorwork you actually need to do. Stranded colorwork meant a lot of loose strands inside the cowl and I was worried about snagging, so I used some Malabrigo Lace to knit a lining. If you haven’t knit with Lace, it’s kitten soft and just a delight against the skin, which means that my cowl is unbelievably warm and soft. I made it a bit oversized to compensate for the extreme warmth of a stranded, lined merino cowl.

Myrna

Finally, Myrna. Myrna hasn’t gotten a lot of attention on Ravelry since I added it, but in some ways, it’s my favorite pattern in the lot. Knit in Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!, I wanted to utilize what I think is the absolutely perfect stitch quality of the yarn. It knits up more neatly than almost any other yarn I’ve worked with, and I wanted to show off the color and quality of the yarn. Myrna is knit on small needles to create a neat, stretchy set of mitts with negative ease. There is nothing fancy about these mitts other than the yarn and the button tab. They’re simple as can be, but perhaps because of that, they’re my favorite to wear. The matching cowl uses stripes of stockinette and a textured slip stitch lace pattern that creates little half moons all around. Another button tab pulls the cowl down in front and turns the stripes into a gentle accordion shape.

The whole collection is available for US $16.00.

On wellness

June 15, 2012

I’m sorry to have dropped out suddenly and in the middle of my series on the male gaze, too. Basically, I’ve been sick for a month now, and it’s been really wearing. We went to the Maker Faire in May, our yearly big family outing, and we went for both days, which was a blast. But I was recovering from a head cold at the time, and surprisingly, heading out into a crowd and being really active for a couple of days when your immune system is on the fritz is not the best way to get better. I got sicker just after the faire and I’ve been sick ever since. I’m tired of it, but what can you do? I’m starting to get better now, and it’s slow, but it’s happening, so that’s good.

But illness is only part of my life and I’ve had a lot of good things happening in this time as well. As you may know if you’re a longtime reader, or if you follow me elsewhere, I have never finished my undergraduate degree, and I’ve always felt self conscious and embarrassed about this. Last autumn, I started applying to universities to go back to school full time. It was a harrowing process, one that I loathed along every step, but the end result is exciting: I’m going back to school this fall to finish my degree at Mills College in Oakland! Mills is a women’s college, the oldest women’s college in the West, and I’m smitten in every way. It turns out a lot of my crafty Bay Area friends are also Mills grads, so I’ll be entering some lofty company.

While being ill is hugely unpleasant in many respects, lying down a lot gives one a lot of time to knit and I haven’t been idle.

Cables in Lark

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I’m working on a couple of little boy sweaters for a dear friend with two dear boys, and I’m in love with everything about this project. The yarn is Quince and Company Lark, which makes the bounciest happiest cables ever. The color is River, a cool, gentle blue that is very cheery and very much outside my usual range. I’ve progressed quite a bit since that photo was taken and I’m still just as crazy about the project as before. The yarn is a delight to knit with. It’s not a fancy yarn, but it’s so clearly well thought out for the hand knitter. It’s lofty and strong and bouncy and each stitch feels good on the needles.

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The lovely Bosc Hat, by Robin Ulrich

I also knit a Bosc Hat as a chemo cap for a friend’s grandma. The yarn is Knit Picks Comfy in Peony. The pattern, by Robin Ulrich, is clean, easy to follow, and results in a lovely hat. I plan to make another in wool, which I think will show the stitch pattern better, but the cotton blend is perfect for a chemo cap and will wash well. It’s very soft and very pleasant to look at. I highly recommend the pattern, and there is a matching scarf, should you wish for a set.

There’s secret knitting just finished and secret knitting started, and so my life is very full of knitting at the moment. And in the moment, it is my wellness. I may be sick, but I can make something. I can keep my mind and hands occupied. It takes the place of physical wellness until my body can catch up.

