Girdwood Hat

girdwood by mandy powers

It was over a year ago now that I designed the Girdwood Mittens. At the time I started working on the design of the matching hat. Writing a pattern for multiple sizes in varying yarns, though, got the best of me. Even though I knit this hat five different times, I never was able to pull the pattern together. UNTIL NOW.

girdwood by mandy powers

When you buy this pattern, you are literally* getting six hat patterns, because depending on your yarn and your gauge, the hat will fit your newborn, your toddler, your teenager, and even your husband with that abnormally large head of his. Maggie is shown wearing the Small Kid size (and actually, Jerry’s wearing the same one, but it is definitely too small on him). Below you’ll see Mallory in the Small Adult size.

*literally: please pronounce it like Chris Traeger

girdwood by mandy powers

The hat Mallory is wearing was knit all those many months ago when I released the mitten pattern. It is one of my favorite hats to wear.

Girdwood Hat by Mandy Powers

Since there are many sizes of the hat included in the pattern, you’ll need to consult the chart above (click for big) to determine which yarn to use. Needle sizes are suggested, but the most important thing is to get the correct gauge. Which I didn’t need to tell you because you’re so smart. The size chart also appears in the pattern.

If you would like to buy the Girdwood Hat pattern, you can find it on Ravelry here, or click the button below.

Girdwood Hat – $6

There’s more! If you have already purchased the Girdwood Mittens, you should automatically see a $3 discount when you buy the Girdwood Hat. (Let me know if the discount is not applied, those Ravelry promotions can be a bit tricky!)

But wait, there’s even more! If you do not yet own the Girdwood Mittens, you can buy the Girdwood eBook! It’s on Ravelry here, or use the next button.

Girdwood Hat & Mittens eBook – $9

Here’s a refresher for the mittens, a pattern that like the hat, comes in all sizes. Yes, you heard that right.

girdwood by mandy powers

girdwood by mandy powers



school days

Water Street Cap by Mandy Powers

School started last week. I’m only taking two classes, and thank goodness for that. Not using your brain in that schooly way for so long, then being in school, well I’m glad for the lite class load. The two classes I’m enrolled in are required for all students, Math and English. I will start the meaty fun photography classes when the Fall semester begins in August. It will be full time, and intense, and hopefully really fun.

In the meantime I’ve been working on some new patterns, YAY. Mallory is modeling the Water Street Cap up at the top. Maggie had the honor of modeling the new Girdwood Hat, that matches the mittens that I released last year.

Girdwood Hat by Mandy Powers

These patterns are almost ready to go. I’m really excited about both of them, and they just need some finishing touches!

I think I’m going to be doing some behind-the-scenes work on the blog in the coming weeks. The biggest change is that I am going to move all my pattern purchasing to my Ravelry store, since nearly all of the people who purchase my patterns do so through Ravelry anyway. It takes me half a day or more to update my pattern page with a new pattern, and then 95% of people buy it on Ravelry. I’ll still blog about the designs, of course, and put a “buy now” button in the blog posts, but the fancy pants Patterns Page is unnecessary and time consuming. If you have an opinion about this I’d love to hear about it (for example, if you prefer to buy a pattern through the blog, tell me about it!).

Later, gators!

P.S. Anyone remember the last time the Giants went to the Superbowl? I sure do hope they go again this year, but I don’t know if I can top that challenge! I’m ready to try. GO GIANTS!



the ritual

The Ritual

When I am finished knitting a project, it’s not really finished finished until I’ve blocked it. And as I blocked this hat today it got me thinking. With many of you perhaps knitting or crocheting things to give as gifts for Christmas (or whatever holidays you celebrate), I wanted to remind you of my Blocking Tutorial. It should be a PSA. Don’t Give Unblocked Knitting as Gifts!  If you’re one of the hopefully few people who haven’t tried blocking yet, or you think it’s too hard, or takes too long, then please check out that tutorial.

For the rest of you, I’m sure you know at least one last hold out, a knitter friend who thinks they don’t need to block their FOs. Here’s a little gift, then, from me to you. Print out this shiny new one page PDF blocking tutorial (reprinted from The Red Collection) and give it to your friend with a little bottle of your favorite wool wash. She or he will love you for it, I promise. (Yes, the file says “personal use only” and you may not print out one hundred and sell them or give them away at a yarn shop. Just be reasonable, people.)

Today I blocked Jerry’s new Girdwood hat (pattern soon!), with that unruly curled edge that was driving me nuts.


The Ritual

The Ritual

Ahhh. Curly edge tamed. I am the boss of my own knitting! Now we wait for it to dry.

**Don’t forget, the Asheboro Hat is still just $3, but tomorrow is the last day to get that deal! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has already purchased the pattern! There’s already a few other projects, YAY!**