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Ridgeback Mountain Giveaway!

Last summer I designed a hat and cowl set, Ridgeback Mountain Set, for Craftsy. I picked their Highland DK as I really liked the natural brown color and the firm hand. This yarn isn’t soft like merino BUT it feels very comfortable to both knit with and wear and most importantly it will be durable enough to look good for several years.

Both the hat and cowl are knit in the round which has the lovely bonus of all stitches being knit with no purl! The pattern stitches are a subtle 1×1 series of cables. You can knit these directly on the needles without ever needing to grab a cable needle as there are only 2 stitches involved! I love how with just a simple left and right crosses you can create some beautiful textures.

The hat decreases are all worked into the pattern – you can see that the ‘leaf’ pattern on the crown has the decreases at either edge.

The cowl is double thickness as it’s knit in the round from side-to-side. This extra thickness gives it great stability so it stands very nicely around the neck. One side of the cowl is stockinette stitch and the other is dense textured stitch. This means that you have a tighter cowl at the back where you want it to tuck inside your coat! When the cowl is finished you undo the provisional cast-on and graft the start and end stitches together for a totally seamless finish.
Now for the giveaway! Everyone that purchases the pattern for the set in January will be entered into a draw for 3 skeins of the Cloudborn Highland DK yarn that craftsy gave me. Entry is automatic.
I’ll draw the winner on the 1st of February so you can get knitting when the weather is still cold enough to need it!

Basanite Set

I want to tell you the story of my next Among Stones pattern, the Basanite Set (hat and mittens).

A couple of years ago I begin knitting with this yarn, Quince & Co ‘Puffin’. It’s a very distinctive yarn, very chunky with a light twist so it almost feels close to knitting roving. It’s so fat and bouncy as you’re knitting it creates beautiful chunky well rounded stitches. As you can see this is just amazing in garter stitch, the stitches are almost sculptural! I loved this particular slip stitch herringbone pattern. I began working a sleeveless vest using the same combination of patterns. The back was in garter stitch and the front edges had the herringbone pattern. I didn’t like it though, it just didn’t lie quite right. So it sat unfinished for a year! But I loved the yarn and stitches too much not to use it.

This time around though I used it to much better effect. The herringbone pattern has got a very ‘drawing in’ effect. I wanted to use this effectively. By knitting the hat and gloves from side to side the herringbone can form the wrist and head bands to create a snug fit and the sculptural effect of the garter can be seen in it’s full glory. Due to the bulky nature of the yarn you’ll find that these knit up really, really fast. So good for those speedy gifts when you need them. The buttons are decorative to close the flat panel and don’t use buttonholes.

Here are the full pattern details:


To fit head up to circumference: 22 (25)” / 56 (63.5) cm

2-3” / 5-7.5 cm negative ease recommended.

Length from crown to base: 7 (7.25)”  / 18 (18.5) cm

Finished Band Circumference: 19.25 (22.5)” / 49 (57) cm


Hand Circumference: 7.5”/19 cm

Wrist Circumference: 6.5” / 16.5 cm with 1” / 2.5cm flap



Hat: Quince & Co ‘Puffin’ (100% Wool; 112yds/102m per 100g skein); Color: Birds Egg (106); 1 (1) skein.

Mittens: Quince & Co ‘Puffin’ (100% Wool; 112yds/102m per 100g skein); Color: Birds Egg (106); 1 skein.

Needles & Notions

Size 11 US/8mm needles

Stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn, crochet hook (approx. size of needle)

Hat: 2 buttons approx. 1” / 2.5 cm diam.

Mittens: 4 buttons approx. 1” / 2.5 cm diam.


11 sts and 26 rows = 4″/10cm in garter stitch

15 sts and 30 rows = 4″/10cm in slipped stitch pattern stitch

Do you want to join our Among Stones KAL next month? There’s voting on currently on my Stolen Stitches board to see what pattern we’ll start with. Go vote here!

My Little Precious

My Little Precious


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Lightweight and slouchy, this hat is ideal to add a little warmth as well as lots of style for those in between seasons. A subtle wave lace pattern worked around the band creates visual interest and is fast to learn. The body of the hat is worked up from the headband and decorative raised ridges flow into the spiral crown decreases.


Small (Medium, Large)

To fit actual head circumference: 20 (22, 24) in / 51 (56, 61) cm
Approx 2-3 inches of negative ease necessary.

Shown in size medium

Finished Measurments

Band circumference: 17.5 (19.25, 21) in / 44.5 (49, 53.5) cm


BabyLongLegs Semi-Precious (50% silk, 50% superwash merino; 437yd/400m per 100g skein); 1 skein

1 US 4/3.5mm circular needle, 24 inch length

1 set DPN US 4/3.5mm

Tapestry needle; stitch markers.


26 sts/36 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Lace pattern repeat: 1.75 in/4.5 cm high by 2.25 in/5.5 cm wide at widest point.