Dear Jane

May 2, 2012

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Spring has sprung here in the Bay Area, as you can see by my delphiniums above! And I’m celebrating with a long delayed release – Dear Jane is back! I originally designed this hat for now defunct Sanguine Gryphon, and the yarn I got to use, Codex, was and is one of my favorites ever. Sadly, when the Sanguine Gryphon dissolved, Codex went with it. I went on a crazy buying spree in the weeks before the company closed its doors, but while I may have a supply of Codex for some time to come, it seemed wrong to release the pattern with a yarn so nearly impossible to obtain.

Dear Jane was designed with Codex in mind, and as it was a unique yarn, I wanted to find something that could live up to its shine, drape, and strength. There are a lot of single ply merino/silk blends out there, but Codex was a BFL/silk blend, and the longer fibers of the BFL lent it a strength that you just won’t get in a similar merino yarn. Enter Slick. As you probably know if you’ve read this blog in the past, I’m a huge fan of local-to-me A Verb for Keeping Warm. And Verb introduced their own BFL/silk blend last year. It’s a multi-ply yarn with a slightly different weight than Codex, but if anything could work in its stead, I figured Slick was the yarn.

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I chose Thai Iced Tea as the color. Man, I love that color on every single Verb base. It comes out slightly differently on base to base and from time to time, and I have yet to see an iteration that I don’t love entirely. The yarn was a delight to knit with, and I think it has just the right amount of drape that is needed for this sort of turban-hat. The new pattern includes a small photo tutorial about how to thread the ribbons through the eyelet holes. For cost reasons, I tried to keep both sizes down to one skein of yarn, but it’s easy to adjust ribbon length or the amount of slouch up top to use the amount you want to use.

If you previously purchased Dear Jane through The Sanguine Gryphon and would like an updated copy of this pattern, please send an email and let me know.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a female knitter must in all likelihood have a weakness for Jane Austen. When contemplating a literary design, Jane Fairfax of Emma sprang to mind. The name Dear Jane refers both to Jane’s introduction through her letters to her aunt and to the way she is clearly perceived by her author. The Dear Jane hat is modeled on fashionable Regency turbans, part of a trend in which the far reaches of the British Empire were treated as both exotic and tame. Ladies’ turbans were ubiquitous, fashionable, and seemed rather daring to their wearers. What looked like a turban was really a hat, sewn into shape and prêt-à-porter. Dear Jane is similarly easy to wear. The unusual construction results in a hat you can pull on and style in a variety of different ways just by tightening or loosening the ribbons. Perfect for a girl who can use a little romantic spice in her life!

This hat has a very unusual construction in that you begin with a long ribbon knit in Tunisian rib, then pick up the brim stitches from the center of the ribbon before joining to knit in the round. The dangling ribbon ends are eventually woven through the large eyelets placed at strategic points along the hat body. The ribbon can be woven through in a large mock cable as directed, or straight, if so desired, and it can be used to adjust the shape of the hat as well by pulling tight or leaving loose. Crown length is given as slouchy, but can easily be adjusted for desired style and length. The new version of the pattern includes a small photo tutorial for how to thread the knitted ribbon through the hat.

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SIZES
Adult S/M (20-21 inches), Adult L (22-23 inches)
17 (19) inches at brim

MATERIALS

  • 1 (1) skein A Verb for Keeping Warm Slick (70% Superwash Blue-faced Leicester, 30% Silk; 240 yds per 4oz skein); shown in Thai Iced Tea. Note: One skein may cut it close for size L, so it would be wise to purchase a second skein for insurance.
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
  • U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 16” circular needle
  • 1 set U.S. size 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • 3 split stitch markers OR waste yarn
  • start of round marker
  • tapestry needle

GAUGE
19 sts/29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on size 6 needles

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Horatio

September 27, 2011

I have this same challenge yearly: I go to knit hats for the family, and my husband turns crazy picky. He likes many of the hats I’ve knit him, but he expresses annoyance with the brim, believing that a brim that isn’t long and that doesn’t turn up does not a man hat make. I look over hats and he sits by and tells me what’s wrong with them. I love knitting hats, and I love a lot of patterns that he looks at once and then says, “Ehhhhh,” to.

