Messy bun hats are all the rage, and I wanted to come up with my own version of this super cute trend. This pattern is knit in the round (because who has time to sew up a back seam?) and … Continue reading
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 I found this great little pattern for free on Ravelry several years ago, but sadly the website is no longer active.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)
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.
Repeat rows 1-8 4 more times, then follow 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
I bought a dress this spring, that has become an absolute fave in my wardrobe. Stretchy, comfy, oddly shaped, and oddly wonderful. So easy just thrown on with leggings, and I love the pop of colour from my red turn lock purse!
Please excuse the poor photo quality. I have the itch to revive this wee space, and at the moment only have photos from my phone.
My Innes and Swan shop is finally stocked with some products! I have been busy sewing up a storm creating these tote bags. The roomy shopping totes are made from upcycled jute coffee bags with repurposed belt handles. Each tote is lined with heavy canvas lining. Cheery fabric and brass details complete the look.
The totes are approximately 21″ wide at the top and 17″ high.
I also have totes of the same size made from vintage fabric, lined with canvas, and outfitted with belt handles. I am working on some smaller bags and hope to have them listed soon.
Please visit my shop to view my bags!
Spring is here! Well, we still have snow on the ground, but a girl can dream. I like to switch out my jewelry in the fall and in the spring. Having a minimalist wardrobe, with only pieces that fit really well and that you love and feel great in, is really appealing to me. It does however conflict with my love of collecting! There is something refreshing though about having only a few key pieces to choose from. Who has the money, energy or space for hordes of clothing and accessories?
I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, maybe 2 pieces at a time (plus my wedding ring), and about 95% of my jewelry comes from the thrift store or was passed down from family members. It’s kind of fun to look at each piece and remember where I bought it or who gave it to me. My favourite is probably the Eiffel tower charm that I bought in Paris many moons ago. I added it to a necklace that had lost it’s decorative stone charm.
What are your favourite pieces of jewelry? Do you change your jewelry each season?