This hat was designed for my friend Johnathan to be a man-hat that’s actually fun to knit :) Enough cable to be interesting, while still being sufficiently manly for my Scotch-Irish friend who loves Celtic cable-work.
This close fitting cabled touque features a celtic cable up one side, framed by tapering columns of ribbing that blend into the brim of the hat. It’s a quick, easy knit, suitable for beginner cable knitters. The decreases are arranged to lie symmetrically around the cable panel for a balanced look.
The cable pattern, tapered sections and decreases have been charted as well as written and the hat requires 160-180 yards of DK weight yarn. The hat in the photos was knitted using Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK in the relatively new colourway ‘Spruce’. Tito gravitated to it at once when he saw it – I wonder if that colour was one of Chris’s creations? Definitely man-approved, but still luscious to knit with. Win.
I’ve also worked one up in Zen Garden Serenity DK, in the ‘moss’ colourway. It’s a great alternative if you’re looking for a solid piece.
I’ve provided instructions for medium and large. Medium fits a head circumference of 19”-21”, and large fits a head circumference of 20”-22”, but the hat is very stretchy and will fit a variety of folks :)
Ravelry Pattern Page here:
Etsy Page here:
Craftsy Page here:
My latest glove design, ‘Los Guantes De Claudia’ are finally complete!
These gloves were my first ever collaboration project. The lovely Claudia from Eweknit here in Toronto gave me a skein of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK, literally on a whim, the very first time I met her. We really hit it off! It was so random, and I was so excited to actually be commissioned to design something.
These lovely gloves look deceptively complex but are actually really easy and fast (like, fast enough for Christmas) to work up once you get into the rhythm of them. A stag horn cable emerges gracefully from the ribbing at the forearm and dissolves back in at the end with a little extra cable motif to complete it.
Best of all these instructions are for working the gloves on 2 needles – you’ll be using mattress stitch at the end to create a completely seamless result. Knitters who wish to work in the round can proceed with their weapon of choice ;)
These gloves use up less than 200 yards of DK weight yarn, and are worked on 3.5 mm needles. They are easy enough for beginners and would make a great quick knit for seasoned knitters.
Instructions are given for small and medium, but the gloves themselves have lots of stretch once completed.
You can obtain the pattern at your store of choice :)
Ravelry link here
Etsy link here.
Craftsy link here.
Sexy and cute, designed to sit above the boot line and hug the back or side of your calf with ornamental cables and optional split lacing design. The boot toppers use up less than one skein of a luxurious sport weight yarn; Malabrigo’s new Arroyo and are finished by adding a bit of lace to tie up the backs. They’re worked flat on 2 needles. Use one skein for boot toppers, or 2 skeins for full length leg warmers – it’s up to you!
The cable is worked every right side row, resulting in something that looks deceptively complex but is easy to work. I named them after a dear friend who I shared my goth days with, and I think she would appreciate the design :)
If you’re a member of Ravelry you can purchase it here.
If you’re not, you can purchase it here:
My latest knitted goodie – the caplet from the cover of this issue of Vogue Knitting. Knit all in TFA Green Label Charcoal It’s my first Vogue pattern and my first time knitting from a chart. Ravelry project page here:
I learned a lot knitting this one; for example I learned that if you’re knitting from a chart for the first time it’s probably not ok to photograph the chart with your iphone and assume that this little bit of information will be enough for you to knit through a long road trip. I began the pattern cabling to the back instead of the front, with the result that I ended up having to mirror the entire thing and rewrite the chart.
Though it took me 6 tries I’m glad for the experience. It made me stop reading from a pattern and think about how cables actually work – so I could figure out how to make the rest of the pattern look like the photo. It’s one of the more complex things I’ve made and I’m pretty proud of it!
I love working with TFA yarn for projects like this – the stitch definition is so beautiful it really shows off all your hard work. The charcoal colour makes this a perfect accessory and easy to wear. The tie at the top allows me to cinch it up and slip it over a sweater for a little extra warmth or open it up and slip it over my coat to dress it up. I’m sure it will turn into a winter wardrobe staple for me.
Speaking of winter, if you caught the quote in my title then yes, I am finally reading a Game of Thrones, and yes it’s as good as I’ve heard ;)