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Episode 31 ~ Cabled Gigi & Leading Men Fiber Arts Giveaway!

 

Hi, Knitters,

Here are the Shownotes for Episode 31:

To enter to win the Leading Men Fiber Arts Yarn please click on over to YouTube and leave a comment under the video. Click here! 

For the 50% Off Barrett Wool Co. Pattern Sale on Ravelry use the code: SUMMER at checkout. Click here for the BWC Pattern Shop on Ravelry or for the BWC Pattern Shop on our website!

The pattern sale includes the new Cabled Gigi Pullover pattern for 50% off with the code SUMMER and the Sven booklet with the same code! 

Click here for the new Cabled Gigi Sweater Kits! Includes exclusive Diamond Willow Button from Wooly Moss Roots! 

Knit Social

Andrea Rangel

Grocery Girls

Shannon Cook

Jane Richmond

Kristan MacIntyre ~ necklace!

Gentle Armour

Hinterland

Mrs. Brown's Bags

Devin Ventre ~ Knitty McPurly

Gigi Cardigan Kits

Cabled Gigi Pullover Kits

Diamond Willow Buttons

Barrett Wool Co. Yarns

Studio Britta

Carbeth Cardigan

Entwined Hat

Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted

Faux-fur Pom-Poms

Sylvan Meadows Farm

That should do it! Thanks for watching and entering the giveaway.

xo ~ susan

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How to Stripe your Gradient Twist Mitten Kit or Any Mittens!

Hi, Knitters,
The Limited Edition Gradient Twist Mitten Kits use two colors of our Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted together and my original Waiting for Winter Mittens pattern to make a fun pair of stripey mittens. The striping instructions are not included in the pattern so I want to share with you how I did that here. It's not complicated and I am sure you could figure it out on your own but sometimes it's nice to have it spelled out.
Also, if you are not using the kit but want to create a fun pair of striped mittens using two colorways of Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted this will work for you as well.
So I will label the two skeins as follows:
Gradient Twist is Color A.
Birch is Color B.
Cast on with Color A. 
Work 2 rounds.
Introduce Color B.
Work 2 rounds.
Continue working 2 round stripes, alternating Colors A and B and carrying up the yarn on the inside of the mitten.
Continue to work the stripes up to the Decrease Rounds at the top of the mitten.
For the Gradient Twist Kit cut both Colors A and B and attach the other end of the Gradient Twist yarn cake and work the Decrease Rounds. 
If you are using another colorway just use the next stripe color to complete the Decrease Rounds. 
For the Gradient Twist thumb, attach the other end of the cake (the same end used for the top of the mitten), and complete the thumb. 
If you are using another colorway, match the thumb to the top of the mitten.
The mittens in the photo use the Blue to Purple skein of Gradient Twist and the Birch Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted. The colors are hard to capture but the mitten on the left starts with the Blue and then the mitten on the right turns to purple stripes. It is subtle but fun!
Here you can see the color change a little more. The left mitten is the Blue in the Gradient Twist skein and the right has the purple stripes. 
I loved knitting these and I think I will love wearing them even more. 
I hope this helps with your mitten striping questions.
love, susan

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The Long Weekend

Hi, Knitters,
Well, it's been quite a week around here and I'm so ready to head into the weekend. We have another busy one ahead with our youngest graduating from high school. It's the end of an era for us which is a little bittersweet. But the future looks full and bright so that takes out some of the bitter and leaves a lot more of the sweet. What does your long weekend hold for you? I'd love to hear.
Well, onto some business now. We are so excited to introduce our newest kit for one of my favorite patterns, Butterfly & Cocoon, which was originally published in Making Magazine No. 2 / Fauna. It is a pretty adorable kit and such a fun way to try out our squishy Home Fingering Weight in a bunch of beautiful colorways.
Home Fingering Weight, 8 mini-skeins (each about 25 grams) which is enough yarn to make at least three butterflies and three cocoons, colors are Priscilla, Wook Violet, Bluff, Picket Fence, Grassland, Field, Marmalade, and Ellie Grey.
A muslin hand-stamped project bag.
A stitch marker tin filled with 20 lightbulb detachable stitch markers. 
Six 6mm safety eyes with washers.
Black Pearl cotton for the mouth embroidery.
Pattern options ~ You can purchase the kit without the pattern (if you already have it), or with a Ravelry download code for the pattern, or with the Making Magazine No. 2 / Flora
The butterfly and cocoon are completely seamless and both are worked from the bottom-up. They are such a fun knit. The original samples were knit in a sport weight yarn so when I knit the new samples with Home Fingering Weight I went down a needle size for both the cocoon and butterfly and it worked out great!
Here are a couple more photos of the lovely little handknit butterflies. 
I especially love the butterflies all nestled into their cocoons. They are super sweet. I hope you enjoy the kit if you purchase one. If you purchase the magazine I have to say it is really top-notch. It is a high-quality treat that you will enjoy, I promise. 
One more thing happened just as I was writing this blog post! 
Vogue Knitting Early Fall
Photo from Vogue Knitting Magazine Early Fall 2017
I was sent an email announcing that the patterns are up for Vogue Knitting Magazine's Early Fall issue! I am thrilled to be included. I'm going to talk more about all of this later but I just have to let you know that I have a fantastic hat in issue. I knit the Strata Hat in one skein of our Home Fingering Weight in the color Wishing Well and I am so proud of how it turned out. The stitch definition is so crisp and beautiful. Anyway more on this one soon!
Anyway, much more on this one soon!
Okay, Knitters, off into the long weekend we go! 
I'll be back soon with more.
love, susan

