Anstruther Hat and Mittens

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

I've just released a brand new ebook of two knitting patterns, the Anstruther Hat and Mittens. I think they are my favorite patterns to date! Both patterns were tech edited by the lovely Joeli of Joeli's Kitchen. I really enjoyed and recommend her tech editing services.


Fair Isle colorwork and a thick double brim combine to make a warm hat that can be pulled down over the ears in the dead of winter, or worn back on the head for a slouchier look in the fall and spring. Knit the Anstruther Hat in bright colors or knit it in neutrals to match everything in your wardrobe.

The Anstruther Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with a provisional cast-on edge so the ribbing may be folded in half and joined without seaming to create a warm double brim. This part of the pattern is perfect mindless knitting. From the brim up, the Fair Isle portion begins. Four colors are used to create a lovely geometric pattern. The pattern requires four colors until the top shaping, but no more than two colors are used per row. This yields a pattern that is visually complex but relatively simple to construct.

Materials Required:

Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Gold.
Contrast colors: 40 grams/152 yards (139 meters) of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Navy, Light Grey and Natural White

Needles:
1-16 inch 2.75mm circular needle
5-2.75mm double pointed needles

Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on (a snippet of your contrast yarn would work great)
2” Pom pom maker (optional)

Gauge:
35 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette fair isle pattern. (Color Chart A and B)
35 stitches and 53 rows= 4” in 2x2 ribbing

Sizes:
One size, average ladies. 18” circumference at brim; 9” height including brim; 2” pom pom (optional)

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, chart reading, knitting in the round, stranded knitting or fair isle knitting, carrying yarn up work, increasing, decreasing and finishing.


The Anstruther Mitten begins with an elegant, but warm lace cuff which is knit flat and then seamed using a three-needle bind-off. Stitches are picked up from the edge and then the mitten is worked in the round with an after-thought thumb. Shown here in the bright colors of the harvest, this mitten would also be lovely done up in neutral shades of black and grey.


Materials Required:

Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Dark Green.
Contrast colors: 50 grams/190 yards (174 meters) of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Navy, Gold and Natural White.

Needles:
5-2.75mm double pointed needles

Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on and afterthought thumb placement (a few snippets of your contrast yarn would work great)

Gauge:
35 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette fair isle pattern (Color Chart)
34 stitches and 48 rows = 4” inch in cuff pattern (Cuff Chart)

Sizes:
One size to fit most adult women.
Mitten circumference: 7.5”
Mitten length (excluding cuff): 8”

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, chart reading, three-needle bind-off, picking up stitches, knitting in the round, stranded knitting or fair isle knitting, carrying yarn up work, increasing, decreasing and finishing.

Ravelry Page

New Pattern: Diode Toque

Monday, 7 April 2014


The Diode Toque is a slouchy wool beanie with a diagonal bobble pattern. Its double-knitted ribbed brim adds extra warmth and the fine-gauge knit offers a professional finished look.


Materials Required:
Approximately 400 yards of sport weight wool
1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport (100% Wool; 430 yds [393 m] / 113g; 1 ply) Photographed in Navy
Tapestry needle
Stitch markers
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on

Gauge:
8 stitches and 13 rows = 1” in the bobble pattern.

Needles:
1-16 inch 2.75mm circular needle
5 – 2.75mm DPNs

Sizes:
18” circumference at brim, unstretched; 9 ½” from base of brim to top of crown.

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, knitting in the round, double brim, increasing, making bobbles, decreasing and finishing.

Ravelry Page


Rockin' Around

Monday, 24 December 2012

Custom Christmas Cards!

Back in July(!), Jim and I decided we would really like to make custom Christmas cards to send out to our friends and family. We love Tanya's work for her letterpress company, Snap+Tumble so we contacted her with our idea based on this holiday tune.What Tanya came up with is so beautiful, we couldn't wait to drop them in the mail.

Our little family of two cats and two humans wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday!

Christmas craft bug.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Good Night, Day Pattern
I've been bitten by the crafting bug. Tara-Lynn, extraordinary knitter/designer behind Good Night, Day, created a gorgeous booklet of her knitting patterns. In a weekend I completed the Simcoe Headband and started on a Meaford Cowl. What I appreciated most, as a knitter, was her helpful customization instructions with each pattern to make them to your own specifications!

Grainline whale ornaments
Next, I went absolutely crazy for Jen's Narwhal ornament pattern. I rushed out for the proper supplies and headed to the Workroom to use one of their machines (thank goodness for the Workroom!). My favorite part of making these whales had to be sewing on the sequins (though, now I know why sequined garments cost so much, it is a labour of love to sew each one on!).

Grainline Whale Pod

Jim's Sweater

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Jim's Sweater

Jim's new sweater lovingly handmade by me from the Charlie Sweater pattern. (Ravelry info here)

I'm so excited to attend this studio sale tonight! I plan on making a huge dent in my holiday shopping: Falconwright leather goods, Caitlyn's illustrations and cards, Good Night, Day knits and patterns, Fieldguided totes, scarves and calendars and Sojourn necklaces.

The biscuits that dreams are made of

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Biscuits

Whipped together these biscuits from Katie's recipe. I substituted left over thyme for the chives. This recipe is now a staple in my baking repertoire.

Biscuits

Good people.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland
Travel has done wonders for restoring my faith in humanity. Not that Toronto is an unfriendly place to live, but sometimes, with so many people crushed together we forget to stop and lend a hand, and protecting ourselves from unwanted attention, we rush on by. The other morning I watched a women in a crowded, rush-hour subway station ask three people ahead of me for directions, each one rushing past, until I stopped.
Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland
Jim and I have been lucky enough to travel quite a bit this year and so many times we've been blown away by the kindness of strangers who stop to help a bewildered and lost couple (us) find their way. In our travels to Islay, Scotland we met two very wonderful gentleman who personify the generosity of spirit on this beautiful island. In another post I mentioned how Jim and I are not the best of travelers - our planning is vague at best, and it has taken me some time to put into words the story of our trip to Islay.
Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland
We typed in our departure (Edinburgh) and arrival destinations (Port Ellen, Islay) into a travel planner and printed out our schedule and directions. The next morning we hopped onto the train that would take us from Edinburgh to our bus-stop in Glasgow (n.b. trip planners will always give you the fastest route, not necessarily the easiest route). Alas, the day went bad from there - we missed our bus, waited three hours for the next one, missed our boat, and waited three hours for the next one, again. We boarded the ferry thinking all our problems were solved, but alas, we had once again missed the bus at our final destination - the last bus of the day. Now you know just how great we are at traveling! Thankfully, this is when our travel angels came to the rescue. If you're ever in Port Askaig, Islay, please say hello to the man who owns the convenience store. He graciously let me charge more money than he had in his till, requiring a trip to the pub for more cash, on my credit card in order to take out cash - after discovering that our debit cards were useless in Islay. Then, when the only cab driver on the island was unavailable, he arranged transportation with a lorry driver for us. Which brings me to our lovely lorry driver, a man who had traveled to Toronto years before and found himself lost with a cab driver who, when they finally arrived at his destination, only charged him $20 for a two-hour ride.

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

We were lucky to have met such wonderful people that day, who took time out of their days to stop and lend a hand to weary travelers. I only hope we can repay the favor forward someday.

Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland

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