Horseshoe Hat






I love me a good knitted toque. I found this great little pattern for free on Ravelry several years ago, but sadly the website is no longer active. Worry not though! I contacted the pattern designer Avery, and she has kindly allowed me to reprint the pattern. I have included Avery’s original pattern, and also my decrease option with pom pom.

I think this pattern needs to go viral, Tea Leaves style. Challenge on! Really though, what a great little intro project to lace knitting. The pattern is written out, rather than charted (I have no brain space for charts at present), and knits up quickly. I’ve knit this before, in a lovely tweedy blue colour, and it turned into my go to winter hat.

The grey Knit Picks City Tweed yarn was purchased 2 years ago at their annual Big Sale. Oooh. Big Sale. I get shivers just typing that! My intention for the yarn was to knit a shrug, so I purchased enough DK weight to make it, and then it just sat untouched on my yarn shelf. I’m finding as my years as a knitter progress, I learn more about my style, needs and taste. To be honest, I don’t wear that many sweaters. Or shawls. Or fingerless gloves. As much as I love how they look. Yes, I have visions of looking like a model in a Brooklyn Tweed lookbook, but that’s yet to happen! Instead I am focusing on building a great collection of toques; something I definitely wear during the long, cold, Canadian winters. Did I mention long? And cold? Yes, a wooly toque is a must. I also love a good cowl. (Are cowls still in?) There’s something so great about tossing it on and not worrying about constant adjusting and fussing. I think thats why shawls and I have never gelled. They. Just. Won’t. Stay. Put!

Horseshoe Hat Pattern

by Avery Bounds

One Size – Adult
100g Worsted weight yarn*
6 inch circular needle size 7 (or 4 double pointed needles)
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker

CO – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
yo – yarn over
psso – pass slipped stitch over
k2tog – knit two stitches together
sl1 – slip 1 stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)

CO 92 sts on circular needle, join in the round, being careful not to twist.
Place marker at beginning of round. K1, p1 for 2 inches.
Next row: K2tog, *k1, p1, repeat from * until end of round

Begin Horsehoe Pattern:
Row 1 – Knit across
Row 2 – K1, *yo, k3, (sl1, k2tog, psso), k3, yo, k1, repeat from *
Row 3 – Knit across
Row 4 – P1, *k1, yo, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k1, p1, repeat from *
Row 5 – P1, k9, repeat for entire round
Row 6 – P1, *k2, yo, k1, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, k1, yo, k2, p1, repeat from *
Row 7 – P1, k9, repeat for entire round
Row 8 – P1, *k3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3, p1, repeat from *
Repeat rows 1-8 5 more times
Break yarn with 8″ remaining. Pull yarn through stitches with tapestry needle and pull hat closed. Sew closed to secure. Weave in ends.

Decrease option:

Repeat rows 1-8 4 more times, then follow decrease pattern.

Decrease pattern:

Row 1-3 same as pattern
Row 4: same as pattern but with no yarn over
Row 5: P1, K7, repeat for entire round
Row 6: P1, K2, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, P1 repeat from *
Row 7: P1, K5, repeat for entire round
Row 8: K2tog, K1 repeat for entire round
Row 9: K2tog repeat for entire round

Break yarn and pull yarn though stitches. Weave in ends.

Make pom pom using 4” circle.

*I used DK weight held double for my hat

Outdoor Fall Wedding Outfit Inspo


Sarah Jessica Parker




Outdoor Fall Wedding Outfit Inspo….try saying that 5 times fast! My lovely cousin Tara is getting married in October. It will be an outdoor, country event, and will be a little edgy, as Tara and her bae are two cool cats! I bought a faux leather (gasp!) dress from Winners, and will wear it with opaque tights, black boots (nicked from my daughter’s closet), and a jean jacket or possibly army jacket. Have yet to decide. Will post photos after the event!

P. S. How great is that SJP 90’s look? Loving her hair here. I’m having a touch of hair cutting regret, and wishing it were longer. Isn’t that always the way though when you cut your hair? It is for me anyway. It drives my husband batty!

Flashdance Hair



Jennifer Beals and her iconic Flashdance hair




Mica Arganaraz



I turned 40 last month! In honour of being so grown up, I’ve decided to embrace my God given curls. It’s been a 40 year fight against nature! I love that Flashdance hair is back in a big way. The British model Mica Arganaraz has popularized the look, with her sexy curly shag. Who says that curly girls can’t have bangs?


Hyacinth for Sophie






Can you tell what Sophie’s favourite colour is? You guessed it! Sophie is our purple girl. Well, purple and turquoise, to be exact. Way back in the fall, Sophie requested that I knit her a cardigan, and I’m sheepish to say that I just sewed the buttons on to it this week. Yes, I am working on my procrastinating ways!

The Hyacinth Cardigan  is a fairly mindless knit. Top down knitting is always a prerequisite for knitting projects for our kids. Sew up side seams? Um, no thanks. Give me a pair of circular needles, and I’m a happy camper. The yarn is….Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight. Because I always buy Knit Picks WOTA. Okay, not always, but 99.9% of the time, my yarn shelves are stocked with the stuff. Thank you Big Sale!

I made the smallest ladies size for Sophie, because she is in that in-between stage where girls sizes are too small, and ladies sizes are too big. Excuse me while a take a moment to morn my little Sophie growing up. Oh my heart! How does it happen so fast? I knit her the smallest size (33), but really, I should have sized up. Yes, it’s a fitted little number, with 3/4 sleeves, but it could do with a tad more ease to allow for growth. Oh well. This truly is the nature of knitted garments. You don’t really know how it is going to fit until it’s done. I suppose that the smart ladies who take time to knit a swatch likely have a better idea of fit, but I’ll never claim to be in the same league as them.

August Slow


I’m holding on to every last ounce of summer slow! Good Girl Moonshine (A Trim Healthy Mama Sipper drink), a new British Country Living mag, a Tea Leaves cardi for Pippa, and new (clearance) Joe Fresh flip flops for me. Happy days indeed.