Holly Jean is next

Holly Jean Mittens

I hate to admit it, but I’m terrible at naming my patterns. I swear, any time I see a new pattern, it ALWAYS has a name that I think is fabulous and I am envious of the clever person who came up with it.  I went through literally millions of ideas for pattern names for the Red Collection.

Anyway, Holly Jean is actually my sister. We just call her Holly, but her middle name is Jean and, well, that is the whole story.

Okay, it’s not the whole story. Holly needed a pattern named after her because she is one of the people who told me I could write a book. She is also the person who knew how to knit before I knew how to knit. She brought me big long aluminum needles and balls of wool and tried to teach me. She is also my big sister (I’m taller), she is successful and driven, an inspiration to me, and that is the whole story.

The Holly Jean set uses Cascade 220 Wool, one of my favorite yarns. For these patterns, you’ll need three colors, and you can use just a small bit of Color C (the red in my photos) so it’s perfect to use up a remnant you probably already have laying around. The hat is reversible and because it is stranded, there are four layers of wool there! Suitable for very, very cold climates.

Holly Jean Hat

If you’re feeling like maybe you don’t need a four layer hat, you can simply add a garter stitch or ribbed border to one half of the hat.

The mittens feature a looong cuff. Tuckable under winter coats for ultimate wind protection. Or because that splash of color is so fun, you could leave the cuff outside your sweater, wear a fur stole with a black leather belt, and make a fashion statement with your mittens. You’ll probably need stilettos, too. Because wool mittens and stilettos match perfectly.

Holly Jean Mittens

Holly Jean Mittens

Learn more about the Holly Jean Hat & Mittens:
Holly Jean pattern details on my blog.
Holly Jean 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 Holly Jean? Use these links:

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Pattern Pack: $9 Holly Jean Hat: $6 Holly Jean Mittens: $6

More of The Red Collection coming soon!