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Friday Pattern Spotlight: All About the Hats

As July fades away, August is soon approaching which means a few of us have already had thoughts about fall knitting.  If you’re looking for ideas for stash busting, one project that is usually a winner is hats.  Hats typically take less than 400 yards of yarn and offer a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes, with yarn weights varying from fingering weight to bulky.

Over the last few months I’ve come across a few hat designs that are a must to share and I hope you like them as much as I do!

I instantly fell in love with Carolyn Doe’s design, the Winfly.  This classic style with a vintage look of the 20’s  yields just a touch of cabling around the top, a unique finish to the top and back. This project requires approximately 200 to 218 yards of worsted weight yarn and     an US size 6 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Carolyn’s other hat designs too!

Courtesy of Carolyn Doe

Courtesy of Carolyn Doe

If you love the look of lace, then you might enjoy the Greyhaven Hat by Robin Ulrich.  Robin created this design to go along with her Greyhaven Cowl, a  set would be perfect for fall wearing and as a gift.  This project requires approximately 200 yards of worsted weight yarn , and a US size 5 and US size 7 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Robin’s other designs too!

Courtesy of Robin Ulrich

If cables is what you love, Scrollwork by Irina Dmitrieva is just the ticket.  This beautiful hat and cowl set can be knitted up in a variety of fall colors to match any wardrobe.  This project requires approximately 150 yards of worsted weight for the hat and approximately 200 yards of worsted weight for the cowl, both requiring a US size 7 knitting needle.  If you adore cables as much as I do, then do be sure to check out Irina’s other designs too!

Courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

Super quick, super simple and yes, super bulky!  Jen Geigley’s Vanilla only requires 93 yards of bulky weight yarn and a size US 11/13 knitting needle. Be sure to take a peek at her other quick knit, the Gap-Tastic Cowl.

Courtesy of Jen Geigley

We can’t forget about the men in our lives and there are quite a few great hats for the guys.  The Turn a Square by Jared Flood is a great design to use up small bits of yarn in your stash.  This project requires approximately 130 yards of worsted weight yarn and an US size 7 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Jared’s other designs as well as the collection he just created for men.

Courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

A well round design that offers a slouchy look with a touch of cables and Fair Isle is Kvosin by Stephen West.   This project requires approximately 305 yards of fingering weight yarn in six colors and a US size 4 knitting needle.  Be sure to check out Stephens other gorgeous designs too!

Courtesy of Stephen West

And finally for those of you who have a soft spot for crochet and a vintage look, then you’ll fall in love with the  Modest Cloche by Jennifer Hansen.  This project requires approximately 370 yards of DK weight and can be created in a variety of colors.  If you truly love crochet, be sure to check out Jennifer’s other creations on her website, Stitch Diva.

Courtesy of Stitch Diva/Jennifer Hansen

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

Pattern Spotlight: A Parade of Vests

Since I’m nearing the completion of my  Top Down Swing Pullover, I’ve been thinking about what type of project I want to do next and I’ve decided that a vest would be nice.  I have searched the Ravelry website for the perfect pattern to cast on and found a few really great designs that I thought would be nice to spotlight today.

First up is my favorite, one that I just purchased and plan to cast on very soon. Simona by Marlaina “Marly” Bird is a highly textured design with a unique stitch pattern that goes along the front edges and that is mirrored down the back.  I love the look of this vest and think it will make a great addition to my working wardrobe!

Courtesy of Marly Bird

I found a gorgeous design by Simona Merchant-Dest called the Diamond Vest Jacket.  Sophisticated, elegant and quite stunning, this design would be perfect knitted up in a soft white or a soft gray.  I think this garment would be wonderful  for work, a night out on the town or the weekend with jeans.

Simona Merchant-Dest

Courtesy of Simona Merchant-Dest

Hip with a bit of swing is Falling Water by Jamie Thomas.  This design offers a lovely drape in the front with a neckline that gives the look of a scarf.  I think this would be perfect for layering with a turtle neck.

Courtesy of Imagine Knit Designs

For a more traditional and classic style vest, Redhook by Jared Flood is just the ticket!  This bottom up seamless design has a deep ribbed bottom and rolled collar, perfect for any wardrobe!  I love the hat design too!  Quincy is  a classic  garter stitch pattern that knits up quick in bulky weight yarn. Both of these designs are part of Classic Elite Made In Brooklyn, a  collection by knitwear designer Jared Flood.

Courtesy of Brooklyn Tweed

For cable lovers, the Tunic Sweater by Lee Gant is perfect for spring, summer and fall!  I love the diamond cable stitch pattern of this design and think it would great knitted up in cotton, a cotton blend or even a light wool blend.

Courtesy of Lee Gant

Do you like to knit vests?

If yes, what is your favorite pattern?

