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BEGINNER PROJECT Toboggan Hat

Toboggan

There are a lot of new knitters picking up sticks for the first time, so I thought a nice little pattern to get you beyond scarves might serve you well. If you’re already an experience knitter you might want to keep this project in mind for people you end up teaching down the line!

Toboggan is a basic hat knit flat and seamed up the back. It only uses the knit stitch, which I think makes it great for kids as well as adults.

Size

  • Kids L / Adult XS (Adult S/M, Adult L/XL)
  • Circumference (unstretched): 17½ (20½, 23¼)“

Yarn Options

You’ll only need about 100g of yarn for this project, so one ball of any of the following yarns will work:

Needles

Beginners generally do best with straight needles (circular needles tend to get confusing early on). Because you are going to be putting on a bunch of stitches a longer 13″ or 14″ needle is a good idea. (9″/10″ straight needles are my favourite to start people off with, especially for scarves, but for a hat you’re really going to have to jam the stitch on there and it gets uncomfortable).

If you knit tight go up a size to a 6.5mm/US10.5 and if you knit loose consider going down a size to a 5.5mm/US9 needle. (I prefer to knit my hats a little bit tighter on purpose to block out the wind, so I go down).

In general, beginners seem to learn fastest with wood needles: they’re light, easy to use, and they aren’t too slippery (slippery is NOT good for beginners).

Notions

Either will do, they’re basically the same thing, except one is straight and the other has a bent tip.

Accessories

What’s a craft hobby without accessories?! But seriously, a good Pom-Pom *makes* a hat. You can either make your own pompom or buy a real or synthetic fur pompom. Personally, i swear by the Clover brand pom-pom makers (I’ve made A LOT of pom-poms with them). These days, I’m partial to a raccoon fur pom-pom – they’re light and fluffy and the way they bob around makes me happy.

Pattern

I came across Toboggan a few years ago, it was a freebie from Classic Elite Yarns, which unfortunately no longer exists. I’ve found a link for you through the Internet Archive, but be sure to download it and save it in your preferred cloud drive (Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, etc) – don’t take your patterns for granted, sometimes the internet lingers and other times things disappear.

The pattern is written in two ways; knitted in the round and knitted flat. Be sure to use the version that suits your skillset. Working in the round will require 16″ circular needles and double pointed needles, but you won’t need to seam it. Working flat uses one pair of straight needles, and it has to be seamed to finish it up.

DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN HERE

Skills & Resources

There are lots of good resources on the web for knitters, it’s really an embarrassment of riches. A few reliable favourites are KnittingHelp.com, VeryPink.com, and Interweave has a great Knitting Glossary. If you want to take a great online class check out Craftsy.

NEW Manos del Uruguay Serpentina

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina

I came across Manos del Uruguay Serpentina on a distributor’s website while I was browsing through their patterns and BAM! I saw it and thought “What IS that?! WHY is that?! What is THAT??!!!” Pattern after pattern, it knit up so consistently stunningly (plus Manos is an ethical company with a great track record) …. It’s the holidays, and we could all use a little extra cheer this year, so I got some!

Manos del Uruguay Serpentina is a stunning artisanal experience … its both hand dyed and handspun, which automatically makes it both scrumptious and glorious. Gorgeous colours run throughout the yarn at random which enhances its tactile quality. The result is a fabric that is soft and squishy to the touch with plush stitch definition.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 100g/120m (131 yds) 
  • Aran to Bulky Weight
  • 15 to 16 sts = 4″/10cm
  • 4.5mm/US7 to 5.5mm/US9 needles
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Uruguay

Chimel

A simple toque takes on new dimension with this stunning yarn

Materials

Double Seed Stitch Scarf

Sometimes the simplest is also the most effective. A double seed stitch is just knits and purls. Be sure to keep track of your rows, and if you aren’t a pro at fixing mistakes try inserting a Lifeline every time you complete Row 4.

Materials

Minimalist Hat

Keep it simple – this hat pattern is actually a great little go to – it’s written for 4 thicknesses of yarn (DK, worsted, aran & chunky).

Materials

Shoulder Cozy

This shoulder cozy (or capelet) is soft, light, airy, and oh so cozy! Wear it over your shoulders or around your neck as a cowl.

Pattern Notes

Don’t be tempted to work another cast-on method here. You really do want the stretch of the e-loop around the bottom where it will hit both your bust and your arms. At the same time, don’t work a traditional bind-off on this piece. Follow our instructions and work it loosely. If you have to, pull it out and try again. You’re after a relaxed, stretchy neck edge so that you can style the finished piece in a variety of ways.

