Tettegouche

Rocky Shore

Minnesota’s north shore holds a special place in my heart, with the restorative expanse of Lake Superior, the subtle and varied colors of the inland boreal forests, and the lichen covered rocky shores. It’s one of my absolute favorite places to visit, and is always a source of inspiration.

When Kate invited me to contribute to the collection in her new book Milarrochy Heids, I was both deeply honored and very excited. I named my new hat pattern after the beautiful Tettegouche State Park, which lies along a rugged, rocky stretch of Lake Superior, complete with inland forests and waterfalls.

Tettegouche Tam

Milarrochy Tweed is amazing to work with, with a color range that allows for so many great combinations. Because I so enjoyed designing Tettegouche, I couldn’t stop at just the hat, and decided to work on a matching pair of mittens.

Tettegouche Mittens

I look forward to wearing my new designs when I am next hiking in Tettegouche State Park!

 

My Favorite Man Hats

One of the many perks of being married to a designer is having my collection of accessories expand with unique, handmade items. Since I keep my hair short (as in, pretty much no hair), I do find myself wearing hats quite a lot. And, once the cold weather sets in, I find it essential to have something covering my head.

But, I’m a bit particular with the kind of hat I like to wear, and I bet you or someone you know is also particular with what they put on their head. Virginia has published several hat designs for men that are not only easy knits, but also look great. Here are a few of my favorites—my go-to’s when I’m about to head out the door.

Stormcrow

Stormcrow Hat

Knit using three colors of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, this beanie has a simple, but cool colorwork section. Pattern can be found here.

Bombadillo

Another simple colorwork hat, this one uses four colors of the hardy and readily available Cascade 220 yarn (a good way to use up some of the bits and bobs in your stash). Pattern can be found here.

Bombadillo Hat

Hatshine

I’m definitely a beanie person, but this hat has instructions for either a beanie or a slouch, as well as charts for a simpler two-color version or a great seven-color version. Pattern can be found here.

Hatshine

Girder

Sometimes I need a little more texture in my life, and this hat fits the bill. Again, this has two size options: a watch cap (my favorite) and a slouch. Cascade 220 is used on these, as well, and the watch cap is a nice dense fabric that really holds in the heat. Pattern can be found here.

Girder Hat

Girder Hat

Marionberry Mittens

Marionberry Mittens

This pattern is suitable for the knitter with experience knitting mittens, reading a chart and stranded colorwork. I used one skein each of Tukuwool Fingering in colors: Auri, Syli and Haave.

Finished mitten is 8 inches in circumference and 11 inches from edge to tip. Ribbing accounts for 2.75 inches of length.

Marionberry Mittens

Pattern (and more information) can be found here.

New Year – New Socks

New Years Penguin

Happy New Years, my friends and readers! These last few months have been a bit on the busy side, and the hustle and bustle of the holidays is settling down a bit. I wanted to use this post to catch you up on some great sock patterns that Virginia published that didn’t make it to the blog… not for lack of wanting to try.

Shortbread Socks

Shortbread Socks

These cozy, sport weight socks are a quick knit, and a classic addition to any wardrobe. Pattern is available here.

Devi Socks

Devi Socks

If you’re a fan of SweetGeorgia Yarns, this sock pattern uses their Tough Love sock yarn. Pattern available here.

Essential Socks

Essential Socks

The Essential Sock is a basic, go-to pattern for top-down, heel flap socks. Pattern is written for fingering weight yarn. Socks are shown in a variety of Cascade Heritage colors. Color names and numbers are provided in the pattern. This is a great way to use up leftovers, or if you’d like an excuse to buy an armful of your favorite Cascade Heritage colors, this is it! Of course this pattern can also be made with your favorite self patterning yarn, or just a solid color, if that’s your jam. Pattern available here.

Oakdale Poncho and Stormcrow Hat

With winter right around the corner, we took advantage of a nice autumn walk in one of our favorite parks to showcase two new patterns. The first is Oakdale Poncho, an easy-to-knit piece that is perfect for wearing on those in-between days, indoors or out.

Oakdale Poncho

Knit with Malabrigo’s Dos Tierras yarn, a blend of wool and alpaca, gives the fabric a lovely drape.

Oakdale Poncho

The second pattern is a smart hat that is also a quick and easy knit, making it a perfect project for gift giving (especially for some of those hard-to-buy-for men).

Stormcrow Hat

Stormcrow is knit with Blue Sky Fiber’s Woolstok, a 100% wool yarn that comes in a variety of easy-to-combine colors.

Stormcrow Hat