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Hihiko Hat Pattern Release

The Hihiko Hat is another one-skein wonder I knit up using Quince & Co's Chickadee yarn. The sister pattern to the Huatau Hat, this slouchie also features intricate lace that forms into a star at the crown.  Hihiko is Māori for "swiftness", which this pattern is indeed. You can knit up this hat in two days, even in just one! (The word bears great resemblance to Japanese, so I looked up what it means in, and it is an actual word in Japanese too! It means great-grandchild. Huh!).

My wonderful tester, Chelsea from KnitFitch, also knit up her Hihiko hat test in Chickadee, using the Frost color way. You can view her project page here.

You can purchase the pattern below, on Ravelry or on LoveKnitting for $2.49. It is also going on sale this weekend at 10% off, with the code HIHIKO10.

 
 

Double Pattern Giveaway!

I'll be releasing two new patterns this upcoming Friday morning/Thursday evening: the Whakamarie top and the Huatau Cardigan! And this week's giveaway will give you a chance to win both patterns! I'll be announcing the three winners upon the pattern release. Here is how you can enter:

1. On the Blog

Leave a comment on this post with your Ravelry ID!

2. On Facebook

  • You must be a fan of my page.
  • Find the giveaway post, like it, and leave a comment (with your Rav ID).

3. On Instagram

  • You must be following me.
  • Find the giveaway post, like it, and tag some friends! (No need to leave your Rav ID, the tagging system works well on there).

And that's all! Both patterns will go live on Ravelry, LoveKnitting and on this website for $5.99 each. But don't worry, there will be a release sale for the weekend as I always do!

Pattern Release: Arius Shawl

It's out! It's out! The Arius Shawl is now live on Ravelry! I want to give a huge thanks to my test knitters for their invaluable feedback and lovely FOs. The Arius Shawl pattern is currently available in English and Dutch (with Spanish and French translations coming soon!).

About the Pattern

The Arius Shawl is the sister pattern to the Caprius Shawl. This shawl is knit bottom-up, using double decreases and single increases to shape the shawl into its asymmetrical shape, that slants to the left. While the cast-on and first couple of sections require a large amount of stitches, the knitting goes faster and faster the more you knit. The shawl features an eyelet section paired up with a pop of color in the form of miniature bobbles on a stockinette background. Use a neutral color for the background and a bright, bubbly, vivid, fun color for the bobble strands! Get creative!

Yarns Used

  • Background color: 3 skeins of Woolfolk TYND, colorway 6
  • Contrast Color: 1 skein of Shibui Staccato Raspberry

Yardage

  • 600 yards of BC
  • 70 yards of CC

Needle: Size 5 (3.75mm). A needle with a sharp/pointed end is highly recommended in order to work the bobbles. If you have trouble working the bobbles, use a needle size smaller than what is used. 

Gauge: 24 sts = 4”, (gauge is not crucial to this project; however, differing gauges will require different amounts of yarn)

Once again I used Woolfolk yarn for this project, as I had also used their fingering weight base for the Caprius Shawl. I love Woolfolk's yarn for the softness and the drape of the fabric after it is blocked. For working the bobble section, since you do not need a lot of yarn for those rows, you can easily use scrap yarns that you have lying around in your stash! Some of my test knitters knit each bobble section in different colors - you can also use variegated, heathered, self-striping yarns for an extra touch of flair, but the final decision of what yarns you want to incorporate into your project is up to you! 

You can easily substitute the yarn for any other wool or merino wool or blend. Cotton works as well, so that you can have an elegant shawl for the summer.


You can get the Arius Shawl 15% off this weekend only by using the coupon code ARIUS15 upon checkout. (P.S. Subscribers to my newsletter get even bigger discounts on patterns!). Click here to head over the to pattern page and get it for yourself! (Favs and adding to queues are also very much appreciated!)

Stay tuned to see some of the test knitters' FOs!

Seashells Shawl

I honestly want to call this "Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore Shawlette", but I think that name was too long.

This is a crescent shawl knitted bottom up. This pattern was created out of frustration when my original idea of knitting a crescent version of the Lovely Leaves shawl didn't work out (because that shawl is knitted from the top down, and knitting lace patterns upside down produce vastly different results. I've read that there is a way to reverse some lace patterns but I haven't found out yet). I didn't want to waste my yarn despite having used it over and over again so after a swatch of testing out this new pattern, I gave it a go. I used a garter stitch pattern for the main body after the shell lace border which I've never really used in my knitting. I was quite pleased with the result! I still need to do more reading and research (and experimentation) into what goes into designing shawls, but I think I'm a good way there. I'll be writing up this pattern soon to post onto Raverly.

Images @ Athena Danoy

I've got a few people interested in me knitting this particular shawlette for them which I am happy to do so. If you are really serious about it, email me and we can start talking about time frame and pricing. I am moving to Japan in a few weeks time (hopefully), so any extra form of income would help me out greatly!