This is my current hat sample in progress: Ellerbe hat, to go with my Ellerbe mitts. Once this sample’s done, I’ll make sure the pattern is written correctly, then send it off to my technical editor so she can find any errors (typos, math errors, and places where the format doesn’t match my other patterns). Two pairs of eyes are better than one.
I’ll also make arrangements for photography.
But in the meantime, I’m enjoying knitting with the delightfully sproingy and blue Quince & Co Lark yarn and looking at the fuzzy snowflake I knitted into the top of the hat with alpaca yarn.
The theme I’m trying to find in the coming year is Finishing. That is, finishing off a variety of old half-written patterns and half-made samples.
Here’s hoping! (So far, so good. I’ve been talking with Steph, my tech editor, about issues with a couple of patterns already. They’re both almost done, barring the samples.)
This is a nice start to the new year!
Welcome to all you people coming to have a look at my instructions for a centered single decrease (also known as Bunny Ears Back or a 3 to 2 decrease). You might also want to have a look at my post about symmetrical lace chevrons, which uses a variant on the same technique.
Welcome also to you people interested in the foundation cast-on.
I’m not much for making resolutions, because it doesn’t work well for me. But I do have an ongoing goal I’m working on: finishing things. I have a bunch of hibernating design projects I hope to publish this year as part of that.
I’ve been playing with an idea. This isn’t it exactly, but it’s a sneak peek of something related.
Sarah Sipe’s Circulus has been released. This is the last of the six hats we have designed based on ancient spindle whorls; the others can all be found in the ebook collection, Our Heads are Spinning.
Whorls featuring circle designs have been found at archaeological sites around the globe; the circle-with-dot is nearly as widespread. The whorl that inspired this particular design came from a Roman-era Coptic site (Egypt), but similar whorls have been retrieved from German, Sassanian (Iran), Bactrian (Afghanistan), and Mexican sites.
This beanie features a variation on the banjo cable with a two-row nupp in the center to mimic the common circle-with-dot motif.
Announcing the Katherine Whorl spindle hat pattern!
This pattern is included in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long until the end of 2013. Have a look at the Indie Design Gift-A-Long to join in the fun!
Many spindle whorls are decorated with little circles, and so this hat is covered with many circles created by crocheting the traditional Catherine’s Wheel stitch pattern and then outlining the circles with chain stitch. The hat name is a bit of a pun on the traditional stitch pattern name: whorl because of spindles; Katherine in honor of the five women named that in my knitting group who all spell it with a K.
I wanted to combine several of the crafts that use yarn, so I embroidered my circles and knitted the brim (instructions for an alternate crochet brim are provided). Use surface crochet to create much the same effect as the embroidery.
I’ve found that crocheting with a single strand of yarn and knitting with the same yarn doubled makes the two match up well in terms of both stitch gauge and appearance. I made use of that principle in this hat.
This pattern is intended for confident crocheters. No in-depth tutorials are provided.