Archive for November, 2013

One Hour Slouch Hat

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Keeping the heat in this winter while looking fashionably casual at the same time couldn’t be easier than pulling on this bulky slouch hat.  It covers the ears, is flattering to wear, and best of all takes only an hour to knit in Sirdar’s KIKO, one of our top picks this season for the splashy array of printed colours and the softly spun texture of the yarn.  Look for all eight shades at your local yarn store.

To countdown the month before Christmas we are featuring five FREE patterns in total that take no more than an evening or two to knit and yield this season’s trendiest selection of head to toe accessories all set to tuck under the tree.  Each week one new design will be in the spotlight right here featuring some of our most favorite yarns.

WEEK TWO- In a one horse open sleigh o’ the fields we go………..staying oh-so cosy and warm with a stylish slouch hat in a festive shade.   

 

KIKO Slouch Hat

KIKO Slouch Hat

Look for the matching cowl pattern in Week Three!

KIKO SLOUCH HAT

Size:  Women’s Medium

Width:   51 cm/ 20 ins

Length:  28 cm/ 11 ins

Yarn:  2  balls Sirdar KIKO (50g) col no. 417

Needles:  10.00 mm

Tension:  9 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over st st

 

Cast on 46 sts. Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 5 rows.

Continue in st st, dec 2 sts evenly spaced across first row = 44 sts.

When work measures 8 ins from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row-

Shape Top:

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K4*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K3*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K2*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K1*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next row- *K2tog*, rep *to* = 8 sts

Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Sew side seam.

Boot Toppers

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

‘Tis the season for choosing quick and easy knitting projects to get things rolling along on your holiday gift list.  It’s always a bonus if you start early enough and have time left over to knit a special little something for yourself as well.  To countdown the month before Christmas we are featuring five FREE patterns that take no more than an evening or two to knit and yield this season’s trendiest selection of head to toe accessories all set to tuck under the tree.  Each week one new design will be in the spotlight right here featuring some of our most favorite yarns.

WEEK ONE- Dashing through the snow requires a pair of snug boot toppers to keep out cold drafts.  These will warm up those fashionable wellies or pull-on riding boots that are on the most wanted list of footwear.

 

Sulka Boot Toppers

Sulka Boot Toppers

Start with a few skeins of buttery slide-across-the-needles Sulka by Mirasol in a rich shade of hazelnut.  This design transitions easily into two different styles.  The first look folds over the boot to form a cabled cuff.

 

Sulka Boot Liners

Sulka Boot Liners

The second look creates the illusion of chunky knee-high socks.

 

SULKA BOOT TOPPERS

Size:  Women’s

Outer Width:  38 cm/ 15 ins

Inner Width:  35.5 cm/ 14 ins

Finished Length:  23 cm/ 9 ins

Yarn:  200g Mirasol Sulka col no. 241

Needles:  5.50 mm and 6.00 mm double pointed

Tension:  16 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over st st

 

Cast on 52 sts with smaller needles, divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Place a marker on 1st st and join in round.  Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 14 cm/ 5 1/2 ins.  Change to larger needles and continue as follows-

Rnd 1- P across

Rnd 2- K across, inc 12 sts evenly spaced = 64 sts.

Rnd 3~5- K across

Rnd 6- *C4F (slip 2 sts to cable needle at front of work, k 2 sts from left needle, k 2 sts from cable needle), C4B (slip 2 sts to cable needle at back of work, k 2 sts from left needle, k 2 sts from cable needle)*, rep *to* across

Rnd 7~12- K across

Rnd 13- as Rnd 6

Rnd 14~19- K across

Rnd 20- as Rnd 6

Rnd 21- K across, dec 12 sts evenly spaced = 52 sts

Rnd 22- P across

Cast off sts purlways.

Make a 2nd one to match.

To wear as toppers- slip over leg with wrong side facing, pull on boot, fold cabled section over boot top.  Ribbed section will tuck into boot. 

