Posted on | June 18, 2014 | No Comments
I’m so pleased to release my first adult patterns in quite a while. So, okay – they’re hats – which is cheating a bit since they’re so quick and satisfying. But I think you’ll find these hats present quite a few fun challenges and surprises – by the time you’re done, you’ll feel like you’ve learned some new techniques that you can put to use on larger projects.
These hats were designed exclusively for the Plucky Shindig in June, but they’re available now for wider release. They both use the luscious Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport – an absolutely divine mix of merino, silk, and yak – a light sportweight yarn.
This pattern and its companion piece (the Coruscant Hat) will be available for $5.50 each or $7.00 for both. There is no need for a coupon code. When both patterns are put in your cart, the discount will appear automatically.
Promotion: To celebrate their release, the patterns will be available for $4.00 each or $5.50 for both (no need for coupon codes, just put both patterns in your cart) until Sunday, June 22nd 11:59 p.m.).
Alderaan and Coruscant were inspired by my love of the original Star Wars series (yes, I am a big old nerd – Return of the Jedi was the first movie I saw in the theater) and in particular Princess Leia’s hair. Designing this really put my problem solving skills to the test and is one of the most enjoyable aspects of designing hand knits. To get the “braids” to lie across the head, I needed to knit the hat from side to side. But knitting side to side meant that in order to have less fabric at the crown than at the brim (something that is easily done by decreasing stitches when knitting a more standard bottom up hat) I had to make the rows shorter on one end of the hat.
I plan to get some tutorials up on this website to cover some of the techniques used in these hats – 1) a lifted short row which is a bit more invisible than the standard wrap and turn, 2) a provisional cast-on using waste yarn and a crocheted single chain, 3) Kitchener stitch on patterns other than stockinette.
In the meantime, however, I found these tutorials online immensely helpful:
Provisional Cast-on with a crocheted chain:
Kitchener Stitch to graft two pieces together seamlessly (love this technique!):
Short rows (I used Variation 3 – creates a neater short row):