I recently bought the new Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, a beautiful book compiled & translated by Gayle Roehm. This book is full of really complex lace and cable stitches, shown in high-relief, large swatches on every page. I've had a blast paging through it, and dreaming of what some of these lace and cable motifs might become, and decided finally just to do something rather than continue to look and dream.
One of my goals for 2018 is to publish more patterns, and not just generic patterns, but higher quality, original and unique patterns. I have never considered myself a designer in the way of some of the amazing people I get to hire for books and projects, but I do feel that in this industry, the best way to get your name out there and share your vision with others is to have a few patterns. It would also be nice to get some of my ideas out of my head and onto needles. I decided to start with a hat. Named after the undulating lace panel, Undulation Adoration is now available in my Ravelry shop.
This hat features a modified version of panel 32 in the book. My modifications were made regarding the distance between the lace panels, obviously fitting it within the context of a hat, and also altering the pattern to work with hat decreases. The chart in my finished pattern is very straightforward and simple: hopefully easy knitting for those who don't knit a lot of lace! I found this pattern pretty intuitive and easy to follow based on the yarn over positioning, so most folks should have no problems. There also aren't a ridiculous number of chart repeats, so you can knit 'just one more repeat' and be done in no time.
The hat features Artyarns TSC Zara Fine, but would work beautifully in any fingering weight skein you might have in stash. If you were willing to knit a version with a contrast brim, you can easily get two--possibly three--hats out of two 100g skeins of fingering weight yarn. I think that everyone has a few skeins of fingering-weight singles or some handspun in stash that would be kind of perfect for this, and I can't wait to see what is done with it!
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