I am frankly, sick of this. I want to knit him a hat that he loves and wears all the time without hearing about how the brim makes it less than perfect. I wanted to knit something where he’d say, “PERFECT!” This year I decided to make some hats that incorporated all of the elements of the essential man hat as described by my husband, with a caveat that it couldn’t bore me silly to knit it. The end result of this experiment is Horatio, a nautical looking watch cap that works equally well for a man or a woman. (I stole one of my sons’ hats briefly and loved how it looked on me.)

SIZES
newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, child, adult S/M, adult L

A note about sizes:
Children’s heads are often bigger than one might think, and the adult S/M will fit many children. Roughly speaking, the sizes correspond to the following head circumferences.

newborn: 13-14”, 3-6 months: 14-17”, 6-12 months: 16-19”, child: 18-20.5”, adult S/M: 20.5-22”, adult L: 22.5-24”

MATERIALS

  • 50 (75, 85, 100, 135, 165) yards worsted weight yarn (wool is suggested); shown in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Forest colorway (green hat) and Classic Elite Princess, Regal Teal colorway (blue hat)
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  • U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular needle
  • 1 set U.S. size 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed needles OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch marker for start of round

GAUGE
19 sts/29 rows= 4 inches in Semaphore Stitch on size 7 needles

Tech edited by Lauren Cross

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P.S.  Two little ironies: One, the blue hat in the photo is no more, as my young model lost it on his first day of wearing it. Two, after all that input, my husband is the only male person in my immediate family without one of these hats! He decided he wanted stripes instead of texture. Go figure!

Treasures from Verb

August 1, 2011

It’s no secret that I love A Verb for Keeping Warm‘s yarns, and I live close enough to A Verb for Keeping Warm’s brick and mortar store that I can go there on a semi-regular basis. This is dangerous and wonderful all at once. I want ALL THE YARNS! Luckily, I have some small modicum of self restraint, and I am holding off from buying ALL THE YARNS until I’ve used up some of the yarns I already have. That doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten to play with Verb yarns in the meantime, though.

This year, Verb started its first yarn (or fiber) club, complete with four shawl patterns by four designers. I was designer number four, and I got to knit in the lovely and amazing Verb Floating, which is a delectable blend of alpaca, silk, and cashmere. Seriously, this stuff makes kitten fur feel like sandpaper. The color was an exclusive club shade of gorgeous corally pink, 2 Gems and a Pearl. I am not usually a fan of pink, nor do I think it flatters my skin tones, but Kristine managed to dye this yarn a pink that looks great on pretty much everyone. I have no idea how this is possible, but there you go.

I was excited by the fact that Verb is a local to me company, and I sought inspiration in the bay. One of my very favorite lace patterns is the one called Split Leaf in the first Barbara Walker treasury. Although I know it is an ostensibly arboreal pattern, I’ve always thought it looked more like scales. I also adapted an umbrella themed stitch pattern to create what I thought looked like a seashell edging. Fish scales and seashells, but the end result actually looked more like the architecture of old movie palaces than something sea related. The name of the pattern, Grand Lake, is after the beautiful old Grand Lake Theater in Oakland.

Getting to use such a luscious yarn and getting to work so many of my long held favorite ideas was a treat. Thank you so much to A Verb for Keeping Warm for including me in this first club!

The other Verb related object I have to show you is this Felicity hat knit in Verb Toasted.

I am the last knitter in the universe to make the Felicity hat, but it seems to be universally flattering to everyone. I love this hat so much and I will wear it often this winter. The color is Tidepool, and it is so so pretty. It reminds me of a smouldering volcano more than anything. I think I messed up the decreases of this hat somehow – mine certainly do not look like the ones I’ve seen in other people’s photographs – but I still love how it looks and wears. My husband told me I looked like a whaler and then a Jacobin on the day I finished it, and I’m choosing to take both remarks as compliments, because this is one damn cute chapeau.

What’s next for me in Verb yarn? I don’t exactly know, but I have this terribly inspiring skein of Creating just waiting for me to come up with something!

