The Crystal Collection

Ametrine Hat

Ametrine Hat – $6
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
Gauge: 7.25 sts = 1 inch

See the Ametrine Hat on Ravelry

Ahead of my trunk show last week, I quietly published my new eBook, The Crystal Collection! I’m back from visiting family in Buffalo and I finally have a moment to tell you about all the patterns!

The Crystal Collection includes three hat and three mitten patterns, all color stranded designs. They are matchy-matchy, and I hope you enjoy them! I’ve been working on these six patterns for a while, and I’m very excited to share them with you.

A note about pricing: The entire eBook, available on Ravelry here, is $18. You can mix-and-match two patterns from the collection for $9 (discount will show in your Raverly shopping cart), or purchase individual patterns for $6 each.

Crystal Collection – eBook with 6 patterns – $18

At the top of this post is the Ametrine Hat, named for a variety of quartz that displays both yellow and purple areas. The hat matches the Ametrine Mitts.

Ametrine Mitts

Ametrine Mitts – $6
Yarn: Nature Spun Sport
Gauge: 7.5 sts = 1 inch

See the Ametrine Mitts on Ravelry

The next pattern you might remember from a swap that I participated in over a year ago. For the longest time, they were known to me as the Swap Mittens. When I knit them in this beautiful shade of red, they reminded me of rubies. Corundum, a ruby when red, is a transparent mineral. Who knew?!?!

Corundum Mittens

Corundum Mittens – $6
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light
Gauge: 7.75 sts = 1 inch

See the Corundum Mittens on Ravelry

The Corundum Hat has the same allover pattern as the mittens, with five lines of decreases at the top and – like all the hats in this collection – a jaunty pompom. I can’t even help myself with the pompoms. Clearly.

Corundum Hat

Corundum Hat – $6
Yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light
Gauge: 8 sts = 1 inch

See the Corundum Hat on Ravelry

The third set of patterns from the collection is the Charoite Hat and Mittens, named for a rare purple mineral. These mittens evolved a lot over time. Here’s where they started, and you must click that link for a shocking illustration of yarn dominance in action. The end point for this design is quite different, but I wouldn’t have these pretty purple mittens without the struggle and frustration from the first version of this pattern.

Charoite Mittens

Charoite Mittens – $6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Gauge: 6 sts = 1 inch

See the Charoite Mittens on Ravelry

And finally, the Charoite Hat, with a small colorwork section and garter stitch accents. This hat is fun and quick to knit.

Charoite Hat

Charoite Hat – $6
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Gauge: 6.5 sts = 1 inch

See the Charoite Hat on Ravelry

That’s it! I’ve listed more pattern details, such as color numbers, on Ravelry so be sure to check out the collection there. Remember, if you don’t want all six patterns, mixing and matching is allowed! When you buy two patterns from the collection you save $3. But get the best deal when you buy the eBook for just $18.

Crystal Collection – eBook with 6 patterns – $18


P.S. Wondering about my new knitwear model? THAT’S MY MOM! Thanks for helping Mom!

hats all around

This morning

I showed Jerry the hat when he came home from school yesterday and he asked if he could keep it for himself. So much meaning bundled up in that one request! Mostly the fact that he likes it makes me a very happy Mom and Knitter. The hat fits him and me both, so I was kinda thinking it would be mine, but it’s already his seeing as he wore it to school today. I took these pictures in the glorious daylight as we waited for the bus to arrive. They usually play tag and today was no different.

This morning

This morning

This morning

Maggie was headed to her very first fieldtrip, and she was over the moon. As she ran to the bus, I told her to remember everything so she could tell me all about it. I know I’ll get an earful, as usual. She’ll be home soon with the full report, and I can’t wait.  When she gets here I’ll get to show her the hat I knit her; the same as Jerry’s but her size and different colors. Hope it fits! Then, as I write up the pattern and have it tested by my trusty tester, do I dare knit a third for myself? One can’t have too many hats, I say.




on hats

My knitting manifesto continues…

I do not knit hats to keep my head warm.

I knit hats because they’re quick. Most hats, even complicated ones on tiny needles can be finished, with focus, in a few nights.

I knit hats because they can be simple enough for an absolute beginner and still be pretty and stunning. But try something more complicated, like cables or colorwork or intarsia, and you can challenge yourself and still have the thrill of accomplishment.

I knit hats because decreases swirling around the top of a hat please me. Decreases in perfectly straight lines please me. Hidden decreases in cabled or color stranded designs please me.

I absolutely love knitting hats.

I recently finished knitting a few hats.

The pattern is my own End of May hat. The construction is one of my favorites. Begin with a regular cast on and knit the lining for a few inches. After a purl round to fold the hem, you get right to the good stuff…colorwork on every round. The chart is wide, repeated only four times on each round. I love the result – flowery and bold.

End of May

The lining is sewn down after you’ve fastened off the last of the stitches at the top. I have tried securing the lining while knitting, but I think the seam is slightly less defined if you do it with needle and thread at the end. I like holding one color of yarn in each hand for colorwork (and that’s the method I teach in my Intro to Stranding class). The work progresses quickly and it is fascinating seeing the pattern emerge.

End of May

I used Berocco Ultra Alpaca for the original version of the End of May hat and the black/purple hat. The yarn is growing on me…it’s affordable, the colors are glorious, the drape, the hand! I highly recommend using the Ultra Alpaca for this pattern.

The green/gray hat above is Cascade 220. Nice, but not as nice as the Ultra Alpaca. For the lining of both hats, I used a scrap of the softest sport weight yarn I had lying around.

I need to knit another End of May hat in the same colors as the original because I gave the original away to be auctioned off in the Denali Education Center Annual Auction. (Yes, it was dumb to send away my original, but it was for a good cause!) I also sent along a Noro version of my Two by One corrugated ribbed hat. They were both purple-y and looked good as a pair – one adult-sized and one kid-sized.


My family long ago outgrew the need for hats to keep warm, but I’m knitting more hats. Always knitting more hats. I love knitting hats.

ETA: End of May on Ravelry, Two by One on Ravelry
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