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Sonora is here!

Sonora Shawl

Hi, Knitters,

We are thrilled to announce the release of Barrett Wool Co.'s newest shawl pattern, Sonora, designed by the one and only Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops. This happily coincides with our Home Yarn Collection being back and fully stocked!

I want to tell you a little backstory to start off. I contacted Kirsten Kapur quite a few months ago. I had recently finished a project for Kirsten's first book called, Drop Dead Easy Knits. You can see all of the projects for this fantastic book right here. I have been a big fan of Kirsten's inspiring work for years, especially her gorgeous shawl designs. When she and her fellow authors, Gale Zucker, and Mary Lou Eagen, invited me to design for their book project I was really honored. All three of the authors were wonderful to work with on the project.

Click here to see all of Kirsten's designs on Ravelry!

One of Barrett Wool Co.'s goals is to slowly invite other designers into the fold to work with us. I was so excited when I talked to Kirsten about designing a shawl for BWC and she said yes! Her shawls are not only fun to knit, but they are beautifully executed and always thoughtfully designed. She is such a huge talent in the knitting industry. 

Kirsten selected two colors of our Home Fingering Weight, Bluff and Morning Sky, with the thought that these would be perfect "any season" colors, but would be especially good for spring. I agree! I waited with great anticipation to see what Kirsten would come up with for her BWC shawl design. 

I wasn't disappointed, to say the least! 

Meet Sonora! 

The Grand Canyon was the perfect backdrop for photographing Sonora, both are exciting, calming, and extraordinary in beauty. With bold slip-stitch bands of diamonds running across the long, drapey asymmetrical triangle-shaped shawl and paired with simple garter stitch blocks, the Sonora shawl is nothing short of stunning. I love everything about this cozy, oversized shawl, the drape, the textures, the simple lace border, the two-color contrast, the practicality of it... everything! Kirsten smoothly excels at walking that fine line of just the right amount complexity, which keeps interest high as you work, combined with a bold dose of simplicity, which is what every knitter seeks. She succeeds on all levels with Sonora.

See those bands of diamonds? Those look complicated, but you are only using one color at a time. The slip stitches give it the appearance of a more complicated colorwork stitch pattern. I love that kind of trickery.

Sadly, I have to return Kirsten's shawl sample that you see here but I literally am compelled to knit a Sonora for myself this summer. It is a must-have wardrobe item for me and hopefully for you, too. You will love knitting and wearing Sonora. I promise. 

To help you make color selections for your Sonora in our Home Fingering Weight, I have paired up some lovely combinations (eleven to be exact) from which to choose. You need three skeins for Sonora, two skeins of one color, and one skein of a contrasting color. Any of the pairings below could be reversed, as well. 

Bluff and Morning Sky (Kirsten's choices for the sample.)

Peppercorn and Ellie Gray

Snowy Pine and Marmalade

Peppercorn and Snowy Pine

Ellie Grey and Red Flannel

Field and Pepin

Bear and Picket Fence

Grassland and Snowy Pine

Ellie Grey and Priscilla

Ellie Grey and Humble Gold

Wood Violet and Snowy Pine

I hope this helps a little when making your choice. Let us know if you need any further assistance with anything. The pattern for Sonora is available for purchase here on our website or on Ravelry if you prefer to purchase over there.  

Click here to see more or to purchase the pattern for Sonora on Ravelry!

Click here to see more or to purchase the pattern for Sonora on Barrett Wool Co.!

We are having a special offer for FREE SHIPPING on all U.S. purchases of three or more skeins of any of our yarns starting today, April 28th, 2017 and running through the end of the day (CST) on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Take advantage, especially for your Sonora Shawls.  

Let me know if you are interested in a Knitalong for Sonora. I am considering starting one while I knit my own Sonora. I'd love to have some company. 

xo ~ susan 

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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 knit. 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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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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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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