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Adding Short Rows to your Sweater

Hi, Knitters,

As promised, here is a recipe for adding short rows to your sweater!

Short Rows

Adding Short Rows to the Lower Back of a Sweater

A General Recipe for You

You know how a sweater can ride up in the back sometimes and it needs a constant tug to keep it down? By adding a few short rows into the backside of the sweater and just above the bottom edging you can remedy this issue. Adding short rows can be done on a top-down or bottom-up sweater. And this same technique can be used at the back of the neck, as well.

I am not using any specific numbers but instead just giving a general recipe that could be used on any sweater pattern. This is exactly how I added the short rows to the lower back of my Branches & Buds sweater (shown in the photos), designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge. Branches & Buds is worked from the top-down.

I added the short rows just before the bottom ribbing started. You can see in the photo how the sweater swoops down slightly on the lower back. I worked down to the start of the rib and began the short rows. If you add short rows to a bottom-up sweater you would begin the short rows right after the bottom ribbing is finished. 

I added 6 short rows into my sweater which turns out to be about an inch of added length. You can add fewer or more rows depending on how much length you want to add to the backside.

Steps for Lower Back Short Rows:

  1. Place stitch markers at each side to mark the front and the back of the sweater.
  2. Begin the first short row by working across the back of the sweater to the stitch marker. Knit 10 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or do any short row method of your choice).
  3. Purl across the back to the stitch marker. Purl 10 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
  4. Knit across the back to the stitch marker. Knit 5 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
  5. Purl across the back to the stitch marker. Purl 5 stitches past the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
  6. Knit across the back to the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice).
  7. Purl across the back to the stitch marker. Wrap & Turn (or use method of choice). 

Work one more round in knit and tidy up all wraps as you come to them. 

Then begin the lower edging for the sweater. In the Branches & Buds I continued on with the ribbing. 

If you need help with how to do the actual wrap & turn, or how to tidy up the wraps, or if you want to check out some different short row techniques here are some good links for you:

Carol Feller’s Free Craftsy Class on Short Rows:

https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/short-rows/35255

Eunny Jang showing 4 Ways to Wrap Short Rows:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiyz8aClRWU

Carol Sunday’s Sunday Short Rows (I like this technique a lot!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xchFAYH0c_8

German Short Rows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GM4guKpUJs

I hope this helps! I really like the finished look of the sweater with the added length on the lower back. 

Best,

Susan

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Wisconsin Woolen Spun Fingering Weight Back In Stock

Just a quick announcement that our Wisconsin Woolen Spun fingering weight is back in stock in the 7 natural colors. We are now offering big, huge, bouncy 100 gram hanks. This yarn is so squishy and springy, you will just love it. 

Now is a great time to place an order as we are offering free shipping on all orders of 3 or more skeins! The free shipping deal ends tomorrow, February 5th, so act fast if you would like to take advantage of this offer. Click here if you are interested in taking a look at the new Fingering Weight! 

Wisconsin Woolen Spun

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Little Hearts Free Pattern

Little Hearts
Little Hearts

Susan B. Anderson

Size: About 2 ¼-inches wide and 2-inches in height after felting 

Yarn: 10 grams of worsted weight wool.

Samples are knit in: Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun and Home Worsted Weight.

Needles: US size 7 or 4.5mm, set of 3 double-pointed needles or long circular for Magic Loop. 

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch before felting

Materials:

Yarn Needle

Fiberfill

Scrap yarn to hold stitches

Wool wash soap

Hot water

Basin or sink

String or baker’s twine to make a garland (optional)

Abbreviations

K  Knit

K2tog  Knit two stitches together.

SSK  Slip two stitches separately as if to purl. Knit the two slipped stitches together through the back loops.

Dpn(s) Double-pointed needle(s)

M1  Make one stitch by inserting the point of the left needle from front to back, under the strand running in between the stitches. Lift the strand onto the left and knit it through the back loop.

Heart Pattern

Little Hearts

Starting at the bottom of the heart, use 2 double-pointed needles to work in the round (use a third dpn to knit onto) or one long circular needle for magic loop. 

Cast on 6 stitches using the long-tail cast-on method, placing 3 stitches on each of two needles. Join to work in the round. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. 

