Forthwith

First things first. Forthwith is out today, and it’s 10% off on ravelry and payhip with the code PROMPTLY. ⁠

⁠This project wins the prize for ‘longest time from cast on to pattern release.’ Which is frankly a shame, because it’s an absolute delight.⁠

So much of a delight that I somehow managed to knit it twice. Don’t ask. The last few years have been challenging on a variety of fronts, and I simply cannot bring myself to feel bad about having knit a lovely hat twice.⁠

It does leave us with a grave difficulty though. I am completely incapable of picking a favorite between the yarns I used (the darker is by Spun Right Round, the lighter by Knerd String). So we shall just have to show off both.⁠ Which I also cannot bring myself to feel bad about.⁠

Once again, the pattern is called Forthwith. You can find it on ravelry or payhip. You can use the code PROMPTLY for 10% off in either place for the first few days it’s out.⁠

And I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to get yours done ever so much more quickly than I did!

(Someone will ask, so don’t fret, the mitts will be out next, almost certainly two weeks from today, assuming no more than the regular number of catastrophes befall the me & mine & the world between now and then.)

Yoink

See, I told you, appropriately confident.

I did a provisional cast on, knit until I had about double the depth of fabric I wanted for the turned hem, then freed up the end of my provisional cast on and yoinked it.

As I did, it slipped out of my work, one beautiful, perfect stitch at a time, and I caught those newly freed stitches on a spare needle.

And now…now I’ll do a weird foldy upy bit where I get the live stitches mashed up next to each other with the wrong sides of my fabric together and the right side facing out, and I’ll knit the newly captured stitches together with their more recently created brethren, and order shall reign throughout the land.

At least that’s the idea.

Hold tight…

Appropriate

So remember how I wasn’t loving the ribbing on the orange and gray hat (‘the’ orange and gray hat I say, as if I didn’t have, um, several things that could reasonably be called orange and gray hats within a few dozen feet of me at this very moment).

Right, well, so I decided what that hat really truly wanted was a turned hem.

Which means a provisional cast on, then join it in the round, then whang on in stockinette for a bit, then join everything up, and if you did it all right, you get a damn near magical bit of fabric with no clear beginning or end or right or wrong sides, just a beautiful self contained little slither of delight.

Have I ever actually done this before?

Nope.

All (or at least most) the various pieces of it sure, but this actual thing, nope.

Am I worried about it?

Nope. I know how to do all (or at least most) of the parts, I have the google machine, I have a lot of experience with this sort of thing. It’ll be fine.

Does this sound like astonishing hubris?

Nah. In the words of the absolute treasure that is Dr. Jen Gunter, this is appropriate confidence.

I can do this (you totally can too). Watch!

Scheduled

Pssst, the first of these two patterns is scheduled to come out Tuesday (you know, assuming the world doesn’t do one of those things where the news or a more personal catastrophe makes it just too fundamentally awful to even think about bringing out something as inconsequential as a knitting pattern that day, which sure does seem to happen a lot these days).⁠

Each piece (so the hat or the pair of mitts) uses most of a 100 gram skein of yarn. So if you want to have a matching set, you’ll probably need two skeins (you might possibly be able to squeak the smallest sizes out of one very large skein of lighter yarn, but you’ll be stressed about it the whole time, and who has the energy for that right now).⁠

I made mine in DK weight yarns, but the pattern will work at a bunch of different gauges, so you can really use most anything from a substantial fingering weight up through a worsted weight and you’ll be covered.⁠

As always, mailing list folks will get a discount when the pattern goes out. If you’re not on the mailing list and want to be, head over here and sign yourself up (sorry, but the rules around mailing lists are, um, intense, so you do need to sign yourself up, not ask me to do it for you).⁠

Here’s hoping we make it to Tuesday without an exciting new crisis.