Thursday, November 17, 2011

A sweet treat

I'm so pleased to introduce the Confection Hat, published in the Winter issue of Knitcircus. The idea for this hat came about as I was leaving work one day and saw a young woman walking ahead of me. She was wearing a spectacular slouchy hat. I must admit that I followed her for as long as I possibly could to capture every detail. Her hat featured an entirely different texture, but the shaping by gathering was what most intrigued me. I went straight home and found a drapey worsted weight yarn and put together a simple lace pattern with reverse stockinette tucks. I added graduated tiers of lace and tucks, topped with a fun pompom. Wear the gathers to the back or side. The pattern comes in a full size range from Baby to Adult Large. The hat can be finished in no time and makes a gorgeous accessory to give away or keep for yourself.

The hat uses 2 balls of Valley Yarns Northfield and #6 needles. A crochet hook was used to make the gathering cord, although you could replace it with i-cord or a purchased ribbon. The yarn has a nice drape and lovely stitch definition. The hat is meant to be loose-fitting with the gathers taking up some of the extra ease.

I had a lot of fun designing this hat. I went through a few different iterations on this one before arriving at the final product. I wanted to show a couple of pics of the original. The design is fairly different from the final version but this shows how I had envisioned the hat being worn as an alternative to the magazine pics--lower on the head in more of a slouchy cloche way. I'm especially fond of wearing the gathers in the back.

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As a celebration, I'm having a 30% off sale in my Ravelry pattern store. All patterns and e-books except for KP IDP patterns are on sale from today through Sunday, 11/20, no coupon code necessary. Now's a great time to stock up on patterns for gift-knitting.

I'm also giving away a copy of the Winter pattern collection and subscription to Knitcircus. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Be sure to leave an email address so that I'll have a way to contact you. I'll use the random number generator to pick the winners on Monday.

40 comments:

  1. Love the hat!  This issue was amazing...your hat included!  I like the way you wear it w/the gather in the back.  Oh and the stalking story that goes with it!  LOL!
    Of course, no need to enter me into the contest ;-)

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  2. What a fun hat! wordlily AT gmail DOT com

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  3. Wow, that is so cool! I've never seen a hat like that! It's so pretty!

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  4. I LOVE that hat!  It feminane and so PRETTY!

    tangledknits [at] gmail [dot] com

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  5. That hat is SO adorable! I may just have to make one for my sister's birthday. I think she'd love it.  Thanks for the chance to win. :-)  bookgeekgirl at gmail dot com

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  6. I like your idea of wearing it more like a scrunchy cloche.  :-)  I saw it last night when Knitcircus went live, and thought it was adorable.  One of my knitting group friends has a pattern in there, too so I was waiting for the release!  Thanks for offering the giveaway.  That's very generous of you.

    lschaible at comcast dot net

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  7. Awesome hat! I love making the slouchy hats. Will go take a look see in your Ravelry store, you have a great design here. :)

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  8. The hat is adorable!  I've bought a copy of this issue of KnitCircus and am looking forward to knitting a number of the patterns.

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  9. The hat is wonderful! I would love to make it for a friend who is undergoing chemo.

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  10. The Confection hat is awesome.  I've been looking around for a new hat pattern for this winter.  I think this is the one. 

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  11. It's completely adorable. I am seriously wondering about that original, where was it from, etc. But wow so glad you took notice. Fun giveaway.
    chilloften-shop@yahoo.com

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  12. I think I'm going to knit this hat for my SIL.  She'd love it!.  Awesome give-away.  Thank you so much!

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  13. I love this hat! Already in my queue! Thanks!

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  14. Absolutely stunning,  remindes me of my daughters time doing Nutcracker ballet.

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  15. I think I'm also fond of wearing the gather in the back. Very fun hat!

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  16. Danelle in Kansas11/17/2011 02:36:00 PM

    Knitting for chemo . . . adjustable is always welcome. 

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  17. Great hat!! And thanks for the great giveaway.

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  18. What a great hat....and thanks for such a great giveaway

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  19. that hat is spectacular sara!  don't enter me into the giveaway as i do not knit but i do wish i did!

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  20. Congratulations on the new pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. This hat is so cute! I think it would make an awesome gift! shimacrema @ aol

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  22. Woo!! It's a super adorable hat. Congratulations, Sara! You are becoming quite the accomplished designer!

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  23. What an adorable hat! Just today I told my hubby that now that I have everyone else's hats done, it's time to make mine but I don't know what I want it to look like! Now I do! Too cute! :)  s_franks4 at yahoo dot com

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  24. Found your designs on the Shawl Lover's group on Rav. Love looking at your stuff. Ditto for the contest =)

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  25. I like your earlier version MUCH better than the one in the photos above. I like the gathers in the back too.

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  26. I love the look of this hat.  While I was wondering whether I would wear one like this, I scrolled down and saw the pics of the original, and I love it even more than the pics in the magazine.  I would definitely like to knit this.

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  27. Love, love, love this hat!  Well done.  It's so unique, I've not seen anything like it.  And while I understand why Knitcircus photographed your hat in that manner, I much prefer the way you wear it.  Congratulations!

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  28. I knew your designer name sounded familiar. I tested Walden for you a couple years ago. My aunt really enjoyed receiving that shawl.  You've come up with another great pattern!

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  29. Beautiful hat pattern. I love knit circus! Congratulations on having your pattern highlighted! Thats fabulous! Thank-you for having
    he chance to win.caligirl_t@yahoo.com

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  30. that's a cute hat! I love it! congratulations!
    weirdjudd@gmail.com

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  31. Cute pattern! I'm going to look for the mag on the newsstand.    -tjustus at sprynet dot com

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  32. Thanks, Tracy! Actually the magazine is a web publication only. You'd purchase the pattern collection and they'd send it to you as a PDF. Just wanted to clarify. --Sara

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  33. Congrats on all the recent publications! Can't wait to see your Jellyfish scarf.

    I like the way you're wearing the Confection Hat way better than how they shot it in the magazine. The gathers down the back are really cute.

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  34. What a cute hat pattern!  Congratulations.  I agree with the others that it looks better how you're wearing it!  

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  35. Congrats on your pattern! I must admit that I like the way you wear it better than the way it's styled in the mag, but it does show some versatility, which in my opinion is a really great thing in a pattern.

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  36. Naehmaschinenmaedchen11/18/2011 04:27:00 PM

    You really got me with this pattern. So, please, pick me!

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  37. I'm glad you persevered! It's a super cute hat!

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  38. Love the pattern! I'd love a copy of Knitircus!

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  39. Cute pattern!

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