Our 9th annual MKAL is open, and it's a bit different to previous years - there are THREE patterns!

The three designs are all related, and there is a beret version, a beanie version and a slouchy version. There's an eBook/bundle option should you wish to buy all 3, or you can purchase the beret pattern by itself, or the beanie+slouchy version by itself.

And thanks to Ravelry's bundle promotion, if you buy one of the single versions then decide later that you'd like the other, simply add the 2nd pattern to your cart and it should automatically charge you the difference (please do ensure that purchase in the same currency for this to be effective - ££ here, $$ on Ravelry)

Instalment dates are the same as they are every year - 1st, 9th & 17th November - and any and all chat, questions, tips or tricks will be hosted in my Raverly group.

Go, go, go and see you on the forum!

CategoriesPatterns, Hats

The eBook has been available for a week or two, and I'm really chuffed to be able to offer the print editon much sooner than expected! The test print came back in much better shape than expected, with very little editing needed to bother my shoulder. As of this morning I've updated the last few bits and those waiting for the print editon can now go ahead and order! Do pop over to the book's page and follow the Magcloud link from there.


The book will also be available wholesale, and if possible I'll get the wholesale catalogue updated and a newsletter sent later this week. The Mystery Hat Knit-a-long is just around the corner - our 9th year! - and there's lots to share this week!

AuthorWoolly Wormhead

There are two Hats to mention today!


Allerton is a skater style slouchy Hat that features columns of slipped stitches against a garter stitch background. The pattern also includes notes on how to customise the columns for a truly unique Hat whilst still maintaining the Hat's structure. Although it may appear to be a classic square top finish it isn't; there is a gentle shaping to the crown which creates a unique drape.


The Hat is named for Chapel Allerton, where the Baa Ram Ewe shop is located. I feel in love with this skein of Manos del Uruguay Alegria when I was there teaching earlier on in the year, and was keen to take on the challenge and design something with it!


Hadleigh is possibly one of my favourites in this collection - it's proportion, the use of slipped stitches, it's sideways brim, that cheeky pixie point - lots of things to love about this one!

The yarn is a hand-dyed skein I purchased at the Swiss Wolle Festival, when I was teaching there last year. The dyer, Bilum, is a new to me dyer from Hungary and I really loved the way the shades were layered within the skein. It's a sports yarn that reminds me of Wollmeise with it's softness and twist.


The naming for this one is a little more abstract that some of the other designs. It reminded me of a bottle neck junction that we used to travel along all the time on the A13, on our way to Southend. The junction that takes you through Hadleigh, and that joins as you head out of the main high street, is visually very similar to the way that the slipped stitches travel up the Hat and converge at the point of the crown. Hadleigh is one of the lesser known towns along that stretch of the A13, and with an historic castle and lots more to explore than meets the eye. Hadleigh is in the borough of Castle Point, which seems so apt for this Hat!

That's all from me today, but do keep an eye out for updates to your Ravelry library as I release each pattern - I'm about a day or so behind in blogging about them all.

AuthorWoolly Wormhead
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I'm trying to write a blog post on my tablet for the first time; not with the Squarespace app as that's still buggy and tells me I don't have any active websites, but from within the tablet browser. It's not easy, there's not much room in the window display and it feels very clumsy, but it's worth a try.

So then, today I've published Chesser!


This is a fun little Hat that includes a bit of sideways as well as a bit of vetical knitting. It comes in seven sizes AND includes a thorough tutorial on how to custom fit the pattern for diffent gauges or yarn weights. Illustrated tutorials are included for the provisional cast-on and the grafting, and all in all it's a value packed pattern.

The pattern is written for Skein Queen Crush DK which comes in some amazing colourways!  And being a DK, you get all the brilliant hand-dyed loveliness that you'd get with a sock yarn, only it's a lot quicker to knit.

The pattern is named for the suburb of Edinburgh where the yarn festival is held, in the Corn Exchange, where I purchased the yarn. I knew straight away that I'd found the right yarn for the design I had in mind!

We're almost halfway through the patterns now, and the edits are all back from my editors and the book  is in really good shape. I'll take my time working on the last few bits and I expect to have everthing ready to go by the end of the coming week.

I hope you're enjoying the patterns so far? I'd like to show you more images of Chesser but it's proving tricky in this tiny window so you might want to follow the link to the webpage and see them all in the gallery there.

AuthorWoolly Wormhead