New Hat Patterns

Midnightsky Fibers Knitting Pattern - Colorwork hat in grey andNew hat patterns are out, just in time for some cool weather knitting!

Stonebridge and Crackling are stranded colorwork hats with corrugated ribbing and easy repeating designs. Each hat uses less than a skein of Cascade 220 Sport for each color. Work these hats in anything from highly contrasting colors (black and neon pink, bright green and orange) to nearly matching neutrals (cream and camel, shades of gray) for a more subtle look. Or go traditional with hats in red and white or green and gray.

Elevation is a quick one-skein hat with deep ribbing and just a bit of garter stitch- perfect for travel and gift knitting! Knit in MountainTop Chalet, a chained alpaca and bamboo yarn that comes in lovely natural colors. This yarn is very lightweight, so perfect for people who don’t like the feeling of heavy hats. (Feel free to sub in other bulky yarns!)

Stonebridge

Elevation Hat

Elevation

Midnightsky Fibers Knitting Pattern - Colorwork hat in greys

Crackling

Designer Interviews: Rebekah Evelyn

Rebekah Evelyn
As part of the Indie designer Gift-A-Long, I am interviewing Indie designers about their favorite knitting and crochet projects, yarns, and gift knitting.
If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be?
That would be tough, but I’m always inspired to design fingerless mitts, so I guess that’s what I’d choose.
What is your favorite workhorse yarn?

I like to work with a variety of brands, weights, and fibers, but a nice worsted weight wool yarn that comes in a bunch of colors like Cascade 220 would probably be my favorite.

Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting?​

All of my mitt patterns are great stash-busters and would knit up quick, especially my recently published Purlka Mitts.

 

Designer Interviews: Emily K Williams

Emily K Williams

As part of the Indie designer Gift-A-Long, I am interviewing Indie designers about their favorite knitting and crochet projects, yarns, and gift knitting.

Emily K Williams (Ravelry Name: Flutterby)

If you could only knit/crochet one item type of item, what would it be?
Oh, now that’s a really hard question to start with. I am very much a product knitter, and have a hard time knitting things that I’m not going to wear (though the weather up here does give plenty of opportunity for wearing). It would be a close run battle between shawls, which I wear as scarves a lot of the time, and cardigans. But on balance, I wear cardigans more so they would have to win. There are so many variations and I never get bored knitting them. I have fingering or lace weight ones in the summer, then dk and aran weight for the winter. Then do you make them with fair isle, cables, stripes or just plain old stocking stitch?

What is your favorite splurge yarn or tool?
My most recent and current favourite splurge was on a set of Chiaogoo Interchangeable needles. I have the bamboo ones, which are smooth and light and have just the right amount of grip and the spinny join on the cables is genius. They also come in a lovely case.

What is your favorite workhorse yarn?
My favourite workhorse yarn is probably Jamieson and Smith Jumperweight wool. It’s hard wearing, warm and comes in an amazing array of colours. It obviously works so well for fair-isle designs, but also cables or textured knitting. Some of the heathered shades are so complex that they deserve to be shown off all on their own.

Which of your patterns make for really great gift knitting? 
The patterns I’d make for gift knitting would be either of the shawls – Ruth’s Shawl or Laura’s Leaves. I designed these for my sister and sister-in-law to wear to their wedding, and they both looked so lovely, and appreciated them so much.