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New Design: Top-Down Hat Recipe


Today, I would like to introduce you to my newest pattern: the Top-Down Hat Recipe. This pattern shows you how to make a plain-jane, worsted weight stockinette hat, with one spot of fancy-ness: it’s from the top down. This makes it ideal for using up errant skeins of yarn and making quick projects out of them…dare I say… Christmas gifts? The pattern comes in three sizes (to fit 19 inch, 21 inch, and 23 inch heads), making it easily customizable for anyone on your list.

hatty hat hat!

I made my first hat out of leftover pieces of Cascade Dolce and Valley Yarns Stockbridge. The unique fiber combinations (lots of alpaca!) make the hat really soft and drapy: it’s the perfect gift for someone studying abroad in a cold climate.

How it looks on a head...

The second hat was made out of a skein of Elizabeth Lasvold Calm Wool that had been marinating in my stash for a while. Despite the fact that it’s a blend, this yarn definitely feels like coarse wool. Still, the hat came out pretty cool, and the stifness really shows off the spiral increases on the crown (I think it sort of looks like a flower, right?).  I made it up in about 24 hours, so this is really the epitome of a last-minute knitted gift!

crown in creases in calm wool

If you would like to make a hat, feel free to check out the ravelry page here or download the pdf here. It will be a free pattern for pretty much ever, so feel free to take your time. I would love to see the pattern knit up in all sorts of yarn, and you can modify this pretty much however you want- stripes, stitch patterns, color work, whatever! The only thing I ask is that you credit my pattern when you use it so I can see what you make! Happy knitting!

And by the way, the Slightly Skewed Hat and Scarf Set is now a pay pattern. Sorry if you missed the free period, but I would really appreciate your donation. And if you really can’t afford it, please get in touch and I’m sure we can work something out.


Mostly FO: Green Scarf and Hat


close-up of the crazy

So, I’ve finished the knitting part of the green scarf. As you can tell, it still looks like a mess of green yarn. Like it’s sister, the as-yet-unblocked mini-scarf hopefully, the blocking will stretch it out and make it bloom PERFECTLY. I have high, high hopes.

it's probably about 3 1/2 feet long, completely unblocked

Remember when I was babbling about making Christmas hats last time? Well, now I’ve decided to ACTUALLY do it. I have a friend who I’ve never knitted for, but she’s studying abroad next semester and I’m sure she’ll need something to keep her warm. I I’m going to use two little bits of leftover yarn and try a top-down hat. I’ve never really done one before, but I just cast on a few stitches, and then increased in the same way I would decrease on a regular hat, and I think it worked out well. For the top part, I used leftover Valley Yarns Stockbridge (50% wool, 50% alpaca) from my Military Cardigan for the top part. I was trying to stop when I had enough left for about an inch on the bottom, but that didn’t really work out very well. Anyway, the other yarn is Cascade Dolce (55% Alpaca, 23% silk, 22% wool) in a silver color. I don’t remember what happened to the rest of the skein- it must have been some sort of gift, but there was about 10g left for a nice band around the center of the hat. The Dolce is just a little bit heavier than the Valley Yarns, but you can’t tell very much. Anyway, here it is..it’s almost finished!


The luscious fiber mixture should keep my friend warm during the freezing England winter! I’m probably going to quickly write up the pattern and post it on ravelry, just as a top-down hat recipe. Keep your eyes open for that- I promise it’ll be a free pattern. And speaking of patterns, my Slightly Skewed hat and scarf set has just hit 50 free downloads, so I think I’ll probably change it to pay soon (as in within the week- if you haven’t downloaded it yet, but would like to, you should do it soon!). I like the idea that the first 50 downloads are free. It makes me feel like I’m rewarding my readers…Any thoughts?

After reading all of your comments about how much you pay for patterns, I’ve settled on charging $2.50 for the lot. This charge will (probably) mostly go to my yarn fund, with occasional dips for necessities like…food. Anyway, if you’re desperate to knit this pattern and really can’t afford the charge, please get in contact with me and we’ll work something out.