Knit Pattern: Ginger Beret

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Continuing on the twisted rib theme, the Ginger Hat utilizes a twisted rib detail that adds subtle texture and helps shape the bottom of the beret as it meets the bottom gathered brim. Knit from the top down, increases are added in eight sections every other row. This hat knits up beautifully in solid or heather yarns.

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase & Decrease
• Twisted stitches

Size: Adult – one size
Approximate finished measurements: 10-10.5 in diameter, 9 in. from the first to the last row.

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles – set of 5 recommended.
Circular needles may be preferred after knitting gets larger. US 5 (3.75 mm) for gathered brim section of hat.
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional

Yarn: Worsted Weight, approx 160 yds (146 m)

Instructions include full written directions and chart.

Available on Etsy for $3.50
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Prints: Intermission

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In the midst of a hectic spring schedule, I’ve been working on a bunch of different editions all at once. Typically I go one at time, but this season I seem to be ping-ponging back and forth between various themes, aesthetics and colorways—all at once. Not sure whether it’s the pace of things, the weather or what, but I’m rolling with it and am anxious to see how things shake out.

In the meantime, here are a few artifacts from the last couple of sessions. They’re just pieces of the process, but still worthy of some attention.

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New Pattern: Corduroy Button Mitts

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These twisted rib fingerless mitts are simple but have added detail that let you make them your own. The ribs expand when worn to resemble corduroy and have a working button flap at the cuff. The top edge can be knit with either a flat edge or a fancier 2-stitch picot edge.

These fingerless mitts knit from the bottom cuff up.
They are knit both flat and in the round.

Special skills:
• Button holes
• Knitting in the round
• Increase & Decrease
• Twisted stitches

Size: Adult – one size
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 8.5 in (21.6 cm), Bottom Cuff flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm)

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Optional straight or circular needles for flat cuff section in same size.
stitch marker and stitch counter optional

Buttons: 6 total, 7/16 in – 1/2 in diameter (11.12mm – 12.7 mm)

Yarn: Worsted Weight, approx 150 yds (145 m)

Instructions include full written directions.

Available on Etsy for $3.50
Available on Craftsy for $3.50

Spring Knits: Cardigan

One project that took up a large chunk of my spring was the knitting of Even Flow by Joji Locatelli, a present for my friend Sonya. We picked this pattern because it will work both dressed up or down and has a timeless quality that should look good for many years. We went to one of my favorite yarn stores, Eat Sleep Knit, to find the perfect yarn. We chose Madelinetosh Tosh Sport in Gossamer, a beautifully subtle warm neutral.

I would highly recommend this pattern. It is skillfully written and is created all in one piece, avoiding stitching together pieces at the end by picking up stitches directly on sections you’ve already knit, or holding live stitches until you can knit pieces to connect them. The texture pattern on the back and part of the side sections is a very easy pattern to memorize and looks more complex than it is. You can tell that the pattern designer took time and care in making the process as simple as possible and a joy to knit!

Prints: And We’re Off!

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Have I titled a blog post this way before? Seems like I’m always kickstarting the season with some sort of cliched header and for some reason this one seems familiar. Yes? No? Oh well, we’ll just go with it.

I started printing again last week with a simple two color design. Arrows. It’s all about the arrows. Don’t get me started about arrows. Oh really? You haven’t heard? Well then, let me discuss. I’ll keep it brief. Promise.

Arrows are the perfect form. They’re bold, angular, directional, geometric, purposeful, iconic, graphic, dynamic, exclamatory, international and come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. All that and yet they still manage to say what needs to be said: this/you, here. You can’t get much better than that.


Prints: Untitled (Chevron), 2014

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In celebration of the second day of spring—one of those classic gray, dreary, rainy, half-chilly/half-warm days—here is a Chevron print that I screened last fall. It’s sky blue and powder blue on steel gray. Call it Wintry Mix or Rainy Day Blues if you want, ’cause the sky is looking pretty neutral today. Anyway, this was a quickee, spur of the moment, impulse thing. I wanted to try another version on a colored stock and this combo seemed to fit the bill. Not bad, not great, it just is. Perfect for a day like today.

Things We Like: Nite Fields

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Lately (pun intended?), we’ve been listening to Nite Fields’ debut album, Depersonalization. T. Cole Rachel wrote in a review on Pitchfork that the band had been absorbing and faithfully reinterpreting early 4AD, Clan of Xymox, Cure, and New Order (personally, I’d also throw in some Church and Death in June). And while it’s true to the source material—dreamy, echoey, lethargic, retro—listening makes me wonder if all of the revival/archival aesthetics going on out there generally is a good thing. Don’t misunderstand, as a nostalgic, approaching-middle-age music fan, I’m all about it, but I’m not sure it’s very productive in the grand scheme of things. You know, say, being a quasi early 80’s cover band versus pushing new boundaries. I suppose that’s a compliment that speaks to the band’s ability to recreate a certain sound, I’m just not sure how healthy the tendency of mere reproduction is. Going down that road tends to reduce the music (and ensuing discussion) down to nothing more than a laundry list of references and influences.

Then again, cribbing from previous styles is nothing new. Really, it’s been standard practice for ages. And amid all the retreads that such endeavors encourage, this is often where new ideas are hatched and permutated into something fresh. New life breathed into dead ends.

So there. I pretty much just turned my original commentary on its end. That, and we can’t seem to stop listening to this thing. When it’s good, it’s good. Embrace it. For now, let’s just zone out and enjoy the ride.