October 27, 2010

Custom Tritops!

Pattern release!  Wooo hoo!  (This one was due out quite some time ago, so I’m super happy to be finally getting it out to you now!)  This is not a normal pattern, but rather a totally customized, any-gauge hat pattern set…

Custom Tritop!

…with 3 different options for top decrease patterns, 3 different options for brim/hat style types, and the brim width is your choice, as well as striping, and yarn, of course, which can be anything you want, from super fine to super bulky!

Custom Tritop!

I knit up 6 different versions, to show 2 examples each of the different top designs and style options, and to show a variety of different yarn/striping looks.  Because the brim is worked sideways and the body in the round, stripes (either manually made, or self-striping yarn) is a great fit for these hats.

Custom Tritop!

The decrease designs all have some garter stitch element, to tie in with the garter stitch brim, and a tri- element – there’s the tri-petals design…

Custom Tritop!

…the tri-swirl (below left), and the tri-star (above in the red+blue, and below right).  The hats are pretty basic, as far as knit hats go, but the decrease designs spice them up a bit, and the custom fitting and any-gauge aspect are what make this pattern set special.

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Plus, they are fun to knit because of the sideways edge cast-on construction and all the choices you get to make!  The garter stitch brim width is completely up to the knitter, so it can be super wide if you want…

Custom Tritop!

…or super narrow.  And, there are three different style options, which are all based on the ratio of stitches in the hat body to rows in the sideways brim (see my sideways edge cast-on post for more about that, if you want to).  So, you can use the pattern set to make a floppy beret style hat…

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…or a loose fitting kind of bucket hat…

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…or a more standard, fitted knit cap style, with a snug brim (below).  And you can further adjust your style by choosing how long to knit before decreasing – my examples are pretty much all the standard 6 inches but the hats are easily made shorter or longer.  All the yarns I used in the examples are listed in the pdf, and you can read everything you need to know about the pattern set on ravelry or on my pattern webpage – I already copied many paragraphs of info into both those spots, so it seems silly to copy it into this blog post also.

Custom Tritop!

The pattern set, with its limitless customization, is $6, available on ravelry and on my website, as usual.

And hey, how about a promotion?!  Since this pattern uses my sideways edge cast-on technique, the same method used for the cuffs in my Swerve fingerless mitts, if you buy those 2 patterns together, now through November 10th, and enter the coupon code sideways, you’ll get $1 off your order!  It should also work if you’ve previously purchased either of the two patterns (through me, so if you bought Swerve through Knit Picks it won’t count, though I still appreciate the sale!) – just buy the other pattern, enter the code, and get $1 off!  This will work both on ravelry and in my website pattern shop!

Custom Tritop!

A couple last things… the pdf is 18 pages (I know, pretty crazy) because I made photo tutorials for the provisional cast-on and grafting, as well as photo help with understanding the sideways edge cast-on, and there’s tons of details about all the different custom options, how to do the custom sizing etc… so basically, yes, there’s a lot of stuff in the pdf, but it’s not meant to be printed out!  It’s meant to read on a computer screen, and then print out the 3 or 4 pages that you really need to use for knitting your hat.

Also, I just want to thank my awesome test knitters for all the great feedback they gave me – I made a ton of changes from my original test pattern, so hopefully everything will be super clear and easy to follow now.  (It’s not a hard pattern, really, it’s just all the custom stuff that takes some getting used to!)  Love my testers!

“As always, Lee’s pattern was expertly written, easy to follow & fun as hell.” -Ady Bee in her project notes  [aww, thanks, yay!]

Custom Tritop!

And a quick semi-related reminder, for Portlanders only: my self-publishing class is happening at Twisted on Thursday at 5pm!  You can still sign up!

Oh and then something else for everyone:  Twisted (my most favorite local yarn shop!) now sells online to everyone, and the awesome owners just did an interview over at Handmade in Portland, where you can find a coupon code for a free pattern with any online order!  Rad!

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