To wear as warmers- slip over leg with right side facing, pull on boot, tuck ribbed section into boot and pull cabled section up leg.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

 

 

The Big Slouch

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Its Blovember and head cover is a necessity for the next four to five months but even more importantly, it is all about sporting the ‘look.’  The slouch hat ranks number one again in stylish headwear, a trend that has been around since 2009, when Hollywood’s elite group of actors, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp adopted this new-fangled toque which likely evolved from a combination of a skull cap and an oversized tam worn by Rastafarians.  With no signs of fading fast, the trendy lopsided beanie with the relaxed vibe is in demand for kids, men, and women of all ages.  Wear it high on the forehead with ears covered and let the bulk of it fall naturally to the back or side of the head.

Stay one fashionable step ahead of the weather with the Top Ten Slouch Hats for F/W 2013-

 

Whistler Beanie by Sublime

Whistler Beanie by Sublime

Plain and simple, this ribbed Whistler Beanie is a quick gift to knit for a special man in your life.  Cast on with two balls of Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK for the solid version or add some snazzy stripes.  There are a dozen new shades to choose from in the full eye-catching spectrum this season.

 

Tweed Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Tweed Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Sweet and demure, this cosy style combines an interesting lace pattern with the rustic beauty of a speckled tweed yarn.  Knit in Highland Lux, a soft and silky blend of fine merino, alpaca and Donegal viscose available in twelve choices, including these rich hues- caramel, rose, winter green, and claretCharcoal (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet 9855

Sirdar Leaflet 9855

A flower blooms all winter on this capacious hat design by Sirdar (Leaflet #9855) sized from little tykes to adults.  Knit in Softspun Luxury Chunky, a washable yarn that delivers razzle dazzle shine and plenty of warmth. Gracie (shown above).

 

Ushuaia Hat and Scarf Set by Katia

Ushuaia Slouch Hat and Scarf Set by Katia

Once upon a time, there lived a Bohemian Princess with long golden tresses, who was shivering in the cold……  This slouch hat with matching pocket scarf solves that problem lickety-split.  Knit this combo on jumbo needles in Katia’s new polar quality- Ushuaia, a softly spun wool with acrylic out in shops now in all eleven multi-coloured shades.

 

Staghorn Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Staghorn Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

This don’t-mess-with-the-hair slouch hat has a nice deep ribbing to maintain a grip on windy days, and a side cable panel to draw your attention.  Knit in Baby Llama Heather a new quality in the Diamond Luxury Collection that has been flying off the shelves this season.  Look for six deeply-dyed jewel tones.  Indigo heather (shown above).

 

Azteca Slouch Beanie by Katia

Azteca Slouch Beanie by Katia

An ideal cold weather buster, Katia’s self-striping Azteca looks irresistible in this cowl and slouch beanie set.  An easy project for first-timers and just as appealing for women to wear.

 

Freya Slouch Hat by Sirdar

Freya Slouch Hat by Sirdar

Texture in abundance and for sensitive folk, this Freya slouch hat is knit in a pleasing mix of cotton and brushed acrylic.  Baffin (shown above).

 

Sublime Book #625

Sublime Book #625

A cute combo that covers the bases from top to bottom, starting with a face-framing candy-striped slouch hatSublime delivers a crayon box assortment with more than fifty colours now readily available in Extra Fine Merino DK.

 

Button Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Button Slouch Hat by Diamond Luxury Collection

Go big or stay home when it comes to the ultimate in luxury yarns.  Baby Alpaca, features a brand new selection of Hand Paints this season, eight in total.  Two skeins will knit up this simple button slouch hat in an evening on 6.00 mm needles and its a FREE patternLagoon (shown above).

 

Bramble Slouch Hat and Cowl by Mirasol

Bramble Slouch Hat and Cowl by Mirasol

Berry inspiration sets the tone for this lovely ensemble, both hat and cowl are knit in a fun bramble stitch with maxi-sized merino wool, Ushya from Mirasol.  Three new heathery shades are ready for the picking- silver cloud, mallard and field berry.