I've been in a hat mood of late. . . guess it partly due to the changing weather. But, to be honest, it may be more due to my need for some fast, gift projects, and to try out a new set of short circular needles that I just treated myself to ;-) (Clover 16" circulars - they have been fabulous for working hats in the round!)
Also, it feels good to destash once in a while AND try out some new pattern stitches!
The first hat shown above is in a Trellis Cable stitch that was a fun challenge to work. Bobble clusters and intertwining cables made for a very interesting knit with wonderfully textured results!
The second hat is a one-ball pattern (yippee!) in Classic Elite Montera yarn. LOVE the vibrant orange color. Very fall, and yet very bright and cheery. This is a nice chunky hat with a wide cuff for warmth and a very cozy look. The stitch pattern is a simple, yet unique stitch that mimics a cable, but just consists of some strategic lifted increases. Cool technique to try out and a very quick knit that would be great for a man or woman!
I've also just completed the Zip-Front Cardigan you see here. It's a really eye-catching cardigan (IMHO!), featuring a wonderful cable and lace all-over stitch pattern, contrasted with Garter stitch neckband, front bands, and Ribbed sleeve cuffs. AND, truly whimsical Hello Kitty charms were built into the "Charmed - Hello Kitty" yarn that I got from Natalie of Namaste Farms, and used for the pocket openings and bottom edging.
The Namaste Farms yarn is the what inspired the project. . . and Natalie created the special colors in the accent yarn for me and called it "Babe!" The main yarn used in the cardigan is the ever-popular Malabrigo Worsted. This is a truly unique cardigan! It has a matching cowl as well.
All of these patterns are coming soon! Still have to write them up!
*** SPECIAL PATTERN GIVEAWAY ***
As a special giveaway, please comment on this blog post by 9pm PST, November 15th, 2011. Tell us what you think of these new upcoming patterns! One comment per person, please. And please also SHARE this post using the Twitter, Google+, and Facebook links below.
I will choose THREE winners to each receive PDF copies of all THREE of these patterns (when they are all published)! Good luck to all!
** 11/12/11 Update ** The #134 Slouchy Trellis Cabled Hat pattern is now available!
** Jan 2012 Update ** So, now that all 3 of these patterns are available, here's the announcement of the 3 winners:
Congrats to Muireann, Ashley Taylor, and Leslie! You have each won a PDF copy of each of these 3 patterns (they have been emailed to you already).