Pattern Roundup: Hats, hats, hats!

It's getting late in the year, which means we're quickly approaching a slew of gift giving holidays. And you're probably realizing that you should have started knitting and crocheting gifts in January in order have something for everyone on your list off the needles/hook, washed, blocked, and if you're really good, dry and wrapped in pretty paper. 

One of my favorite gifts to give is hats. Soft hats. Ones that people will actually wear because they don't feel itchy. Washable hats, because you know it doesn't matter how you much you label/instruct/beg, people are gonna throw that thing in the washer. And most importantly, hats that are than any hat the receiver has or will ever have, because it's hand made with beautiful yarn. As a bonus, most hats only take a couple hundred yards, require little blocking, and are quick to make. 

Here are a bunch of my favorites!

Owl In the Thicket Hat by Sara Burch

Owl In the Thicket Hat by Sara Burch

Oak Way by Taiga Hilliard

Oak Way by Taiga Hilliard

Fiona Hat and Fingerless Mitts by Mary Beth Temple

Fiona Hat and Fingerless Mitts by Mary Beth Temple

Sour Hat by Stephannie Tallent

Sour Hat by Stephannie Tallent

Alexin by Janet Brani

Alexin by Janet Brani

Kara-Kum by Faina Goberstein

Kara-Kum by Faina Goberstein

North Lyme by Woolly Wormhead

North Lyme by Woolly Wormhead

Cosset by Jennifer Raymond

Cosset by Jennifer Raymond

Raleigh Brin Hat by Gina Kanouse

Raleigh Brin Hat by Gina Kanouse

Tekstur by Angela Tong

Tekstur by Angela Tong

Dear Baby Francis by Carrie Sullivan

Dear Baby Francis by Carrie Sullivan

Fractals Hat by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Fractals Hat by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

Tectonic Hat by Benjamin Krudwig (There's a knit version too!)

Tectonic Hat by Benjamin Krudwig (There's a knit version too!)

Winnimere by Becky Herrick

Winnimere by Becky Herrick

Cinnamon Sticks Hat by Lindsey Stephens

Cinnamon Sticks Hat by Lindsey Stephens

St Jean des Briques Tam by Mona Zillah

St Jean des Briques Tam by Mona Zillah

Cables n' Lace Hat by Kalliopi Aronis

Cables n' Lace Hat by Kalliopi Aronis

Barry by Lee Meredith

Barry by Lee Meredith

I know, it's a lot of hats. And if you can believe it, there are even more. Here's a link to all the great hats designed for Anzula yarns - Anzula Hat Land.

Do you have a huge gift list to fill? What are you planning to make? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Pattern Spotlight: Santa Cruz Cami by Stephannie Tallent

Living in coastal Southern California, I always joke I hardly ever get to wear what I design. I love wool, wool blends, and alpaca, and most of my designs use those sorts of yarn.

However, I'm always thrilled to try out a new-to-me silk or linen yarn -- it's really nice to be able to actually wear what you knit, where you live!

Vera fit the bill.  I'd already used Breeze, Vera's laceweight sister, in my Bisbee blouse (paired with Oasis).  I wanted to incorporate some of the same elements of Bisbee into a summer top -- the slim intarsia lace panels, the button front, mixing two different weights of yarn, the subtle ruffle at the bottom edge.

Bisbee by Stephannie Tallent

For the Santa Cruz Cami, I stopped the lace panel partway up (to the armholes in the back, to the bust in the front) and used a Vikkel braid (tutorial here) to demarcate the different sections on both the back and front.

Santa Cruz Cami by Stephannie Tallent

The neckline and shoulders went through multiple iterations, until I decided upon the scoop neck with broad straps. The pattern is written such that the armholes and neckline shaping starts at the same place, but you can make a less-deep neckline if you want!

Santa Cruz Cami by Stephannie Tallent

I chose the same colorway for both Vera and Breeze, going for just subtle variation relying on the yarn weights rather than color, but the Santa Cruz Cami would be lovely worked with different colorways.

Pattern Roundup: New Summer Sweaters!

There have been so many amazing new sweater and top designs released this summer. I thought it would be fun to take a tour through some of our favorites. Click the photos to go to the Ravelry page for each design. 

We'll start with some knit now, wear now tops that are perfect for summer:

Dockside by Andrea Sanchez is knit in Vera, a sport-DK weight silk and linen blend. It's shown here in colorway Gravity.

Dockside by Andrea Sanchez

Dockside by Andrea Sanchez

Santa Cruz Cami by Stephannie Tallent is another great summer tank knit in Vera . We'll be taking a closer at this design on the blog in the very near future. 

Santa Cruz Cami by Stephannie Tallent

Santa Cruz Cami by Stephannie Tallent

Mazy by Janet Brani is a perfect summer overlay. Crocheted in Ava, this adorable top can be worn over tanks to add a layer of cute with out adding a layer of heat. 

Mazy by Janet Brani

Mazy by Janet Brani

Speaking of adorable, how cute is this?! Shortbread Cookie by Mona Zillah. You can knit up your own cuteness using Cricket, our super soft, DK weight, merino, cashmere, and nylon yarn. 

Shortbread Cookie by Mona Zillah

Shortbread Cookie by Mona Zillah

Up next, Dear Prudence by Afifa, knit in Ava. Bright yarn and lacy sleeves make this a totally wearable summer top. 

Dear Prudence by Afifa

Dear Prudence by Afifa

Violet's Wonderful Life by Laura Patterson, also knit in Ava, was featured in The National Needlearts Association Fashion Show this summer. 

Violet's Wonderful Life by Laura Patterson

Violet's Wonderful Life by Laura Patterson

Back to Vera, Flamingo Pink Tee by Andrea Sanchez is reminiscent of her Dockside top and sized for little ones. You'll find this in the June 2016 issue of I Like Knitting.

Flamingo Pink Tee by Andrea Sanchez

Flamingo Pink Tee by Andrea Sanchez

Vaara by Sachiko Burgin and published in Pom Pom Quarterly has been so popular this summer. Knit in Vera this casual top wears cool and pairs with jeans, flowing skirts, and shorts of all varieties. 

Vaara by Sachiko Burgin

Vaara by Sachiko Burgin

Like I said, it's been a great summer for sweaters! What's on your needles? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

On our next Patter Roundup we'll take a look at sweaters to knit now and wear this Fall and Winter. There are a ton of great sweaters for men, women, and children so get ready to expand your queues!