Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dawnland Hat - Free Pattern!

Here's a free hat I've recently published on! Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks for another great year of having the privilege of painting yarn for you! The Dawnland Hat is a relatively quick knit using less than 100 grams of bulky merino yarn. The suggested yarn is an ultra soft two-ply that works up into a warm, comfy, close-fitting cap that’s not too tight, but stays put during activity. Worked in the round from the bottom up, this is a pretty and simple basket-weave hat with a twist.

Thank you to my beautiful daughter, River, for modeling for me. The idea for this hat was inspired by her Mi’kmaq ancestors. These First Nation people of northeastern North America are renowned for their amazing traditional basket weaving. Part of The Wabanaki Confederacy, they are known as the “People of the Dawnland”.

You can also find this pattern as a free download on

Difficulty: Enthusiastic beginner - the pattern is simple, but the twisted stitches take some agility.

Size: Ladies - fits most tweens, teens and adult women. Approx. 21” (53cm) diameter brim, 8” (20cm) tall from cast on edge to top of crown.

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

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

Needles: US size 10 (6mm) 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: stitch marker, tapestry needle

CO - cast on
st(s) - stitch(es) pm - place marker k - knit
p - purl
k()tbl - k(given number) of sts twisted back loop, separately. With yarn in back, insert right needle into back leg of next st and pull yarn through, repeat for given number of sts.
p2tog - p two together. With yarn in front, insert right needle into next two sts purl-wise and pull yarn through.
k2togtbl - k two together twisted back loop. With yarn in back, insert right needle into back leg of next 2 sts together and pull through.
CDD-p - center double decrease-purled. With yarn in front, insert right needle into next 2 sts together purl-wise and slip to right needle. Purl next st, and pass the two slipped sts over. CDD-ktbl - center double decrease-k twisted back loop. With yarn in back, insert right needle into next 2 sts together through back loops and slip to right needle. K next st twisted back loop, and pass two slipped sts over.
k2tog - with yarn in back, insert right needle into next two sts together knit-wise and pull yarn through.

I like to use the "Alternating Long Tail/German Twisted Cast On" method for ribbed hat brims. If you already know how to do a German twisted cast on, then simply alternate that with the long tail method (the German twisteds will be purled in the next round, and the long tails will be ktbl). If you don’t know how to cast on with the German twisted method, you can find lots of instructions with a google search, or check out my demonstration on at For this pattern: make slip knot, then cast on one long tail, and then one German twisted. Continue alternating the two methods for the required number of cast on sts (you’ll end with a long tail).

With smaller needles, CO 70 sts with your favorite stretchy CO method, pm, and join to work in the round.
Next round - *P1, k1tbl - repeat from * around.
Repeat this round 5 more times.
K 1 round.

Begin body of hat: Switch to larger needles. Block A - *k4tbl, p6 - repeat from * around. Repeat this round 5 more times.
K one round.
Block B - p5, k4tbl, *p6, k4tbl - repeat from * around until last st, p1. Repeat this round 5 more times.
K one round.
Repeat Blocks A and B one more time.

Crown decrease rounds. Switch to dpns or magic loop when sts get too tight on needles: Round 1 - *k4tbl, p2, p2tog, p2 - repeat from * around. (63sts)
Round 2 - *k4tbl, p5 - repeat from * around.
Round 3 - *k1tbl, k2togtbl, k1tbl, p5 - repeat from * around. (56sts)
Round 4 - *k3tbl, p1, CDD-p, p1 - repeat from * around. (42sts) Round 5 - *CDD-ktbl, p3 - repeat from * around. (28sts)
Round 6 - *k1tbl, CDD-p - repeat from * around. (14sts)
Round 7 - k2tog around. (7sts)
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.

Hand wash your hat gently and reshape and dry flat to relax and even out the stitches.

Becky Robbins, 2016

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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Speakeasy Bag

"Woolly Bully Bag" - free pattern by Lori Puthoff. Knit and felted with my Holistic Merino Bulky in "Speakeasy". Very fast and fun and adorable! This was my first ever knit/felt project and the results are great thanks to this super well-written design.

Smudge the Cat

Meet Smudge! Just finished this little fellow - super quick and easy. The design's by Amanda Berry and I knit mine with my Holistic Merino DK in "Blue Tabby" and "Sand Dollar" and some new unnamed pinkish color I mixed up for the nose and whiskers. The pattern includes instructions to make another cat that's similar but lies down instead of sits. Her name is Ginger and I think I'll be knitting her next Find the pattern on Ravelry…/BeckyRobbins/ginger-and-smudge

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Seashore Sweater

"Seashore" pattern by Isabell Kraemer, knit with my hand painted Morning Bright Holistic Merino Fingering in "Chambord" and "Night". Ultra-soft and beautiful to knit and wear. I highly recommend this pattern!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mirabel Shawl Kits now available!

I'm super excited to announce that I've collaborated with Delusional Knitter Designs to create the "Mirabel Shawl Kit" - now available in my Etsy shopThe "Mirabel" knitted shawl pattern by Delusional Knitter Designs is a stunning crescent shaped garter stitch short row and lace shawl using three 3 different colorways of Morning Bright Holistic Merino Fingering yarn. Mirabel means “wondrous” and this shawl is just that, the different colored sections flow and glide into one another with a sweeping grace. An easy knit with constantly changing directions and techniques, Mirabel is simply wonderful to knit, and is included for FREE in the Mirabel Shawl Kit! Here's Angela's beautiful pattern, knit with my Holistic Merino Fingering:

And I've created 4 different trios of colorways for the kits. Each kit contains a 75g skein of Holistic Merino Fingering, and two 50g skeins.

Trio 1: Rich, Pumpkin Pie (new colorway!), Sand Dollar

Trio 2: Enchanted, Shadow Boxing (new colorway!), Tender

Trio 3: Night, Black Raspberry (new colorway!), Moonlit

Trio 4: Indigo Bunting, Peace and Quiet, Peach Julep (this is the combo Angela used for her sample)

Did I mention that the pattern download is included in the kit for FREE? And Angela's going to be starting a KAL in her group "Delusional Knitter Designs" beginning February 15th. Woooo! Oh, and I'm donating 2 skeins, winner's choice and free shipping as a prize for the KAL :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Moonlit Oak Cowl

Last year the very talented designer, Susan Elizabeth, asked me to dye two custom colorways for a pattern idea she had. From her description of her concept and ideas I created my colorways "Moonlit" and "Oak"

And she created the stunning "Moonlit Oak Cowl"

Moonlit Oak Cowl is fully lined with stranded motifs and your choice of tree designs. You'll need two skeins of Morning Bright Holistic Merino DK to knit this ultra-soft, warm and cozy cowl. The pattern is very clearly written and fairly quick and easy knit.

And Susan's Moonlit Oak Cowl pattern is currently FREE with your purchase of two skeins of my Holistic Merino DK yarn! Choose from my ready-to-ship skeins or any of my Dyed-to-Order colorways in my Etsy shop and just mention Moonlit Oak Cowl in the note at checkout.

As always, I'd love to see your finished projects! Come share away in our Morning Bright group on and check out what others are creating, too!