Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Pattern: Kegonsa Hat

I think the weather is a bit confused. Today is the first full day of spring and I was greeted by 0 degrees wind chill. Yikes! So, another Aran weight hat is in order. I'm in love with Aran weight hats, especially if they are in The Plucky Knitter's Primo Aran.  This yarn is so lovely that I didn't want to let the leftovers from my Mendota and Monona hats go to waste. So, the Kegonsa Hat was born. Easy two stripe pattern with a bit of texture to give it some complexity. And, the squish factor is pretty awesome. I also wrote the pattern to be used with Worsted weight yarns. Or, you could do a single color (just ignore the directions to switch colors in the pattern).

Not only is the yarn wonderful, but I'm really liking the relaxed fit of the hat. Not too slouchy and not fitted like a beanie. Just right. Here's the neutral (Aran) version:

I even made it in some highly contrasting yarns (purple and berry pink worsted) and it looks pretty cute.

Pattern is now available in my Windy Prairie Designs shop on Ravelry and will be available in my Etsy shop as well. 

Stay warm out there!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What's new in the Etsy shop?

I've been a busy bee lately. When I'm not designing knitting patterns, I've been sewing up a lot of new things for Windy Prairie Designs Etsy shop.

Here's whats new:
"Nicer Than Plastic" Zippered Bags: 
Why use a plastic bag when you can store your yarn and projects in a secure, zippered fabric bag? Perfect for transporting a project, extra skeins for a larger project, or containing small amounts of yarn for your scrappy projects. So many uses and so much nicer than plastic! 

Stand-up Padded Zippered Bag:
A knitting friend was looking for a notions bag that could hold a lot and this is the design we came up with. It is such a handy size, but not too big.

Knitting Patterns:
I've added a section to the shop with my knitting patterns. Three hats (Bulky Roni, Monona, and Mendota) and the Wingra mittens patterns are currently available. They are available as PDFs sent to your email address.

I also have lots of cute small zippered notions bags, large padded notions bags, and composition notebook covers in stock. Here's a few of the new ones:


Two New Hat Patterns: Monona & Mendota

Winter is still hanging on around here, so a cozy hat or two is still needed. Aran weight yarn is a perfect match for the weather.

Monona Hat is a beanie-style hat with a stretchy rib pattern that gives a great fit.

Mendota Hat is a relaxed fit sort of hat; not a close fitting beanie, not quite a slouchy style. I love how it fits!

Both hats were knit in Aran weight yarn, which means they have about 175-200 yards/100g. They would look very nice in either a solid or semi-solid yarn. Perfect for a subtle hand-dyed yarn.