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Can I hear a big “WooHoo!!!” ???

keyscoinstbearwebMay I introduce to you, the “Keys & Coins Andean-Style Hat?” The pattern is final. I’m about ready to have a party!!!

(If you click the above link, you will be sent to the Ravelry.com page with more information about the pattern. You need a free membership to Ravelry to see it.

If you are not a member, it will offer you the opportunity. If you knit, I highly recommend it as a resource.)

Musings…

You know, some patterns seem to happen spontaneously, and quickly. My One-Day Neckwarmer fell into that category. I have had relatively few of those, but they do exist.

On the other hand, some patterns I have much passion for… and they can stump me. I get to a certain place and I just get stuck solving a problem for a while.

My ZigBagZ, the Chippy Socks for Kids, and the Road-Tested Legwarmers all required a time-out for a while. They have become excellent patterns for me, but they sure did occupy space on my “To Do” list for too long!

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So, as you can see, I have been dealing with one more of those months-and-months patterns. I think this one took about a year from concept and first cast on, and just now, when I have become clear that it’s ready for a debut.

Big, Huge, Thanks!

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I often try to do things alone. It is just impossible in this line of business. And allowing others into my process is often fun for them, as well. I’m learning.

This pattern included eight hats, many ear flaps (see three at right) three knitters, much advice and input from many who love me. Most but probably not all of them are in this list:

Rae
Emily
Jenn F.
Diana
Melinda
Anna-Marie
Elizabeth S.
The Thursday-Night Crowd at Rae’s Yarn Boutique

Thanks to those who have been asking, calling and writing to me, asking for this design. It really does help me to know that I touched something in you, that you see a bit of what I saw when I had that first dream of a project.

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So here is a stack of “a few” hats I had in front of me for a photo shoot Sunday. Some have ear flaps already attached but tucked in. Some still needed flaps attached at that point. Honestly, I still have some flaps to sew, but the pattern was more important than the samples. At least, at first.

The Yarns

You will ask. I don’t have color numbers for most of these yarns, but I do have which yarns I did use for all of them. The Main Color/MC is the multicolored background yarn. The Contrast Color/CC is the solid used on the very bottom edge and for the circles, stripes, etc.

So… here they are, the yarns used in the photo just above. The list starts with the top hat and works down.

MC: Noro Kureyon, dark greens/purples; CC: Nashua Snowbird, light green marl (Snowbird is thicker than the others, at 73 yd/ 50gm).
MC: Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, rainbow; CC: Berroco Lustra, turquoise.
MC: Elegant Yarns Kaleidoscope, pink/apricot; CC: Cascade Softspun, soft turquoise.
MC: Noro Kureyon, turquoise/purple/wine; CC: Cascade Cloud 9, hot green.
MC: Mondial Bizarre, orange/yellows; CC: Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, muted teal.
MC: Noro Cashmere Island, purple/green/blue; CC: Southwest Trading Karaoke, solid turquoise.
  • MC: Noro Kureyon, dark greens/purples; CC: Nashua Snowbird, light green marl (Snowbird is thicker than the others, at 73 yd/ 50gm).
  • MC: Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, rainbow; CC: Berroco Lustra, turquoise.
  • MC: Elegant Yarns Kaleidoscope, pink/apricot; CC: Cascade Softspun, soft turquoise.
  • MC: Noro Kureyon, turquoise/purple/wine; CC: Cascade Cloud 9, hot green.
  • MC: Mondial Bizarre, orange/yellows; CC: Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran, muted teal.
  • MC: Noro Cashmere Island, purple/green/blue; CC: Southwest Trading Karaoke, solid turquoise.

The yarns for the top 2 and bottom 2 in the stack, were from Rae’s Yarn Boutique. The green/blue hat third from bottom, is from Yarn Garden in Charlotte, Michigan. The one third from top (also shown at the beginning of this post) was from Threadbear Fiberarts.

The rainbow hat pictured below is in a small adult size without earflaps, modeled by the lovely A. who is I think 16 years old now? Maybe 15. I can’t keep track.

Some folks like flaps on looser hats, and this pattern has sizes from Newborn to Adult XL, which should allow for a bit of adjusting for personal preference.

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The Pattern, Near Lansing, Mich.

All of these are Lansing-Area Shops… all shops where I teach. All shops where you will be able to get the patterns very soon. Rae’s should have this on Monday at some point.

The Quick Answer for Non-Lansing Folks

So where can you get this pattern instantly, at 4am? Or, assuming you don’t have access to Lansing, Michigan at this point? Mind you, I recommend supporting local shops as much as possible, but we all know that this blog reaches beyond my own corner of the world.

Right now, you can buy a downloadable PDF document if you Click This Buy-Now Link.

I am using Ravelry and PayPal to make this possible, but you need neither a Ravelry nor a PayPal account to make that purchase. A credit or debit card will work, and PayPal makes sure that it is a secure transaction, and that neither Ravelry nor I know any of your financial information.

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9 Responses to “Can I hear a big “WooHoo!!!” ???”

  1. Irene Says:

    I am so very happy that you have finished this pattern, just in time for me to use it to knit my German friend’s hat that I started when I was there, but didn’t knit correctly, so it is once again a ball of yarn. I will knit it in the patterns for a different hat, but at least she’ll get the ear flaps that work!

    Thanks, Lynn! I’ll be at Rae’s this week!

  2. Diana Troldahl Says:

    The bottom photo reminds me of three chubby little fishes :-}

  3. Janet Says:

    Lynn,

    Please let me know when you have the final draft of the pattern. I love that hat!

  4. Janet Says:

    Woops! Disregard my previous comment. I see that it is available now. Thanks so much!

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    I’m not sure what I did…

  6. Robin Says:

    Gorgeous! The colors are amazing!

  7. Kris Elliott Says:

    Lynn,

    I love the hat! You would think that living in Texas we would not need anything like that but we have had snow twice in the last week – including a white Christmas for the first time in 83 years!

    I hope all is well with you.

    Kris

  8. Chelle Says:

    Hey I LOVE it Lynn. That’s a great hat design. Chelle

  9. Lindy Says:

    Hi Lynn, I need a new winter hat – ASAP. This is it – I love it! I’ll be back home in MI for a brief visit in March – looking for a little farm in Leelanau County – time for me to move back home. Anyway – I will need a warm hat and warm mittens.

    Lindy in AZ (yes, it gets cold here too – 36 degrees this morning but we’ve had much colder).

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