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.