Size

  • Without cowl: Approx. 9 ( 11, 16, 18)”/ 23 (28, 41, 46)cm long when laid flat, after blocking.
  • With cowl: Approx. 13 1/2 (16 1/2, 24, 26)”/34 (42, 61, 66 )cm long when laid flat, after blocking.
  • To fit 4-7 year old (8-12 year old, Adult S/M, Adult L/XL).
  • Instructions are given for 4-7 year old size, with larger sizes in parentheses ().
  • Shown in Adult S/M with cowl. We knit this Shoulder Cozy in Color 1562, which is no

Materials

Hanmora

Colour and texture come alive in a basic hat

Materials

FREEBIES & NEW Premier Couture Jazz

Premier Couture Jazz

Premier Couture Jazz is the favourite yarn of arm knitters, and we agree that it’s the best material for super-duper bulky blankets whether you’re making on needles or with your limbs. It’s a soft and fluffy knitted tube of fine, brushed acrylic, which means that it can be washed and it will look great in your home for a long time. (We want you to love your projects, and the wool roving that is used in arm knitting videos popular on social media is unfortunately by its nature very delicate and will start to pill and look mungy even before you finish your blanket. We love the way roving looks in pictures, but it regrettably doesn’t have much longevity after the photo shoot.)

  • 81% Acrylic, 19% Nylon .
  • 100 g – 16.5 yds/15m
  • #7 Super Bulky Weight.
  • Hand wash. Do not bleach. Lay flat to dry.
  • Made in Turkey

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FREEBIE Galilee

 

 

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Galilee

As soon as I saw this FREE pattern I knew I wanted to share it, but I figured I’d better wait until the heat settled down, and all the best yarn options had arrived. I love the elegant shape and texture in this “swancho” (it’s like a poncho, but with little sweater sleeves). If the textured panel seems a little daunting you can omit it and just knit the front panel like the same as the back, in stocking stitch.

You can use any chunky weight yarn (something that knits up on a 6mm/US10 needle). Berroco Vintage Chunky is soft, machine washable, and comes in a spectrum of great colours. Cascade Eco is made with 100% Peruvian wool that comes in both dyed and undyed natural colours, and is the most cost-effective choice, especially as the sizes grow). For a stunning statment, use Malabrigo Mecha, a gorgeous hand-dyed, machine washable, buttery soft single ply merino wool.

Size

  • Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X)
  • Bottom edge – 55 (59, 64, 68, 71, 76)”
  • Length – 24½ (25, 25½, 26, 26½, 27)”

Yarn Options

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Cascade Eco: 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins

Malabrigo Mecha: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5.5mm/US9-16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle

 

 

 

Spring … Grignasco Sahara 25% Off


Grignasco Sahara


Grignasco Sahara looks lovely, it’s easy + feels great to knit with, and it looks amazing knitted up. Sahara is a soft, luscious fibre blend for Spring + Summer: 20% silk, 40% bamboo, 40% linen. It has a lovely semi-matte sheen and uneven texture that gives it a very modern, very urban texture. It’s also discounted (Squee!) because it has been discontinued (Boooo-urns!). 


The Deets

  • 50g-100m
  • 4.5 to 5mm needles
  • 18 sts + 24R = 4″/10cm
  • 20% silk, 40% bamboo, 40% linen
  • Hand wash in cold water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Italy
  • SALE $7.50 (regularly $10)



Dropped Stitch Spring Cowl

This project is my favourite combination of simple, fast, easy, and deceptively impressive looking. For a snug fit cast on 75 to 80 sts, for something longer that can be wrapped twice cast on 140 to 150 sts (you’ll need 4 balls). 

Notes
Initially we started making the Easy 1-Ball Cowl pattern (much cred to the designer!) but made changes to make the most of this very pretty yarn and to make it easy for you to make one too. 

Size
17” wide x 12” high (unstretched)

Materials

2 balls Grignasco Sahara colour 1195 (50g/100m)
5mm-24″ circular needles
stitch marker

Abbreviations
K            knit
R            row or round
Rep         repeat
St/s         stitch(es)
YO          yarn over: bring yarn over the needle

Techniques

YO 2 Times (Double Yarn Over)

Directions
Cast on 100 stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, place marker on right needle.

R1 + 2: knit. 

R3: YO 2 times, K1; rep from to end of round.


R4: drop 2 yarn overs, k1; rep from to end of round.

R5 to 7:knit.

