Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Free Knitted Hat Pattern! Yabba Dabba

Yabba Dabba
by Becky Robbins

Knit in the round seamlessly from the brim up, this simple design works up super fast with soft, squishy bulky merino yarn. Perfect for handpaints! For a printable pdf download, click here.

Size:  Women’s M – fits most tweens, teens and adult women. Approx. 21” (53cm) diam. brim

Materials:  Morning Bright Holistic Merino Bulky (109yds (100m)/100g). Approx. 85g.

Gauge:  14 stitches and 23 rows over 4” (10cm) in stockinette with larger needles, unblocked

Needles:  US size 8 (5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or dpns, US size 10.5 (6.5mm) 16” (40cm) circular needles or dpns. And US size 10.5 (6.5mm) dpns or circular cable long enough for magic looping for the crown.

Notions:  ruler/measuring tape, stitch marker, tapestry needle

CO – cast on
sts - stitches
pm – place marker
k – knit
p – purl
kfb – knit in front and back of stitch, increases 1 stitch
ssk – slip next two stitches separately, knit-wise, onto right needle. Insert left needle through both stitches and pull yarn through with right needle. Decreases 1 stitch.
k2tog – knit next two stitches together knit-wise. Decreases 1 stitch.

Instructions:  With smaller needles CO 60 sts and pm. I prefer the Alternating Long Tail/German Twisted Cast On for a k1, p1 ribbed brim (alternate Long-Tail cast on for the sts that will be knit, and German Twisted for the sts to be purled), but a regular Long-Tail, or your favorite cast on for hats, is fine.

k1, p1 around for 1.75” (4cm)

Next round:  *k3, kfb* around – 75sts
Next round:  k around

Switch to larger needles and k every round until 5” (13cm) from CO edge.

Decrease rounds (switch to dpns or magic loop when sts get too tight on needles):
Round 1:  *k13, ssk* around - 70sts
Rounds 2-4:  k around
Round 5:  *k12, ssk* around – 65sts
Rounds 6-7:  k around
Round 8:  *k11, ssk* around – 60sts
Round 9:  k around
Round 10: *k10, ssk* around – 55sts
Round 11:  *k9, ssk* around – 50 sts
Round 12:  *k8, ssk* around – 45 sts
Round 13:  *k7, ssk* around – 40 sts
Continue decreasing every round in this manner until 10sts remain.
Next round:  k2tog around

Cut yarn leaving an 8” (20cm) tail and weave end through remaining sts with tapestry needle and pull to inside of hat. Weave in ends. Wear it as is or block to flatten crown.

Becky Robbins, 2015

ps. Please feel free to use your finished hat for pleasure or profit, but remember that these written instructions and photos belong to me and cannot be used or transferred without my permission.

We'd love to see your hat over in the Morning Bright group on Ravelry.com!

New! Holistic Merino Bulky Yarn

So I was on a bit of a sabbatical for the past few months for some personal reasons, and during this time I had a chance to think about Morning Bright and where and how I want it to go. Having stepped away from it for a while, so to speak, I believe I've gained some new perspectives, and definitely came up with floods of ideas for creative changes. And I'm so excited to be able to get back to working and sharing all my new ideas, while also continuing the established practices that have worked well in the past.

And my time away also served to increase the already huge amount of gratitude I have for all of you - not only my customers, but the whole world of fiber artists who find so many wonderful ways to share with one another. I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of it all!

Here's a video I made of this week's Etsy shop update, and also an introduction to my new Holistic Merino Bulky yarn. After literally years of searching I've finally found a certified humane and eco-friendly bulky merino - and it's amazing!



 "First Snow"


I also added a bunch of colorways on my various other bases including:
Blue Tabby - Holistic Merino DK
Sand Dollar - Holistic Merino Aran
Peace and Quiet - Holistic Merino Fingering
Indigo Bunting - Holistic Merino Fingering
Hello Sunshine - Organic Merino Cobweb
Peach Julep - Holistic Merino Fingering 
Verdant - Organic Merino/Nylon Sock
So Pink - Holistic Merino Aran

and my new colorway, "Wicked" on Holistic Merino Fingering

So if you haven't visited my Etsy shop lately now's a great time! And for more sharing and updates and a fun monthly drawing for a free skein of yarn come join the Morning Bright group on Ravelry. com. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Alternating Long Tail/German Twisted Cast On Video Demo

Here's a little video I made demonstrating my favorite cast on for a ribbed edge. I'd been using the German Twisted cast on for garter edges for a while when it occurred to me that since I was creating purl-like cast on stitches with the German Twisted, that it might make sense to alternate it with regular Long Tail cast on stitches for ribbing. It's simple to do and I really like the results - I've been using this method for ribbed edges ever since! I hope the video is helpful - let me know if you have any questions. 

