Monday, January 21, 2013


Bring on the chill.  Sphagnum, this weeks pattern from Woodsmoke & Ash: Knits for Men is designed to coordinate with last week's pattern Plantago.  Worn together, the cardigan and hat create a practical barrier against cold and wet weather.  

Using thickly spun yarn, Sphagnum knits up quickly to create a super bulky ribbed beanie that will keep a guy cozy in any weather.  

Sphagnum is worked bottom up with 1x1 ribbing throughout, making for a stretchy fabric that provides a more personalized fit.  In addition, the ribbing creates extra pockets in the fabric for warm air to get trapped.  It's a versatile hat that's sure to get plenty of use.  

This was the very first pattern I designed for Woodsmoke & Ash, and its clean practicality led the way for all the other designs in the book.  

This is the kind of pattern that can be used again and again, and is especially ingenious as a gift since it's such a quick knit, and can be customized by color and yarn to suit many different wearers.  (Try working it up in Malabrigo Rasta for some intense color!)  The pattern includes instructions for three sizes; just choose the size closest to the desired head size (a little negative ease is better than positive ease), and the ribs will adjust to fit the wearer perfectly.  

The ebook and print book + ebook are both available for pre-order right now.  If you order the print book + ebook before February 4, you'll be able to download each of the patterns as they're released, and you'll be among the first to receive the print book.  And your copy will be signed!  

Pattern Details:
Sizes & Finished Measurements
Unstretched Brim Circumference: 18.25 (20, 21.75) in/46.5 (51, 55) cm

80 (90, 100) yd/75 (85, 95) m Super Bulky Weight Yarn; Shown in Brown Sheep Burly Spun; (100% Wool; 132 yd/121 m per 226g skein); 1 skein; Color Oregano

14 sts/15 rows = 4 in/10 cm in 1x1 Rib Pattern

Needles & Notions* Needle Sizes are recommendations only. Always use needle size necessary to obtain gauge.
US #10.5/6.5 mm 16 in circular needle
Set of US #10.5/6.5 mm double pointed needles, 32 in circular needles for magic loop, or 2 circular needles; use preferred small circumference circular knitting method

tapestry needle
place markers

working 1x1 rib in the round, shaping in 1x1 rib

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