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We were watching AMC’s Turn a while ago, and commenting about how cool-yet-utilitarian main character Abe Woodull’s clearly hand-knit slouchy toque was. I searched online for patterns, found an interesting blog post and a discussion about spelling, but no patterns that looked exactly right.
Abe’s hat looked like it might be a bit itchy, but I thought it would be okay to be slightly less authentic in that regard, and got some super-cozy Woolfolk SNO to make this hat. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!
It’s equally fashionable on men and women!
When I first unwrapped the package of LUFT that arrived by post last summer, I swooned. Literally.
And every stitch I made when working on this new design was a pleasure.
They named this oversized pullover ILT, which means “oxygen” in Danish. All the project details are here.
How excited am I to be back in Knitty?
I’m very happy to present Sophistical. This is a great loose-fitting layering piece that’s mostly super-simple and quick to knit. The front and back are worked flat and seamed at the shoulders and sides. Drop sleeves are picked up and worked in the round until they’re exactly as long as you want. Simple 1×1 ribbing finishes the neckline.
However, there are a few slightly tricky parts that really add a lot of style: a tubular cast-on and bind-off start and finish your ribbing beautifully, three organic-looking welts on the front skew the hemline in an interesting way, a box pleat on the back adds a bit of swing, and short-row shaping provides a better fit at the shoulders.
The instructions include modifications for simplifying the pattern if you think you might not be up to the challenge (but don’t be afraid to give it a shot–what’s the worst that could happen? You can just unravel and try again . . .)
Spring is a great time to learn to knit! You can practice on a scarf or two, maybe make some mitts or a hat, and by the time the cooler weather rolls around again, you’ll be ready to make your first sweater! Seriously, my second project ever was a sweater. I learned to knit because I love sweaters, and didn’t want to spend any more time on flat things. It wasn’t the greatest sweater, but I wore it proudly.
Try these next: Learn to knit in the round on double pointed needles (it’s not that hard!) and create cables (also not that hard!) while making these popular fingerless mitts. There’s also a guy-friendly version). Maybe you want warmer hands? How about some mittens? Or a simple baby hat worked in the round (it makes a great gift)! Do you know a Life Aquatic fan who needs a basic ribbed hat?
Ready for a challenge? How about a sweater? This one only takes a few hours. Mr. Darcy is very straightforward (exactly what you need in a Regency-era hero). Or try this drawstring-waisted skirt for a versatile addition to your wardrobe.