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Some Sweet Slouchy Hats

February 21, 2013

While Emily has been working tirelessly over in Edinburgh to finish Handmade in the UK, I’ve been up to no good in Vancouver working on new slouchy hat designs in gorgeous yarns for Sweet Fiber!

On Commercial Drive there is a wonderful little coffee shop. Ok… there are actually more like 30 coffee shops but I’m thinking of just one! It’s a hippy kind of place, like almost everything on The Drive, and they make a beverage that I just adore with honey, vanilla, espresso, milk, and there must be some secret ingredient because it is somehow more delicious than just the sum of its parts. The name of this tasty bevvie? Stovetop.

So when I designed this classic, cozy, cabled number I knew what the name would be immediately!



Stovetop (the hat) is knit in Sweet Fiber’s lovely Merino Twist Worsted (the color is Paper Birch). The yarn is squishy and soft with the added bonus of being washable. I wanted to design something that would fit in many walks of life and with many types of wardrobes. I can picture a fashionable lady strolling down cobblestone streets (see the influence of my European adventure here) or a dishevelled looking hipster keeping their hair under wraps in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, in true Tin Can Knits style, it is sized for the whole family: so your equally fashionable child can share in the trendy fun!

STOVETOP ::: Pattern info
Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult Small, Medium, Large)
Yarn: 90 (120, 140, 175, 185, 200) yds worsted/aran weight yarn
Sample knit in Sweet Fiber Merino Twist Worsted in ‘Paper Birch
Needles: US #6 / 4 mm 16 inch circular and US #8 / 5 mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or as required to meet gauge)
Gauge: 18 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needles

The other confection I have been working on is the Caramel Slouch. I knit this one for Sweet Fiber in the lovely Cashmerino Worsted, color: Pumpkin Spice. Although the yarn comes ready with a delicious colour name, I decided it really warranted the very sweetest name: Caramel. This hat is also sized for all the pretty babes in your life. The pattern will be available exclusively at the Sweet Fiber booth at Stitches West this weekend.  If you aren’t in Santa Clara that weekend, the pattern will be available for download on April 1st.

Caramel Slouch

Caramel Slouch is knit band first, a construction I’m enjoying these days. Stitches are picked up along the top of the band, and the rest is smooth sailing in stockinette. I really can’t say enough good things about the yarn I used for this hat. Sweet Fiber Cashmerino is so very soft and sumptuous with beautiful and subtle shifts in color that give the finished product great depth. A hint of cashmere goes a long way in this yarn.  Sweet Fiber carries a full line of Cashmerinos: sock, sport, and worsted, perfect for many projects in your queue!

CARAMEL SLOUCH ::: Pattern info
Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult Small, Medium, Large)
Yarn: 90 (100, 120, 150, 170) yds aran/worsted weight yarn
Sample knit in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in ‘Pumpkin Spice
Needles: US #7 / 4.5 mm (any type) and US #9 / 5.5 mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or as required to meet gauge)
Gauge: 18 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needles
Purchase: Sweet Fiber booth at Stitches West – and will be available for download April 01 2013 – RAVELRY

Caramel Slouch

The last (but not least) little knit we have for you today is a snuggly 2-tone lace cowl: Sweetness.  This free pattern is a perfect project for trying out intarsia for the first time.  We have a tutorial to illustrate how simple intarsia is – try it out for yourself!

SWEETNESS ::: Pattern info
one size: 12” wide by 46” around. Cowl fits nicely when wrapped twice around the neck. Finished size will depend on gauge and how aggressively you block the piece.
Yarn: 150 yds in MC, 150 yds in CC; aran weight yarn
(sample shown in Malabrigo Twist in ‘Terron’ and ‘Zinc’)
Needles: US #9 / 5.5 mm (or as required to meet gauge)
Gauge: 16 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch, OR 14 sts / 4” in lace pattern after blocking
FREE PATTERN! Check it out on the Loop London blog, or on RAVELRY

Sweetness Cowl

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Other projects that would be great in Sweet Fiber Yarns?

