Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vrida Pattern Release Day!!!

Alrighty... after working on this particular pattern since November, it's done!  I had a request earlier in November from a friend to make a hat using a picture she had sent me.  I have no idea where she found the original and mine is slightly different, but it's a pretty gosh darn good facsimile!

Using less than one skein of worsted weight, this is a quick and easy knit for everyone either familiar with or wanting to learn how to work simple cables.  The pictured sample was made using 63g of Madelinetosh Tosh worsted, in Nordic Spruce.  I adored working with this, and the color is GORGEOUS - like a really dark teal.

For a limited time, I will be offering this pattern as a freebie! If you would like a copy, please leave your email address in the comments section and I will get it out to you! In a week or so, it will be up on Etsy for the reasonable price of $2.99! Of course, if you don't want to leave it in the comments, feel free to email me directly at Kusalaknitworks@gmail.com

In searching for a name, I was kind of stuck.  Then I looked around my living room and realized... IKEA. So, I hit up Google Translate and punched in a few options... and the Vrida hat was born!

Meaning twist, I liked the Swedish translation for the twisting pattern of the cables... and there was nothing else named Vrida on Ravelry! After weeks of revising and playing with sizing, the final design will require: a cable needle (if desired) either size 6,7, or 8 circular needle for the banding (depending on your head size), a size 9 circular needle for the body, and size 9 DPNs for the crown decreases.  This is a quick knit, usually taking an afternoon/evening depending on how quickly you knit.

A little bit of time invested for a gorgeous result! I've made four of these in the last month to rave reviews from everyone that received them!

NOTE: if you received the pdf before January 16- I forgot to note when to switch needles for the body. Make sure to switch to a US9 after the final row of the banding section!

WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!  It's now available as a FREE Ravelry download!  Click here -> Vrida!