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rnd 2: (K1, m1, knit to last stitch, m1, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until you have 15 stitches on each of the two needles. End after a Round 2. 30 sts total. 

Divide for the Top of the Heart

Next Rnd: K7, place the next 16 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn, k7. 7 sts per needle, 14 sts total. 16 sts being held on scrap yarn.

Decrease Rounds

Rnd 1: (K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: (Ssk, k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle. 3 sts per needle, 6 sts total.

Cut the yarn and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Place the end from the cast on stitches on a yarn needle. Take some stitches to close the hole at the bottom of the heart. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Stuff the heart with fiberfill until firm but do not overstuff.

Place the stitches being held back on the needles. 8 sts per needle. 16 sts total. 

Reattach the yarn to start working at the center of the heart.

Hold the needles parallel. Bring the yarn under the back needle and to the back. Knit the first stitch on the front needle together with the first stitch on the back needle. You will now have one stitch on the right needle. Place this stitch back on the front left needle. Begin working in the round.

Rnd 1: K2tog, knit to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1) repeat on each needle. 5 sts per needle, 10 sts total.

Rnd 3: Knit.

Rnd 4: (Ssk, k1, k2tog) repeat on each needle. 3 sts per needle, 6 sts total. 

Cut the yarn leaving a 12-inch end and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and pull up tight to close the hole. Leave the end out.

Finish stuffing the heart with fiberfill until firm but do not overstuff. There will be some gaps in the center where you divided the stitches. Pull the end through and use this end to stitch up and close the gaps. It doesn’t need to be perfect because the heart will be felted. Pull the end to the inside and trim.

Hand Felting

Fill a basin with hot water (not too hot, of course, but as hot as you can stand) and add some wool soap. I used the brand Soak for the soap. Submerge the heart in the water and get it soaked. Rub the heart vigorously in the palms your hands and turn it in all directions. Don’t worry if it gets misshapen, just stop every once in awhile and reshape it to see what it looks like. Keep dipping the heart in the soapy water and keep rubbing it in your hands until it gets felted. My hearts still have the stitches slightly visible after felting. When the heart gets felted to your preference squeeze out the excess water and reshape it into the final heart-shape.  Lay the heart flat to dry.

Little Hearts

Garland

Put a cut length (the length will vary with the number of hearts) of string or baker’s twine on a yarn needle and pull the end through the series of hearts either vertically or horizontally. Make a loop or loops for hanging at the ends of the string.

I hope you enjoy the Little Hearts pattern! Spread the love and we are wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. 

Susan B. Anderson

©Barrett Wool Co. 2017

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Feel The Love February Sale!

Home Fingering Weight
Hi, Barrett Wool Co. Friends,
We have been so super busy with keeping up around here that I have been a bit absent from the blog. Thanks for joining me here today for a quick catching up post.
We have a fantastic Feel the Love February Sale starting today, Feb. 1, 2017 and ending Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. If you purchase 3 or more skeins of our Home Fingering Weight or Worsted Weight AND our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted Weight (found in our Mercantile section) you will automatically receive FREE SHIPPING (for U.S. orders only)! 
We want to thank you all for the wonderful fun and support for Barrett Wool Co.! We could not have imagined having such a successful start for our company and we really appreciate how we have been so warmly welcomed. 
On our yarn supply update, we are expecting our Home line of yarns in both weights to be fully stocked in a few short weeks. For the small batch Wisconsin Woolen Spun Yarns, the local mill is working away on our next orders right now. We should be able to pick up more fingering weight, Bulky Twist, colors in the worsted weight, and a fun new kit is in the works using our sport weight yarn. So there is lots of excitement coming soon.
We will keep you updated as things are listed in the shop. Remember that the best way to be notified is through our newsletter. You can enter your email in the box at the bottom of every page to sign up. 
Hearts
And on another note for February, I have been experimenting with heart knitting and it is a pretty fun little project. On Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, I will be releasing a free knit heart pattern right here on this Journal! It is a fast and sweet project just in time for Valentine's Day. 
I'll see you back here in a couple of days. Enjoy the free shipping if you partake.
We love you!
Susan

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Baker's Hat Now Available and a Special Offer!

