New Pattern: Backup Goalie

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I have a new pattern to show you. I’ve called it Backup Goalie. I am so excited about this one! I actually started this hat last spring, but had put it on hold for a bit so that I could finish some contract work. I figured releasing a “hockey” themed hat in June, probably wasn’t the best idea. I guess it isn’t really “hockey” themed aside from the colors, but I call it “hockey” themed due to the fact that its inspiration comes from the backup goalie. I remember when I was younger, I would catch a glimpse of the backup goalie sitting on the bench, usually hatless or with a baseball cap on and I would think to myself that their heads looked cold. Seriously, that’s what I thought. It stuck with  me. What can I say?

The pattern is a colorwork pattern that starts with 1×1 ribbing. The body has a chevron-ish colorwork pattern, which works it’s way to the crown which is done in a star pattern. The crown was really fun to design.

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The hat pattern includes instructions and charts for 2 weights: fingering and worsted. The worsted hat only has one size, but the fingering hat includes a Medium size. If one is comfortable playing around with pattern repeats and gauge, it is possible to come up with several different sizes.

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The yarn. Oh, the yarn. Both the fingering weight and worsted weight hats use a yarn I call a favorite. First of all, the fingering weight hat uses Sunshine Yarns Classic Sock. It’s a nice plump sock yarn that just knits up gorgeously in colorwork. The worsted weight hat is done up in the bouncy, cushy, Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted.  The fingering weight hat is knit at a looser gauge and that makes the hat a bit more slouchy. One could also use a sportweight yarn at this weight for something a bit less slouchy or if they have trouble getting fingering weight to work at the stated gauge.

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The black and gray versions (Los Angeles Kings’ colors) have been adopted by me as they match my winter coat. My daughter has taken the blue and gold version (Buffalo Sabres’ colors). They have been worn almost non-stop since finishing. The weather here has been a little on the cruel side. One day it’s 80, the next it’s 30. There may have been a few 70’s in between, but not many!

I almost forgot to mention! For the first 3 days of it’s release, I am offering the pattern at 1.00 off! So, until midnight on the 26th, Backup Goalie will be $1.00 with the code BACKUP13 at checkout.

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Knitshaming! Have you heard about it?

So, last week my friend Kelly, from Kelly Without a Net, did a blog post about something called, Knitshaming. I’ve decided to go along with this and do some Knitshaming of my own. Wait…what is knitshaming? Well if you clicked her blog title in the first sentence, I linked you to her explanation. Have a project that is destined for the frog pile or is frustrating, etc? Or if you have a funny observation…shame it, post it, hashtag it Instagram it, Facebook, Twitter…you get the idea. I have an example below and kelly has some examples on her blog. Every Monday, at least, I will do some shaming. For this week:

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The hashtag is #knitshaming.