Asheboro Hat

When I started this daily posting thing, I made a self-imposed rule to post a picture taken the day of the post. Today I’m breaking my own rule, and I’m posting pictures of the new hat pattern!

Asheboro Hat

I’ve decided to call it the Asheboro Hat, in honor of that city down the road where I’ll be attending school come next year. I’ll be spending a lot of time in Asheboro! I’m so excited.

Asheboro Hat

I know I’ve said it already, but the Asheboro Hat is a great knit. Perfect if you’re just starting with colorwork! And if you’re experienced with two-color knitting, you can knit this hat in a day or two.

Asheboro Hat

We love our new hats! The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn knit at 5.5 sts/inch. I knit ours in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. It’s  a great yarn for colorwork, and when you block the hat it’s softer than you can imagine! The Child size can will use one skein of Shelter, plus about 20 yards of a contrasting color. For the Adult Medium and Adult Large, you’ll need two skeins of Shelter for the main color.

Asheboro Hat

For more pattern details, and to queue, fave or purchase the pattern, please visit the Asheboro Hat page on Ravelry. And because I’m so excited to be releasing a new pattern, through the month of November the pattern will be available for just $3! Woohoo! You’ll see the discount when you add the pattern to your cart. Or if you’re ready to buy it right this instant, use the link below.

Asheboro Hat – $3 for a limited time only

Thanks so much, everyone! First for reading, but also for the support!





Madalina Mittens

Madalina Mittens

Check out my new mittens! Well, they’re not new to me because I knit them way back in the Spring. But they’re new to you, because the pattern is in the new issue of Knitscene Magazine. The issue will be on newsstands beginning October 25th, and like most issues of Knitscene, there are a lot of knittables in there!

Fore more details, you can view the Madalina Mittens on Ravelry. Don’t you love the name, Madalina? For the record, I had nothing to do with naming this pattern. I let the experts over at Knitscene take care of that.

Madalina Mittens by Mandy Powers

Image © Knitscene

The yarn is Louet Gems Sport Weight knit quite firmly on a US 1 needle. I-cord cast on. Sore thumb gusset. Pointy at the top. I’m quite proud of them.

knitters, meet Girdwood

Girdwood Mittens!

Mittens, anyone? Here’s a new mitten pattern for everyone!

When I started working on this pattern, my children both desperately needed mittens. We have had a cold winter here in North Carolina and last year’s mittens were too small. After some starts and stops with gauge, yarn choice and stitch count, I finally knit some mittens for Maggie that fit using sport weight yarn.

Jerry needed mittens, too. On a hunch (and after doing some quick math) I grabbed some Cascade 220 and cast on with larger needles but the same number of stitches. They were a perfect fit! More math, another hunch, and bulky yarn…I had mittens knit from the same pattern that were big enough for me!

Girdwood Mittens!

I’m really excited about these mittens. The Girdwood Mittens are named after a ski town in Alaska where I once spent a long summer night listening to bluegrass music. I have fond memories of that town.

Girdwood Mittens

Included in the pattern are two sizes of thumbless mittens, to fit newborns and toddlers (up to age 2). Other sizes are Small Kid (3-6 yrs), Big Kid (6-10 yrs), and Small, Medium and Large Adult. To learn more about what yarn is used for each size of mitten in the pattern, click on the sizing chart on the Girdwood Mittens page.

Girdwood Mitten(s)

You can see a handful of beautiful Girdwood Mittens that were knit by a really wonderful group of test knitters on the Ravelry project page.  The pattern is $6. If you would like to buy it, please click below.

Girdwood Mittens – $6

I have been thinking a way to say thank you for people who sign up for my newsletter. What I’d love to do is work on a free pattern that would be exclusively for subscribers. While I figure out the logistics of that, I’ve decided that when I release a new pattern I will randomly select 5 knitters from the subscribers list to get the pattern for free. To be eligible, all you need to do is get on the list and stay on the list! Sign up here if you’re interested.

Thank you!