Hi Knitters,

I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far. We have some exciting news to share with you as we welcome 2017. First and foremost, we have a new hat pattern available now in our shop as well as Ravelry. It is called Baker's Hat and it was designed with my son in mind who needed a new hat to wear indoors while he is working. It is a fun one skein hat that is knit in our Home Fingering Weight. The hat my son is wearing is in our Bluff colorway.

Baker's Hat

 Baker's Hat

To celebrate both the New Year and the release of Baker's Hat, we are excited to offer $2.00 off all orders that contain at least one skein of Home Fingering Weight and a copy of the Baker's Hat pattern! During checkout use the promo code THEBAKER to receive this discount. The offer is good today January 2nd through Friday, January 6th. Thank you to everyone who participates.

-susan

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Baker's Hat Coming Soon and Shop Updates

Hi Knitters,

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season. We have a couple of updates and announcements to share with you.

First, we have a new hat pattern coming very soon to our shop. It is called Baker's Hat and it is inspired by my son who needed a new lightweight hat to wear indoors while he worked.

Baker's Hat

It is a fun one skein hat that is knit in our Home Fingering Weight. The sample is knit in the Bluff colorway, I have also knit another in the Pepin colorway which I will share soon. Look for this pattern soon in the Barrett Wool Co. pattern shop!

Baker's Hat

Now for the shop update. I am also excited to announce that we have placed a new order with our mill and are planning on having all of our colors back in stock in the near future. We have been receiving many questions on the availability of certain colors, so I thought it would be helpful to give a quick summary here: 

We are currently out of stock in these colors in Home Worsted Weight:

  • Picket Fence
  • Peppercorn
  • Red Flannel
  • Bluff
  • Ellie Gray

We are currently out of stock in these colors in Home Fingering Weight:

  • Picket Fence
  • Ellie Gray
  • Peppercorn
  • Bluff

We still have many beautiful colors left to choose from in both of our weights. However, if you are waiting for one of the colors listed, our new yarn order is in motion and should be ready soon!

I want to thank everyone for the all the support we have received in our first month of business. All of the kind words and encouragement mean a great deal to us and definitely make all of the hard work worth it! We have many fun ideas planned for the new year, so we hope you stick with us to see what we have in store.

Much love to you all.
xo ~ susan

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Sheep! Kit Giveaway

Sheep! Kit Giveaway

As we were packing up the Sheep! Kit orders we discovered one extra kit. We have decided to give it away to one lucky winner! The kit includes the Sheep! pattern (digital copy with a code for the Ravelry download), enough yarn to knit all three versions of the sheep (colors are Ellie Gray, Red Flannel, Priscilla and Bear), black embroidery floss, and a Barrett Wool Co. tin with 20 colorful pear-shaped stitch markers inside. The kit is worth $40.00. 

To be eligible to win the kit here is what you need to do:

1. If you haven't already, please follow us on Instagram
2. Please sign up for our newsletter. At the bottom of the page on our website there is a box to enter your email to sign up! 
3. Leave a comment on the giveaway Instagram post. It is a must to include your Ravelry username so we can contact you if you win.

We want to thank you so much for the successful start of Barrett Wool Co. We are very grateful.

Good luck if you enter to win! We will be back on Monday to randomly select one winner. If you win we'll be in touch via Ravelry to gather your mailing address.

One last note, don't forget we have added digital Gift Cards as an option for Barrett Wool Co. if you are still looking for that perfect knitterly gift.

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Last Day for Free U.S. Shipping and Hiking Hat Color Combinations

Today is the last day to take advantage of our free U.S. shipping offer. All of the three color combinations below are available in our Home Worsted Weight and will be enough to make three adult-medium sized Hiking Hats. Feel free to be creative and make your own combinations as well!

Our free U.S. shipping offer pertains to orders of three of more skeins. This can be in either Home Worsted Weight or Home Fingering Weight. For example, you could make a three-skein Snowy Pine Shawl or an adorable Baa knit lamb in our Home Fingering Weight. I hope you take advantage of this fun offer!

