PATTERN: Firebender Hat

Size: One size fits most adult heads
Needle: US 7 Circular (I did Magic Loop on a 40” circular set, but you can use a shorter circular set and switch to DPNs for the crown)
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino (MC – Black; CC – Red)
Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch in stockinette

CO 100

Join for working in the round. Work 2×2 rib for 1-1.5 inches.

Knit 1 round stockinette.


Fire Nation emblem chart is worked over 13 stitches. You can place the chart anywhere you like, but I did mine like this:
K 18, WORK CHART, K to end.

Once you complete the chart, knit until the hat measures 5-6 inches from cast on.


Round 1: *k8, k2tog* around
Round 2, and all even rounds: K all sts
Round 3: *k7, k2tog* around
Round 5: *k6, k2tog* around
Round 7: *k5, k2tog* around
Round 9: *k4, k2tog* around
Round 11: *k3, k2tog* around
Round 13: *k2, k2tog* around
Round 15: *k1, k2tog* around
Round 17: k2tog around

10 sts left. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, closing top of hat. Weave in ends.

Wear your hat with pride when practicing your Firebending skillz.


October 14, 2020 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

northern downpour sends its love

OH HEY I’M BACK ALREADY. Betcha didn’t expect that.

Popping in real quick to post another FO. This scarf had been on the needles since May 2012, and I was just knitting it off-and-on, just for something to do while in between bigger projects. But now it’s finished!

sugar cane in the easy morning


The yarn is Araucania Ruca, which is 100% SUGAR CANE. I used it to knit a cowl in the beginning of 2012, but it never got worn, so I reclaimed the yarn and decided to make this scarf. I’m so glad I did – this patter suits the yarn way better than the cowl did.


The project name is in reference to a Panic! at the Disco song.



Maybe next time I’ll blog about the BFF Cowl that my babe Christina made. SOMEONE REMIND ME.

February 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Oh, hey there.


FIRST: I don’t want to talk about the Hunger Games shawl.

SECOND: I want to blog more! Again! And I know I said that at the beginning of 2012 SHUT UP.

My regular Wednesday knit group, SCKCS, gained a new member recently, and her name is Marie, and she and I have been messaging back and forth on Ravelry about books, and nerdy things, and blogging, so we’re going to be each other’s cheering section!


malabrigo, you are drunk
malabrigo, you are drunk (L)

malabrigo, you are drunk (R)

malabrigo, you are drunk

I am so hip I have trouble seeing over my pelvis.





If you are a fairly large nerd like I am, you should get that reference. If not, try this.

February 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

Hunger Games shawl update.

Big. Fat. UGH.

3 failed attempts to start the first design this afternoon. Roughly 2 hours spent knitting, ripping, knitting, ripping, knitting, ripping.

I’m having visualization and translation issues. I know what I want it to look like. I can sketch it out. But I can’t make it work in stitches.

I’m putting it on hold until tomorrow, my knit night, and maybe I’ll pick it back up and give it another shot.

We’ll see if this actually ever gets done.

January 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

The girl who was on fire.

I’m a huge fan of The Hunger Games.

If you haven’t read this amazing book (and the rest in the series: Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) GET ON IT. IMMEDIATELY.

Recently, I’ve also been thinking about designing a shawl pattern. At my weekly knit group meeting, a friend suggested I design a Hunger Games shawl. I latched onto the idea immediately, and it’s been rolling around in my silly little head ever since.

This morning, though, it took on a new intensity. I spent a good 30 minutes sketching out two different designs for the shawl. One will be triangle-shaped, the other more a semi-circle, both with cables and a candle flame stitch pattern, to signify Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire.

I made a Ravelry project page to gather my ideas into one place, because this is the current status of all my plans:

scattered out over little scraps of paper.

I need to start working on them right away, because I can’t get the ideas out of my head!

Also, for 2012, I made an unconscious resolution to post here at least once a month. SOMEONE HOLD ME TO THAT, PLEASE.

January 20, 2012 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

KSL Update

Since I’ve neglected this blog, I haven’t updated you about my adventures in the Knit. Sock. Love. knit-along on Ravelry!

For the past 11 months, I’ve been participating in the most challenging, and the most rewarding, knit-along! We’re knitting all 19 patterns from Cookie A‘s newest book, Knit. Sock. Love.

