May 24, 2019

New patterns: Icy Textures Hat and Cowl

Hurray! You found my new site! Which means you get to learn all about my latest design. 🙂 I called this set of patterns “Icy Textures” because the stitches reminded me of icicles.

I know, it’s the wrong time of year to want to think about such cold-weather things (if you’re reading this in May when it’s published), but I didn’t want to wait until fall to share with you!

This design has taken a long time to publish, but not because it’s complex. Oh, no! It’s a pattern simple enough for a beginner. You only need to know how to knit and purl in the round, and then there are some decreases at the crown of the hat. If you make the cowl, it’s even easier!

I first started playing around with a stitch pattern four (4 !!) years ago in a swatch. Then I ended up making a hat which you may have seen on some of my social media profiles:

Ice Blocks Hat and Cowl - ASHFiberArts

Icy Textures is NOT this pattern! (Hint: If you sign up for the newsletter from this site, I’m thinking it may end up being a free pattern as a thank you!) The version above was made in Caron Simply Soft but I really wanted to make it in a warm wool.

I chose Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted, a wonderful Merino wool that is flecked with white. Between that and the icy blue, it seemed a perfect match! But I wasn’t quite satisfied with the stitch pattern. It may be hard to see but the original has groups of three and four “blocks”; this new pattern starts off with a smaller “block” (knit section), works up to a larger one and then back down again to create the icicle effect.

Brrr. Excuse me while I go put on a sweater!

I’m running a special on this pair of patterns through May 31, 2019. When you purchase the hat on Ravelry, if you also add the cowl to your cart along with code “COWL4FREE” (without the quotes) the price of the cowl will switch to FREE!

You can find the patterns here in my Ravelry store. The pattern will also be available shortly on LoveKnitting. (Note: the coupon will only work on Ravelry)