Snowy Pine, Humble Gold and Marmalade

Grassland, Snowy Pine and Wood Violet

Priscilla, Grassland and Wishing Well

Humble Gold, Priscilla and Morning Sky

Have a great weekend and we will see you right here next week!

-susan

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New to BWC and the Hiking Hat is Coming Very Soon!

Wrap-Me-Up Toys

Last week was a busy one over here at Barrett Wool Co. headquarters as I'm sure it was for you all as well. It's that time of year. Last week mailed off our first kits and released another new pattern. The Wrap-Me-Up Toys pattern and kits are off to great start. If you missed the kits (they sold out so fast!) we will be bringing them back again in the new year and we'll announce it when they are available again.

The Wrap-Me-Up series of toys were inspired by my own children when they were little. All of them loved putting their toys to bed and it always included wrapping them up in blankets. I first designed a version of this toy with a designated blanket in my book, Itty-Bitty Toys. The Wrap-Me-Up Puppy was a big hit from the book. Since then I have always thought about redesigning the toy so it was seamlessly knit in a worsted weight yarn. And on top of that I wanted to add in some new friends to go along with the puppy.

Here we are today with the new pattern. I hope you'll check it out and if you knit any of the wrapped up toys please let me know how it goes. Also, if you post about your Wrap-Me-Up Toys anywhere like Ravelry, Instagram or Facebook be sure to tag @barrettwoolco so we can see them, too!

Click here for more information on the Wrap-Me-Up Toys or to purchase the pattern! (All of our patterns are available for purchase on our website here or on Ravelry. If you check out any of our patterns on our website there is always a link to the Ravelry pattern page for you.) 

If you already purchased the pattern, thank you for the support. 

Wrap-Me-Up Toys

 The back ends are as cute as the front!

Wrap-Me-Up Toys

The great thing about making all four of the animals is that the body, legs and face is the same for all of them. Once you make one you're good to go!   

The other new thing in the shop began with the sketch above. I met a wonderful young knitter and graphic artist in one of the classes I was teaching at the Fibre Space last spring. Her name is Aleks Byrd. She gave me a gift where I saw her wonderful illustrations. When I got home I contacted Aleks to see if she could create an illustration for me. We went back and forth quite a few times until we landed on the final design. There is a more graphic version but I fell in love with the final sketch version. I think it looks a little messier and imperfect and that's exactly what the knitting life is at times.  

 Our first product using  the sketch is.....

Knitting Life Notecards

Knitting Life Notecards! And we put them in our brand new Mercantile. This is the spot where we will be adding lots of fun products for knitters.

Here is some information about the cards:

The blank cards are printed on sturdy matte 15 pt. velvet cover paper.

Each set contains five 6 by 4.25-inch cards along with five matching envelopes. The sets are tied together with baker's twine.

Click here to see more or to purchase the Knitting Life Notecards!

Hiking Hat

Lastly, we are in the final stages of getting the Hiking Hat pattern up and available. This is a versatile and fun hat to knit and wear. I have the perfect instructional video to go along with the hat showing how to make the color block pom-pom on top!

I'll be back soon with more. 

~ susan

 

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French Knot Video Tutorial

Skating Hat

We just posted a new video tutorial to the Barrett Wool Co. YouTube Channel. In the video I share how to do the French Knots on the lovely Skating Hats worn in the photo here. The pattern includes a worsted weight (on the right) and a fingering weight version (on the left) of the hat and it is a simple and fun stranded colorwork pattern.

Click here to see all of the details on the Skating Hat or to purchase the pattern!

The Home Fingering Weight hat is knit in the colors: Morning Sky, Picket Fence, Peppercorn and Bluff. The French Knots are in Red Flannel.

The Home Worsted Weight hat is knit in the colors: Ellie Gray, and Pepin. The French Knots are in Red Flannel and Field. 

Of course, you could choose any two contrasting colors and your hat would look fantastic! 

Click here for the Barrett Wool Co. YouTube Channel! We have a lot more videos in store for the future. I have one coming up next week on how to make those fantastic color block pom-poms. 

