grand scale sea painting & gift knits

I’ve been working on & off on this three panel (6 foot wide!) seascape in oils. It’s slow going with the drying time but I’ve been enjoying it. It’s really different from the watercolors I’m used to working with.
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. . on the needles I have already casted off this red basketweave hat & have been working on this pink beanie (christmas knitting season !). I tried out the tubular cast on & absolutely love the finished edge it gives !

pattern: dreamweaver hat

1818 by --erin kate
1818, a photo by –erin kate on Flickr.

I’m proud to show you my newest hat design! This slouchy-braid cable hat is knit from ultra-soft merino wool (handpainted!)  &  knit in the round with a simple cable pattern. (The pattern contains both charted & written instructions).

Some more info:

Finished Measurements:
Circumference: 20”
Height: 8.5”
To fit an adult woman

One skein Madelinetosh Merino- worsted weight. (210 yards a skein, you will have a (tiny!) bit left over).

US 6 and 10, 16” circulars
US 10 double pointed needles

Stitch marker, yarn needle

17 sts and 19 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch on larger needles.

The brim is worked in a twisted rib that keeps everything neat & pretty.

The decreases come together into a little star at the crown.

$3.00 USD

or View the Ravelry Page

fo post: preparing for the holidays!

1347 by --erin kate

I’m spending my holiday working on Christmas gifts. (I always wait until the last minute…)

First, I’ve been knitting these gossamer infinity scarves like crazy. I’ll have a whole stock of them by the end of the year.

Another awesome gift: I’ve been making these “heartwarmers” that you can put in the microwave for a few seconds & put in your coat pockets to keep your hands warm.

Next up, a panda hat that I’ve knit a million times and written up a pattern for. But this one was for a 5-month-old. I got a picture of her in it later & it was beyond adorable.

Finally, a pair of flip-top mittens that were commissioned. They were loosely based off ofPurl Soho’s pattern, but I modified it because 1. they were huge! and 2. I hate reverse stockinette.


short & sweet earflap hat pattern


Size 10 (U.S.) 16″ circular needles and dpns
Stitch Marker
Skein of “Angel Hair” yarn.
Crochet hook (optional)

3.5 stitches per inch

CO 5 sts onto one dpn.

Row 1: *kfb, k until last stitch, kfb*
Row 2: knit all stitches

Repeat these two rows until there are 13 stitches on the needle. Continue in garter stitch (knitting all stitches) until piece measures 3.25″
Cut yarn leaving 6″ tail.
Repeat for second earflap.

Slip stitches from one earflap onto circular needles. Attach yarn and cast on 19 stitches (loosely!) using the knitted cast on. Knit on second earflap. CO 14 sts and place marker for the beginning of the round. Join in the round (being careful not to twist) And work garter stitch border (k1 row, p1 row) for two inches. (Or to taste)

Work stockinette stitch (knit every row) for four more inches.

Round 1:*K7, K2tog* around.
Round 2:*K6, K2tog* around.
Round 3: *K5, k2tog* around.
Round 4: *K4, k2tog* around.
Round 5: *K3, k2tog* around.
Round 6: *K2, K2tog* around.
Round 7: *K1, K2tog* around.
Round 8: *K2tog* around.

Cut yarn leaving a six inch tail, thread through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

(optional: single crochet border around edge of hat in contrasting color.)
(Braids: Cut 6 pieces of 24″ long yarn. thread through the end of the earflap until folded in half. Divide into three sections and braid until 2″ of unbraided yarn remain. Tie knot and trim edges. Repeat on other side.)

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Thanks Cheschiire! (

katherine hat


This hat is very easy, the main stitch pattern is only 4 rows (and one of them repeats) so it is easy to memorize.

you can download the printable version here!

Katherine Hat

2 skeins suri merino (or other worsted weight yarn)
Size 8 16″ circular needles
Size 8 dpns
Stitch markers/spare yarn.

9 sts. per two inches

Twisted Rib: *k one through the back loop, p1* around

Mini Cable: K2tog, leaving both stitches on the needle, knit first stitch again and remove both stitches from left hand needle.

C2F: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold to front of the work. K2, knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

C2B: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold to back of the work. K2, knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

– CO 80 sts. Join in the round (being careful not to twist) and place marker.
– work in twisted rib for 3 inches.
– *K1, kfb* around. (120 stitches)
– Increase 6 more stitches evenly around. (*K20, kfb* around) (126 stitches)

1.*p1, k2, p1, k6, p1, k2, p1* around
2.*P1, mini cable, p1, c2F, k2, p1, minicable, p1* around
3. Same as row one
4.*P1, minicable, p1, k2, c2b, p1, minicable, p1* around

-Repeat these four rows until work measures 9 inches from cast on edge. End with a row 1.

Begin decreases:
-*P1, k2tog, p1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, p1, k2tog, p1* around
-*P1, k1, p1, c2b, p1, k1, p1*
-*slip 1, k2tog, psso, k1, k2tog, k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso*
-*k2tog* around
-*k2tog* around

Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in ends.

Ravelry Pattern Page

Dad Hat

As it starts to get colder I feel the need to start Christmas gifts. My dad always wants a fold up brim hat, and I’ve finally got the perfect pattern down so I thought I’d share.

What you Need:
~Size 8 (US) 16″ circular needle and DPNs
~1 skein Ultra Alpaca or similar yarn
~A stitch marker
~A cable needle

C4F = Slip 2 stitches to cableneedle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cableneedle.

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch.

Cast on 100 stitches. Work in 1×1 rib for 2.5″

1+3.for the first 16 stitches: *k1,p1,k1,p1,k1* p1, k4, p1 *k1,p1,k1,p1,k1* knit to end of round.
2.for the first 16 stitches: *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* p1, k4, p1 *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* knit to end of round.
4.for the first 16 stitches: *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* p1, C4F, p1 *p1,k1,p1,k1,p1* knit to end of round.

Repeat these four rows for 7.5″ (or longer, depending on what the recipient would like. When in doubt always knit longer, a

too long hat can be folded up but a too short one is useless) ending with a row 4.

Crown Decreases (switch to dpns when necessary):
1. *work 8 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
2. Work one row plain as established. (work seed stitch in the panels and stockinette stitch everywhere else.)
3. *work 7 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
4. *work 6 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
5. *work 5 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
6. *work 4 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
7. *work 3 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
8. *work 2 stitches as established, k2tog* around.
9. *work 1 stitch as established, k2tog* around.
10. *k2tog* around.

Thread yarn through remaining stitches, weave in ends, and fold up the brim.
The End!

The perfect guy-gift hat.


(download printable version here)