Jason's Cashmere Hat

I can hardly believe that it has been almost five years since I first designed Jason's Tweed Hat, and that there are over 1000 versions of it out there! The basic double brimmed hat has served him well over the years, but I thought it was about time for something new. During his last visit home from work in Northern Alberta I designed him a new cabled cashmere hat to keep him warm and toasty this winter. It's important to me that he has a say in the things I knit him, and so as we caught up on our month apart we also talked about what makes a good hat. In the end we decided on a folded brim, firm ribbing, a simple cable / rib combo for looks and cashmere just because. I finished the hat minutes before he had to leave and just barely got a couple shots of him wearing it.

Jason's Cashmere Hat

Jason's Cashmere Hat features a simple cable design for extra warmth, firm ribbing to help keep its shape, and a thick, folded brim that can be adjusted to cover the ears on extra chilly days. Made with two skeins of Sweet Fiber Cashmere Aran, this hat is pure luxury and can easily be completed in a weekend. I hope you and your loved ones enjoy wearing this hat as much as Jason and I do! (I hate that I have to say this, but this pattern and these pictures are for personal use only.)

Supplies

Yarn: 2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere Aran (91m / 100y per 50g skein). Hats pictured are knit in Bruin and Smoke.

Sizing: To fit an adult head 22-24 inches in circumference.

Measurements: 8 inches wide, 11 inches long (unfolded brim) or 8.5 inches long (folded brim)

Needles: 

4mm / 6US 16” circular needle

5mm / 8US 16” circular needle

5mm / 8US dpns for decreases

Gauge:

Ribbing: 20 stitches per 4 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using smaller needles

Body: 12 stitches and 7 rows = 2 inches by 1 inch in the cable pattern, using larger needles

Stitch Guide:

3/3 LC: Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K3, K3 from cable needle.

2/2 LC: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K2, K2 from cable needle.

K: Knit

P: Purl

SSK: Slip 2 stitches separately, knit together through back loop

K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together

P2tog: Purl 2 stitches together

 

Pattern

Brim

With smaller circular needles cast on 96 stitches. Place marker and join in round. Work ribbing until piece measures 4” from cast on edge.

Ribbing: (K2, P2) repeat to end of round.

 

Body

Switch to larger needles and begin body. Repeat brackets to end of round.

Rnds 1-3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 4: (3/3 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnds 5-10: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Work rounds 1-10 once. Repeat rounds 4-10 only four times more.

 

Crown Decreases

Change to DPNS when there are too few stitches to continue in the round on a circular needle.

Rnd 1:(3/3 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 2: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 4: (SSK, K2, K2tog, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 5: (2/2 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 6: (K4, P2tog, K2, P2tog)

Rnd 7: (SSK, K2tog, P1, K2, P1)

Rnd 8: (K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1)

Rnd 9: Remove marker, K1, place marker, K2tog to end of round. 

Break yarn. Using a darning needle, thread yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure on wrong side. Weave in ends and block. Clip ends once dry.

An Heirloom Rainbow In the Making

Alizarin + Rose Gold + Olive Branch + Tea Leaves

Alizarin + Rose Gold + Olive Branch + Tea Leaves

An Heirloom Rainbow

An Heirloom Rainbow

Shipwreck + Sea Glass + Spirit

Shipwreck + Sea Glass + Spirit

West Coast Inspired

West Coast Inspired

Coloured Greys

Coloured Greys

Heirloom is simply one of my favourite yarns to dye and to work with - if ever there were a yarn spun from gold, this is it. The shine and subtle halo bring my colourways to life in a truly magical way I have yet to experience with any other base. When I set out to create this palette, I wanted to do so with colour play in mind. I also wanted to be able to offer smaller skeins for projects that require more than one colour. Many of these colourways look absolutely stunning together, whether it be in a tonal gradation or blending from one to another. Below you'll find 20 carefully selected colourways, four of which are new and inspired by the idea of blending, Rose Gold, Olive Branch, Lagoon and Lady. These four new colourways sit somewhere between others on the list (Alizarin/Rose Gold/Ochre, Ochre/Olive Branch/Tea Leaves, Spirit/Lagoon/Sea Glass/Shipwreck, Luna/Lady/Nocturnelle) and help transition from one to the next. I hope you enjoy combining these 20 stunning colourways, the possibilities are truly endless and I cannot wait to see you create!

A batch of ready to ship Heirloom half skeins go on sale tonight at 5:30pm pacific / 8:30pm eastern in the Sweet Fiber Online Shop!


