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Free Pattern: Ringwood Beanie

It’s Autumn, which means it’s time to pull out all the handknits. Don’t all knitters look forward to this time of year? Out of all my accessories the red beanie I made at the start of this year has become a real favourite. I’m such a sucker for that Ringwood stitch for accessories. It looks so cosy and it’s perfectly unisex to boot. The hat itself turned out to be a great little project that I’ve actually made for others as well. That’s how I know it only takes a dedicated last-minute weekend to whip this up! (The secret to quick knitting is thick wool).

frontFrankly I think it’s a pattern that’s begging to be set free upon the internet. So I shall, because I love you all and I don’t want your heads to get cold.


Needles: 40 cm circular needles in needle sizes 5mm and 5.5mm
(if you only have longer ones, just pull the excess cable out in a loop)

Yarn: 130 yards/ 120 m of ‘Bulky’ weight merino wool (I used 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky)

Size: To fit average adult head with 20-24” circumference (Hat is very stretchy).

Gauge in Ringwood stitch pattern: 15 sts/ 20 rws over 4”.

Ravelry Page is here



On smaller needles, CO 80, place marker to mark beg of round and join without twisting to start knitting in the round.

[k1, p1] to end of round for 10 rnds, or until brim measures 1.5”.

Ringwood pattern

Change to larger needles.

K 2 rnds, then on 3rd rnd, [k1,p1] to end. Rep these 3 rnds until you have worked 4.5” in Ringwood stitch.


(Work Ringwood pattern as established the whole time.)

Rnd 1 (dec rnd): [work 8 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: [work 8 sts in pattern, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: [work 7 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 4: [work 7 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: [work 6 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 6: [work 6 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: [work 5 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: [work 5 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: [work 4 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 10: [work 4 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: [work 3 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 12: [work 3 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 13: [work 2 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 14: [work 2 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

Rnd 15: [work 1 sts in patt, k2tog] to end of rnd.

Rnd 16: [work 1 sts in patt, k1] to end of rnd.

16 sts remain.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. With a tapestry needle, draw the tail through all remaining sts and pull tight. Weave in all loose ends.

Block gently by washing hat in lukewarm water, squeezing out the excess and leaving it to dry flat.

Flip up the brim and you’re done!


(bonus serious face)



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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

I had a lovely christmas break. I ate a lot. I some work done. I made hats. All the hats. I suppose these are officially the  last knitting projects of 2012.

Nordic Lace hat

This is the Nordic Lace hat as designed by Faye from Buttons and Beeswax. It’s a delightful hat, but I decided to make it way slouchier than the original by knocking the needle size up a bit. Surprisingly enough it turned out a bit loose! But it’s ok. The nice thing about the tubular ribbing cast-on, which I use constantly, is that you can easily thread elastic through it.

And then having plenty of leftover yarn from the Acer Cardigan, I made an Acer-inspired hat. Now it looks simple, but I assure you, I decreased those cables at the top like a boss. I just couldn’t get a good picture! It’s rather fuzzy yarn and I suspect something else would show it off a little better. Still, not bad for basically winging it I think.


Did you know? I have the kind of marvellous boyfriend who picks me up wool when he’s out doing the Christmas shopping. Two balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky no less! ❤

It clearly needed using, so I knocked up a beanie using the Ringwood stitch, which is stockinette stitch, with 1×1 ribbing on every 3rd row/round. I love the effect. I think this is actually my favourite hat out of the three. It’s very solid and warm because I used slightly smaller needles than recommended. I like it so much I put in some extra effort into the pictures (which means I put make up  on). Here I am working the sexy lumberjack look. Sort of.

Rialto Beanie

Does Christmas bring out any bursts of activity in you? Or are you too busy eating and drinking? Hats off to anyone who’s managed all three at the same time!


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Pattern: Yellowhammer Hat

Yellowhammer Hat

Just in time for Christmas! You can’t go wrong with a beanie hat. I’m very pleased with how the plaid turned out. Not only do those black columns hide the unsightly colour jogs you can get when knitting in the round, it gives you lovely neat decreases too!

