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.

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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.

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Mobberley is the next release from the Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids collection!

 
 

There's something rather special about chevrons in garter stitch paired with sideways knitting, and this time I wanted to take it a bit further with a double chevron - and it's pretty effective!

 
 

Mobberley is named for the yarn, Mobberley Aran, which is named for where the dyer Yarns from the Plain hails from. Although I try to not give a pattern the same name as the yarn, it seemed the most appropriate and fitting! There's something rather charming and characterful about the name, which fits Aran's posing and attitude just so.

 
 

The pattern is sideways knit garter (and all you need to know is included) and the increases and decreases are pretty straightforward. It's a simple and memorable knit that is incredibly striking, don't you think? It wouldn't work at all in a solid colour yarn - it needs that bright variegation!

 
 

The yarn is a wonderfully woolly and sturdy (but still soft!) British yarn, and that structure works so well with the pattern. It says solid and warm and playful all at the same time.

The Mobberley pattern comes in 4 sizes, and of course being sideways knit, there's always the option of adjusting row gauge and trying it on as you go. Gotta love a sideways knit Hat :)

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Kilbride is the first of the new patterns in Painted Woolly Toppers for Kids that I'd like to introduce you to.

 

Kilbride is named for the yarn; the pattern uses Old Maiden Aunt Merino 4ply, and OMA are based in West Kilbride, Scotland. One thing about this collection is that all the designs have a sense of place, relating to the yarn in some way.

The yarn is lovely to work with; very fine, and on the slimmer end of sock yarn. Smooth and soft, and it stood well up to frogging as I needed to work the crown a couple of times!

 
 

Ivy Mae was such a *star* to work with! We had a lot of fun with the photoshoot, and the deal clincher was the low stage on which the kids could stand and perform and do their thing - it made them both play up for the camera.

 
 

As with all the other patterns in this book, they're not just for kids - adult sizes are included, too. Kilbride has 5 sizes, covering 14in to 23in sizes heads. You'll start from the bottom up and work towards the crown - nothing unusual or complex about the construction, and besides keeping track of the shaping in the crown, it's a very straightforward knit.

 
 

The garter lace pattern is incredibly structural and is you don't block the Hat too much, just enough, you'll find that it wears like a crown, with the lace points holding their shape. The stitch pattern intrigues me, and I'd like to try something sideways with. It suits the yarn perfectly, and will work with something a little more variegated too, but not too much.

 

At first glance this may look like a regular crown decrease spiral, but when you look more closely, you can see there are two spirals at play here, both curving at different ratios. I really enjoyed this, and it opens up different possibilities maths-wise, and it's something else I'd like to play with more... in a different pattern, it could be quite pronounced, whereas here I like it's subtlety.

Over the next week or so I'll be introducing each pattern from the book, and you can now pre-order the book for an early bird discount, too!

Thanks to the bundle promotion feature on Ravelry, when you buy the eBook you also get all the single patterns, too. OR: if you don't buy the eBook but buy the singles, once you've spent the value of the eBook, you get the lot. Which means if you've already made a past purchase (such as Gorton, which has been included in this collection) then what you paid for that will be discounted from the full price. Clever, huh?

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