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Barley Light – Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2017
Barley Light Hat Pattern

A Lovely Little Gift for you!

And Alexa and Emily here at Tin Can Knits always like to put together a little holiday gift for the knitters around the world who send us lovely letters about their projects, keep us in business, and support causes we believe in like Heart on my Sleeve, and Sight is Life.

As I sit here sipping my mulled wine and watching the kiddies romp around the room I’ll keep it brief, as I’m sure you’d like to get back to playing, relaxing, cooking, sharing stories, or possibly some last-minute gift finishing? Surely I’m not the only one who has a dozen projects not-quite-finished by Christmas eve?

So download Barley Light, our new free pattern now!

Barley Light is our latest addition to The Simple Collection – our free learn-to-knit series of patterns and tutorials! We created The Simple Collection back in 2013, with 8 free patterns, but have been adding free patterns since then, and we’re up to 11 now. Let’s just say that sometimes when Alexa and I are involved, things can get a little out of hand!

If the 15,000+ projects knit using the original (worsted / aran weight) Barley hat is any indication, knitters LOVE a good simple hat pattern! So we’ve created this lightweight version of Barley. Barley Light is a perfect project for that skein of beautiful hand-dyed luxury that’s just begging to be knit.

It’s also an ideal simple knit to take visiting; simple enough to put down and pick up at any point, and a blank canvas to allow a beautiful yarn to shine.

Barley Light Project Details

Pattern: Barley Light (free!)
110 (140, 180, 220, 260) yds 4ply / sock wt yarn
(samples shown in The Uncommon Thread BFL Fingering in ‘turbillion’ and The Uncommon Thread Uncommon Everyday in ‘meadow grass’)
Needles: US #2 / 2.75mm 16” circular needle,
US #4 / 3.5mm 16” circular and double pointed needles
(or as required to meet gauge)
Gauge: 26 sts & 38 rounds / 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needles
Notions: stitch markers, darning needle

The Uncommon Thread… supercool colours!

I was introduced to The Uncommon Thread back in 2013 when I was working on Handmade in the UK, and I’ve been a follower ever since! Turbillion (the grey speckle) must be one of my all-time favourite hand-dyed colourways. SWOON.

We made the Peanut Vest (from Max & Bodhi’s Wardrobe) in The Uncommon Thread Merino DK, and it was LOVELY to work with! I love her edgy and modern take on colour (and she’s been making subtle speckles since WAY back).

Peanut Vest by Tin Can Knits

The Uncommon Thread has in-stock yarns, but will be posting a shop update on Boxing Day – December 26th at 4pm GMT, so there will be a variety of yarns and colourways perfect for Barley Light here.

The Simple Collection

In case you haven’t heard of The Simple Collection yet – well you’d better check it out now! All of our free patterns are marked on our website with a little asterisk, and there’s a full listing of our free patterns here.

Malt Blanket by Tin Can Knits Flax Pullover by Tin Can KnitsFlax Light by Tin Can Knits Barley Hat

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Paola permalink
    January 4, 2018 3:26 am

    Thank you and best wishes for the New Year!

  2. Olivia permalink
    January 1, 2018 6:57 am

    Love this hat, I shall endeavor to make my entire family one each for next year!

  3. December 26, 2017 7:05 pm

    What a gorgeous pattern, thanks so much for sharing it! Love Barley Light!

  4. Lori permalink
    December 26, 2017 6:44 am

    Hi and thank you so much! I have knit the Barley many times. Love it! I love the Antler Hat and was wondering if you would consider a pullover for men. I knit the hat for my brother in law and would love to knit him an Antler pullover. Happy New Year!

  5. Katie permalink
    December 24, 2017 9:10 am

    Thank you for your lovely gifts of gorgeous knits! May you and yours enjoy a marvelous holiday. Look forward to following your blog in the New Year, too!
    Katie V in NC, USA

  6. Di Ross permalink
    December 24, 2017 9:03 am

    Thank you. Merry Christmas 🎄

  7. Lara permalink
    December 24, 2017 7:12 am

    Thank you so much! I have learned a lot from the patterns in the Simple Collection and recently thought I would like to make a Barley in a sock weight. This will be something fun to work on this week.

  8. sophy0075 permalink
    December 24, 2017 6:51 am

    Lovely! I live in an area where our “winters” are quite warm (hence the quote marks). Thanks for this winsome addition to the Light wardrobe. Merry Christmas/Hanukkah and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  9. Sara Wutzke permalink
    December 24, 2017 6:42 am

    It’s perfect!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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