Anstruther Hat and Mittens

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

I've just released a brand new ebook of two knitting patterns, the Anstruther Hat and Mittens. I think they are my favorite patterns to date! Both patterns were tech edited by the lovely Joeli of Joeli's Kitchen. I really enjoyed and recommend her tech editing services.


Fair Isle colorwork and a thick double brim combine to make a warm hat that can be pulled down over the ears in the dead of winter, or worn back on the head for a slouchier look in the fall and spring. Knit the Anstruther Hat in bright colors or knit it in neutrals to match everything in your wardrobe.

The Anstruther Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with a provisional cast-on edge so the ribbing may be folded in half and joined without seaming to create a warm double brim. This part of the pattern is perfect mindless knitting. From the brim up, the Fair Isle portion begins. Four colors are used to create a lovely geometric pattern. The pattern requires four colors until the top shaping, but no more than two colors are used per row. This yields a pattern that is visually complex but relatively simple to construct.

Materials Required:

Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Gold.
Contrast colors: 40 grams/152 yards (139 meters) of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Navy, Light Grey and Natural White

Needles:
1-16 inch 2.75mm circular needle
5-2.75mm double pointed needles

Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on (a snippet of your contrast yarn would work great)
2” Pom pom maker (optional)

Gauge:
35 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette fair isle pattern. (Color Chart A and B)
35 stitches and 53 rows= 4” in 2x2 ribbing

Sizes:
One size, average ladies. 18” circumference at brim; 9” height including brim; 2” pom pom (optional)

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, chart reading, knitting in the round, stranded knitting or fair isle knitting, carrying yarn up work, increasing, decreasing and finishing.


The Anstruther Mitten begins with an elegant, but warm lace cuff which is knit flat and then seamed using a three-needle bind-off. Stitches are picked up from the edge and then the mitten is worked in the round with an after-thought thumb. Shown here in the bright colors of the harvest, this mitten would also be lovely done up in neutral shades of black and grey.


Materials Required:

Yarn:
Main color: 1 skein of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Dark Green.
Contrast colors: 50 grams/190 yards (174 meters) of Briggs & Little Sport 100% wool; 430 yards (393 meters) /113 grams (4 ounces) or equivalent sport weight yarn in Navy, Gold and Natural White.

Needles:
5-2.75mm double pointed needles

Other materials:
Tapestry needle
Scrap yarn for provisional cast-on and afterthought thumb placement (a few snippets of your contrast yarn would work great)

Gauge:
35 stitches and 39 rows = 4” in stockinette fair isle pattern (Color Chart)
34 stitches and 48 rows = 4” inch in cuff pattern (Cuff Chart)

Sizes:
One size to fit most adult women.
Mitten circumference: 7.5”
Mitten length (excluding cuff): 8”

Techniques:
Provisional cast-on using long-tail cast-on, chart reading, three-needle bind-off, picking up stitches, knitting in the round, stranded knitting or fair isle knitting, carrying yarn up work, increasing, decreasing and finishing.

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