5 Fast Knits from knitscene Accents 2018
Knitscene Accents 2018 is a project close to our hearts at Interweave. We’ve wanted to give you an accessories collection for quite some time and Hannah Baker, now editor of Interweave Knits, got to make that dream a reality. This collection of 20 fun accessories is the perfect cure for a knitting slump or when you need a quick knitting pattern for a gift or travel project.
Hannah worked with 10 great yarn companies—Red Heart Yarns, Bijou Basin Ranch, Sugar Bush Yarns, Harrisville Designs, Black Wolf Ranch, Simply Shetland, Jones & Vandermeer, Lorna’s Laces, Trendsetter Yarns, and Plymouth Yarn—to curate this collection of 20 projects that offer a variety of thoughtful, quality yarns that range in fiber and retail price.
1. Midnight Cap by Sarah Solomon
An engaging and fast knit, the Midnight Cap is one you must try. The super-thick brim and cables provide extra warmth for winter weather. This modern take on a classic watch cap features striking cables and the yarn, Harrisville Designs’ new Nightshades, adds a beautiful dimension to the fabric. That’s because this line of black yarns let through a delicate hue of color. And this DK-weight, one-skein pattern means that you can knit this hat in a weekend.
2. Snowy Peaks Hat by Sarah Solomon
Two skeins of the luxurious, earth-friendly Ethos Cashmere (from Jones & Vandermeer) make the Snowy Peaks Hat—a quick little project featuring a colorwork motif celebrating majestic, snow-capped peaks. Ethos comes in five rich neutrals so you can mix and match for your preferred combination. And it knits into a warm yet lightweight fabric thanks to its contents: half virgin cashmere and half recycled cashmere (from cashmere discarded in the production process).
3. Mottles Hat by Heather Zoppetti
The Mottles Hat, by the talented Heather Zoppetti, pairs a solid and variegated yarn to mimic complicated colorwork. This stockinette-stitch hat is knit in the round from the bottom up using a chevron colorwork chart and finished with an exciting, colorful pom-pom.
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted (affiliate link) is a superwash-wool that is dyed to perfection. You could easily sub out the variegated for a tonal or solid color-yarn. Each skein is hand-dyed and machine washable!
4. Ring-Tailed Bandit Hat by Mone Dräger
The Ring-Tailed Bandit Hat is a fun project that draws inspiration from the Masked Bandit motif from Andrea Rangel’s Alterknit Stitch Dictionary (Interweave, 2017). It’s worked in the round from the bottom up and bound off after the ribbing and then stitches are picked up to create a chain detail. Find a motif with the same stitch counts and you can make this hat over and over again.
The yarn, Jamieson’s Double Knitting (distributed by Simply Shetland), comes in over 140 color choices! This 100% Shetland wool is grown and spun in the Shetland Islands, and its colorways are plucked straight from the landscape.
Note: It might take some finessing on your part to replace the colorwork motif but in our opinion, it would certainly be worth a try.
5. Blazing Leaves Mitts by Samantha MacKay
Leaves are the best and don’t fight me on it. I wait all year for fall, the smell of sweet leaf decay, walking over leaves on the sidewalk, and jumping into leaf piles. Samantha MacKay, the designer of the Blazing Leaves Mitts, also loves leaves—she was once an arborist!
These mitts are worked in the round from the bottom up and feature seed stitch along the cuffs, tops, and thumbs. And they take just two skeins of Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted (affiliate link) to make. Galway Worsted is smooth, durable, versatile, and has 85 solid and heathered colorways. Depending on your color selection, you can celebrate any leaf-season!
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