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Big Hat Updates

Sometimes it takes me a while to check things off my piles of to-do lists, but I do get to them eventually.

I will cut to the chase.

When I first published the designs for my two favorite hats, Samoa and the Best Hat Ever, two years ago, I referred to the braids as “horizontal chains” or some such nonsense because that’s what they looked like to me. I remember searching and SEARCHING YouTube for “how to knit a horizontal chain” and coming up with zilch. It struck me as odd, but I was sleep deprived at the time and soldiered on.Fast forward… An ENTIRE YEAR AGO, I stumbled upon something in the knitting blog-o-verse that made me realize my “horizontal chains” were referred to as Estonian braids or lateral braids by normal people (AKA everyone but me). As soon as I saw this, it made perfect sense and I had one of those Oprah A-Ha Moments.

Of course there are TONS of You Tube video tutorials for Estonian Braids and lateral braids.

Only me.

At the time, I made a note to update my two beloved hat patterns with the terminology and improved technique. This was a year ago, mind you. The task has been on my list ever since. Anyway, here I am an entire year later (and two years after first publishing these designs), and I am STILL sleep deprived. (Surprise. Surprise.)


I can now proudly say that I have indeed made video tutorials of my own (predictably quirky…what can I say, video production is NOT my greatest talent in life) and updated the Ravelry information for each pattern. I also made a video tutorial demonstrating the I-Cord Cast-on for my Samoa hat pattern.

If you have already purchased one of these super fabulous hat designs, you should have received a little note via Ravelry with a link to the updated pattern. (If not, let me know.)

The videos are linked right into the Ravelry summaries for each pattern (Samoa is here and Best Hat Ever is here.) I know designers more typically provide links to video tutorials AFTER people buy their patterns, but I would rather knitters have the opportunity see up-front what they are in for before deciding to invest their hard-earned cash. There’s nothing worse than buying something only to realize after it’s too late that the required techniques are beyond your comfort zone.

Knitting is supposed to be fun!

If you missed these hats when they were first released, now’s your chance! These are knit up in DK weight yarn, which goes reasonably quick. You still have JUST enough time to work a couple up for stocking stuffers!

P.S. In the event you adore my ridiculously dorky YouTube tutorials, you can subscribe to my You Tube channel here. I doubt I will be winning an Oscar anytime soon, but I am having fun nonetheless! 

P.P.S. Subscribers, check your email inboxes for a special two-for-one deal on these patterns! 

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Wrap It Up – Olympic Style

Let me just say this: next time, remind me that it is not a good idea to knit lace (a wee baby hat, no less) and watch synchronized swimming at the same time. Stitch markers be damned. There is presently yarn absolutely everywhere and I think I will still be tinking for an hour, at the least.

In typical-for-me competition fashion, I didn’t exactly excel at my Olympic knitting, but I did knit (albeit in a slightly spastic fashion). I’ve been all over the place with my knitting these past couple of weeks. Lots of little projects that didn’t exactly add up to much. Don’t get me wrong. I’m pleased with my effort. I’ve been making progress on a lot of fronts that have been languishing. In hindsight, I probably would have been better enjoyed my Olympic knitting experience had I dedicated the slot to a giant garter stitch shawl.


Knitting wee baby hats over at This Knitted Life. Too cute!

I did, however, finish a hat that had been in my head for quite some time. So there’s that. It’s worked up in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (Sugar Plum colorway) and is extraordinarily squishy and soft. I’m hate to gloat, but I’m quite pleased.

A warm winter hat in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (Sugar Plum).

The stitch has a lot of dimensionality, so I won’t be blocking this baby.

A warm winter hat in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted (Sugar Plum colorway)

The Olympics wrap up tonight with the closing ceremonies. If you are joining in the Olympic Knitathon, please be sure to add your final stats to the Ravelry thread here. I’m giving everyone up Tuesday at midnight PST to hop on Ravelry and add projects.

Remember to tag projects with TLKlight* (lace, fingering, sport) and TLKheavy (DK, Worsted, Bulky) so I can sort everyone out by yarn weight. Projects do not have to be finished to count. Just estimate the amount of yarn you used during the Olympics. Winners will receive some awesome yarn, so please, don’t miss out.

If you happen to be new to tagging on Ravelry, there was a timely thread recently (July 28, 2016) that summarized how to tag projects. Just hit the main Ravelry page and scroll down a bit. You’ll see it.  I have a bit of it clipped below.



With that dear knitters, I’m off to finish my tinking. Or at least I can only hope.

*Yes I made a typo in my own acronyms… but since they’re in the original post, I’m just going to stick with it. Use TLK (instead of TKL).  xoxo