Many, many apologies for the delay on this promised pattern. I have excuses for not putting the pattern up, but since they mostly involve a preference to watching Torchwood and knitting over formatting images in a Word document, you don’t want to hear them.
Either way, here’s the promised pattern!
(Click to download or print.)
I hate hats. By which, of course, I mean that I love them to pieces but they have an irritating way of defeating me. Frequently. When my mother gave me some purple yarn to make baby hats for October to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome, I cringed inside. More than a little.
I picked up another skein from her excellent LYS while I was visiting her knitting class, though, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The bulky, soft alpaca was more delicious than any yarns I can afford on a regular basis and I figured it was worth the effort of mastering a few baby hats just for the chance to work with the yarn.
The lovely thing about bulky yarn is that beautiful things just sort of fall off your needles. You cast on and it seems like only an hour later you have a hat…or three. My success with the baby hats inspired me to pick up the intriguing and slightly odd variegated yarn I found in the bargain bin at the same LYS. It was surprisingly pleasant to work with for an inexpensive wool/acrylic blend, and I think it had a little bit of magic stored up in it because the tam just came together, hitting that Goldilocks ratio.
The first tam I ever made is bigger than my entire head. The second one barely covers my ears. I made one in there that fit my youngest sister, but it didn’t come out quite the size I was aiming for. This lovely bit, however, was just right.
You can’t really tell from the wet, blocking project how nicely the color runs work up at this length, but I was quite pleased. Once it’s dry and properly photographed, I’ll be putting up the pattern for it, so come back sometime next week for the Bïfrost Beret.
This is the first, and as of the publication of this post, the only, pattern that I am selling instead of giving away for free, mostly because I put an insane amount of time into getting it right and I’m fairly proud of the end result. These fingerless gloves are very light and delicate and the pattern has enough complexity to keep things interesting without driving inexperienced knitters crazy.
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No matter how good I am about bringing my reusable bags to the store, it always seems like I have too many plastic bags falling all over my house. I made this out of some cheap acrylic scrap yarn I had, and I have to say that I like it a lot more than the cloth ones or stuffing the bags into another bag.
Snappy Sack Satchel (Click to download or print.)
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