Yellowhammer Hat

I’ve already reviewed the yarn, Cornish Organic DK, but it can’t hurt to repeat my opinion of it being a delightfully sturdy wool yarn to work in. Any other decent wool should suffice though – I know I have fancy tastes.

The pattern is now available to buy on Ravelry! It’s knitted in the round with fully charted decreases for your convenience – hope you enjoy it!

Pattern Details:

Size: To fit average adult head circumference of 22”

Gauge: 22 sts/ 24 rnds per 4in(10cm) in plaid pattern.

Tools: 1 set of 3.5mm dpns (US size 4), 1 set of 3.75mm dpns (US size 5

Also required: a tapestry needle for sewing in ends.

Materials: Warm DK yarn with high wool content – 103yds/95m in Main colour (Charcoal), 50yds/46m in Contrasting colour (Amber)

Suggested Yarn: Cornish Organic Wool DK -100% wool. 251yds(230m)/100g. 1 skein in St Just (Charcoal), 1 skein in St Hilary (Amber).


Additional notes: Taking these pictures was fun, but I would like to solemly remind you that swans are unreliable modelling props.




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New needles, old yarn.

My broken needle problem has been solved! Actually it was solved shortly after posting about it. Turns out T stepped on it. Not enough to actually break it, just so that it snapped like a pencil lead the next time I put it down on a table.

Of course he was filled with contrition and paid for a new set. But then. I bought the new needles and suddenly found I was quite fed up with the plain top I had started with the old ones. Rrrip!

Now, I’ve recently had a little stash organisation session and finally managed to get control of my scraps…

Which caused me to notice that I had just enough Sirdar Balmoral DK left for a hat. What a great idea for breaking in my new needles!

I just used a simple pattern from 200 Fair Isle Motifs on the crown. Balmoral is discontinued these days which is a real shame because I loved it. It came in all my favourite colours and handled really smoothly.

Incidentally, did you know that pom-poms are also a really good way to use up scrap yarn??


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Travel knitting

Oh whoops, I’ve been quiet for a while haven’t I? I’ve been travelling a lot recently. For me, this means one thing: lots of small, portable projects cast on and barely completed in whirlwind of stashbusting.

First up, the Sunday Pictorial Beret, a pattern from A Stitch in Time Vol.2 that was kindly sent out to all us pre-orderers in advance. I got it done over an epic weekend of roadtripping. I went from Bristol to Irvine and back and all I got was this lousy hat…no, no, it’s a perfectly good hat really, I jest. Simple yet effective.

Sunday Pictorial Beret

The original had a knitted bow for decoration, but I wasn’t sold on it. It still needs something though doesn’t it? The unfortunate thing about wearing a plain, pink, clingy hat is that once you realise you look kind of like a penis you can’t unrealise it.

Next up:

Noble Cowl WIP

I am also 1/3 of the way through A Noble Cowl which I have been meaning to do forever. I am using Debbie Bliss Andes here. I’m not going to bust out a full yarn review here, but I will say that Andes is as frivolous as all get out. This is some crazy soft alpaca-silk single-ply in DK weight at £15/100g. And there are actual jumper patterns for this? I would expect the underarms to be a fuzzy mess in less than a day. However, for the purposes of a fancy little neckwarmer I am totally ok with a little splurge. Also look at that purple. I am a sucker for a good deep purple. Debbie Bliss, you win my money this time.

Last but not least I have this thing on the needles…

Houndstooth mittThis is to be the first in a pair of fingerless mitts. No pattern for this one, I’m just winging it. Took me a while to figure how to work the pattern over the thumb gusset in a mathematically pleasing way but I think I cracked it. It’s fitting quite nicely too!

Houndstooth Mitt

It looks a little scuzzy at the moment but that’s nothing a good soak can’t fix. It’s feeling nice and cosy to boot. When things finally start to get cold around here I feel like I shall be prepared!

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