11.01.2010

Rugged Warmth Winter Set Reveal




These pictures are of my latest design, "Rugged Warmth Winter Set".  This crochet pattern is a winter accessories set for older teenage boys and men. The hat and mitten patterns are written in two different sizes, and the smaller size will probably also fit most women, including me. The stitch pattern and yarn used in these accessories creates a very warm set with a dense, but flexible fabric. The stitch pattern is all in post stitches, which tip the tops of the stitches inward, adding thickness to the fabric, and reducing the size of the spaces between stitches. There are also three raised ridges on the lower edge of the hat, the middle of the mittens, and the ends of the scarf.  This is done by using a back post stitch when working the right side rows.  This tips the tops of the stitches outward, creating the ridge.  This is mostly done for looks, but also helps to shape the hat properly.  If the whole hat is worked to keep the ridges inside, then the hat wants to curl up, rather than stay down over the head.  I hadn't originally planned to make it with the ridges on the outside, but as I was working on it, it was apparent that keeping them all inside the hat wouldn't work.  I then rewrote the mitten, and scarf instructions to include matching ridges.  I will make a confession, that might be obvious from the pictures without my saying anything, but I did not rip out and rework the mittens, which were already finished when I started on the hat, so you won't see the matching ridges in this picture.  Also, I made this scarf a year or two ago I think, and it isn't even made in the same stitch pattern, it is made in regular ol' dc stitches with a little square "hole" in the middle every several rows.  I tried to get pictures where the holes didn't show too much, but I know they are still visible.  So, the scarf in the picture is not worked in the same stitch pattern.  All that being confessed, I feel confident that the pattern I have written will produce a very nice looking set, that very nearly resembles the one in the picture and that has ridges matching those that you can see on the hat in the picture, with all 3 items worked in the same stitch pattern.  Here are the measurements of the finished items produced from the pattern: Mitten Cuff 2¾” long and 5¾(7)” relaxed circumference; Mitten Body – 7(9¼)” around, 7¼(8)” long; Hat – 16(18¾)” around bottom edge, 16(17½)” from brim to brim over top center; Scarf – 7” x 73”.  Keep in mind that you want a little negative ease in the mittens, and 5 to 6 inches negative ease in the circumference of the hat.  For instance, my head measures 22 1/2 inches around, and the smaller size hat would fit me just right.  My husband's head measures 24 1/2 inches around, and the larger hat, pictured above, fits him just right.

The suggested yarn is Plymouth Yarns Suri Merino a luxurious blend that is 55% Suri Alpaca and 45% Extrafine Merino Wool. Each skein stats: 109 yd [100 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]; weight category 4 [medium]). These animal fibers provide outstanding insulation from the cold, even when wet, so they will be great for wearing in the snow.  Click here for the online shadecard.

This comes in a great variety of masculine, feminine and neutral colors. It is a soft, pleasant yarn to work with and wear. It should be hand-washed and lain flat to dry. The entire set requires 12 skeins of yarn (a lot of yarn is required when working in this stitch pattern, but this makes these items extra warm and comfortable). The mittens require 2 to 2 1/2 skeins depending on size, the scarf requires 7 1/2 skeins, the hat requires 1 3/4 to 2 skeins depending on size.

Substituting yarns is fine of course, but keep in mind that a yarn of the same weight and fiber content will make the best substitute, and it is essential to check gauge for the hat and mittens. 

This pattern is available to purchase in my etsy shop, and my ravelry pattern store.  I hope that you all like it as much as Mr AC and I do!  I'd love it if you'd leave a comment telling me what you think!

Happy crafting!

April :)

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