Skating Hat

I learned a great trick for the French Knot from one of my favorite embroidery artists, Rebecca Ringquist and I share this trick in the video. It's all about how you hold the thread or yarn after you wrap it around the needle. The tip from Rebecca literally changed my French knot life and I hope it will change yours, too!

French Knots are the perfect embellishment for so many projects. I use them all of the time for toy-knitting and other embroidery projects. It's a good skill to have in your back pocket. And I think they really add a great finishing touch for the Skating Hat.  

Enjoy the video and thanks for an amazing week here at Barrett Wool Co.

~ susan

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Chunky Harvest Hats Free Pattern

Harvest Hats

 

Welcome to the first free pattern on the Barrett Wool Co. Journal. This pattern will always be available here on the blog and will not be offered as a pdf download. 

Chunky Harvest Hats

Susan B. Anderson

Click here to find out more, favorite and queue the Chunky Harvest Hats on Ravelry!

It was about 20 years ago that I knit my first pumpkin hat. A little over 10 years ago my version of a pumpkin hat was published in my first book, Itty-Bitty Hats. That is one of the most popular hats in the book by far. In tribute to the 10-year anniversary of Itty-Bitty Hats and the Little Pumpkin Hat, I decided to take the colors in Barrett Wool Co. that represent the traditional fall harvest fruits and vegetables and make some new hats. Here I am offering a Pumpkin Hat, Eggplant Hat, Apple Hat, Grape Hat, and a Yellow Squash Hat from which to choose. Really though even if you're not in the mood for a fruit or vegetable, this is just a good, simple chunky weight hat that could be knit up in ANY color or combination of colors or stripes or textures! Let your imagination run wild.

For this new version of the Chunky Harvest Hats I put a fun twist on the original Little Pumpkin hat in that you hold two strands of Home Worsted Weight doubled throughout the entire hat and you knit on a larger size needle at 3 stitches per inch. This makes for a super-squishy fabric that works up in the blink of an eye. I also added lots of sizes, six sizes to be exact, in the pattern that will fit a newborn up to an adult size head! You could always play around with making the brim longer for a cuffed style, too.

Sizes: Newborn (3-6 months, 6-12 months, toddler/small child, large child, teen/adult)

Hat circumference in inches: 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) inches

Sizing Suggestions:

~ For a snug-fitting hat, 1 to 2-inches of negative ease is suggested. For example, if the head circumference measures 15-inches make the 14-inch size. Rounding down to the next size if the measurement is in between the listed measurements.

~ For a looser-fitting hat or if you want room to grow, select the size that is the same measurement as the head circumference or go up to the next size. For example, if the head measurement is 15-inches make the 16-inch size.

Yarn: Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight held doubled throughout, (230 yards, 210 meters/100 grams), 1 skein of each in the following colors.

Pumpkin: Marmalade and Grassland

Apple: Red Flannel and Grassland

Yellow Squash: Humble Gold and Ellie Gray

Grape: Bluff and Grassland

Eggplant: Pepin and Grassland

Yarn Notes:

~ One skein of the Home Worsted Weight for the top of the hat will be enough for many hats.

~ The 3-6 month size finished hat weighs 33 grams for reference.

~ One skein of the Home Worsted Weight is enough to make any of the sizes. You will need two skeins if you want a contrasting top to your hat. 

~ If you wind your yarn using a yarn winder to make a cake, you can pull one end from the inside and one end from the outside of the yarn cake as you work. Otherwise you can hand-wind two separate balls from which to pull the ends.

Needles: US size 10.5 or 6.5mm, 16-inch and double-pointed needles, or a long circular for magic loop. Or the correct size needle to obtain gauge.

Important Needle Note: For the smallest size you will need either 12-inch circular needles or work the entire hat on double-pointed needles, or use the magic loop technique with a 32-inch or longer circular needle. For the 3-6 month size I used a 16-inch circular needle and it works fine. It’s a stretch at first but then it loosens up as you work up the hat.

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with the worsted weight yarn held doubled

Abbreviations:

K  Knit

P  Purl

K2tog  Knit two stitches together

BLinc  Make a backwards loop on the right needle to increase one stitch.

Here is a good video tutorial for BLinc. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DqvG3LoYiI

SSK  Slip two stitches separately and as if to knit, place the slipped stitches back on the left needle, then knit two stitches together through the back loops.

