Aug 22, 2015

Meet the Zea Hat and Mitts

I have two fun new patterns up for sale in the shop today, the fabulous Zea Hat and Zea MItts. I created these designs in collaboration with Yarn Box, an interesting subscription service who sends their members a different kind of yarn every month. For each box that they put together, they commission an exclusive pattern from designers like myself.

Yarn Box paired me with a wonderful yarn company, Verdant Gryphon, who contributed their gorgeous Bugga! yarn. Bugga! (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) is an absolute delight to knit with and the colors are particularly gorgeous. You should definitely check out their page, and have some fun reading through their color names. This color is called "Saturday Night". Some of my other favorites include, "The Downcast Donkey", "Speeding Through the Ruins" and "A Wistful Moment." It's clear that their having fun over there, and I like that.

When I first saw the yarn, the beautiful depth in color and soft sheen, I knew it would be a great compliment to this new hat design I had been kicking around. Here's my initial sketch:

Since the Yarn Box shipment would contain way more yarn than what is required for one hat, I also designed a matching set of fingerless mitts.

Both designs feature a fun popcorn stitch texture. The popcorn is made by working into the same stitch repeatedly to dramatically increase then immediately decreasing before moving to the next stitch. Of course instructions are detailed in the pattern, but in an effort to pull out all the stops, I also made a video to better illustrate the technique.

You can go to my Zea Hat page or Zea MItts page to see more information about each of the designs.

I'm absolutely in love with these new accessories, and I know I'll be wearing them all winter. I would love to hear what you think about them in the comments below. What color would you knit yours with?


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