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 I found this great little pattern for free on Ravelry several years ago, but sadly the website is no longer active.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

The Erika Cowl

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I’ve been busy knitting up a storm this holiday season. I wanted to make a chunky cowl for my friend Erika, but lacked the large, circular needles that the pattern called for. So what’s a girl to do but make up her own pattern! I’m a bit embarrassed to call it a pattern as the instructions are so simple. But here goes.


The Erika Cowl

Finished size aprox. 12″ deep x 29 long


1 skien Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Crush (137 yards) or other bulky weight yarn

Size 12mm straight needles

5- 1″ diameter buttons


Cast on 30 sts. Knit in seed stitch for desired length. Make sure to leave enough yarn for the button hole row, and to bind off.

Buttonhole row and finishing:

K2 in seed stitch pattern, * yo, k2tog, k4 in pattern* repeat from * until 2 sts remain. k2 in pattern.

Knit two rows in seed stitch pattern. Loosely bind off in seed stitch pattern.

Weave in ends and block if desired. Sew the buttons on.




Free Pattern: Colour Block Kimono Shirt

Kimono Shirt
Kimono Shirt

What is it about freezing cold weather that makes me want to sew clothing for spring? I was on a search for free sewing patterns a few weeks ago and I found a great French site Advantages Magazine, which has free patterns under the ‘Couture’ category. I have made a couple of the patterns so far, the first being this pattern for a Kimono blouse. I love the simplicity of the pattern, and I thought that it would translate well into the colour block trend that is popular this year. Speaking of translating, google translate produces a rather amusing translation for the pattern instructions. If you are experienced with patterns, I don’t think that you will have any trouble figuring it out on your own! To download the pattern, scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Telechargez le Patron’. To download the pattern layout click ‘Telechargez le Schema’.

Some pattern notes;  I sewed the smallest pattern size, which is the size ’38’. For comparison, I am a size 6 on top. I took 2 inches off of the width of the sleeves, and blended it into the side seams. The original design has the sleeve going straight across to the bodice, but because I was using linen and not the silk as suggested in the pattern, the sleeves were a little full and they stuck out in an awkward manner. I also left off the contrast sleeve facing and the contrast hem band. Because of this I lengthened the shirt by 1 1/2 inches. I used linen from my stash, but it would also be beautiful made with voile.
This photo shows how I curved the sleeves into the side seams:
If you are looking for a quick and easy sewing project for spring, this is the one!