As the temperature climbs over 100 degrees here in the midst of California summer, my mind wanders, longing for the cool of winter.
A few years ago, I was sitting in a cabin in Lake Tahoe with a ball of white yarn and nothing to do. I gazed out the window at the snowdrifts and curving slopes of the ski resorts across the lake and began to think up a new design for this bundle of alpaca fiber in my lap. How nice it would be to sit in the cool of that winter cabin right now.
Instead, I found the notes that I used to create that original hat and cowl pattern from 2013 and revamped it to make it easy to read, and after spending the entirety of this holiday weekend knitting and designing, I now have the Alpine Cabled Hat and Cowl patterns available in my shops for download.
I absolutely cannot wait to wear this duo this winter. I also hope to very soon create a miniature version pattern for little kiddos, especially my little girl who is due to be born this Halloween. So, keep tuned for the little version! Should also be up by the end of this week!
Alpine Cabled Hat and Cowl Patterns available on my Etsy and Ravelry!
Alpine Cabled Hat – Ravelry
Alpine Cabled Hat – Etsy
Alpine Cabled Cowl – Ravelry
Alpine Cabled Cowl – Etsy
I find myself knitting away whilst watching yet another episode of Project Runway; glancing up from my work every now and then to peek at the designs that they are struggling with in the current challenge. “Oh gosh, not sure what Ashley was going for with that awful purple peplum… yikes.”
I have learned from this show that “one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out”, but there are a few designs that end up being able to stand the test of time.
I’m not sure that the hair turban from the 60’s will ever totally come back in style, that is, unless another fashion icon like Elizabeth Taylor decides to give it a go and create a following, but I do know that there was an element of sophistication that captured the attention of the media with that outlandish look, and that knot-in-the-front design has been carried over to other headwear designs ever since.
And so, here I am, with my own version of that mod turban. Twisted in the front, with simple stitching throughout. A (hopefully) timeless revision of the vintage fashion statement.
I used Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn in light gray for the headband pictured, and I absolutely love how it turned out. If it wasn’t for the 107 degree heat wave outside, I would be wearing this every day already.
Vintage Threads Turban Headband – pattern is available for instant download on Etsy.com and Ravelry.com
Switzerland is my favorite country in the world. The epic views, serene atmosphere, and endless adventures have captured me, heart and soul. After a recent trip (or two) to my favorite valley, a gorgeous place called Lauterbrunnen, I was inspired to create a knitting pattern that embodied the same snow covered peaks and valleys that I saw there.
We were fortunate to be able to rent a room from a local alpaca farmer, which by far was one of the coolest places I have ever lived temporarily, and I sat on the back porch, took in the view, and let my knitting needles fly. Never have I ever knitted in a more beautiful and picturesque place. It didn’t feel real!
I chose this gorgeous deep blue yarn by Madelinetosh called Spectrum for my project. It is such a beautiful colorway, and the fiber is so soft!
The pattern I have created is a knitted beanie style hat, perfect to keep fashionably warm in the cooler weather, and the lace detailing gives just enough airflow through the textile to be worn while hiking through the alps. Not too hot, not too cold! Just right.
I plan to also make this hat using a lighter cotton or rayon yarn for spring/summer nights. The lace styling keeps the hat from looking too heavy, and possibly suitable for multiple seasons. I will be sure to post about this once this is completed for you all to see!
I have this pattern available for instant download on Etsy and Ravelry.
Please share your photos and comments about this pattern! I would love to see what you create!
I love needle craft. I began my obsession with design and fiber art when I was very young, tracing out designs on graph paper, crafting tiny clothing items for my Barbie dolls. I was taught to crochet by a good friend of mine when I was 12 years old, and must have made dozens of basic scarves and hats that I gave away to family and friends as gifts. In high school, I used to dream about being a fashion designer, and crafted my own unique clothing items from fabrics I found at local thrift shops. I married my best friend at the age of 18, and through this I was fortunate enough to join a crafting family, and was taught the art of knitting by my mother and sister in-laws in 2009. Since then, I have continued to learn and began to combine my love for design with the addictive art that I have such a hard time setting down. “Just one more row…”
I always have a project with me wherever I go, and I often find myself wandering into yarn shops and buying yet another skein of to-die-for yarn, despite the fact that I have an already overflowing stash of yarn in my craft room at home. Most of my creations are freeform, as I would start by calculating out the math for what I wanted the end product to look like, and let my needles lead and flow into what I was picturing in my head.
Knitting in public attracts quite a bit of attention, and I began to have several fellow crafters asking me which pattern I used for some of my knitting projects. I would get so excited to share my ideas that I would attempt to scribble out some notes and show them what I did. I love to teach others the joy of needlecraft, and always jump on the opportunity to share! So after so many requests, I decided to start saving my designs in a format that would be easy to understand for both beginners and accomplished crafters alike.
ModMoxy on Etsy and Ravelry is my pattern sharing platform, and I am always eager to help others perfect their craft. I am inspired by timeless silhouettes, and my personal aesthetic leans to modern minimalism. I also love texture and creating patterns that create a unique visual interest even in the simplest pieces. I post new patterns as often as I can, and I am always here to help!
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