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New Pattern: Pines Cardigan

New Pattern: Pines Cardigan

When your handknit loving 3-year-old asks you to knit her a sweater, how can you say no? My daughter V spotted some dark blue Berroco Remix in my tiny stash and requested a “blue sweater with a little bit of buttons”, so I thought it’d […]

Z Wraps Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap Giveaway!

Z Wraps Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap Giveaway!

Comment #13, Jennifer was the winner! We’re always looking to make small changes to become more environmentally friendly around here. Things like metal straws, reusable snack bags, and adding a curbside compost service are just some of the small changes we’ve made. This year, I’m […]

First Night Hat

First Night Hat

Ever have one of those skeins of yarn that is just so beautiful, that you agonize over what to make with it? This yarn, Fibre Co Cumbria, is a lovely 90% wool, 10% mohair, and my absolute favorite shade of yellow that goes perfectly with my Robin’s egg blue Agnes sweater. But, I ripped and re-knit this skein so many times, trying to make a hat design that I’d wear all the time. Finally, I realized that what I really wanted was the texture of simple knits and purls, so that’s what I went with. We’ve been experiencing sub-zero temps in Massachusetts this week, and this hat has been a permanent fixture on my freezing skull. I LOVE it.

First Night uses just 1 skein of Cumbria, and is a combination of just knits and purls for the design, finished with basic decreases. The pattern is both written out and charted. And, if you use the code NEW at checkout on Ravelry, it’ll take 50% off your purchase until January 10th. See First Night on Ravelry.

Another New Knitting Pattern: Good Tidings Hat

Another New Knitting Pattern: Good Tidings Hat

I’ve released another new hat pattern! Good Tidings is another adult-sized colorwork hat knit in 2 colors of Malabrigo Rios. You can take 50% off this pattern, and any other in my Ravelry store, by using the code NEW at checkout. This code will work […]

New Knitting Pattern: Winter Blooms

New Knitting Pattern: Winter Blooms

My newest knitting pattern is up on Ravelry and it’s 50% off until December 4th. Winter Blooms uses 2 colors of beautiful Malabrigo Rios, using under 1/2 a skein of each before the pom pom. I used the blue pom pom maker from this set […]

New Pattern: BABY Hiker’s Cardigan!

New Pattern: BABY Hiker’s Cardigan!

Finally, a baby version of my Little Hiker’s Cardigan is available today! It, and all of the patterns in my Ravelry store is 42% off for the rest of March for my birthday sale! No code required. Eligible patterns can be found here.

Much like its older sibling, the baby version is knit top-down, in garter stitch with a pair of cute pockets. It’s a quick little knit that flies off the needles. Pattern uses worsted weight yarn and has 4 sizes from 0-24 months. Find the pattern on Ravelry here. The version for older kids has sizes from 2-12.

 

Tutorial: Make Your Own Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

Tutorial: Make Your Own Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap

We love reusable beeswax food wraps around here. They’re the perfect plastic-free way to tote your pb & j to work, preschool, or playgroups. And, it turns out, it’s pretty easy to make a simple beeswax-only version, too. To make your own, you’ll need: -an […]

Peaks and Summit Hats

(because someone always asks about the boots, they are Keens) My little family of 4 has been passing around a cold this week, and we’ve been glued to the couch and our hot water bottles. I’ve been all about the instant-gratification knitting, and WEBS’ Valley […]

The Knitted Hat Book

Interweave has just published a lovely new collection of hats in The Knitted Hat Book, and my pattern for the Scoop Brimmed Hat is included in the collection! I wanted to design a hat that worked for transitional weather too, so I chose an allover mesh stitch pattern that’s simple to knit. It’s a great hat to spring and fall, when some of us still want to wear a hat. This hat just 1 lovely skein of Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere, which is ridiculously soft and beautiful, and worth every cent.

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If you order the book from Amazon between now and October 1st, you’ll receive a copy of my Welted Toque pattern for free after entering your order number here. The Welted Toque pattern is also included in my other book, Weekend Hats!¬† (Full disclosure: when you purchase any items from amazon after clicking one of my amazon links, I do earn a very small referral fee which helps me pay for a month or two of hosting this website every year. Thank you!)

Here are photos  a few others from The Knitted Hat Book:

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Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Free Knitting Pattern: Getaway Poncho

Now that Weekend Wraps has been released, our publisher has shared one of the patterns from the book for free, and it happens to be one of mine. I thought I’d share it here, too, for my readers! The sample was returned to me in […]