Popped Expansion Pack

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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|


This started because I wanted to draw lines on my knitting. And there are actually a bunch of ways to do that! But one of my very favorite is to hold a floofy yarn alongside a regular yarn and then occasionally set the regular yarn aside and work with just the floofy yarn. When you do that, the stitches made with just the floofy yarn end up being a different color. And if you stack them up, you get a line. And once you’ve got the hang of that, well, there’s no end to what you can do. Here I went with drawing wibbly wobbly swoopy lines. They’re pretty and easy to memorize, and they make the fabric just the tiniest bit wavy, and I swear I couldn’t love them more if I tried. Combine that with a turned hem, which I maintain is the tidiest way to start a hat, and an adorable little welt, and you end up with something that is astonishingly warm and the perfect mix of tidy and swoopy and really just generally delightful all around. Plus you get to draw lines on your knitting. Which is apparently enough to keep me amused for hours at a time. And possibly I shouldn’t admit that in public? But I suspect some of you might just share this particular fascination, so maybe if we all pretend that’s perfectly normal we can get away with it!
April 17, 2024|
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