Day’s Eye Hat, Take 2

April 21, 2011

One thing I’ve learned over time is that I am not an intuitive editor of my own knitting patterns. I desperately need a tech editor and test knitters, because my brain is absolutely certain to fill in the missing pieces in my own charts and patterns. The Day’s Eye Hat was originally published with PopKnits, which magazine generously gave me a chance, but try as I would, I could not seem to get the chart right for the hat. I could knit it myself, and did, several times over, without running into the problems other people were having. I’ve been wanting to fix this for ages, but finding the time has been a challenge. I had a little downtime after finishing Understory, and I used it to rewrite Day’s Eye.

New Day’s Eye is knit in Malabrigo Merino Worsted. I am still not sure how I got a slouchy hat out of the Rowan Felted Tweed, but I did. However, as written, Day’s Eye comes out as a beanie for many people. The new version should allow for more slouch. Of course, Malabrigo is a favorite of mine, and I think the yarn is ideal for showing off twisted stitches. The pattern includes instructions for working with or without a cable needle, so you can choose whichever way is more comfortable for you.

I apologize for the time it took for me to get this right. I hope the new version of the hat is easier to follow and that many people who’d put off knitting Day’s Eye because of the difficulties with the pattern can now knit it with ease. As always, if you have any difficulties or frustrations with the pattern, please grab me through email or at my Ravelry group, Dangerous With Pointy Sticks.

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Wrapping up

January 8, 2011

There are a number of projects I finished last year that we never got around to photographing in modeled pictures. I think there are some projects that I never got around to photographing, period. I’m trying to remedy that now, and as we’re finding time, we’re taking pictures. One thing I’d love to do this year, actually, is go back to a lot of old projects and let you know how they’re holding up. It’s a good way to review yarns and see if the projects I chose for them were appropriate. (I don’t think a yarn is poor just because it didn’t hold up well. That can mean that it was simply badly chosen for a given project.)

This project is Francis Revisited, which is a free project from Beth Silverstein on Ravelry. I loved the look of this sweater from the first time I saw it, and a spate of excellent finished projects had me very eager to make a Francis of my own, but finding the time proved harder than expected. This is a fast, easy project, knit in the round with worsted weight yarn and oversized needles. Nonetheless, since I was knitting it between other projects, my progress was of the leaps and bounds variety.

When I finished, I actually wasn’t sure if I liked it. The pattern was quite good, but I felt like I’d made a few poor choices. My seed stitch looked sloppy to me. I didn’t like my bind off. I felt like I ended the sleeves at the wrong point. I felt like I should have gone down in gauge for a different fabric. I had four skeins of Cascade 220 in a magnificent green, but I ended up using only two and a half to make the sweater, so the possibility of ripping and beginning again was real.

Then I actually wore it out a few times. I may have been unsure about it, but the sweater was drawing compliments right and left. I’ve knit a good few things that I wear regularly, and most of them go uncommented upon. There’s nothing especially bad about that, but the fact that people noticed and liked the sweater made me think that maybe it was OK as it was. (Also, the prospect of ripping and reknitting didn’t sound like much fun.) I’m keeping it.

We did double duty in this picture and got a shot of the Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits that I made after Stitches West 2010. It’s knit in Toots Le Blanc Alpaca/Jacob and since I was talking about how yarn holds up, this has held up like a dream. I wear this cloche all the time when it’s cold, and not only is it incredibly warm, it doesn’t show any sign of wear at all. It’s one of those sheepy yarns that gets softer with the wearing, too. I remember that when I was knitting the hat, I was a little worried that the yarn felt scratchy, but the perceived scratchiness lasted only as long as I was knitting.

A couple of thoughts on both patterns: Francis is a good, simple, top down raglan. Were I to knit it again, and I might, I’d make the sleeves a little bigger, and I’d make both body and sleeves a little longer. I think I might still consider working in a tighter gauge, as well, though I’ve liked the loose gauge better as wear has changed the drape. I’m ultimately happy with this sweater, though, and having been getting a lot of wear out of it. The yarn is exactly what Cascade 220 always is: a good workhorse of a yarn with fantastic colors.

