A few months ago, my friend Wendee from Hazel Knits asked me to design a pattern for a tiny little sock that she could use as a take home gift along with a sample of her yarn at the recent Sock Summit and other future shows. Once I got over the thrill of being asked to do such a special thing, I set about to come up with a design that highlighted Wendee’s awesome yarns and said Hazel Knits to me.
Borrowing from the leaf motif on the Hazel Knit logo, Tiny Leaves was born.
Tiny Leaves is a mini sock requiring less than 20 yards of fingering weight to complete one sock. The icord loop at the cuff makes it ideal for hanging on a keychain or even as a holiday ornament. It measures only about two inches by two inches and is knit at a gauge of 36 sts/4 inches on four needles.
Previously exclusive to Hazel Knits, this pattern is now available as a free Ravelry download.
Tiny Leaves is shown in this post in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Euphorbia, Hoppy Blonde and Shanny Pants, all regular colours available on the Hazel Knits website.
This may seem like a strange time to release a new mitten pattern, especially one called Wintry. The days are finally getting warmer. The chill is finally leaving our bones. Winter is almost a memory. But really, during those warm days of summer when the temperature is rising but we still feel like knitting, isn’t a small project just the perfect thing.
And as much as we don’t want to admit it, Winter will return, and a lovely pair of mittens, especially if you choose to knit them in a cashmere blend, will help keep the chill at bay for just a while longer.
So, with that in mind, I present Wintry, a lovely mitten with a long, ribbed cuff and a comfy, gusseted thumb.
I chose to knit my sample in Hazel Knits Entice, a merino cashmere blend, in the colour Vamp. But the test knits in Hazel Knits Artisan sock (in Starry Night and Red Carpet) turned out just as fabulous.
- medium: 7 inches around palm
- large: 8 inches around palm
Yarn requirements: Approx. 250 yards of Hazel Knits Entice MCN , Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn or any fingering weight yarn
Recommended needle sizes: 2.5 mm — this pattern is written for magic loop or two circulars but can easily be adapted for double pointed needles
Gauge: 28 st/4 inches
Wintry is available for purchase on Ravelry now.
It took a long time for the sun to come out and cooperate for the photoshoot for this pattern, but finally everything is ready. I’m pleased to present my newest pattern, Kirju.
Kirju features slipped stitches that transform fingering weight yarn into a thick, cozy mitten that highlights variegated yarns, but works equally well with solids and semi-solids.
A few months back I received a package of yarn from Hazel Knits (as so often happens here) and inside was one of her newest colours, Loosey Juicy. I love Wendee’s variegated yarns, she has a real eye for combining colours, but I have used very few of those variegated beauties. It’s hard to find a pattern that plays well with multicoloured yarns. When I saw Loosey Juicy, I knew I had to knit something with it right away. It is the most fabulous combination of purples.
But what to knit? Finally, I decided I would create my own pattern and Kirju was born. Not only did the slipped stitches help keep the colours mixed nicely, but it also created a thick, warm fabric. Perfect for a snuggly mitten.
Kirju is the Estonian word for multicoloured. I’m not Estonian, but I’ve married into a lovely Estonian family and have found myself surrounded by the language, the food and the culture. Kirju is a little tribute to that part of my life.
- small: 7 inches around palm
- medium: 8 inches around palm
- large: 9 inches around palm
Yarn requirements: Approx. 200 (250, 300) yards of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn or any fingering weight yarn
- Purple version: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn in Loosey Juicy
- Green/orange version: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn in Chuckanut Drive
- Light green version: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn in Sagebrush
Recommended needle sizes: 2.5 mm and 2.75 mm needles — double pointed or circulars, whichever method you prefer for knitting in the round
Gauge: 26 st/4 inches on larger needle
Two stitch markers
Kirju is available for purchase on Ravelry now.
I’m finally putting the finishing touches on my next pattern. The test knitting is completed, and once everything is blocked we’ll be ready for a photoshoot.
Check back here next week for a fun and cozy mitten pattern knit in Hazel Knits Artisan sock in beautiful Loosey Juicy.
Here’s a little tease!
Hello Big World is now available for purchase.
Sometimes baby needs a little extra layer to keep snuggly warm. This vest, in two sizes and two versions, is like a hug on a cold day.
Featuring applied i-cord edging and a one-shoulder button enclosure, Hello Big World has a comfy fit.
Size 6 months (18 inches around, 10 inches long)
Size 12 months (20 inches around, 11.5 inches long)
Materials: Approximately 200 yards of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn or any fingering weight yarn.
- Pink Version: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Lipstick 1984.
- Green Version: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Euphorbia.
- Blue Version: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Aurora Borealis.
4.00 mm 16-inch circular of longer if you prefer to use the magic loop method
2 – 4.00 mm double pointed needles for applied i-cord edging
Hello Big World is a quick knit with enough detail to make it a lovely gift for any special baby in your life.
Welcome to Ruby in Stitches.
In the upcoming days we will be launching our first knitting design “Hello Big World”, a vest in sizes 6 and 12 months.
Here’s a sneak peek knit in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Lipstick 1984.
Check back soon for details on how you can purchase this pattern.