Posts Tagged ‘Hat’


Thursday, March 8th, 2012

dsc_0538_medium2There are certain garments in existence that remind us, without skipping a beat, of eras past. The tye-dyed shirts (and everything else) of the 60’s, the neon of late 80’s and early 90’s, poodle skirts of the 50’s, and those charming hats from the 1920’s. Kynna (a girl who is often described as ‘retro’, ‘vintage’, or ‘a bit of a throw back’) knit up Regina and there is no mistaking that sense of style.


It all started with a new yarn in the shop, Berocco Flicker. It has just a hint of sparkle running through a super soft yarn. After scouring the pattern books, binders, and Ravelry, she decided on Regina for her 2 shades of grey. Her project is an aptly named Vancouver Grey Hat.


The Flicker offers a nice texture and a bit of interest with the shimmer, while managing not to steal the show from this cute design. The feather/fan looked completely crazy until blocked and sewed down by the way (I may not have mentioned that while it was in progress Kynna….). To knit up a Regina hat of your very own you will need 2 skeins of Flicker and the pattern (which you can get for free here)!

A Hat for a Boy

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011


I have the distinct pleasure to be knitting a few hats and scarves for Christmas presents this year and believe it or not, I’m on the ball! I know this sounds impossible but I’m sure I’ll finish all my HAVE TO knitting and then pick up a few projects that start out as MAYBE THESE WILL GET DONE and become THESE ALSO NEED TO BE DONE AND ITS DECEMBER 24TH items. Anyhow, if you are knitting for a dude I highly recommend the Habitat hat by Jared Flood.


This pattern is not necessarily for the faint of heart when it comes to cables. There is cabling in this hat. A lot of it. Sometimes every row. It drove me a little nuts at times but it’s so few rows to really worry about and the overall effect is marvelous. I knit this one up in Louet Gems Worsted so it’s nice and washable for an easy care individual. There is definitely still time to bust out more than one of these before the merry deadline.

Introducing Fulton

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Michael has been at the shop for a few months now and we are proud to announce his very first pattern: Fulton!


This lovely little hat caught my eye last Friday because it has 2 things I love right now, cables and Madelinetosh DK. Michael knit this little wonder up in a great fall colourway too, Terrarium. The cable detail adds a little extra something to this toque and it has that ‘fresh off the slopes’ look about it. I’m picturing a blustery fall day with me in my North Winds Hat and my hubby in a Fulton….


The hat is of a rare breed, it works for guys and gals alike. It’s not always simple to find a toque pattern that the male of the species will happily wear but I think Michael has done it (and who would know better really?). One skein of Tosh DK is all it takes so cast on for a Fulton hat today!

The patter is available here on Ravelry.

Mohair and Slouchy Hats

Monday, February 14th, 2011


There is something about combining yarns of different fibers that is just so much fun. The combination of a solid and a hand dye, or even two different solids often makes the yarn come alive. Both Kynna and Amanda have knit up a great slouchy hat (pattern is free here) using 2 different yarns held together and the effect is amazing! I am especially smitten with the mohair in the mix, there are a few new mohairs around the shop so there are a lot to choose from. This hat calls for lace weight to be combined with the mohair which makes for some stunning options.



Amanda went with a slightly more subtle combination of Malabrigo Lace and the newest mohair around the shop, Debbie Bliss Angel (pictured above), a silk mohair combination. I think the hat is gorgeous of course, slouchy being all the rage. The mohair gives off a beautiful halo but it’s not quite as fuzzy as, say, an angora. If you’re looking for another solid mohair we’ve also got Shibui’s Silk Cloud. This one has a slightly higher silk content giving it a nice shine in addition to the mohair halo.


Kynna went with a bolder colour combination and a self striping lace. The lace is Zauberball, a very cool yarn, it comes in sock and lace weights and a absolutely LOVE the way it stripes up. For this hat 2 strands of the lace are held together, so instead of striping the Zauberball has a wonderful depth of colour. There are really 3 different greens coming through at any given time, how wonderful. It’s not even so much a stripe as it moves from one colour or shade to the next. The mohair is a hand dye from Alchemy called Haiku. The emerald combo is to dye for, well chosen Kynna!