Pattern Crushes

It has been a while since I have done a pattern crush post.  I have added a few patterns to my queue on Ravelry, here is what I am crushing on lately:

  • Soap Socks - I think these are adorable and would be great to keep on hand as hostess gifts, teacher gifts and I might knit up a few for Christmas gifts (knitters have to start thinking about gift giving waaaay before non-knitters!).
  • Cropped Thumb Hole Sweater - I love this.  I love the colour the designer used in the sample.  I love the thumb holes.  I love that it would not take as long to knit as a full sweater. 
  • Surface Tablet Cozy - This would be a totally utilitarian knit.  I need a cozy for my Microsoft Surface and my daughter needs a cozy for her full size laptop.  I need to find time to whip up a couple of these this year.  Also I love the pen slot in this design. 
  • Kore Cardi - One day I will have the closet full of hand knit sweaters that I always dream about and this sweater will be in that closet.  
  • Cabled Cat Ears Hat - How cute is this?  Must. Have. One. 
What pattern crushes do you have lateley?  I would love some enabling inspiration.  

Help Me Choose A Pattern

If you are in one of the places in the US or Canada that was hammered by the monster blizzard this past weekend, I hope you are safe, warm and have enough yarn to see you through.
I am almost finished the last of the 4 design commissions I have been working on.  I expect to have the last project off my needles today and in the mail at the end of the week.  To celebrate, I want to cast on a new hat.  My good friend, Anna from Mythic Yarn dyed this yarn especially for me - it is one of my favourite colour combinations.
This yarn happens to match my Stripe Study Shawl perfectly, so I would like to knit a matching hat. 
Here are two very poor-quality photos of my Stripe Study Shawl.  This is one of my favourite shawls and I wear it a lot.  I will wear it even more when I have a matching hat.   

The yarn is a fingering weight variegated.  My first instinct is to knit the Sockhead hat, but then I think that a garter stitch hat might be a nicer match, since the shawl is garter stitch.  I really want to knit Galactic Hat, but it is written for worsted weight and I am feeling too lazy to rework it for fingering weight.  I looked through other knitters' projects, and there doesn't seem to be a fingering weight one yet, but the pattern is still very new.  Or, I could do something like Cape Point Hat - I could flip it inside out so it is reverse stockinette (which will sort of complement the garter stitch in the shawl). 

What do you think?  Which hat should I knit? I am really leaning toward the Sockhead hat. I love the Galactic Hat, but this may not be the yarn for that pattern.  Thoughts? Ideas? Is there a hat pattern that I have missed that would look great with this shawl?  Let me know. 


Pattern Crush

Like many knitters, I find myself with more pattern crushes than time to knit all my pattern crushes.

This is especially true lately when I have found myself so busy with design work that I have hardly any time for selfish knitting and my dream of a closet full of hand knit sweaters seems like it will never come true.

Here are some gorgeous designs that I have been drooling over; not all of them are recent releases, but they are gorgeous and I want to knit them all...

  1. Elliewood by Laura Aylor - this is my ideal fall-weather-dog-walking sweater.  It has fingerless mitts built in, a kangaroo style pouch for holding my cell phone and a warm cozy neck to keep me toasty.  I love this design.  
  2. Anja's Hat by Karina Maza-Gildea - I love this style of hat.  Sadly, I inherited my Father's large viking head and the mass-produced hats of this style don't fit me very well, but this one will fit me perfectly beacause it will be custom made by me for me :)
  3. Moscow Mule by Michelle Meyer - Shrugs are not usually my style, but this one with the simple detailing on the edges really appeals to me.  I think it would look great with a tank top and jeans.  
  4. Corset Tank Top by Annie Modesitt - sexy much?  With a black pencil skirt and high heel ankle boots.  Hawt.  
  5. Sleeve Scarf Sweater Wrap by Lake House Knits - versatile, gorgeous and different. I like to knit things that you would not find in a department store, and this meets that criteria.  
  6. Maisie by Hanna Maciejewska - Love the lace detail and love the pouch-pocket in the front.  I love those pockets because I always have my cell phone with me and always need somewhere to put it.  
  7. Skimmer Socks by Sheila Toy Stromberg - These are perfect for wearing with flats.  Or as a second layer inside your winter boots.  These would also be great gifts. 
  8. Off the Shoulder Pullover by Vladmir Teriokhin - This is so versatile - you can dress it up, dress it down - it's beautiful.
  9. Deep V-Neck Sweater by Purl Soho - I would wear it backwards with the deep v in the back.  
  10. Wink by Hanna Maciejewska - this will be next on my needles when I finally finish the Cecily Twinset that I am knitting now.  
Do you have any pattern crushes?  Enable me Share them with me.