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Black Diamonds Hat

Love to ski the winter away? This hat will show off your love of the hardest hills, while keeping you warm as you head to the chalet.

MATERIALS NEEDED * One set size 6 16" circular needles
* One set size 8 16" circular needles
* One set size 8 DPNs
* One skein Paton's Classic Wool color A (I used dark grey)
* One skein Paton's Classic Wool color B (I used black)
* Darning needle

GAUGE 20 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

SIZES Small (medium, large) — 8 (9, 10) inches long.


Purke Hat

In mid-June, amidst the excitement of the College World Series, I became captivated by the TCU Horned Frogs and their freshman pitcher. After watching them almost make it into the finals, I couldn't help but name this hat pattern - one I worked on in the stands during the game, even - after Purke. Knit with worsted weight yarn, this hat is available sized from small toddler up through adults. And with the simple cabling design to break up the stockinette, it's perfect knitting for road trips, charity, and last-minute gifts.

MATERIALS NEEDED size 8 16” circular needles
size 8 DPNs
Stitch Nation Alpaca Love yarn
Tapestry yarn

SIZES x-small (small, medium, large) = 15 (17, 19, 21) inches
this hat will fit from a young toddler through to an adult.

GAUGE 4.5 x 6 stitches per inch.


Red Velvet Hat

Red Velvet is a hat that can be worn by men or women throughout the year. The hat features cables that cover the hat from brim through the decreases, and looks good in wool or acrylics.

YARN  One skein I Love This Wool! solids (93% wool, 7% nylon; 219 yds / 200 meters per 100 grams)

NEEDLES  US 8 / 5.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 10 / 6.0 mm 16” circular needle
US 10 / 6.00 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS  Darning needle for weaving in ends
Stitch Marker
Cabling Needle

GAUGE  20 sts x 28 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES  one size fits most adults


Boys Town Beanie

After hearing the Boys Town football team head coach speak at a work function, I was inspired to knit a hat for each member of their high school varsity squad. Needing a simple pattern that would work well for a variety of teenage boys, and without the benefit of sizes on hand, I came up with a super stretchy hat that should fit just about anyone's head.

This is a one-size beanie — it fits my head about as well as it fits my husband's. Made this way on purpose, you can give it to a wide range of people and ensure it will fit.

MATERIALS NEEDEDOne size US 9 / 5.5 mm circular needle, 16"One set US 9 / 5.5 mm DPNsOne skein Red Heart Super Saver Solids {100% acrylic; 364yds/333m per 198g} for main color (MC)Five yards Red Heart Super Saver Solids {100% acrylic; 364yds/333m per 198g for contrasting color (CC)Darning needle
GAUGE 17 stitches = 4"

SIZES child (adult)

ABBREVIATIONS CC = contrasting color
CO = cast on
K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

Three Season Mitts

Today I proudly present to you the 2.0 version of my very first e-book – Three Season Mitts!

The book is available for download immediately for just $8 – a steal for six unique mitts patterns perfect for gifting this fall and holiday season!
Book Featuressix unique patterns for fingerless mittsall mitts are perfect for beginner knittersclear instructions and chartsall patterns are available for individual purchase and download!PURCHASE E-BOOK HERE

Vancouver Hat

Modeled after the hats the commentators wore during the 2008 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, this hat is the perfect basic for any wardrobe.

** NOTE: Hat is knit inside out to minimize purl stitching. Once hat is finished, turn inside-out for the same look as pattern picture.

YARN  100 – 130 yards Lion Brand Wool Ease (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 197 yards/180 meters per 85 grams)

NEEDLES  US 8 / 5.0 mm 16" circular needle
US 8 / 5.0 mm double pointed needles

NOTIONS  One stitch marker
Darning needle for weaving in ends

GAUGE  18 sts x 24 rows = 4" in stockinette

SIZES  baby (toddler, child, adult) = 14 (16, 18, 20)” circumference, un-stretched.



In celebration of reaching the halfway point for my One Hundred Hats challenge, I wrote up this quick hat pattern. Here in Omaha, we refer to our city as “The Big O” and our city symbol is a giant red letter O. It was a no-brainer for me to turn this symbol into a pattern that could represent our city with pride!

MATERIALS: One skein Patons Classic Wool in white
Remnant of Patons Classic Wool in contrasting color (I've used red)
One set size US 8 / 5.00 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
One set size US 8 / 5.00 mm bamboo DPNs
Darning needle
four stitch markers, one in a contrasting color

GAUGE: 20 sts x 26 rows = 4” in stockinette

CO = cast on
K = knit
K2Tog = knit two stitches together
MC = main color
P = purl
PM = place marker
SC = secondary color
SSK = slip, slip, knit
STS = stitches


DIRECTIONS Using size 8 needles and MC, CO 84 sts.
Work in 2x2 ribbing for 2”.

Knit in stockinette stitch for five rows.

Work chart in the round one time.


Helping Haiti Donations

Just wanted to pop in this morning to let you all know that I just sent $100 to the Doctors Without Borders emergency fund, thanks to all the amazing donations via hat pattern purchases! I know that some knitters have been able to send more, and some have sent less. But the combined efforts will hopefully help change the face of Haiti over the course of the next few years, and I'm proud to be part of it.

I'll continue to donate 100% of Helping Haiti hat pattern purchases, as well as 50% of all other pattern purchases through the end of the month, and then will make another donation. After that, because I love giving so much, I'll be announcing a new donation campaign, as well as sharing a few new patterns. Later today, I'll post up some new hat photos!

Rain Down

While watching football with my brother over Thanksgiving, we were laughing over the newest NFL skull caps that had been handed out. While some of the team colors looked horrid, at best they looked like the top color was “raining down” into the lower color. And with that, the Rain Down Hat was born!
MATERIALS:One skein Patons Classic Wool in redRemnant of Patons Classic Wool in greyOne set size US 6 / 4.00 mm bamboo 16” circular needlesOne set size US 7 / 4.50 mm bamboo 16” circular needlesOne set size US 7 / 4.50 mm bamboo DPNsDarning needle SIZES: Small, medium, large (8, 9, 10 inches from brim)


Helping Haiti Hat Pattern

With all the struggles in Haiti, it can seem overwhelming to find a way to connect, to give help. Being a knitter, my first thought is always to knit something, but Haiti is a tropical enough country that woolens aren’t needed. What is needed is a long list of medicines, food, water, and supplies for shelters.

But because I’m a knitter, I wanted to come up with a small way to encourage other knitters to give. We knitters are a tremendously generous bunch, so I knew it wouldn’t take much – enter the Helping Haiti Hat Pattern.

This pattern, perfect for anyone who is ready to knit on circulars and is willing to test out their cabling skills (read: even a beginner can tackle this hat without much trouble!), is available for free to anyone who has donated money to help out the relief efforts in Haiti.

NOTE: For several years, I have sold this hat to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. I am now offering it up for free.
MATERIALS NEEDED:One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm circsOne set size US …