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What’s This, Another New Design?


Why yes, yes it is! Here, I would like to introduce Kaylee to you.

Using sport weight yarn and a textured chevron pattern, Kaylee allows a certain amount of breathability, while still creating a unique, comfy hat perfect for transitional seasons. I really love how the spiky area looks- very cute! Plus, the stitch definition provided by Wool of the Andes- a 100% wool yarn- will show off the chevron stitch perfectly. Check out some of the versions my test knitters made here– it looks really great in handpaints, variegated, and striped yarns, too!

Kaylee and my roomie

The hat is sized from a perfectly adorable baby topper all the way up to a fashionably chic adult large. baby (child’s small, teen, adult small, adult large)= 13” (16”, 18.5”, 21”, 24”). The pattern includes both written and charted directions for the body and decreases of the hat.

Kaylee and me. Ok, we passed the sunglasses around- it was pretty sunny!

This pattern is made in conjunction with the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. Although Knit Picks hasn’t gotten the pattern up yet, you can still find it on ravelry here. For this first week (until 1/4/12) it will be available for FREE! After that, it will go up to a pretty reasonable $1.99.


What’s going on in my knitting world…


Usually, I’m (gasp!) a pretty monogamous knitter. Maybe it’s my attention span- if I don’t love a project enough to work on it right away, I probably don’t love it enough to come back and knit it. After about a month, I generally have to admit that any project that I haven’t worked on is probably never getting finished. Usually, I’m OK with that. At this point, though, I have a bunch of different things happening in my life and my knitting, but that doesn’t mean I love any of them any less.

Freedom! And finally a sunny day to take somewhat good pictures.

First, the hat out of Freedom Spirit. I was kind of winging the pattern. I felt like plain stockinette would get the best effect out of the pretty busy yarn, and I was right. It looks self-striping and awesome. Still, I have a couple of grams of yarn left, so I’m probably going to rip out the decreases, add a couple of rows, and then re-knit them. Of course, this is going on the backburner until I can get some of my other WIP’s finished.

Mostly, mostly finished.

Second, we have the design for Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. It’s coming along really well, but, as I’m pretty much writing the pattern as I go, it’s taking longer than I’d like. I’m just using Wool of the Andes Sport (100% Wool) in Sagebrush, so the yarn is just a simple, satisfying wool with no fancy-ness. It’ll really show off the stitch pattern well, and I’m excited to get some test-knitters on it to see how it’ll look in different sizes. I’m thinking I’ll range it from baby to adult, because it would be really, really cute on some adorable children!

Although I’m not knitting anything else, there’s a bunch of other things taking up attention that COULD be spent on knitting. One of my design projects is in the test-knitting stage now. All of my testers are being SUPER understanding around my struggles. See, the stitch pattern is extremely intuitive, but not, as it turns out, very easy to write. I think, after three or four different versions of the pattern, I’ve found a way of presenting the decreases, which continue the stitch pattern, a lot more easily. Still, it’s taken time and a whole lot of effort to get here. Hopefully, this will be shown in the finished pattern.

And then, of course, there’s all the projects that I’ve planned to do with my new yarn delivery. After these two hats are finished I’m FORCING myself to work on the mittens. It’s getting pretty cold here, and stuffing my hands in my pockets while I wait for the bus or walk from the far reaches of campus isn’t going to cut it anymore. The sweater-making urge that’s been taking over me in the wake of finishing Livingstone will just have to wait. And I think I might get a chance to hit the yarn store this weekend…