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Oats and Barley

August 17, 2013

So your scarf is finished and your first blanket is well on its way right? Time for 2 new patterns from The Simple Collection!

Oats is a cute, simple cowl, perfect to ward off the chill of the coming fall weather.

Barley is a hat for everyone, all ages, boys and girls, it can be knit short as a beanie or a bit longer for a slouchy look.

Oats :: a cozy cowl

With the garter, ribbing, and stockinette you have come to know and love, Oats is knit in the round (something new for those knitting their way through the collection!) and has 3 sizes to choose from: a kiddie cowl, a snug cowl, and a longer wrap around cowl. I am a personal fan of the kiddie cowl. Hunter will have a few before the rainy fall this year! There is no bulk from a scarf and nothing to come undone and fall off. No lonely knitting, forever lost in the snow!

OATS PROJECT DETAILS :::
yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran in ‘gold’ and ‘frost’ (75, 200, 400 yards)
suggested needles: US 8/ 5mm 16 (16, 32) inch circular needle
size: the finished cowl will be approximately 6 (10, 10) inches tall by 19 (23, 48) inches around.
pattern: Free! download the Oats pattern now!

Barley ::: a stylish hat for everyone in the family

Once you’ve knit your first Barley hat you will see why I’ve already made 6! There is something so smooth and easy about a little garter, a lot of stockinette, and a pinch of ribbing. I’ll be knitting up another batch as presents this year. Even though I’ve knit dozens of hats (maybe more…), I still love a simple hat in a fabulous yarn. 

BARLEY PROJECT DETAILS :::
yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in ‘twig’, ‘winter wheat’, ‘thoreau’, and ‘badlands’
suggested needles: US 6/4mm 16 inch circular needle and US 8/ 5mm circular needle and double pointed needles.
sizes: fits head 16 (17.5, 19, 20.5, 22, 23) inches around.
pattern: Free! download the Barley pattern now!

::: The Simple Collection Tutorials :::

If you are new to knitting entirely, used to knit but have forgotten how, or are looking to move past the basics, we have step-by-step tutorials on each of the techniques you will need for both Oats and Barley.  ‘Lets Knit a Hat’ covers knitting in the round, decreases, and working with double pointed needles.

::: The Yarn :::

The Oats cowls were knit in Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran, a beautiful hand dyed yarn from Quebec. It is 100% superwash merino, soft and hard-wearing, in subtle hand dyed colours. We have long been fans of Tanis and the yarn for these cowls did not disappoint!

The Barley hat samples were knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, a yarn we use quite often at Tin Can Knits. The yarn is also 100% superwash merino with a lofty and soft feel. With such a wide range of colours it’s nearly impossible to choose!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Heidi permalink
    August 19, 2013 7:13 am

    I adore that hat – and the family pictures are so nice. I plan to feature some pictures form this collection on my blog soon – hope that’s ok.

  2. August 17, 2013 3:29 pm

    Reblogged this on D'NALI and commented:
    Because knitters are awesome!!!

    Wanna learn how to knit? Dive head first into this collection from the very generous Tin Can Knits. It’s like learning with a friend! Cheers! :D

  3. August 17, 2013 1:36 pm

    Oh I love free patterns! Thank you!!

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