Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Plain and Patterned Hats for the Family

In seven sizes and several patterns, a large variety of hats may be made using this pattern. Work in plain stockinette, or a color pattern . A blank chart is provided for designing your own pattern. Amounts of yarn necessary will vary according to size and color pattern used. Charts include a fair isle pattern, a norwegian snowflake, an allover diamond and stripes. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

A Fetching Ladies Beret

Designed to complement Cheryl Niamath’s beautiful and popular Fetching mitts, this soft beret has wide ribs and spiraling cables that echo those of the mitts. A versatile and universally flattering hat, it will carry the wearer from autumn to spring, worn either as a beret or the more modern slouch hat. A simple knit, it’s a good introduction to cables and working in the round. The hat’s distinctive shape is created when it is blocked, not as it is knit, meaning much of it is worked even, without shaping. By working one extra cable round, a larger, slouchier hat can be made. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stella Beret

Hats aren’t just for keeping your ears warm in chilly weather, though Stella surely has that covered. It can be worn a multitude of ways; as a traditional beret, a slouch style hat, down over the ears, or pull the crown down on one side for the look of a classic French beret. The details are what make Stella special, spiraling starburst on the crown formed by the increases, and a contrasting rounded brim keeps the hat on snugly while adding visual interest. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Megan Cowl

Cowls are a wonderful alternative to scarves, keeping the wearer warm without the bulk of a scarf tucked into their coat. This cowl features a button closure so it doesn’t have to be pulled over the head. The stitch pattern used creates a slight picot effect on the edge, and this is echoed by the contrasting picot trim. Alternate stitch creates textural interest, but is as easy to work as plain single crochet. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Lauren Mitts

Thick and fluffy in a combination of granite stitch and ribbing, these fingerless mitts will keep you nice and toasty when the temperatures drop. Long ribbed cuffs keep the cold and wet out, and tuck easily beneath coat sleeves so no tender skin peeks out. The granite stitch body is remarkably stretchy, and forms many small pockets of air to trap warmth. A decorative strap and button complete the mitts with fashionable flair. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Julia Cloche

This 20’s style hat can be easily whipped up in an afternoon or two. By using a hook two sizes larger than usually recommended for this weight yarn, the fabric created is flexible and stretchy, and the half-double crochet stitch ensures a denser fabric without large holes to let chilly breezes through. Embellish it with the flower included in the pattern, or add your own touch with a unique embellishment of your choosing. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tweed Teapot Cozy

A pot of tea goes wonderfully with an afternoon of knitting. This sleek and classic tea cozy will keep your favorite brew nice and warm. Compliment your Earl Gray with a cozy in conservative navy and gray, or cover your favorite herbal tincture with a more brightly colored rendition. The cozy shown is worked in two colors, though it can easily be worked in a single color. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Pinwheel Bags

These uniquely constructed bags are remarkably simple to knit, yet the finished product looks remarkably complicated. The bottom is knit flat using short rows to create a flat, circular pinwheel. The body is then picked up and also knit flat. A hem provides a casing for the drawstring. In three useful sizes and a variety of simple patterns, these bags can tote small knitting projects, carry your gaming dice, or organize your tote bag. This pattern is now available in my Ravelry Store.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wisconsin Winter Slippers

Cold winters and wood floors are a rather unpleasant combination without something to keep your feet nice and toasty. Whether you reside in Wisconsin or any cold clime, these slippers are sure to keep your or your loved ones feet warm through the winter. Knit flat in garter stitch with short row shaping and seams along the sides, these slippers are easy enough for the beginner or a quick project for a more advanced knitter. Now available in my Ravelry store.