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!
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!
One Short Week, One Beautiful Hat, One Fabulous Prize
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.
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.
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.
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest spans over 2.63 million acres, much of which is a part of the Greater Yellowstone Eco System in Idaho and Wyoming. A small part of this forest, the Jedediah Smith Wilderness is less than five miles from my home in Alta, Wyoming. All summer, the wilderness area rewards our months of snow and cold with a stunning abundance of mountain wildflowers.
This fair isle, fashioned in a tube then grafted together to form a circle, is made for winter. I really enjoyed working with Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca. The luxurious warmth and silky softness of this fiber is heaven to knit! It’s perfect to wear on those cold days when you’re dreaming of summer and mountain wildflowers.
If you’re feeling a little intimidated by grafting the tube using kitchener in the round, here’s a great video to get you through it and weave in the ends as well!