Heirloom Colourways

70% Silk 30% Cashmere  -  230m / 251y per 50g  -  30-28 sts per 4" on 2.25-3.25m / 1-3 US

Ina's red

Ina's red

Alizarin

Alizarin

Rose Gold *new*

Rose Gold *new*

Sequoia

Sequoia

Ochre

Ochre

Woodsmoke

Woodsmoke

Olive Branch *new*

Olive Branch *new*

Tea Leaves

Tea Leaves

Temperate

Temperate

Spirit

Spirit

Lagoon *new*

Lagoon *new*

Sea Glass

Sea Glass

Shipwreck

Shipwreck

Ever Grey

Ever Grey

Charcoal

Charcoal

Smoke

Smoke

Paper Birch

Paper Birch

Luna

Luna

Lady *new*

Lady *new*

Nocturnelle

Nocturnelle

Cashmerino Worsted Is Back!

 

Cashmerino Worsted Is Back!

After a lengthy hiatus our Cashmerino Worsted base is now back in stock and available for pre-order in the Sweet Fiber online shop! This is one of our most loved, most requested base yarns of all time and is also one of the hardest for me to get. Quantities are limited and I suspect it won’t be around for very long. Now’s the perfect time to stock up and get started on your Fall knits!

Many of my cool weather accessories have been designed using this gorgeous yarn!

York

York

Bedford Cowl

Bedford Cowl

Temperate

Temperate

Sunlit Shawl Kits Are Here!

 

Pictured in Spanish Coin + Ina's Red

Sunlit Shawl Kits Are Here!

I’m happy to announce that one of our most requested kits is now available for pre-order in the Sweet Fiber online shop! For this round of Sunlit Shawl kits, I have hand picked 27 colourways that look absolutely amazing on Avery Sport and Silk Cashmere Lace!

Sunlit Shawl is a light, airy shawl inspired by the sun and the way its beams navigate through and around the natural world. Semi circle in shape, Sunlit Shawl uses two silk blend yarns of the same colourway and different weights to create a stunning burnout effect. The shawl starts at the top center and works out to the main body and striping, finishing with a picot bind off. There is enough yarn included in the kit to increase the size of your shawl, should you wish to do so.

This yarn kit includes:

2 skeins of Avery Sport (50% Merino, 50% Silk - 329m/360y per 95g skein) 
1 skein of Silk Cashmere Lace (55% Silk, 45% Cashmere - 366m/400y per 50g skein)

The Sunlit Shawl pattern must be purchased separately and can be found here.

studio update: Cashmerino 20 Pre-Order & Stitch Markers!

 

It's been a rather slow start to 2015 here at the new Sweet Fiber Studio. However, I am happy to announce that things are becoming more functional and efficient with each passing day as I find new systems and set ups that work in our new space. There are still a few boxes left to unpack in between test dyes and reshuffling, but it's exciting to feel like I am finally getting somewhere with all of this. It has been surprisingly challenging to move from a small but familiar and efficiently set up space to a much larger one with nothing in it. The potential this new space holds for growth and productivity has definitely kept me focused through all of the craziness that comes with moving your home and your work at the same time. While I work out the kinks, I've been putting together an exciting line-up of new kits, pre-order and clubs for the coming months. But more on that later!

The online shop has officially re-opened today with stitch markers and a Cashmerino 20 pre-order. I've had a lot of requests for the neon jelly stitch markers I sell at shows and am excited to announce they are now available online! Each rubber ring is smooth and flexible, making it easy to slip along with your knitting. In addition, I've set up the first pre-order of the year. Cashmerino 20 is a super soft merino (70%), cashmere (20%), nylon (10%) blend and is perfect for socks, shawls, lightweight tops and anything else you'd like to wrap yourself in. It's available for pre-order in all of our 45+ colourways (while quantities last). Pre-orders will ship in approximately 4 weeks from the date of order.

 

 

 

Cashmere Pre-Orders - November 2014

Spirit - Cashmere DK

Spirit - Cashmere DK

Bruin - Cashmere Aran

Bruin - Cashmere Aran

Mystery - Cashmere Lace

Mystery - Cashmere Lace



I'm excited to announce a new round of Cashmere pre-orders! This weekend you'll be able to order Sweet Fiber Cashmere LACE, Cashmere DK, Cashmere ARAN and Heirloom in any of our 45+ colourways. A limited amount of each base yarn is available and will be marked as sold out once no more stock remains. This is our last pre-order event until the New Year.

Cashmere pre-orders opened today, November 1st 2014, at 10am pacific / 1pm eastern. To be notified about pre-orders in advance, be sure to join our mailing list. Orders will ship on or before December 6th 2014. If you would like your order sent as a gift to a special someone this holiday season, please send us an email after it has been placed and special arrangements can be made.