11.30.2015

Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat

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Introducing my Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat. I'm so excited to have this design out! This pattern is found in the new Interweave Crochet Accessories 2016. This hat is made of square motifs. I've found that square motifs make a pretty nice hat. Our heads aren't cube-shaped, but this hat is, and the stretch of crochet allows it to fit nicely on your head. You can make the fitted version with 5 motifs, or the slouch version with 9 motifs. You can make a wide band as on the left, or just single row of sc as on the right.


Whichever color you seam with, will show through when you stretch the hat out on your head, so use a color if you want your seams to show. Use white if you don't want them to show. The yarn is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash (100% Superwash Wool; 220 yds or 200 m per skein). I used colors #910A winter white, #821 daffodil, #1940 peach, and #1960 pacific. One skein of each color is enough to make both a fitted and slouch hat, or two fitted hats.


When I get these two hats back, I'll keep one for myself and give the other to one of my daughters. That will be kind of fun to have matching, but still slightly different, hats. You could make a set for yourself and a friend, daughter, mother, or sister.

Interesting things about this last photo...the hats are wrong side out. Oops! That happens sometimes. When you don't have the designer there for the photo shoot, and if they've done a very good job of keeping the wrong side neat, you don't always know. This is not the first time I've seen a published photo wrong side out.

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Anyhow...I first designed this hat a few years ago when I was gearing up for a book proposal. That proposal didn't pan out, and it turned out to be a really bad time for me to do a book, so it's a good thing that it didn't work out. But this was one of the designs in the proposal. Here is my original hat done in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport #812 Turquoise, #821 Daffodil, #807 Raspberry, and #871 White.

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What colors will you use for your hat? I look forward to seeing lots of these completed. This is a design that I'm really proud of, and so pleased how it turned out! Please share photos of your finished Zinnia hat or cap on my Facebook page or on Ravelry. I love seeing FOs from my patterns!

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Happy stitching!
April

11.23.2015

Brassica Scarf


Today I'm here to share my Brassica Scarf. The yarn you see here is the lovely Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts 100% Superwash Merino Wool 3 ply fingering/sock. There are 372 yds [340 m] to a skein. I offer this in two different lengths: Standard 6" x 65 1/2" or Extra-long 6" x 77 1/2". The standard length uses one skein of each color, the extra-long requires 2 skeins of the main color plus 1 skein of the accent color. I used French Lilac for the main color and Beaujolais Nouveau for the accent color.


The scarf begins at one long edge and is worked in a textured ripple stitch. Post stitches provide the texture. No worries though, this is really a pretty easy stitch pattern. If you've never tried post stitches, check out my "Post Stitch Post". After completing several rows of the main stitch pattern, you complete the scarf by edging just one side with a complementary edging. I really love asymmetry and unexpected details, such as this one-sided edging.

I actually wore this scarf out and about today and loved how it completed my outfit.

You should definitely hop on over to the Ancient Arts website and see all the lovely colors that they have to offer! Pick out two of your favorites today and make this beautiful scarf. It will be your new favorite for the season! Available on Ravelry, Etsy, and Craftsy for just $3.00!