Low Tide CardiganRosebud ShawlMarshmallow Mittens

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Cheri permalink
    February 23, 2013 12:35 pm

    Love Love Love the caramel Slouch. I’m looking forward to April.

  2. Betsy permalink
    February 22, 2013 9:42 pm

    I love all three designs. It most especially the Caramel Slouch hat. I expect to go to Stitches tomorrow and will most likely purchase the hard copy of the pattern there. Would it be possible for me to get the downloadable version, when it becomes available, without having to pay for it twice? (hope this isn’t too much of a PITA question…)

    • Betsy permalink
      February 22, 2013 9:44 pm

      …that should have read “but most especially”. Darn autocorrect!

    • February 25, 2013 1:10 pm

      Hi Betsy

      Sorry to disappoint but we can’t offer a downloadable copy of our individual patterns with purchase of a hard copy. Hope Stitches was a blast!


      • Betsy permalink
        February 26, 2013 2:24 pm

        Luckily I didn’t buy the hard copy and can wait for the release of the downloadable version since a little bird told me I’d be getting an iPad mini for my birthday!

  3. February 22, 2013 1:07 am

    absolutely love these latest offerings. especially the caramel slouch!!! Can’t wait to knit it!!

  4. Heidi permalink
    February 21, 2013 7:01 pm

    The slouch is gorgeous!

  5. February 21, 2013 6:45 pm

    More fabulous creations– many thanks. Both of my grown daughters (age 21 and 28) want both hats!!! Just bought one and can’t wait until April for the second. Many thanks

    • February 22, 2013 6:53 am

      Ahhh – if we’re appealing to your daughters, we’re doing something right! Thanks for the compliments!

  6. barbara collins permalink
    February 21, 2013 5:19 pm

    Love your patterns

  7. Connie permalink
    February 21, 2013 4:29 pm

    All so pretty!!!!!!! Caramel and Sweetness…Yum!!!!

  8. February 21, 2013 4:14 pm

    so pretty! love your knits, LOVE stovetop.

  9. Leslie permalink
    February 21, 2013 3:53 pm

    Love the hats! You ladies rock!

  10. Michelle permalink
    February 21, 2013 3:33 pm

    Looking forward to the caramel slouch download. Love it!

  11. February 21, 2013 3:22 pm

    Love, LOVE, LOVE, those hats!!!! Wish they were available now….I’m on the east coast, so won’t be attending Stitches West. ;-(

  12. Jacint permalink
    February 21, 2013 3:03 pm

    Lovely designs !

  13. Angela Pearson permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:36 pm

    Oops! That was supposed to be Caramel Slouch (with Sweetness yarn!).

  14. Angela Pearson permalink
    February 21, 2013 2:34 pm

    Love the new designs! I immediately envisioned my son’s girlfriend wearing Sweetness. I want to knit them all. Nice work!

  15. Linda Y. permalink
    February 21, 2013 1:40 pm

    Hello, just a small correction: Stitches West 2013 is happening in Santa Clara, which is nowhere near Los Angeles. It’s about an hour South of San Francisco.

    • February 21, 2013 1:47 pm

      Ah! That’s an epic fact-checking fail! Thanks for the correction ~ Emily

  16. Dana Franchi permalink
    February 21, 2013 1:23 pm

    LOVE Caramel Slouch, can’t wait to download it!!

  17. Kathy Pellenz permalink
    February 21, 2013 1:18 pm

    I am still in love with knitting “Antler” and soon hope to start another one for a new member of the family who will arrive in July.

  18. February 21, 2013 1:17 pm

    I am loving that cowl! And the hats are gorgeous – as always. My you have an AWESOME backdrop for Stovetop :)

  19. February 21, 2013 10:14 am

    Just grabbed ‘sweetness’ for free – thanks so much! I already had it queued so this just makes knitting it sweeter!!

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