Also, we're having a big sale in Morning Bright's Etsy shop - take 25% off any order by using the coupon code MAYDAYS at checkout! Sale ends May 13th.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Organic Merino Cobweb Lace

We've got a new base in our line up of humane and environmentally-friendly yarns! Introducing 100% Organic Merino Cobweb Lace - a wonderfully light and airy 2-ply, just perfect for summer knitting. Create beautiful, weightless scarves and shawls, or hold it double with a heavier weight yarn for a fun punch of color. The possibilities are endless! Find it in our Etsy shop.

Here's a few of our colorways - this base takes dye just beautifully

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our Angora Rabbits

Here are all our Angora friends! They're all so sweet and lovable - I'm very proud to call them mine...or am I theirs? :)

Gracie ~ German Angora
Pretty Fiona

Handsome Bob ~ English Angora
River grooming Fiona



Beautiful Petunia
Konnor and Lily

Delilah ~ Black German/English/French Angora

Calla ~ German Angora

River and Calla                              
Baby Earl
Baby Bob
Tawny ~ Fawn German/English/French Angora
Lily ~ German Angora


Earl ~ Blue-Eyed Tort English Angora
Me and my Gracie                              

River and Petunia

Ivory, Fiona, and Angus

Baby Fiona and Baby Gracie

Baby Gracie
Me and my Walter

Beautiful Petunia ~ English Angora
        Walter's first haircut 

                                              Baby Walter                                             
Walter ~ 93/7 German/English Chestnut Agouti Angora

Monday, January 26, 2015

Journeyer Cowl - Crocheted!

I had a great time designing this soft, squishy cowl. I've been spending lots more time knitting the past couple years, and it felt great to have a hook in my hand again! My Mother taught me to crochet when I was 3 years old, and it was definitely my first love as far as handiwork goes. I've crocheted countless blankets and hats and stuffies over the years - but this is my very first cowl. I call it "Journeyer" because that's what I've felt like on this long road of fiber art. From crochet to knitting to sewing and embroidery. From spinning and felting and fiber farming and dyeing - every year seems to hold something new and exciting in my fiber art journey! Anyway, here it is - "Journeyer", modeled by my beautiful daughter, River (who I taught to crochet at a very young age :)

You can find this pattern on Ravelry and the yarn in my Etsy shop. The "Journeyer" cowl is FREE until January 28th, and I'm have a SALE in my Etsy shop until February 1st! No code necessary for the pattern, but for the sale in my Etsy shop you'll have to use the coupon code SNOWDAYS at checkout for 20% off your entire order.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beach Peas Tam and Cowl Patterns

Alla Saenko from Island Knits Design has designed a gorgeous hat and cowl pattern with Morning Bright Holistic Merino Aran! This slouchy, textured and cozy hat is called the "Beach Peas Tam" and was knit with my colorway "Sand Dollar", which shows off the all the pretty stitches perfectly.

And there's even a cowl to match! Here's the beautiful "Beach Peas Cowl"
The "Beach Peas Tam" is available now, and the "Beach Peas Cowl" will be released on January 10th. I'm so honored that Alla chose my yarn for these amazing patterns! And I'm grateful that she kindly allowed me to use her photos, because I couldn't wait until I've finished knitting my own to tell you all about this lovely set :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Hat Pattern and Some Very Fluffy Pom Poms!

I designed this knitted hat for my son and daughter, Konnor and River. They both wanted a slouchy hat, but River wanted hers to be pretty and with a big pom pom. Konnor wanted something more manly, and wasn't so much into a pom. So I gave River's a feminine seed stitch brim, and a big fluffy 100% angora pom. And I made Konnor's with a more masculine ribbed brim, and no pom. The rest of the hat is the same, and I've included instructions for both brims. So you get to choose! This hat is worked in the round, from the brim up, and can be worn slouchy with the brim unfolded, or as more of a beanie with the brim folded up.

I used less than one skein of my Holistic Merino DK in "Pine" for Konnor's and "Sand Dollar" for River's.

You can find this PDF download pattern for sale in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry.com

And my Handmade 100% Angora Rabbit Fur Poms from my own rabbits are now available, too! They're selling quick, but I'm listing new ones all the time. You can also feel free to convo me on Etsy if you'd like to reserve a certain color or size. I make them as medium 4.5" or large 6" and they come in three natural colors - beige, gray, and white, and I can also dye them any color.

All of us here at Morning Bright would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year!