Here are my projects from the last 11 months! (The last 2 are WIP photos. I’m plugging along, but October and November have been rough knitting months, so I’m a little behind.)


November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

Chutes and Ladders



Okay. Anyway.

I have a new pattern! Just a simple cowl, knit in super luxurious Madelinetosh.

It’s called Chutes and Ladders, and it’s available as a free Ravelry download or as a PDF download from the Patterns page!

October 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Ballwinder Woes

So, this afternoon, I busted my ballwinder.

I was balling some of the Malabrigo Sock I mentioned in the previous post, and it wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do, so I got frustrated, hit it a few times, and then, when I tried to use it again, the handle snapped off.

I did what any other frustrated knitter would do, and immediately unclamped it from my desk and threw it across the room.

(Okay, maybe that was just MY reaction, but I’d like to think that other frustrated knitters would have done the same.)

I initially felt horrible (because this ballwinder was a Christmas present from my parents) and called my mom all upset and apologized for breaking something that was a gift. My mom just said, “Well, now you get to get something new!”

So, devoted (read: nonexistent) blog readers, which ballwinder should I get?

I had a used Royal ballwinder before I got the KnitPicks one for Christmas, and despite being slightly busted (I got it as a hand-me-down from Dani when she got her super-monster of a baller) it worked well. I’ve run across Lacis ballwinders that seem comparable, but for half the price of a Royal.

I am 100% NOT interested in one of the Nancy’s Knit Knacks winders. I don’t need a giant wood contraption. Plastic is cool with me.

Leave me a comment with your preferred ballwinder!

ps: I’ve had a super-crafty-failure weekend. Give me some ideas for instant-gratification-super-easy projects to shake me out of this funk!

April 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm 2 comments

Yarn, design, and poll!

So, we’re gonna ride right on past the part where I apologize for not blogging for 3 months, and get straight to the point.

This point comes in, like, 4 bullet points:

  • I recently bought 4 skeins of Malabrigo sock. (One is already spoken for – I bought it with a project in mind, so it is not eligible in this poll. I’ll post pictures of the eligible ones at the bottom.)
  • I will not be using the Araucania Ranco I used before, even though I unraveled it all and it’s in 2 separate balls already. (I think it has a different destiny.)
  • I want to use one of the 3 eligible Malabrigo Sock skeins for the Azures.

The one skein that is spoken for is in Tiziano Red. Oh lordy, it is GORGEOUS. I’m going to use it to make another set of my Untitled Mitts.

The original pair were knit in KnitPicks Palette. There are some changes I need to make to the pattern, so I’m going to make another pair, and they’re going to be awesome.

So, on to the poll! The 3 skeins I have available are Turner, Stonechat, and Impressionist Sky.

Each colorway is gorgeous and would make an amazing pair of socks (and probably will someday) but I can’t decide!

Personally, I am leaning towards Turner. BUT. “Azure” means blue, so Impressionist Sky is a close second.

HERE COMES YOUR PART. Vote in this handy-dandy little poll for which colorway YOU think I should use. I can’t guarantee I’ll go with the results of the poll, but let’s just see what happens.

Tonight I started swatching for Magic Mirror Socks with Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball (both Ravelry links). Um, REALLY EXCITED about it.

And lastly, I designed the Firebending Hat. Pattern forthcoming.

April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

PATTERN: Earthbender Hat


Yarn: Cascade 220 – Forest Green (MC), Yellow (CC)
Needles: US 9 Circular (40″+ for Magic Loop)
Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch
Notions: 2-3 stitch markers, yarn needle


CO 92 sts.
Join for Magic Loop, being careful not to twist.

Work 2×2 rib for 8 rounds (or 1 inch, whichever you prefer.)

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and knit until hat measures 4-5 inches from cast on.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times in CC.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing until 9 sts remain between markers.

Next round: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Repeat this round until 3 sts remain between markers.

Next round: *K2tog, K1* around

8 sts left. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.


Follow instructions for SOLID COIN for Cast On and ribbing.

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and K 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and K until hat measures 4-5 inches from CO.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Knit decreases in MC for 4 rounds.

Switch to CC for 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing to end. When 8 sts remain between markers, thread yarn through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.

Wear the version of your choice while practicing your Earthbending Skillz.

January 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

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