talkeetna two

I’m working on knitting a pattern that I designed over a year ago. It’s Talkeetna, which originally appeared in the Winter 2009 Petite Purls. So I cast on with the needle and yarn that was listed in the pattern, knit the hat, and realized it was way too big. I guess after a year maybe my knitting style has changed and I should have checked my gauge with a swatch.

Luckily, I have someone who benefits from my mistakes.

My sister, Holly! Every time she visits I give her something handknit. I don’t plan it, but she always leaves with something! Last time she got the Northman Mittens. She is a knitter herself, and she lives in Alaska where it is cold, so she deserves these things.

Holly!

I asked her to try the hat on and when I realized it fit her perfectly, I said, “Oh good! I just have to make a quick pompom and it’ll be finished!” And you know what? She didn’t want the pompom. Blasphemy!

Not everyone loves a pompom, and I’m coming to terms with that. I don’t understand it, but at least I can try to accept it.

Pattern: Talkeetna, free on Petite Purls, or download the free PDF here.
Yarn: Lanaloft Sports Weight
To knit the adult size, work at a gauge of 6 sts per inch, instead of the gauge shown in the pattern.

Undergrowth Hat

Free Pattern in Knitty

Last night, after spending the day attempting to clean up my room and fill up my new filing cabinet (not a hard task, but a big one I’ll tell you), I sat down to the computer to find a tweet and forum post alerting me to some awesome news.

Knitty is live!

In the new issue is my Undergrowth pattern, a color stranded hat with a double! braid! The hat is worked in Nature Spun Sport, and you achieve different sizes (18.5, 20, 21.5″) by adjusting your needles. Best of all, because this is Knitty, it’s free! I hope you enjoy it.

I’m headed out to Durham for my book signing soon, so I won’t be updating my pattern shop until later today. In the mean time, you can find more details about Undergrowth on Ravelry or head over to Knitty to print out the pattern.

In this issue of Knitty, you’ll also find a pretty rockin’ review of The Red Collection by the editorial staff. So cool! Here’s a snapshot of the review, if you’re interested.

I must thank my gorgeous model, Mallory. She really knows how to show off the handknits.

And my favorite part of the hat, the top:

Isn’t she just gorgeous?

Ziggity

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

Here we go with the next set of patterns from the book, Ziggity. The Ziggity Hat at is super-slouchy. I have a distinct memory of knitting the hat and thinking, “Man, this is taking a while.” It did take a while, because the hat is huge. But huge in that look-how-cool-i-look-in-my-huge-slouchy-hat kind of way.

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

The hat begins with 1×1 Ribbing, then has a jaunty little picot trim. I love that picot! If you buy the Print Edition of the book, there are detailed instructions for knitting the picot.

Then come the wide zigzags. Four pattern rows of colorwork and four single colored rows  – the knitting of this one is easy. It would be a good first colorwork project if you haven’t knit with two colors in the same row of knitting before.

The big slouchy hat (in the pattern I refer to it as “floppy”) is good, but some people prefer something a little less floppy. So I also include instructions for a non-floppy version of the Ziggity hat:

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

The mittens have the same 1×1 Ribbing and picot edge, which takes these from plain ziggity mittens to Ziggity Mittens with Picot! Can’t get enough of the picot, I’m telling you.

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

The Ziggity set is knit out of Ultra Alpaca from Berroco. A great yarn for this project, but also an easy yarn to substitute…you probably have some worsted weight yarn in your stash already!

Ziggity Hat and Mittens

So what are you waiting for? Fall is coming, with winter right on it’s heels! You’ll need mittens and hats, I’m sure!

Learn more about the Ziggity Hat & Mittens:
Ziggity pattern details on my blog.
Ziggity pattern page on Ravelry.


About The Red Collection

The Red Collection has 12 patterns for hats and matching mittens (or mitts, or wristers). This is a self-published book and I’ve been working on these patterns, photographs, book design, and marketing for the last year!

The Print Edition of the book can be pre-ordered now, and will ship in October.

Please note: The Print Edition includes special sections on yarn, gauge, and finishing, and also has a special techniques section to help you knit the projects from the book. These sections are not included in digital versions of the patterns.

Ways to Get The Red Collection

For the best price per pattern, please consider purchasing the complete collection of patterns. The digital versions of the patterns are available for instant download (click the links below for more details).

The Red Collection: Print Edition – $20 + shipping
The Red Collection: Print Edition + Complete Digital Pattern Pack – $23 + shipping
The Red Collection: Complete Digital Pattern Pack – $20
Single Pattern or 2-Pattern Pack – from $6

Just want Ziggity? Use these links:

ziggity pack ziggity hat ziggity mittens
Pattern Pack: $9 Ziggity Hat: $6 Ziggity Mittens: $6

The last Red Collection pattern pack — Radio Frequency — is coming up next!