Stochastic KAL

Ok, ok so you folks like one! And the good folks at Gauge Dye Works are awfully accommodating. So between us all, I think we might be able to pull off a very mellow, very chill, very (very very) unstructured knitalong.

Here’s the bit where I say I normally get squirrely about knitalongs because if they have too many rules, they start to feel like homework.  And I super don’t want my knitting to feel like homework thank you very much indeed. So we will keep this as mellow and unstructured as humanly possible.  But, if what you’re wanting is to show off your knitting to other folks knitting sort of the same thing, we can make that happen.

You can follow and use the hashtag #StochasticHat on instagram.  That will show you hats other folks are making with the pattern (and let other folks see what you’re making)! Or you can head over to Gauge Dye Works ravelry group and check out their thread and share your projects there.

It is completely fine to post projects using any yarn in either place.  You absolutely do not have to use the special yarn dyed for the hat.  In fact, I’m hoping to see lots of different yarns so we can all see how awesome this looks with all sorts of yarns (no really, that’s half the fun of my job, I love seeing what you come up with)!

And at some point in the not too distant future, I’ll see if I can’t maybe find a way to send a few of the extra skeins of this yarn I happen to have sitting around off to a few folks who play along on instagram.  I’ll post about the details of that once I sort out the logistics, but for now, all you have to do is tag your posts there with #StochasticHat and show off what you’re making!

As a reminder, the pattern is available on both ravelry and payhip, and you’ve got another day or so to use the code RANDOM to take 10% off in either place!

 

Preemptive answers

Ok, how about a general Q&A post about the upcoming pattern!

1) It’s coming out Tuesday (standard disclaimer, about assuming no massive catastrophe befalls me or mine between now and then goes here)! Make sure you’re on the mailing list if you want me to email you with a coupon when it comes out.

2) Yarn is specially dyed by Gauge Dye Works just for this pattern, and she’s got it up for sale now! One skein will make one hat in any size (I made a tall one for my giant 24.75″ head and had plenty left over).

3) You don’t have to use that yarn though! The pattern has lots of info on how to do it with a background color and a contrast color (it’s a great thing to do with a mini skein or leftovers from other projects). There’s also info there on how to use a long gradient skein (the kind that does one giant color shift over the whole skein) or even just a single skein without any color changes. Really it’s Super Super Duper Flexible, and I’ve got a whole page in there with lots of yarn guidance. You will not have any trouble finding a yarn that works for this!

4) All three hats (with three gorgeous crowns, seriously, scroll back through my posts to see them, the purple one is especially grand) are in there. Each hat is offered in ten sizes and four gauges, which means you’ll be able to use pretty much anything from heavy fingering up through heavy worsted yarn and fit pretty much anyone from a toddler up through a large adult.

5) The folks at Gauge Dye Works will be doing a little knit along, so if you’re feeling like you want to make this with some folks cheering you on, we can totally make that happen!

Ok, I’m guessing that’s most of the questions! If you have any others, leave them in comments and I’ll try and do one more post before it goes live rounding up any that pop up frequently.

Really though, this is way more fun than it has any right to be, I think you’re going to love it!

 

Extra

Am I doing something just the tiniest bit extra with the blocking on one or two of these? Why yes, yes I am.

Do you have to do it to? Um, no. No I do not expect anyone else to be quite this enthusiastic. In the interest of full disclosure, even I am not this enthusiastic and I will not be doing this to every blippy on the hat when I block it.

But I had one or two spots that would benefit from a bit of extra persuasion, and I know I can’t actually be the most particular person in the world, so I figured fine, why not share the compulsion (details of what I’m doing and how will be in the pattern, along with firm reassurance that you do not have to do any such thing)

Assuming no more heating systems try to burn my house down, no more chunks of my roof blow off in windstorms, no more pipes freeze, no more cats decide to play volcano and spew various fluids over anything important (last week was just spectacular, absolutely spectacular), and my household manages to continue evading the rampaging plague, this should be out a week from today. The yarn is already up for preorder over on Gauge Dye Works’ page, so if you know you simply must have it, you can grab that now and be all set when the pattern drops!

