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:

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Pattern Pack: $9 Ziggity Hat: $6 Ziggity Mittens: $6

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


Kevin & Kara's Afghan
at Mom & Dad’s house in Buffalo

A late night picture of a big project.

That’s my sister, Holly, holding the wedding afghan we made for our cousin and his new wife. Holly knit half of the purple and yellow strip and I knit the whole purple and orange strip. Other knitters include my cousin-in-law Jen, my Mom, my aunts Char, Jane, Jeanne, and Jean, and my cousins Andrea (sister of the groom) and Liz. That’s 10 knitters!

Do you recognize the pattern? It’s on the cover of the book Knitalong by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown. The pattern is called Olive’s Afghan and it is the perfect project for a group knitalong…as long as you make sure everyone is knitting at the correct gauge!!

We thought there would be trouble when the strips started arriving and some were skinny and tightly knitted while others were loose and BIG. Luckily, Aunt Jean had a brilliant revelation before the strips were sewn together. We were all admiring the afghan laid out on the floor and pondering what to do with “the big one” when Aunt Jean suggested that I simply unravel two of the stripes from “the big one.” Wouldn’t you know, that worked! So one of the strips has two fewer stripes and you wouldn’t notice if I hadn’t told you.

We used Ultra Alpaca just like in the pattern and it is one cozy blanket. We tried to match the colors of the original, but although my LYS has a great selection of the Ultra Alpaca we had to do some substituting. Here is a better picture of the colors, in the daytime:

Kevin & Kara's Afghan
That’s not the final layout, I didn’t like the two yellows as neighbors.

I used a whip stitch in a contrasting yarn to join the pieces. Then I steam blocked the seams and that made a surprisingly huge difference in the final appearance. I’m an advocate of wet-blocking, but steam blocking is just about as good. I’m learning every day.

The newlyweds, they’re so sweet and I don’t think they’d disagree if I described them as having a “funky” style. So the bold colors and bold design of this afghan suits them well. And I made sure to tell the bride (who is a craftster, but not a knitter) to TAKE GREAT CARE IF YOU NEED TO CLEAN IT. I hope she got the message.

Kevin & Kara's Afghan

I’ve got a bunch of cousins who are mostly younger than me and mostly unmarried, but there are no engaged couples right now, as far as I know. This group afghan thing is so fun (the other wedding afghan made by the family is documented here and here) that I hope we get to do it again soon. Go on cousins! Get engaged!