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

Wednesday’s Pattern – Umaro Throw

This weeks featured pattern is the Umaro throw by knitwear designer Jared Flood.     This super bulky throw is a quick knit using size US 15 needles that offers knitters a design with texture using a simple moss stitch,  cables and even a touch of lace.     This throw would make a wonderful gift for family or friends,  to curl up with on the couch while reading a good book or simply throw on the bed for a bit of interest. 

This project requires a 40″ circular needle in a size US 15 (10 mm) and 1100 yards of super-bulky wool.   The finished size of this throw is approximately 47″ x 58″ .   For an elegant wintery look, knit up in creams or whites, for a masculine look knit up in browns, rusts or deep golds and for a feminine look, knit up in rich purples, heathered blues or soft taupes.   Whatever you choose, enjoy knitting this gorgeous throw!

Yarn SuggestionsCascade Yarns Lana Grande, Loop-d-Loop Tundra, Sirdar Big Softie , Lang Andina or Himalaya Baby Yeti.

Courtesy of Jared Flood


You can purchase this gorgeous pattern online at Brooklyn Tweed or on Raverly.   Follow Jared online at Brooklyn Tweed, Twitter Facebook and be sure to visit the Brooklyn Tweed Group over on Ravelry.

Quick and easy projects just in time for the holidays!

Right about this time of the year, knitters and crocheters are scrabbling to finish gifts that will be ready just in time for Christmas.  I must admit, I am one of those knitters!  Each year I tell myself that I will start my projects early in the season and each year, that statement seems to be a forgotten memory as I trudge along in my very own “Santa’s Workshop”.     Hmm….. I wonder if I could hire a few elves?

I have found a few quick projects that are perfect gifts for friends, family and co-workers.  Many of these projects only require one skein of yarn, which is a wonderful way to use up your stash!

Turn a Square by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed is a super quick knit that you can use scraps of yarn to create a unique one of a kind hat.   This project will require between 110 to 130 yards of worsted weight wool, a set of US Size 7 (4.5mm) DPNs and a US size 7 (4.5mm) 16″ circular needle.    This is a free pattern available as a Ravelry download.  (Photo courtesy of Jared Flood)

The Good Luck Cowl by Christianne Gerstner of the Drop Stitch Knitter is a simple Shetland lace pattern that is bordered with garter stitch.  This lightweight lacey cowl pattern is a perfect project to use up left over fingering or sock weight yarn.  This project will require approximately 200 yards of fingering weight yarn and a size US 5 (3.75mm) 16″ circular needle.

The Horseshoe Lace Cowl by Sashka Macievich.  This cowl pattern offers a  lace design that is super easy to memorize just after  a few pattern repeats and knits up quickly.  This project requires approximately 150 to 200 yards of fingering weight yarn and a size US 5 (3.75mm) 16″ circular needle.  (Photo courtesy of Sashka Macievich)

Bookmarks are a great way to use up bits and pieces of fingering and sock weight yarn left behind by many projects.  The Mountain Laurel Leaf  by Bonnie Sennot is a super quick project that can be completed in an hour.  Create a long i-Cord with a small leaf at one end and a large leaf at the other end for the perfect size bookmark!    For those of you who enjoy crocheting, the Overlapping Circles Bookmark by Amelia Beebe  is another super quick project that requires just a small amount of fingering weight yarn and a size G/6 Crochet Hook.

The Cranford Mitts by Jane Lithgow was inspired by the BBC adaptation of Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell.  This pattern was generously donated by Jane to Pennies per Hour of Pleasure supporters of MSF.  This project requires approximately 100 yards (50 grams) of sock weight yarn, 5 yards (10grams) of contrast sock weight yarn and a set of size US 1.5 DPNs ( 2.5mm).  (Photo courtesy of Jane Lithgow)

Pair this set of mitts with the Horseshoe Lace Cowl for the perfect Christmas gift set!

Edgar by Silke Hupka is a unique diamond shaped scarf that has flexible lengths.  This edgy scarf project requires one or two balls of self striping yarn (100 to 220 yards of Aran/Worsted weight) and a size US 8 (5.0 mm) pair of straight needles.  Finish this scarf off with tassels at the ends or if making the shorter version, use a favorite pin to keep together.


From stylish scarves and hats, and exciting updates on holiday favorites, to chic and contemporary wearables, and beautifully designed home accents, Holiday Knits is the knitter’s answer to Santa’s workshop.

Don’t forget to take a peek at  Holiday Knits, by yarn shop owners Sara Lucas and Allison Isaac.  This small book is overflowing with gift ideas that will make this holiday season very stress-free.    With over 20 projects to choose from, Yarn-shop owners Sara Lucas and Allison Isaacs know firsthand what the holiday knitter needs.   Unique patterns, along with cozy mittens,ornaments, sweaters, stylish scarves and festive stockings,  Holiday Knits is loaded with projects that will just about cover everyone on your list.  Each pattern has well written instructions, along with how-to illustrations and project photographs.    

Hopefully a few of these ideas will be of help for last minute gift ideas!