New Knitting Pattern: Spikes

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For quite a while, I had the idea of a three-dimensional statement hat in mind. It should not be too complicated to knit and when I had received my Schoeller + Stahl chic & warm sample, I knew it was the right time to work on that idea. The result is a bottom-up knit hat. The spikes are constructed by simple increases and decreases paired with a tight gauge. There are no short rows involved, so you should be able to knit this hat as an advanced beginner already.

Spikes is available as individual Ravelry Download for €6.00 plus VAT. I hope you enjoy the pattern and am looking forward for your interpretations!

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Last Minute Christmas Gifts

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For the first time, I finished all my handmade Christmas gifts on time! The last ones to be finished were a knitted hat and a crocheted collar.

The collar is a super-easy pattern whose result depends heavily on the yarn used. This is why I chose Rowan’s Fine Silk in cream, a fingering weight, single-ply silk/ wool/ viscose yarn with a light halo. The yarn was easy to crochet and the result is just stunning. A lightweight (12g), yet warming collar you can wear over almost any top or pullover. I will definitely crochet another one for myself!

The hat is, as announced previously, a Double Crossed hat. The pattern is easy to follow and not difficult at all as long as you are not afraid of cabling. I used 53 g of some leftover Rowan Kid Classic in smoke. As usually when I use this yarn, I am very happy with the result. To obtain a tam shape, I have blocked the hat using a huge dinner plate. Sadly, I did not have time to take a proper picture of the finished hat, but it turned out beautifully.

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The Antler Hat

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This is a gift for a friend of mine. He kindly asked if I would knit him a woolen hat for winter and here it is!

The pattern is a free one by tincanknits. It is well written and easy to follow. I have knit the largest size on 4mm and 5mm needles using 78g of Cascade Yarns 220 superwash. I have omitted 2 pattern repeats as the hat was long enough already. The yarn is a classic workhorse.  It knits up well and is rather durable (I have used it for a pair of mitts years ago, they’re still alive and pretty). Nonetheless, I still prefer shetland yarns and shaded handdyes.

By the way, there are more hats to follow soon. The next one is going to be a Double Crossed hat which will become a christmas gift.

Syncopation Adoration

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My introduction to two-colour brioche during the Building Blocks MKAL was a very successful one. As once again my box of dk scraps was almost bursting, Stephen West’s free Syncopation Adoration Hat pattern sounded like a perfect solution.

I have used 53g in sum of five different dk and worsted wool leftovers, changing the front colour every 8-12 rows. The pattern is well written although I am not overly happy with the construction of the decrease section. Maybe this is why the pattern calls for a pom pom on top.

However, I like my new (and first ever) brioche hat!

A Very Special Hat

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A dear friend of mine, Kle, recently invited me to a live concert in exchange for a handknitted hat. As she is a very special person, I decided to knit her a very special hat. It is loosely based on Woolly Wormhead’s Scrapalong pattern with lots of short rows, some of them textured in seed stitch, some of them stacked, a bit of popcorn stitch and a flat top. The result is a slouchy something, the front a lot longer than the back, and can be worn in many different ways.

I have used 68g of Tausendschön sock yarn in a variegated colorway on 2.5mm needles. The pattern is sort of a recipe, open to add your own ideas. It can be knit in any yarn weight and comes in a lot of sizes. You definitely should try it, the pattern is for free.

A New Hat for Fall

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Since its publication in November 2015, I wanted to knit a Father Cables Hat. I knew from the start, I would knit it from my leftovers from the Custom Fit Sweater, Rowan Kid Classic. Obviously, knitting a cabled hat with mohair yarn would give the design a completely new interpretation. Well, maybe this was my intention.

What I had not considered was how the yarn would react to being forced into cables. It showed a lot of resistance. Nonetheless, I won and am overly happy with the result. I love the Mohair halo on the cable pattern and I guess I do not need to explain how cosy it feels on my head.

I needed 52g of yarn on 4.5 mm needels (3.5mm for the ribbing) for an S/M slouch version, which actually fits my head like a perfect beanie. As usually, I did not knit any gauge in advance, so I do not complain. It fits my large head perfectly and my karma apparently wanted me to knit a beanie. Unintentionally, I still have a bit more than one ball of this yarn remaining. I am sure I will find something suitable as Kidsilk Classic still is one of my favourite yarns.

 

Agathis

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I added Agathis to my Ravelry queue the day it was published in January 2015. Well, it’s been a while since. I obviously needed to find out about a wonderful little yarn shop in Aachen, where I recently bought the yarn for it. I’m talking about La Volotte, a small shop specialising in organic, fair-trade and mulesing-free yarns, which is situated in Aachen, Jakobstraße 107. The owners are super friendly and helpful and offer a variety of brands including Schoppel, Atelier Zitron, Misti Alpaca, Isager and BC Garn, to name only a few. Each quality is available in a range of different colours, including greys and black (the latter makes me ultra happy).

Now back to the hat. It is knitted with Zitron Luv & Lee, a barely spun yet superwash merino yarn. I love the yarn, but it is hard to knit cables with it at a tight gauge. However, I love the result. The hat came out just as beautiful as I wished it to be. Additionally, the yarn makes it a warm and perfect winter accessory. I fully recommend both, the pattern and the yarn.

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