Saturday, April 25, 2009

Of Bobbles and Butterflies

As some of you may know, I've posted a bunch of my patterns on Ravelry. One pattern, the Butterfly Garden Hat, has elicited a few requests for better pictures of the actual "butterflies". Well, I would have been more than happy to oblige, if I was able.

The original hat, however, was sold to a woman from Alaska. It was on display in the yarn store I used to work in and she wanted it... badly! Eventually, I gave in and sold her the hat. Because of that, though, I was unable to take any more pictures of the hat; and it was the only hat I'd made in this design.

That is now being remedied. A couple of months ago, I ordered some of the original yarn I'd used, Fleece Artist Blue-Faced Leicester DK. It came last week and the hat is now on the needles. This isn't the same colour as the original hat, but that's not a big deal. The black yarn is Pingouin 3.5 (50-50 wool and acrylic), and I'm using 4.0 mm needles. 

Bobbles, slip stitch ribbing, butterflies and beads - this is the perfect hat for someone who loves something different. It's colourful, it's different, it's just plain FUN! I know, there are no butterflies and beads yet; that's the next section. I'll take more pictures when the hat is complete. As well, I'll try to put together a tutorial about the butterfly stitch. It's simple, really; it's a slip stitch pattern that just looks so pretty, especially in a variegated yarn like this one. 

The pattern is available as a free Ravelry download; if you're not on Ravelry and would like the pattern, email me and I'd be more than happy to send you the pdf. (If you're a knitter and you're not on Ravelry, why not???)

Don't forget about the contest on the podcast. Tell your friends, tell other knitters, spread the word. Listen to the podcast, leave a comment, win lace yarn. What could be easier? The deadline for entries is Friday, May 1/09; the winners  name will be chosen on Saturday and announced in the next podcast (the address is in my sidebar).


  1. That is one beautiful hat.

  2. I wanted to let you know that I listened to your podcast episodes over the weekend, and I love it! Thank you so much for taking the time to do them.
    Lace larn sounds wonderful, but daunting. In your last episode you wanted to know what scares, or intimidates people as far as knitting. I have to say that everything intimidates me right now, being a brand new knitter. If I only picked just one I would be lying. LOL My hope is to get good enough to make socks.