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Habitat Hat

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Habitat Hat

There’s something so satisfying about cables. They look much more complicated than they are but still (for me) represent a significant time investment. I made Jared Flood’s Habitat over a weekend. Many hours of that weekend mind you! I used one skein of his SHELTER yarn and eked out the large. It was a bit stressful there near the end but how often do you manage to use every last yard?!

Habitat Hat

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Eddie Hat

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Eddie

I’m on a serious hat kick right now. This one was intended to be part of Chris’ birthday present but I decided to give it to him a little bit early. It’s getting cold here in Toronto! He was on his way out this morning and was a rather unwilling model but I managed to get a few snaps.

I used Jane Ellison’s Eddie pattern from Queensland Collection Book 9. There are many great men’s knits in this book – I highly recommend it!

Eddie

I used a partial skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Vaa. I was a bit nervous that I would run out, so I skipped a few of the repeats in the body of the hat. If I were to make it again I would definitely stick to the pattern to give it a bit more slouch. But Chris likes it as is so I’m happy about that!

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Windschief Hat

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Windschief hat

Windschief hat

Windschief hat

I knit this hat with my new favourite yarn — Plymouth Earth Hillside Linen. It’s a blend of linen and alpaca in natural colourways and has the most wonderful drape. I can imagine really loving a pullover made out of it. Maybe Linden Down’s Estelle Pullover?

The hat is Stephen West’s Windschief and I think I may just have to keep it for myself. The pattern comes as a hat/ cowl set and both are asymmetrical pieces using twisted stitches and worsted-weight yarn.

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

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Prinz Eisenherz Hat

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Prinz Eisenherz Hat

Prinz Eisenherz Hat

Prinz Eisenherz Hat

The Prinz Eisenherz Hat is a test knit for katushika. I love the texture of the stitch pattern and crocheted seams. The hat is knit in one piece, with the border stitches picked up and crocheted after the body is complete. The pattern release will include matching fingerless mitts as well.

This was my first time working with Manos Silk Blend and I loved it. So soft!

[Photo 1 courtesy of Chris]

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Bousta Beret

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Bousta Beret

This is Gudrun Johnston’s Bousta Beret – a birthday present for Jane. I love the Horseshoe lace pattern, and the fact that the name – Bousta – means farm in Old Norse. It seemed like the right beret for Jane!

Bousta Beret

Bousta Beret

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Set for Baby Madeline

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Ribbed Baby Jacket & Umbilical Cord Hat

My dear friend Erin has a brand new niece! I picked up some sweetgeorgia Superwash Merino in Savory (a nice, vibrant colour for a baby, I think) and knit up a cardi and hat set for little Madeline. The cardi is Debbie BlissRibbed Baby Jacket and the hat is my go-to pattern for baby hats – the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘N Bitch.

Umbilical Cord Hat

Umbilical Cord Hat

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Go Go Malabrigo

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Wabbit

Wabbit Season

Doublish

Doublish

Catacomb

Catacomb

There’s so much to love about Malabrigo – it comes in fantastic colourways and is unbelievably soft. The Malabrigo Junkies on Ravelry love it so much they’ve named an entire month after it – Malabrigo March.

Alexandra Tinsley of Presents Knits has designed five cute and easy accessories using Malabrigo yarns. I love her take on the earflap hat, Wabbit Season. It’s so sweet with the pompoms and flaps that double as little pockets. This pattern also placed first in the Malabrigo Junkies Malabrigo March 2010 Design Contest. Congratulations Alexandra!

The collection includes two hats and a shawlette (pictured here) as well as a ruffled scarf and headband/ neckwarmer. You can buy the patterns separately or together in the ebook Go Go Malabrigo. If you’re not on Ravelry, you can also buy them from Alexandra’s Etsy store.

[Photos courtesy of Alexandra Tinsley]

Man-friendly: Turn a Square

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Turn a Square

When I first started knitting I was more inclined to make up my own patterns. Sometimes they worked out, other times not so much. I was more adventurous in a way, less focused on proficiency and more on experimentation. I had completely forgotten about an early hat I made for my brother, but when I saw him over the Christmas holidays he told me he still wears it. Since I can barely remember making the hat, I figured it was high time to replace it. Or at least add to his collection!

I decided on Jared Flood’s Turn a Square – a toque with raglan decreases and subtle striping. I used Mission Falls 1824 Wool and Noro Silk Garden. The hat takes less than a ball of each, so it could be a great project to use up some of your yarn leftovers.

Turn a Square

Here are some other man-friendly patterns I came across in my search for my brother’s birthday hat:

Windschief (Ravelry link) by Stephen West

Golden Autumn (Ravelry link) by Lucy Sweetland

Koolhaas by Jared Flood

Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk

Thorpe (Ravelry link) by Kirsten Kapur

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Magpie Patterns

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Have you heard of Magpie Patterns? I came across this great collection of knitting, sewing, crochet and embroidery patterns through their blog, Crafty Bird.  They’re based in Portland, Oregon (as so many good things are!) and some patterns are printed and mailed, and others are downloads. I really enjoyed browsing Magpie’s collection of handpicked designs. Some designers I knew, but more were new to me! Here are just a few.

Kalea and Malia

Kalea and Malia by Kids Tricots (Images courtesy Kids Tricots)

Kids Tricots is the work of French knit designer Muriel Agator (Ravelry link). Magpie carries six of her English patterns. These are some seriously cute kids’ knits. I’m glad my friends are giving me plenty of little people to knit for!

Hooded Cardigan and Floral Wrap by She's Crafty Handknits (Images courtesy She's Crafty Handknits)

Hooded Cardigan and Floral Wrap by She's Crafty Handknits (Images courtesy She's Crafty Handknits)

New Zealand-based Hadley Fierlinger (Ravelry link) is the designer behind She’s Crafty Handknits. More adorable knits for little people! Hadley designs beautiful baby knits and is the author of Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. One of my absolute favourites has to be the Floral Wrap (above right). The next baby girl in my life will definitely be getting one!

Pasha and Elizabeth by Jane Richmond Designs (Images courtesy Jane Richmond)

Pasha and Elizabeth by Jane Richmond Designs (Images courtesy Jane Richmond)

Canadian designer Jane Richmond has designed some perfect slouchy hats and chunky scarves. I have a skein of Burly Spun that has her Autumn toque written all over it. Jane also has some really cute, and seamless (hurrah), baby patterns as well.

Camo Woodman’s Cap

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Camo Woodman's Cap

Camo Woodman's Cap

My cousin (aka The Ginger Ninja) requested a camouflage Woodman’s Cap just like the one I made for her dad. I modified the pattern a bit to accommodate her cute little redhead: I casted on 72 sts and worked K1, P1 rib for three inches (rather than K2, P2).  I worked the decreases as established for the larger version.

We went shopping this afternoon for a flower girl dress for her to wear to my brother’s wedding in the spring.  She asked if she could wear her hockey pants under the dress. She’s definitely more of a hockey gear than dress girl! Regardless, she looked pretty darn cute.

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