Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Star Wars Spin Master BB-8 and Barbie Smart Dream House, it’s time to move over and make room for the #1 hot gift of the season…The Messy Bun Hat!  Also known as the ponytail hat, this topless hat pattern is the most requested style of knitted gifts for the season.

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat

Knit in The Buffalo Wool Company’s Earth Aran (90% bison down, 10% nylon), this cabled, topless hat is a perfect choice for active winter sports lovers.

Downhill, telemark, backcountry, crosscountry and skate skiing are some of the different types of skiing we enjoy in snowy Alta, Wyoming.  And even when it’s 20 degrees fahrenheit (-6.6 C), when the sun is shining it’s hot outside!

It's 18 degrees F outside, too hot for a hat!
It’s 18 degrees F outside, too hot for a hat!

The Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat is perfect for keeping your ears cozy and snug while allowing your ponytail (or messy bun) plenty of freedom.  And if the sun isn’t shining (brrrrr!) you can pull this hat over your head and wear it as a neck gaiter.  Perfect!

Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat worn as a neck gaiter
Yellowstone Skate Ski Hat worn as a neck gaiter

Hope you enjoy knitting this pattern, revised with new charts.   You can find my original page featuring the hat here and  can download it here on Ravelry.

Barchan Earflap Hat

Download the pattern from Ravelry FREE for 24 hours!

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The Barchan Earflap Hat is named after the horseshoe-shaped snowdrifts called barchans.  Worked from the top down with a provisional cast-on, this ribbed hat has a seamless construction with no short rows or stitches to pick up.  The slouchy version of the hat is shown, but the pattern can be easily adapted for a beanie style, with or without earflaps.

I’m in love with the Lana Grossa Fur Pom Pom from The Trendsetter Yarn Group.  It attaches easily with a snap which you stitch onto the hat.  It’s just so soft and fuzzy and gorgeous!

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I used the beautiful worsted wool I bought in Dresden, Germany a few years ago at The Green Wheel.  I love having yarn as a souvenir.  It was so much fun to relive a little bit of that amazing trip!

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Darling German cherub
Darling German cherub

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Grand Teton December Hat KAL

WayfaringYarns Grand Teton December KAL begins on Monday, December 5th!

This pattern is Free until December 12th.  Download the pattern from Ravelry.

One Short Week, One Beautiful Hat, One Fabulous Prize

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The hat is made with two strands of bulky yarn held together to create luxurious cables, so bulky you only use your cable needle for three rounds.  To make this hat even more grand add a big fluffy pompom or attach a fur pompom for a trendy fashion statement.

For the sample, I used two strands of Rowan Cocoon Yarn held together, the same color for the brim and two different colors for a marled effect in the body of the hat.

Head over to my Facebook Group, WayfaringYarns Designs to join in the KAL and be eligible for the prize!

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The fabulous prize for this super quick knit along is a genuine fur pompom from Trendsetter Yarns.  I love the way the inner down of this particular pompom is dyed a soft lavender.

Can’t wait for the fun to begin!

Piedras Blancas Cowl

Download Piedras Blancas Cowl on Ravelry.

50% off all WayfaringYarns Designs on Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!)

This summer I had the pleasure of traveling with my two oldest children to Cambria, a quaint little town on California’s central coast.

Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, California
Ball & Skein & More, Cambria, California

After a fabulous lunch, I just had to stop at the yarn store in town.

Beautiful yarn!
Beautiful yarn!

Ball & Skein & More carries items from over 90 different vendors, so it took me…we’ll just say more than a few minutes to decide on my purchase.

Piedras Blancas Cowl in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box
Piedras Blancas Cowl in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box

Two gorgeous skeins of Mrs. Crosby Hat Box was the winner!

I couldn’t wait to get home and get busy with this beautiful, luxury yarn.  75% Merino, 15% silk and 10% cashmere = pure heaven!

I named this cowl after Piedras Blancas Beach, a lovely state beach just north of Cambria.  The textured lace pattern is reminiscent of the white stone beach and gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean.

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The long version of the cowl is shown on the model, but the pattern also includes a shorter version which only uses 400 yards of sport weight yarn.

Happy Knitting!

Vixen Sweater

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Download the Vixen Sweater from Ravelry.  It’s FREE for 24 hours!

Last month I was lucky enough to attend the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) for the very first time.  I saw lots of lovely knitters in gorgeous sweaters.

At the Buffalo Wool Company booth
At the Buffalo Wool Company booth
Gorgeous shawls
Beautiful shawls
I love these sweaters
I love these sweaters
Fabulous cable details
Fabulous cable details

And the weather was perfect!

I’m happy to announce the release of my first sweater pattern this season, the Vixen Sweater.

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This mock turtleneck is named after the Vixen Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. The geyser is named because of it’s temperamental, feisty nature, like a fox!

In the Vixen Sweater pattern, Rowan Felted Tweed DK is paired with Rowan Kidsilk Haze which adds a touch of cozy glamour to the sporty stripes of this simple, relaxed, top town raglan sweater.

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Because there’s no waist shaping, it’s easy to adjust this pattern to your own preferences.  Lengthen or shorten the neck, add or subtract length by using more or less stripes.

You’ll want to make sure you end with a stretch bind-off for the hem.  Here’s a video tutorial for the Russian bind-off.

 

Grand MacAlpine Stole

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Download the pattern from Ravelry.

My preoccupation with Scotland and all things Scottish continues with my new pattern, Grand MacAlpine Stole.  I am a proud descendant of the Clan MacAlpine and used the clan tartan as an inspiration for the design.  Worked with two strands of Rowan Yarns Kidsilk Haze held together, this project is great for someone who’s looking to learn or improve their intarsia skills.

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I also did a little digging and found out some cool history on the MacAlpines.

There is an old Gaelic saying: Cnuic `is uillt `is Ailpeinich which translates to  Hills and streams and MacAlpine.  In other words, the MacAlpines were created alongside the hills and streams of Scotland.

Tradition claims MacAlpine as the oldest and most purely Celtic of the Highland Clans.  You can read more about the Clan MacAlpine here.

Pattern Helps:

Need help with intarsia?  Here’s a great tutorial for beginners and those who need a little refresher. https://blog.tincanknits.com/2013/01/29/intarsia/

Here’s a link for single crochet instructions http://www.crochetguru.com/single-crochet-stitch.html

And last but not least, instructions for the Russian stretchy bind-off http://newstitchaday.com/russian-bind-off-knitting/

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I think it’s time for me to go to Scotland!

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