Breaking news! The Wyoming Valley’s own Carolyn Kern has brought out two new original patterns: the Sidereal Check Hat and Sidereal Check Cowl, both knit in Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.
Says Carolyn, “My Sidereal Check Hat & Cowl were selected by The Fibre Co. for their Fall 2018 Yarn Support Programme! These colorwork projects were inspired by high fashion garments featuring graphic variations of houndstooth check. I enjoyed charting some of these checks for stranded knitting. The check pattern I use here was one of my favorites. I love how the background color appears as a series of four-pointed stars. ‘Sidereal’ means of or relating to distant stars or constellations.”
Samples of Carolyn’s stranded hat and cowl will be on display at the shop for the next 10 days. Come see how lovely they are! Two skeins for the main color and one of a contrast color will be more than enough to make both the hat and cowl – and we have lots of beautiful Arranmore Light colors to choose from.
Carolyn’s not only on The Fibre Co.’s radar – she is a longtime contributor to Quince, and her Daphnis* appeared earlier this fall in their Scarves, etc. 7 and as an individual pattern available in-store through Ravelry. Suzanne was quick to pick up her needles for this elegant shawl worked in aran/chunky weight yarn. Her beautiful Daphnis in our GGH Topas is below.
It’s a busy time for knitters, and we often miss seeing a lot of the projects finished in December because they are quickly “gifted” away. Luckily, quite a few FOs have visited the shop recently, and they are an impressive bunch!
Above is Bonnie’s Declan’s Hat from designer Samantha Kirby, a free pattern on Ravelry. Bonnie’s mystery yarn for her Declan came from deep in her stash, but it’s very similar to Maxima from Manos del Uruguay, another single ply that will have great cable stitch definition. Below, Bonnie herself modeled her version of Kathy North’s Tasseled Earflap Hat, another free pattern. This hat was given as a gift the next day. Our fox fur pom pom was a perfect color match for Bonnie’s Malabrigo Rasta.
Staying with hats, Brigid is seen here behind an impressive stack of her knit hats being readied for a craft fair. The cute green one on top of the pile, though, is going to our holiday donation to the Misericordia University Women With Children Program.
I made a Focalise* hat for the Misericordia collection. The pattern comes from Kirsten McTeer. I used an easy-care wool/acrylic blend from my stash. I love how the decreases at the crown spiral like the spokes of a wheel.
Here’s Joan’s on-trend Rikke in madelinetosh Pashmina. Sarah Young’s popular pattern is both easy to knit and wear. Will the number of projects on Ravelry for Rikke top 11,000 in 2018?
If these hats inspire you to pick up your 16″ circulars and cast on for one or two more hats before the holidays, our selection of Berroco Ultra Wool has been fully re-stocked, 45+ colors! Ultra Wool is our all-time favorite 100% washable wool worsted weight. May we suggest a handknit version of this season’s hottest hat, the Copy.Cat C.C Beanie by Emily Ingrid?
Shifting to a shawl, here is Steven’s spectacular Seashell, Nicola Susen’s free shawl pattern, in Malabrigo Lace. The pictures speak for themselves…
Now a cowl: Steven’s Big Herringbone Cowl was a perfect choice for Rios, another kettle-dyed Malabrigo yarn. Purl Soho’s design is free on Ravelry.
And flip-top mitts: Rebecca’s jewel-bright The York Mittens, a free pattern from Mariana Wegener, in some of her stash yarn.
Gina’s long and happy career as a sock knitter so far has yielded enough leftovers for her to knit two Split Personality scarves. You can tell she had fun making this second one! Do I see some Opal in there?
And so we’ve gone from top to toe: Joanne’s lacey Hummingbird Socks by Sandi Rosner from Clara Parkes’ The Knitter’s Book of Socks. Her yarn is Cascade Heritage Paints with heels and toes from – you guessed it – stash leftovers. What would we do without our stashes?
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!