Know what the world probably doesn’t need? Another pussyhat knitting pattern. And, yet, here we are. Because, while I really appreciated both the idea and the need for beginner accessibility behind the original knit-flat pussyhats, I just didn’t like how they fit. So, I wrote my own pattern. Which, as it turns out, is also very easy to knit, just maybe not quite this-is-the-first-thing-I’ve-ever-knit easy.
Instead of being knit flat, my pussyhat pattern is worked in the round and grafted closed at the top, so there’s no side seaming. You’ll also end up with a hat that’s a bit shorter than you’ll get with many of the other pussyhat patterns out there. That’s on purpose! It takes advantage of the fact that your head is (presumably) round, and makes the ears stick out a bit more than they do on the taller versions of the hat. This is my go-to pattern, and I’ve already released a good many of these pussyhats into the wild. And, with more future protests and marches on the horizon—especially the upcoming March for Science—the time to knit pussyhats is obviously still upon us! So, here’s my (arguably unnecessary, but inarguably enthusiastic) contribution to the world’s growing pussyhat-making pattern library.
Continue reading Tutorial: Basic Pussyhat Knitting Pattern
You know that moment when you’re walking around your LYS, minding your own business, and suddenly you spot the perfect yarn? It’s magical yarn that pulls you in like a tractor beam. Yarn so great that it doesn’t even matter that you’re not sure what you’re going to do with it, exactly, because you already know that you’re not leaving the store without it. Yarn that will make you spend an utterly stupid amount of time on Ravelry when you get home, looking for the perfect project to show it off. Well, it turns out that that kind of yarn—in this case, Bigarelle yarn in the Vert colorway by Bergere de France—is where baby Color Affection shawls come from.
Continue reading Knitting Pattern Review: Color Affection Shawl
Fact: I am a grown woman, and I wear an adorable hand-knitted pixie hat in public. (I mean, why should kids have all the fun?) And, do you know what? It doesn’t even look ridiculous. Instead, it gives my winter-wear a cozy, whimsical style that really fits the fun, festive feel of the season. Of course, I couldn’t keep something that makes me so happy to myself, so I’m very excited to share my easy pixie hat knitting pattern with all of you!
Pixie hats have definitely turned into my go-to mindless knitting project of choice (as illustrated by the ever-growing pile of them on my desk). They’re quick and easy—I’ve been known to park myself in front of a Doctor Who marathon and whip one up in an evening—so they also make great last-minute gifts.
Continue reading Knitting Pattern: Easy Grownup Pixie Hat