Dpn(s) Double-pointed needle(s)

St(s) Stitch(es)

Rnd(s) Round(s)

Special technique:

I-cord: Using two double-pointed needles, knit the stitches. *Do not turn. Slide the stitches to the other end of the double-pointed needle. Knit the stitches. Repeat from *.

CDD Center double-decrease. Slip two stitches together and as if to knit. Knit the next stitch. Pass the two slipped stitches over the first stitch and off the right needle.

Here is a good video tutorial for the CDD:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIV0rBQjpq8

Pattern Notes:

~ The hat starts at the brim. The yarn is held doubled throughout the hat. Begin with the selected color for the body of the hat.

~ The pattern is written for using a 16-inch circular needle for the brim and body of the hat and then switching to double-pointed needles as needed for the decrease sequence at the top of the hat. If you want to use double-pointed needles or magic loop for the entire hat adjust as needed.

Apple and Grape Chunky Harvest Hats

Apple and Grape Hats

Brim

With two strands held together and the circular needles, cast on 36 (42, 48, 54, 60, 66) stitches using the long-tail cast-on method.  Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Rnds 1-4: (K1, p1) repeat to the end of the round.

Body of Hat

Knit every round until the hat measures 4 (4 ½, 5, 5 ½, 6, 7) inches from the cast on edge.

Decrease Sequence for the Top of the Hat

Apple Hat: Continue in the same color.

Grape Hat: Switch to the selected contrast color.

Switch to double-pointed needles when necessary.

Rnd 1: (K4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 30 (35, 40, 45, 50, 55) sts.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: (K3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 24 (28, 32, 36, 40, 44) sts.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rnd 5: (K2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 18 (21, 24, 27, 30, 33) sts.

Rnd 6: Knit.

Rnd 7: (K1, K2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) sts.

Rnd 8: Knit.

Rnd 9: (K2tog) repeat to the end of the round. 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sts.

Apple Hat Only: Switch to selected stem color.

I-cord Stem

Place all of the remaining stitches onto one double-pointed needle. You will be using two double-pointed needles to knit the I-cord.

Begin working in I-cord.

Find the size you are making and follow those specific instructions.

Newborn: 6 sts on needle.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) three times. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until it measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

3-6 months: 7 sts on needle.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) three times, k1. 4 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, knit to end of row. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

6-12 months: 8 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) four times. 4 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, knit to end of row. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

Toddler/Small Child: 9 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) four times, k1. 5 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

Large Child: 10 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) five times. 5 sts.

Row 2: K2tog, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

 

Teen/Adult: 11 sts on needles.

Row 1: Repeat (k2tog) five times, k1. 6 sts.

Row 2: Repeat (K2tog) 3 times. 3 sts.

Work in I-cord until measures 2-inches.

Next row: K2tog, k1, pass the first stitch over and off the right needle. 1 st..

Cut the yarn leaving a 6-inch end and pull the end through the remaining stitch.

Go to Stem Finishing.

Stem Finishing for All Sizes

Place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through each stitch on the I-cord moving down toward the top of the hat. When you reach the top of the hat pull the end to the inside. Now gently pull the end until the stem curls at the end. Weave in the end on the inside of the hat and trim.

Weave in all ends on the inside of the hat and trim.

Leaf for Apple Hat:

Use selected leaf color and two double-pointed needles to work back and forth in rows.

To begin, pick up two stitches at the base of the stem by inserting the tip of the needle under the right leg of two consecutive stitches. Begin to work with the selected leaf yarn.

Row 1: K1, BLinc, k1. 3 sts.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K1, BLinc, k1, BLinc, k1. 5 sts.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K2, BLinc, k1, BLinc, k2. 7 sts.

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1. 5 sts.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K1, CDD, k1. 3 sts.

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11: CDD. 1 st.

Cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitch. Place the end on a yarn needle. Weave in the end on the wrong side of the leaf to about halfway down from the tip of the leaf. Take several stitches to tack the leaf down to the top of the hat. Pull the end to the inside, weave in and trim.

All Hats: Block the hat as desired. The samples were soaked in cold water with wool wash. The excess water was gently squeezed out and the hats were laid flat to dry.