The Side Slip Cloche is a clever, well thought out design, but I found it a little lacking in two areas, both of which have been noted by others. One was the schematic. It’s a little unclear when it comes to joining the ruffle band. I had to join it several times before I felt happy with how it looked. The other part relates to the band as well. As written, the sizing is on the small side. I have a small head, but I had to lengthen the band to make it fit. The other cloche that I made from Boutique Knits tends toward the large side, so it’s good to pay close attention when knitting from this book. That said, the pattern is very cute and the changes needed are not hard to figure out. Other than those two issues, it was well written and clear, and the end result is one of my favorite hats ever.

Oh, and I got a much needed haircut! I feel a lot happier with the state of my head now.

Dear Jane

December 21, 2010

I have all these half finished entries that I swear are not just another post about a new pattern, but I haven’t finished any of them. So you get another post about another new pattern this time.

This one is rather special to me. The Sanguine Gryphon’s winter collection has a literary theme, and I have a book addiction. I feel so clichéd in this, but like so many female knitters about my age, I love Jane Austen’s writing. I read her books over and over again without losing enjoyment in the process. (I tend to gain enjoyment, actually, because I also read essays on Jane Austen and gain context that helps me appreciate new aspects of her writing. No one ever accused me of being anything other than a giant nerd.) When the call came out for literary themed patterns, it was to Jane Austen I first turned.

When I think of Regency fashion, a lot of the standouts for me are the garments that didn’t really outlive the era. Ladies’ turbans are an interesting colonial relic that I find intriguing and distinctly of the period. (In the novella Cranford, published in 1851, Elizabeth Gaskell uses the turban style hat as a way of depicting a character’s age and her distance from trends in fashion. An elderly lady longs for a beautiful turban of the sort that was popular in her youth, and which she never got. Her young houseguest is appalled at the idea, finding it grotesque, and buys her a staid cap instead.) Unlike a true turban, Regency turbans for ladies were sewn into shape, so they did not need to be wrapped each time a woman wanted to put on a headdress.

The turban style hat was part of a general Romantic and Neoclassical trend toward Orientalism in which the eastern world was depicted as both incredibly exotic and exciting and also somehow accessible. Artists such as Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres depicted the Orient in ways that blurred the familiar with the alluringly alien. His obviously Western models, posed as odalisques, or female slaves, lounged in ambiguously Asian settings – supposedly Turkish bath houses or harems. In the literary world of roughly the same period, Thomas Moore would publish an Oriental romance, Lalla-Rookh, and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge would publish his Oriental poem Kubla Khan.

As Xanadu, with its stately pleasure dome, was becoming a favorite subject for the critics to disparage, India was under the control of the British East India Company, and had been since the mid 18th century. This was a long enough period of time that Indian Englishmen had become commonplace, and India held an exciting but familiar place in the public imagination. Jane Austen had herself an Indian cousin, the romantic and tragic Eliza Hancock, upon whom she may have based some of her more sensational characters. In cooperation with the British Navy, the East India Company, starting in the mid 18th century, but escalating in the early 19th, drove east from its base in India, expanding its colonial empire into central Asia.

All of this context is to say that the turban as a fashionable accessory did not arise out of the blue and my interest in it arose out of its place in history as well as literature. Jane Austen refers to a turban in Northanger Abbey (published in 1817, but actually the earliest finished of Austen’s novels) and tellingly puts the words to the pen of Isabella Thorpe, a character with a taste for the trendy and new. My turban, however, was designed for Jane Fairfax of Emma, a character who might not be enamored of its ostentation, but who certainly, to my mind, deserved a little levity and fashionable respite from her difficult existence. Jane is introduced through her letters to her aunt, and while Emma takes her time to warm up to the character, it’s clear that Jane’s creator greatly admires her, hence the name Dear Jane.

OK, I’ve blathered on for five paragraphs now without even getting to any of the details of this design in specific! The pattern is knit in Sanguine Gryphon Codex, which is a gorgeous and wonderful yarn to work with. It’s a blend of Blue Faced Leicester wool and silk, and the result is a warm, soft, shiny, drapey yarn that knits up like a dream. The pattern was designed specifically with this yarn in mind, to take advantage of that drape and sheen. The construction is different from anything I’ve previously designed. It starts with a long ribbon knit in Tunisian rib, and then the hat stitches are picked up from the ribbon and knit up with large, strategically place eyelets throughout for the threading through of the dangling ribbon ends. The rather disturbing picture below shows what the hat looks like when the ribbon is unlaced.

