Penchant Expansion Pack

There are two things you should know. First, exploring variations on a theme is my happy place. I love to find something fun, then tweak it and tweak it and tweak it, just to see what happens. Second, duplicate stitch is magic. It’s easy (you don’t have to make any judgement calls, you’re just tracing over the existing stitches in the underlying fabric), it’s useful (it’s my very favorite way to mend thin spots in well worn knits or to handle my ends on new projects), and it can be absolutely lovely. So it seems only fitting to combine these hats (which started with a sweet little rib and then accidentally turned into two different hats because I felt like playing around with different variations) with a duplicate stitch (which gives you nearly endless possibilities for adorning your knits). And when you put them together, you end up with something rather special! We’ll start with the patterns for both versions of the hat. Then comes a rather extensive primer on duplicate stitch to teach you the basics and walk you through several variations. Then to get you started playing with experiments of your own, we’ll end with six different ways to duplicate stitch on the hats. So whether you make the hats and leave them plain, make the hats and dress them up, or decide to stitch all over an entirely different project, you’ll find something to experiment with. Because it’s good to have options, and I’m always looking for an excuse to try just one more version of whatever I’m up to!
March 25, 2024|

Popped Expansion Pack

This e-book is available to patrons in the Utter Nonsense and Rampant Nonsense tiers  until June 30 2024. It may be available elsewhere later, but it will be exclusive to patrons until then. The Utter Nonsense level is only $6 a month (that's less than the price of a single pattern), you can cancel at any time, and you'll get a bunch of other patterns when you join (you can see a list of them here).
This...this isn’t a normal pattern. It’s not instructions for how to make one specific thing. Or rather, it’s not only instructions for how to make one specific thing (don’t worry, I will totally tell you exactly how to make those hats). Instead it’s more like a bag of blocks—a whole bunch of pieces you can stack up in lots of different ways to make all sorts of things. You see, I’ve come to realize that the thing that makes me really love a pattern is having all the bits and pieces of whatever I’m making flow nicely into each other. Now, exactly what that means will be different from pattern to pattern! On a sock it might mean having the heel and toe line up just so with the pattern on the leg and foot. On a hat, it might mean having the crown grow smoothly out of the body. The details will be different every time, but keeping elements from the main stitch pattern going throughout the whole thing and having everything transition organically between sections is what makes it all just click in my brain. That usually means I end up coming up with a whole bunch of little pieces as I work on a design. And then I stack those pieces up to make whatever I want (hat, socks, cowl, mitts, shawl, whatever tickles my fancy that day). Because once you have the pieces, mixing them together to make something is easy! So what I’ve done here is take the main stitch pattern from one of my sock patterns (Popped) and charted out all the pieces you might need to take that stitch pattern and use it in all sorts of other things. In this case, that’s an initial rib, a way to transition from the initial rib into the main stitch pattern, the main stitch pattern, two different ways to transition from the main stitch pattern back out a final rib, and final rib. I’ve charted each of those out, both flat and in the round, for four different widths (a main stitch pattern 16, 18, 20, and 22 stitches wide), then I added a couple of increase and decrease options for things like thumb gussets or hat crowns. And now you can take those pieces and put them together to make whatever you want (don’t worry, I also included a couple of sizing guides for hats and socks and mitts to help get you started). I’ve put the pieces together to make two different hats, just to show you an example of what you can do. But you could absolutely turn these into mitts or a cowl or socks or whatever else you can dream up. I can’t wait to see what you you create!
April 5, 2024|
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