Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ruche Panel Tuque ~ Pattern Now Available!

Hi, Knitters,
Wow! Thank you for the enormous response to my Think Spring pattern sale! I'm beyond words, so a simple thank you will have to do. The sale is still going on through March 31st at midnight. The sale is 25% off of all of my Ravelry Pattern Shop patterns by entering a coupon code.

The coupon code is: THINKSPRING

On the topic of the sale, I added this new hat pattern, Ruche Panel Tuque, to my sale patterns this morning. If you purchase the new hat pattern before March 31st you will get a fantastic price of 25% off! The Ruche Panel Tuque will regularly be $5.00 and with the sale it is only $3.75! It's a steal.

On to today's new pattern. I have exciting news about a new pattern I posted for purchase in my shop this morning, the Ruche Panel Tuque.  I designed and knit this sweet hat last winter on request from Tanis Gray. The Ruche Panel Tuque was designed for a wonderful alpaca yarn company called, Our Back 40, and the copyright ownership has just returned to me. 

Click here for the Our Back 40 website! Kits are available for purchase on the Our Back 40 site.

The owner, Lynn, let me know that this hat in kit form has been a very good seller for her business. That is always so good to hear. I want to thank Lynn, Tanis and Our Back 40 for the opportunity.

The Ruche Panel Tuque is knit in a worsted weight yarn at 5 stitches per inch for the gauge. This means the hat could be worked up in so many different yarns like Quince & Co. Lark, Owl or Owl Tweet, Cascade 220, Lorna's Laces Worsted, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, Madelinetosh Worsted.... the list could go on and on! 

I am particularly proud of the ruffled cast on that I worked out that is just done for the panel section of the hat, not all the way around. This gives the panel section a slight ruffle at the brim which I just love. This hat fits and feels great on your head. 

Here is some information you might like to know about the Ruche Panel Tuque:

·      Our Back 40 Ne Plus Ultra Worsted Weight (100% alpaca, 100 yds per skein), 2 skeins.  Sample shown in color “Timothy.”
·      Size 7 (4.5 mm) 16 inches (41 cm) circular knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
·      Set of 4 double-pointed needles, size 7 (4.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
·      3 stitch markers
·      Tapestry needle

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rounds = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.

Size: 19 inch (48 cm) circumference to fit a 20-22 inch (51 cm – 56 cm) head circumference

(photo from Our Back 40)

I have been very busy this morning already. I just sent off the pattern for the Split Back Snowflake Hat ~ Traditional Version, too! to my trusty, smart and fast test knitter. As soon as I hear back from her and incorporate her improvements the pattern will be up and ready to go. Get your Quince & Co. Owl ready to fly! By the way the traditional version is completely unisex, men, women, teens, and even older children can wear this hat. If you are purchasing Owl, you need 2 skeins of the main color and 1 skein of the contrast color for both versions. I used Cerulean and Elf.

It's coming soon! I'll post here as soon as it is available. 

Here is a small sneak peek of the Split Back Snowflake Hat version (That's my beautiful niece modeling and she wants the hats to keep! I'll have to knit her one to take with her.):

Here is a small sneak peek at the Traditional Snowflake Hat version (no split at the back, just a ribbed brim that can be worn turned up or down):

Don't forget to take advantage of the spring sale! THINKSPRING is the coupon code.

There is so much exciting stuff going on around here. Big things! I can't wait to share.
I'll be back soon with more.
best, susie