(Said picture is the most looked at of the batch I uploaded to Flickr. Apparently y’all like looking at weird creepy pictures.)

Further details:

Sizes
To fit 20 (22.5)”/51 (57) cm circumference at brim

Finished Measurements
17 (19)”/43 (48) cm at brim
10 (10.75)”/26 (28) cm in height, not including ribbon

Yarn
The Sanguine Gryphon ‘Codex’, 4 oz/234 yd, 52% silk/48% Blue-faced Leicester wool, 2 (2) skeins, shown in Mary Crickett

Needles
US 4/3.5 mm needles, straight or circular
US 6/4 mm needles, 16” circular, or size needed to obtain gauge
US 6/4 mm double pointed needles OR long circular needle for Magic Loop

Gauge
19 sts and 27 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st on US 6 needles

Notions
3 Split stitch markers OR waste yarn
Tapestry Needle

You can purchase this pattern at The Sanguine Gryphon website! Be sure to check out the other patterns in the winter collection as well. There are some real beauties! I’ll save prototype pictures for another post.

Maple Leaf Rag

September 30, 2010

The pattern for the Maple Leaf Rag hat was meant to be released tomorrow, but I’d forgotten that Malabrigo Stockpile starts at midnight tonight. In order to allow participants to get a jump on knitting, I released the pattern a day early.

I love buttons. Unnecessary, frivolous, pretty, silly buttons for the sake of buttons. Lately I’ve been seeing hats with button tabs in various clothing catalogs and magazines. I love these hats and knew I wanted to make my own.

The beautiful worsted weight yarn from OrangeFlower provided the opportunity, and a simple rib pattern provided the texture I wanted. This is a super easy, super fast knit with a fun result. The cloche style hat has a vintage flair, while the slouch fits in with current trends. The end result looks great on people of all ages and genders. Enjoy!

SIZES
Adult S/M [M/ L] Cloche or Slouch

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Brim circumference: 20 [23] inches

MATERIALS
* OrangeFlower Worsted Weight Merino Superwash [100%
Superwash merino; 218 yd per 100g skein]; colors: Burnt
Orange, Lichen; Cloche: 1 [1] skeins, Slouch: 1 [2] skeins
* 1 set US #6/4mm double-point needles
* 16 inch US #4/3.5 mm circular needle OR straight needles
* 16 inch US #6/4mm circular needle
* stitch marker
* tapestry needle
* large decorative button

GAUGE
18 sts/27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on US #6 needles

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New! Low fat! Portable!

September 29, 2010

I’m releasing a new pattern on October 1st, a hat with a garter tab called Maple Leaf Rag. It’s a very simple, very fast knit, but I think it’s got enough of interest to keep a knitter from getting bored, and it takes very little yarn, to boot. I am not 100% happy with my pictures, the more time I spend with them, so if I get a chance, I will reshoot today, but otherwise, thanks to some very industrious and wonderful test knitters, the pattern is ready to go! Hooray test knitters! The hat takes one skein of OrangeFlower Superwash Merino Worsted for most sizes, and the stretchy garter band means that each size fits a wide range of heads. There are two styles, as well, a cloche style hat and a slouch style hat.

Also new is the Surtsey I’m working on for a new baby in our circle of friends. The green and silver colors are very pleasing to me, but there was this nagging thought at the back of my mind that they seemed so familiar, before I realized that ah, yes, I’m using Slytherin house colors for a brand new baby. I sincerely hope that the parents are not Harry Potter fans and that they don’t think I’m projecting a future of ambitious evil upon their child.

Sorry for the short post. I’m going to be rather scarce around here, but I’ll try to update when I can. I’ve become very busy with the doing of things, which is leaving less time for the writing about the doing of things. I haven’t forgotten that I need to conclude the Lace Triangle tutorials, though.