Home & Away: Simple Hat

Yes, this is the same hat that I designed as part of the Simple Hat KAL last year.  It's such a must-have accessory, it seemed an excellent choice for the only accessory spot in Home & Away!

The knit-a-long based around this hat demonstrated how to knit a properly fitting hat.

The key, as with all knitting, is to be sure you first knit a gauge swatch. Once you’re sure you are getting gauge, choose a circumference that is 0–2” / 0–5 cm smaller than your actual head circumference. Negative ease will ensure a properly fitting hat!

This pattern includes instructions for hats in five sizes at three different gauges!

TO FIT

Baby 16" (Toddler 18", Child 20", Adult 22", XL Adult 24")

Shown in version C with 1.5" / 4 cm of negative ease; suggested negative ease of 0–2" / 0–5 cm 

VERSION A: BULKY WEIGHT

FINISHED CIRCUMFERENCE:

15 (17, 19, 21, 23)" / 38 (43, 48, 53, 58) cm

FINISHED HEIGHT: 6 (6.75, 7.75, 8.75, 9.75)" /15.25 (17, 19.5, 22.25, 24.75) cm

YARN: 1 skein Quince & Co. Osprey (100% American wool; 170 yd / 155 m per 100 g skein) OR 45 (56, 70, 88, 110) yd / 41 (51, 64, 80, 100) m of bulky weight yarn

NEEDLES: US 9 / 5.5 mm
16" / 40 cm circular; US 10 / 6.0 mm

16" / 40 cm circular and set of double-pointed needles

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st

VERSION B: WORSTED WEIGHT

FINISHED CIRCUMFERENCE:

14.5 (16.75, 19.25, 20.75, 22.5)" / 37 (42.5, 49, 52.75, 57.25) cm

FINISHED HEIGHT: 5.5 (6.25, 7.25, 8.5, 9.75)" / 14 (15.75, 18.25, 21.5, 24.75) cm

YARN: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) Quince & Co. Lark (100% Ameri- can wool; 134 yd / 123 m per 

50 g skein) OR 75 (95, 115, 140, 170) yd / 69 (87, 105, 125, 155) of worsted weight yarn

NEEDLES: US 5 / 3.75 mm 16" / 40 cm circular;

US 7 / 4.5 mm 16" / 40 cm circular and set of double-pointed needles

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st

VERSION C: DK WEIGHT

FINISHED CIRCUMFERENCE:

15 (16.25, 18.75, 21, 22.75)" / 38 (41.25, 47.75, 53, 57.75) cm

FINISHED HEIGHT: 5.75 (7, 7.25, 8.5, 9.5)" / 14.5 (17.75, 18.25, 21.5, 24) cm

YARN: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skein(s) Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% American wool; 170 yd / 155 m per 100 g skein) in Kumlien’s Gull OR 92 (116, 144, 180, 215) / 84 (106, 132, 165, 197) m of dk weight yarn

NEEDLES: US 3 / 3.25 mm
16" / 40 cm circular;

US 5 / 3.75 mm

16" / 40 cm circular and set of double-pointed needles

NOTIONS: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st 

Home & Away: Sycamore

The Sycamore Vest was originally designed as part of an exclusive club for The Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia.  It was then released as in individual pattern featuring The Fibre Co. yarn Savannah in a color named Sycamore.  The color name crossed over to the design, and it has remained a popular Knitbot pattern for the past few years.  I was excited to include this minimalist vest in my new book Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures.

A minimalist vest can act like an accessory, adding some punch to an everyday outfit.

Sycamore is knitted seamlessly from the bottom up until you divide for the armholes. Charted borders are worked at the same time. The back and fronts are then worked separately. The collar and armholes are picked up and knitted.

For this pattern you’ll be knitting both from written instructions and from charts. 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest circumference: 32.75 (36, 39.25, 42.75, 46)" / 83 (91.5, 100, 108.5, 117) cm

Shown in size 32.75" / 83 cm with no ease. 

YARN

4 (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% wool; 181 yd / 166 m per 50 g skein) in Chanterelle OR 725 (825, 925, 1025, 1150) yd / 650 (750, 850, 950, 1050) m of dk weight yarn

NEEDLES

US 5 / 3.75 mm:

32" / 80 cm circular needle

16" / 40 cm circular needle

Or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

GAUGE

24 sts and 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st 

Home & Away: Moto Jacket

I designed this jacket last spring and love it SO much, it had to be included in Home & Away.  Garment versatility is a wonderful thing, and this piece has it!  This sweater can be worn three different ways: draped open, partially buttoned up with a wide collar or buttoned all the way up with a sculptural collar.

The pictured sweater from this book is knitted seamless from the top down. If you prefer seamed knits, a second set of instructions is included to knit the cardigan in pieces.This will yield the same result. For more on why you might choose one construction method over the other, see page 40 of Home & Away!

In both versions, the collar, button band and buttonhole band are picked up and knitted last.

If you are in-between sizes, I suggest sizing up for this design. When choosing your size it is always a good idea to check your actual body measurements against all the measurements given in the pattern schematic.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest circumference: 33 (36, 39, 42, 45) [48, 51, 54, 57]" / 84 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5)[122, 129.5, 137, 145] cm

Shown in size 33" / 84 cm with 0.5" / 1.5 cm of negative ease. 

YARN

8 (9, 10, 10, 11)[12, 13, 14, 15] skeins Quince & Co. Chickadee (100% wool; 181 yd / 166 m per 50 g skein) in Storm OR 1375 (1500, 1650, 1800, 1925)[2100, 2225, 2400, 2575] yd / 1250 (1375, 1500, 1625, 1750)[1900, 2050, 2200, 2350] m of dk weight yarn

NEEDLES

US 5 / 3.75 mm:

32" / 80 cm circular needle

set of double-pointed needles

Or size needed to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

Stitch markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, locking stitch markers, tapestry needle, 11 (11, 11, 11, 12)[12, 13, 13, 13] 0.5" / 13 mm buttons, sewing needle and thread

GAUGE

24 sts and 32 rows = 4" / 10 cm in St st