Yellow Squash Chunky Harvest Hat

Yellow Squash Hat

Brim

Work the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats through Round 4.

Body of Hat

Rnd 1: (P1, k1) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (K1, p1) repeat to the end of the round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until the hat measures 4 (4 ½, 5, 5 ½, 6, 7) inches from the cast on edge. You can end after either a Round 1 or Round 2.

Top of Hat

Switch to the contrast color.

Complete the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats for the Decrease Sequence and for the I-cord Stem and Stem Finishing.

Pumpkin Chunky Harvest Hat

Pumpkin Hat

Brim

Start and work the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats through Round 4.

Body of Hat

Rnd 1: (P1, k5) repeat to the end of the round.

Repeat Round 1 until the hat measures 3½ (4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6½) inches from the cast on edge.

Leafy Top:

Tip: Carry the colors across the inside of the hat making relaxed floats. Be sure not to pull the floats too tight or the fabric will pucker.

MC is Main Color

CC is Contrast Color

Rnd 1: (P1MC, k2MC, k1CC, k2MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (P1MC, k1MC, k3CC, k1MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 3: (K1MC, K5CC) repeat to the end of the round.

Cut the Main Color and continue on with the Contrast Color only for the rest of the hat.

Finish the Decrease Sequence for the Top of the Hat and the I-cord Stem and Stem Finishing the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats.

Eggplant Chunky Harvest Hat

Eggplant Hat

Work the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats until the body of the hat measures 3½ (4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6½) inches from the cast on edge.

Leafy Top:

Tip: Carry the colors across the inside of the hat making relaxed floats. Be sure not to pull the floats too tight or the fabric will pucker.

MC is Main Color

CC is Contrast Color

Rnd 1: (K3MC, k1CC, k2MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 2: (K2MC, k3CC, k1MC) repeat to the end of the round.

Rnd 3: (K1MC, k5CC) repeat to the end of the round.

Cut the Main Color and continue on with the Contrast Color only for the rest of the hat.

Finish the Decrease Sequence for the Top of the Hat and the Stem Finishing the same as for the Apple and Grape Hats.

©Barrett Wool Co. 2016

This pattern is for personal use only. Charity and fundraising hat knitting is always welcome. 

Harvest Hats

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Baa Pattern comes with Video Tutorials!

Baa
We are proud to announce that our first set of video tutorials to accompany a specific pattern are now available. I filmed five segments for the Baa pattern where I cover picking up stitches, face embroidery, attaching the head to the body and more! When you purchase the pattern the exclusive links to each tutorial are on the bottom of the last page of the pattern. These videos are not public, they are just for the pattern purchasers. 
Pattern in the photo: Baa by Susan B. Anderson 
Baa #1: Picket Fence, Peppercorn, Ellie Gray and Red Flannel
Baa #2: Priscilla, Bear and Picket Fence
I hope you like this new style of pattern with video support. I won't be able to do it for every pattern but if there are certain tricky spots or different techniques I'm going to try to provide support this way. Let us know what you think!
We will still be posting public and free videos to our Barrett Wool Co.YouTube Channel for everyone to see! Please hop over and subscribe on YouTube if you are interested. 
So I have a couple of teaching venues coming up. 
Vogue Knitting Live! New York
Vogue Knitting Live in New York City is one of my favorite events. I can't wait to teach here again. I think at least a couple of my classes have sold out but there are still openings in a few more. I'd love to see you there! Click here to check out all of the classes at Vogue Knitting Live NYC! It's quite a line-up.
Madison Knitters Guild
The other event I'm teaching at is the Madison Knitters Guild Knit In March, 2017! I can't wait for Laura Nelkin, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Kate Atherly and Lucy Neatby to be in Madison. That is pretty exciting stuff. I'd love to knit with you here at the Knit In this March.

Click here to check out the Madison Knit In events and classes!

I want to point out at the bottom of the page on this website there is a permanent link to a page with my teaching schedule with links to each event. My books are linked on this page, too. 

Let me know if you are coming to any of my classes or if you have any questions. I'll be back soon with more. 
best, susan

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