Gloria Tulip Hat available

The pattern for my Gloria Tulip Hat is now available.
It uses a Tulip Stitch lace pattern from the Creative Knitting stitch dictionary around the bottom, and the crown is in reverse stocking stitch.

I was very pleased to read that an Australian Aboriginal Artist, Gloria Petyarre, has had a scarf design selected and used by the acclaimed French company, Hermes.
Well done Gloria. I thought I’d name my hat pattern in her honour.

Gloria Tulip Hat
Knitting Pattern
Yarn suggested : Heirloom 8 ply cotton
Gauge : 22 stitches = 4 inches in Reverse Stocking Stitch
Needle size : 4 mm / US 6
Meterage : 100 mtrs / 109 yards

This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.00

A light weight, mid-season hat knitted in the round. The stitch pattern comes from volume three
of a 1980’s English knitting series called Creative Knitting. No details of the publisher are available in this edition. The stitch count will vary from round to round of the Tulip Stitch pattern, as extra stitches are added, then removed in subsequent rounds.

Hat Finished

I’ve finished my sample for the hat pattern, and I’m really pleased with it. The colour, which I wasn’t sure about, looks lovely knitted up. The stitch pattern looks good. The decreases for the crown seem OK to me.

I have a request for test knitters open on Ravelry’s Free Pattern Testers Group. I’ve had two takers so far, and am hoping for a few more. I’m really excited to see how people go knitting from my instructions, and to see other people’s version of the hat.

First Ever Hat Design Under Way

This strange looking creature is the beginning of a hat, which I’m having a go at designing.
I’m using some basic instructions from Debbie Abrahams’ “Design your own knits”.

This book is very good, but it will say something like “calculate the number of rounds you need to knit for the depth of the hat”, but doesn’t actually say how to calculate this.
Yes, if you know the distance and the guage, you can calculate it, but not if you don’t know the recommended distance.
This sort of thing happens again and again in this book. “Calculate the number of stitches for the width of the back neck and the shoulders”, but the body measurements for these distances are not mentioned. Is it from shoulder point to shoulder point? I’m battling on, but it does seem a bit like it’s written for those who already know how to do it.
I suppose it’s not “Design your own knits for dummies”.

I pored over the page on hat design over and over again looking for information about the recommended amount of negative ease. I gave up looking and guessed, and then when following the steps, one by one, there it was, in black and white, right in front of my eyes.
5cm (2 in). Sadly, this sort of thing seems to be a common occurrence for me lately.

I’m having a look at the Vogue Knitting “The Ultimate Knitting Book”, with a view to perhaps using it for vests, pullovers etc.
I do tend to skim over pages looking for key information, rather than methodically reading through each part. I must learn patience in this area.

Since taking this photo, I’ve actually finished knitting the hat, but haven’t yet taken another photo. I don’t know if I want it photographed on my ugly head though. I may have to recruit one of my daughters.

It uses the tulip stitch pattern for the bottom of the hat, and reverse stocking stitch for the top.

I’m really pleased with it, for a first attempt. I plotted out the curve of the decreases on graph paper, but it does seem a bit like a star at the top, though not when it’s on my head.

I can’t find standard measurements for crown of head to forehead or base of skull. Circumference is easy enough to find. All of this is fine when designing for oneself, but if designing for others, what are these measurements for baby, child, woman, man?
The list of questions is endless. Persistence is the key.

Knitting Pattern Available – Crocus Bag

Despite appearances to the contrary, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. Life’s normal trials and tribulations have continued. For now, at least, I have fought my way to the surface to bring my knitting pattern for the Crocus Bag out into the open.

Surprisingly enough, it’s knit in crocus stitch, with an Irish Moss Stitch base, band and strap. It’s a basic rectangular shape. Some woven fabric is required to line the bag.

The crocus pattern is from the knitting series “Creative Knitting”

Crocus Bag

Knitting Pattern
Yarn suggested : Heirloom 8 ply cotton (or any other DK/8 ply yarn)
Gauge : 23 stitches = 4 inches in Crocus Stitch
Needle size : 3.75 mm / US 5
Meterage : 360 mtrs / 394 yards

This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 3.50

A light and lacy bag for summer, knitted in the round with only the strap to sew on. The bag is knitted on smaller needles to create a firmer fabric. The stitch pattern comes from volume three of a 1980’s English knitting series called Creative Knitting. No details of the publisher are available in this edition. If you wish to top to draw in a little more, use a K1, P1 rib for the band. Some woven fabric is needed to line the bag.