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.

Socks with Sarah, a KAL for 2014

Naomi Parkhurst:

This looks like the sort of thing that many of my readers might enjoy! I am currently overcommitted, but I’d love to see what other people do with this KAL.

Originally posted on knittingsarah:

Susan B Anderson made a huge splash a few months ago when she posted a photo of her sock drawer and it changed the knitting world immediately. It sounds so funny, but at a time when I think a lot of knitters were getting a little tired of the shawl craze and were searching for the next ‘it’ thing this sock drawer  — filled with every color under the rainbow — sparked a creative fire in knitters everywhere. Suddenly we were all asking ourselves, “Why doesn’t my sock drawer look like that?” Personally, mine had three or four handknit pairs lost in a sea of cheap workout socks & SmartWool. I am perfectly capable & I live in an area where socks are mandatory 9months out of the year… so why doesn’t my sock drawer look like Susan B Anderson’s?

Many of the bloggers I follow started featuring sock projects…

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one last spindle hat: Circulus

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.

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Spindle Hat: Katherine Whorl

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.