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Street Cowl

I won this yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky Naturals, in a raffle for a charity event where we were making hats for newborns. It’s probably the softest, warmest yarn I’ve worked with in years, but unfortunately, 1) it’s discontinued and I only had 1 hank and 2) the yardage was low.

I tried to make a hat with it first. I have a pretty small head and thought it could be more of a cap than anything else, but at the end I had to admit it was too small. I didn’t want to find someone smaller for it, so I took it apart and decided to make a cowl.

A while ago, I made a hat for a friend with the pattern from Chunky Dean Street Hat. There’s a cable in this that does NOT require a cable needle – being the knitting geek that I am, at the time this just blew my mind and I think I finished the hat in the course of 2 days because I thought the pattern was so cool.

I cast on with size 15 US/10.0mm needles (the biggest ones I had on hand) and had a cowl within a couple of hours.

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Modified Shrug

I had been debating making a Minisweater (aka boobholder aka shrug) for a while. There are many versions of it on Ravelry since it’s quick, easy, and looks good on most women (of the right height/build.)

I love Stephanie Japel’s pattern for this sweater, and how she (and a lot of people on Ravelry) look in it, but when I made it I wasn’t that happy with the result. I put it in my closet and left it there for about half a year (partially because it was winter). Recently, I took it out again and decided to redo it since I liked how the neckline looked, and the colours.

The yarn I used was Bernat Mosaic in Ambrosia, a bulky acrylic that has long colour repeats to get a striping effect. When I went to modify the pattern, I undid the garter bottom, did some waist shaping, then knit in stockinette until I got to the bottom, where I did about 5 rows of garter.

From the side…

And laying flat. I’m in a new apartment, and still haven’t quite figured out where the best lighting is, but the colours are close.

It’s great with a tank top, the perfect amount of extra warmth for early fall.

On another note, it’s great to be back blogging, rusty as I am. I was blown away by how many people have visited so far, over three hundred! Thanks for checking out my blog, I’ll try to keep the posts and patterns coming.

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Link’s Hat

I made this hat one evening while watching a movie in my apartment in Korea, 2009. I didn’t have an idea in mind aside from “hat”, I just cast on and made it up as I went along. When it was finished, I showed it to my friend Kathleen who came up with the name and set off to knit her own after I wrote down the pattern for her.

Link is the silent main character from the Legend of Zelda games, though his hat is much pointier (and longer). The hat is divided into three sections, reminiscent of the Triforce, and I used a simple cable in each section (a more complex cable could be used in it’s place).

I bought the wool from a sale bin in Masan, Korea, unfortunately without a label (I listed the yarn that Kathleen used).

Needles: US 8/5.0mm, 1 set of 4 DPNs and 1 16” or 17” circ needle
Yarn: Bulky wool, appox 100m. (Substitute: Black Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, 1 skein)
Stitch Markers

Gauge: 4” = 18sts and 28rows (row gauge is not important)

Finished Measurements:
Length from tip to start of purl rows = 5.5”
Cable (including bind-off) = 4”
Circumference at widest point = 22”

Increase Round: Kfb for the first and last stitch of each needle, k the stitches in between. Because you’re increasing at the edges every other row, ladders should not occur. One increase round adds 6 stitches.

Starting with DPNs, CO 6sts and divide over 3 needles. Join and knit around. Place marker at beginning of round.

Round 2: Increase Round
Round 3: Knit
(Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until piece measures 5.5” long, or desired width to fit head. Switch to circular needle when necessary. Finish with round 2.)

(Instructions are assuming 32 sts on each needle, but that number is not important. The cable is 6sts in the middle of each needle, with an equal number of purl stitches on either side of it.)

Chb: move 3 stitches to cable needle, hold back, k3 then k3 off cable needle

Rounds 1, 2: *p13, k6, p13; rep from * 3 times
Round 3: *p13, chb, p13; rep from * 3 times
Rounds 4, 5, 6: *p13, k6, p13; rep from * 3 times

(Repeat 6 rows of the cable pattern 4 times. For a longer hat, repeat until desired length, just under the ears).

Next round: *k1, p1* around.

Bind off. The hat is designed to curl under at the edge (the cables keep it from curling too much), so a tight bind-off is better. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

(Link’s Hat by Denise Cameron © 2009 . This is a free pattern intended for personal use, and isn’t to be used to make and sell hats. If you want to put this pattern on your website or print it to give to someone else, please include a link back to my website