Tuesday, 31 March 2015

creature comforts

i have a new pattern out, and this time it's a freebie! meet the newest pattern from my when nature fought back collection. you can download creature comforts now from my rav store

thanks to my very adorable and photogenic friend ashtyn for modelling for me!

creature comforts is a very new pattern that came about quickly. my auntie, who inspired and modelled prairie fire, has some pretty major health issues, so when she asked about getting a hat that could keep her head from getting chilled inside the house, i wanted to get one to her as quickly as i could. we tried a sample i already had in my cabinet, but it wasn't quite right, so i got a skein of malabrigo arroyo in black from wolseley wool and set to knitting. i opted for a garter stitch brim, because it's comfier and a looser-feeling fit to ribbing, and then went with a stockinette body that didn't have too much extra slouch. i knit it up over a couple of evenings and it turned out to be exactly what she was looking for. of course, then i had to knit one up for myself. i had some more arroyo in my stash in glitter, and knit another one up and popped on a burr oak button from salvaged earth designs (which you can now find over at ram wools as well as directly from carson). the sportweight is perfect for multi-seasonal wear, and the blank slate means you can do all sorts of embellishments (or not!).

i'm super happy with how creature comforts has turned out. it's great for stash-busting (which i'm trying to do more of), and uses only about 135 yards of wool, meaning it's a great one for those random 50g skeins of lusciousness (like quince & co. chickadee). it uses 3.5mm/us 4 dpns or circulars (if you prefer magic loop). i love that it's such a quick knit. i got into a groove the evening i was knitting my own hat and stayed up until 1am to finish it and sew on the button. convenient timing, since the following day it was snowing again but hovering around zero degrees. yet another addition to my handmade wardrobe this year!

i'm making this one a free pattern, but i encourage you to take the money you would have spent on the pattern, or whatever amount you are able to spare, and donate it to your local cancer care centre, or whatever research centre is relevant for your own comfort hat. 

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