Still on a cable kick, I've started to work through some of the many design ideas that didn't make it into Twisted Woolly Toppers:

These are all samples for the same design. There are two shape options - beanie and flat/square top, and I've made 2 of the beanie option so that both Aran and Silvia can model it.

These are knit in Knitpicks Wool Of The Andes, although any nice woolly yarn of the same gauge will do. It's likely I'll submit the design to the Knitpicks IDP, although I'll save the full pattern for self publishing (Rosie - your comment on my last post was inline with my current thinking!) I'll either submit the one shape option to Knitpicks in the full range of sizes, or submit either kids OR adult sizes for both shape options and save the full range for my own line.

Consisting of a cable motif on a background of reverse stocking stitch, these Hats were enjoyable to knit and rather relaxing. The brim is of interest here - in the top photo you'll see that there is a ribbed section around the cables, as the cables grow directly out of the cast on edge.

To get the neat finish I was after, I cast on with a combination of Alternate Cable Cast-on and Cable Cast-on. The alternate cable cast-on gives a lovely stretchy ribbed edge and the cable cast-on gives a nice sturdy edge for the cables. Further more, they are of the few cast-ons that can be mixed and matched with reasonable success.

Which leads me on the next part of this post - I've added some new tutorials! As usual, they are in PDF format so you can download them - it might seem a bit antiquated to some to not use videos for tutorials, yet as someone who is without internet access frequently or at best is using a shared-by-many wireless network, I appreciate the value of something I can download to my own computer and use when I'm not online.

You may notice that I've tidied up the Knitting & Crochet Tutorials page - the number of tutorials is getting rather long and needs organising, so I've broken them down into 2 categories - Cast On, Cast Off and Other Knit & Crochet Techniques.

The first new tutorial is the Alternate Cable Cast-on and Cable Cast-on one. I haven't described how to combine them in this one, as I think that's worthy of a tutorial by itself and has been added to my ever growing to-do list. These are my two favourite cast-ons, and the alternate cable cast-on is a fast and efficient alternative to a tubular cast-on. They are related, and worthy of trying out if you're not already familiar with them.

Next, we have a Tubular Cast-on tutorial which was first published in Yarn Forward issue 22 alongside the Weekender Beret (I can republish the tutorials straight away, unlike the patterns where I need to wait 6 mths) This tubular cast-on method doesn't use waste yarn, and is my adaptation of the one mentioned in Monste Stanley's Handbook of Knitting.

And lastly, a tutorial for creating yarnovers between knit and purl stitches, and vice versa. Essentially, it's a tutorial explaining the difference between 'YF' and 'YB' and was first published alongside my Forestry pattern in Yarn Forward issue 23. Interestingly, this tutorial was criticised on the Ravelry forums for being 'too American' in a British magazine. Whilst I understand the frustration that many British knitters feel (just call me Ms. Metric!) there are many (newer) British knitters who aren't familiar with the British terms, especially when it comes to yarnovers, as they learnt knitting from the internet or from the many books on the market, most of which are American terminology based. The aim of this article was to explain the British terms in relation to the American ones, so that we don't lose them forever. I guess maybe this point was too subtle. I used to use YF and YB in all of my patterns until a few years ago when I changed them over to YO, purely because the emails asking what these terms meant, even if they were explained in the patterns, were getting too much. It wasn't an easy decision, but one that has saved me a lot of time and headaches. I don't want to see British terminology disappear, but I also need to acknowledge how far and wide my market is, and produce patterns accordingly. For me, the best way forward is a mix of both.

Anyhows, there are many more tutorials waiting for development. And a whole host of design ideas that want to be swatched!

Many of these will have to wait - my eyes are either very, very tired or I have the Iritis back again. If it is back, I have no idea how I'll get treatment here, so I'm going to try and take it easy for a while and see if they improve. Please keep your fingers crossed that they are just tired eyes and nothing more.

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