Repeat R3 to 7 nine more times.

Repeat R3 to 6 one time.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends. 


New Madeline Tosh DK

Tosh Merino DK 58 Citrus

Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino DK
Delicious is the best way to describe Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino DK. It is a seriously sexy yarn. It is a 100% superwash merino wool, with a generous 225 yards per skein. This single ply yarn is the thicker cousin of tosh merino light using the same fiber to create a hand-dyed skein with rich depth of colour and tone. It knits up at a versatile dk to worsted gauge, perfect for sweater and accessory projects. Each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots and machine washable.

  • 100% superwash merino wool, single ply
  • 206m/225yds
  • machine wash in cold water, air dry
  • fibre base from South Africa, hand dyed in Texas
  • see pattern ideas





Rikke Hat

  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • 170 projects made with this yarn
  • 1 skein Tosh Merino DK
  • 3.5mm-16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm-16″ circular and double pointed needles





Honey Cowl

  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • 330 projects made with this yarn
  • 2 sizes, 22(44)” length
  • 1(2) skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 5mm-24(36)” circular needles





Age of Brass & Steam





Mara





Eternity Scarf

  • pattern via Ravelry
  • 19 projects made with this yarn
  • 3 sizes available
  • 1(2,2) skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 5mm-24(29)” circular needles (see pattern for size)





Effortless Cardigan




  • pattern via Ravelry
  • size 12mos to 12 yrs
  • 2 to 4 skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 3.75mm needles
  • see pattern for amount of yarn required



New Free Pattern: Rialto Baby Beanie



Size
° preemie (newborn, baby, toddler)
° Head circumference: 11(12-13, 14-15, 16-17)” or 27.5(30-32.5, 35-37.5, 40-42.5)cm

Materials
° Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Print;50g/105m, 1 ball
° 4mm-16” circular needles
° 3.5mm-16” circular needles
° 4mm double pointed needles
° 1 stitch marker
° darning needle (preferably pointy & small)

Hat on the left:
Newborn size, Debbie Bliss CashmerinoDK colour 18 (navy), Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Print 05 (Ravenna)

Hat on the right:
Toddler size, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK colour 43 (beige), Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Print 01 (Florence)



Dowload the pattern Here

Crittery Gift Ideas


I do not know what these little guys are, but I like them, and I think other people who enjoy whimsical, silly and fun things will like them too.  Plus they are small, fast, and relatively cheap to make. I also think they would make excellent holiday decorations and/or ornaments.  An easy way to make them larger is up-size to a thicker yarn and corresponding needle: 



By the way, we sell safety eyes, stuffing and felt (the latter 2 are in the mail)

  Stripy

  Jiggle







New Free Pattern: Easy Loose Cabled Cowl


This pattern is a simple, straightforward, easy project great for new knitters (great way to learn cables). It knits up fast on thick yarn and BIG needles (12mm).  It’s easy, is a satisfying quickie, and looks impressive to non-knitters (hint: it’s very giftable).

It is made with one skein of Brown Sheep Company Burly Spun (not bad at $20.97 per skein),  but it would also make an excellent excuse to buy a couple of skeins of Malabrigo Rasta (especially in their luminescent semi-solid colours). 

Read more about it on Ravelry
Download for FREE at knitomatic.com

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Summer Knit-Spiration: Creekbed Scarf


I think this little free pattern is a hidden gem and a great opportunity to play around with self striping yarns. It’s knit with light, sock weight yarn, which make for easygoing summer projects. It’s also light on the cerebral side, with just enough interest to keep you from nodding off in the heat. Add a colourful, self striping yarn like a Noro and it’ll be easy entertainment. It’s also a grab and go project, easy to travel with (even if you aren’t going any further than your porch). 



I love kristenlynnea’s version (above) made with Noro Silk Garden Sock and other scraps. It also looks great in CompulsiveKnitter’s version made with Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.

Suggested Yarns


I think I would make a few stylistic modifications to the pattern:
  1. If using a striping yarn I’d drop the big centre band, I don’t think it would do anything for the design.
  2. If I was making the 2 border bands in a contrast colour I would make it a neutral (grey or brown) with a low to medium contrast to the main colours. A high contrast is too much for my delicate sensibilities (ie. no likey black). 
  3. If using Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball I’d skip the border colour all together and let the yarn do all the work. 
  4. If using Noro Silk Garden Sock I’d choose 2 colourways and alternate every other row. Alternately, you can use 2 skeins of the same colourway and start the first from the inside and the second from the outside, and alternate every other row. 


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