Happy New Year and thank you for all of your kindness & support in 2011! It was a pleasure to meet some of my readers this year at teaching events. I look forward to lots more designing and teaching in 2012.
It has been a busy month here at Through the Loops, along with the usual holiday craziness we've had IJK's college applications to finish (she's done, now the waiting begins), Sofie's college acceptance (she applied early decision and was admitted to her first choice school), along with lots of new design work. On New Year's Day the first clue for the 2012 Mystery Sock was sent out. I'm excited to release the second clue on Sunday. The leg is where the sock really starts to come together.
While we're waiting for the next clue, I want to show you a new pattern I've just released. I designed the Asteroidea hat last summer for the 2011 Tanis Fiber Arts yarn club. (Check out that link, it's to the 2012 club and the list of designers is amazing. I'm humbled that Tanis asked me to design again.) Since Asteroidea is no longer exclusive to the club, it is now available to everyone.
If you’re looking for something to do while waiting for the next Mystery Sock clue, give this sweet fingering weight hat a try! The six row stitch pattern in a combination of cables and lace ensures that the knitting never gets boring. The patterns come together at the top to create a six pointed star – or is it a six petaled flower? You decide.
Tanis's yarns are a designers dream to work with. She is a master of the sort of rich saturated color that I adore and her base yarns are so lovely to knit with that the projects are always hard to put down. The cranberry yarn that she sent for this design is a gorgeously complex color. Go check out all of her spectacular colors on her website.
Asteroidea (Rav Link)
Size: Adult S[Adult L] Shown in size S
Measurements: 17[18.5]” At brim relaxed (will stretch to fit 21.5”), 9.75” from cast on edge to top
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight; 80 % Superwash Merino/20% Nylon; 420 yards/385m per 4oz/115g skein, color: Cranberry 1 skein
Needles: One set of 5 US 5/3.75mm DPN’s
One 16” US 7/4.5mm circular needle or size to obtain gauge
One Set of 5 US 7/4.5mm DPN’s or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 28 sts and 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in lace pattern on larger needles, blocked Always take the time to check gauge!
Other Materials: Tapestry Needle, Cable Needle(CN), Stitch Markers
Price: $6.00 US