Meanwhile I’ll be tending to the aforementioned heating systems, roof, pipes, and cats. Because adulthood is just so much fun.

Moral obligations

Ahem. Why yes. Yes I think that will do nicely!⁠

I’m pretty sure I’m morally obligated to get pictures of the crowns of all three of these and show them off to you in quick succession so you can tell me which one is your favorite.⁠

But now, just for today, I think perhaps we can just revel in how spiffy this one is, don’t you?⁠

I’ll put together a big Q&A post for these hats later this week, but for now, all you need to know is that they’re damn nifty and they’re coming soon!

Stave off

I believe when last we visited with this hat, I was using it to stave off the despair caused by the whole Snow + Cold + January + Dark + Pandemic + Broken Heat situation. ⁠

And while I’m not quite sure that’s a fair burden to put on a sweet little hat, I can report that the sun is setting several minutes later, the primary heating system in my house is currently working, and it is not snowing. ⁠

So I’m calling it a win.⁠

Details on the pattern release are coming soon, make sure you’re on the mailing list if you want to know when it drops. And details on the yarn are up over at Gauge Dye Works!

Wants and needs

What do I want to do today? Knit on this…knit on this and revel in each and every single little burst of color on this gray cold day.⁠

What do I need to do today? Boring accounting stuff to get ready for taxes.

But oh, oh when I’m done, I have an appointment with this!⁠

It’ll be out soon, do that thing where you’re on the mailing list if you want to hear when it is. (And folks, I’m fond of you, I am! But between the rules on spam and the rules of my mail provider, I really do need to ask you to put yourself on there rather than writing to me and asking me to do it for you. All you have to do is click the link above and put in your email address. It’s silly, but there are So Many Weird Rules about spam, and my best chance of following them is using a mail service to handle them.)⁠

Oh and if you want the magic yarn that bosses you around and tells you what to do (nicely, very very nicely, not like the pushy kid in third grade), check out Gauge Dye Works! I mean you totally can use your own yarn (and I’ll have lots of notes in the pattern explaining exactly how, no one will be mad if you’re knitting from stash, I promise). But I know a bunch of you will want this yarn, and that’s the way to get it for when the pattern comes out!

Pair

And there’s the pair of them, all shiny and done. ⁠

Just as a little reminder, the pattern will be out early in the new year (assume all the standard ‘as long as no giant catastrophes befall me or mine between now and then’ disclaimers go here, because good grief but the world feels prone to catastrophe right now).⁠

There will be several different variations in the pattern (probably three…I must exercise some semblance of restraint).⁠

The yarn is a special bit of magic from Gauge Dye Works (and you should absolutely go check them out for the details, because you should probably preorder that right quick if you want it for when the pattern drops!), but I’ll include info on how to use other yarn as well, don’t worry (there are So Many Fun Options for this one)!⁠

And with that, we shall close out this rather challenging year and hope for better times to come. Because wow could we all use a break.

Soak

Ahhhh, see, isn’t that nice? I could really go for whatever the people version of blocking is.

The relaxing soak and gentle primping parts, not so much the soaking in cold water for an hour and being left to dry in front of the space heater part. Just a little something to smooth out the rough spots.

Starry

Ahem. I told you it was going to be good. Now hang on just one second and I’ll block it, which will make it Even Better (no, really, I am a seething ball of stress and rage and despair, and I can see it in my stitches, but a nice soak evens all sorts of things right out, you’ll see). ⁠

Just as a reminder, this should be the first pattern of the new year. I’m using a magic yarn from Gauge Dye Works that does pretty much all the work for you (though I’ll have instructions for how to do it with other yarns, don’t worry…but you won’t be sorry if you get this one, and you might wanna get on their preorder list if you can because wow is it fun). ⁠

And if you love stars like that on top of your hats, I’ve used it on a couple of other patterns (Permutation, Inklings, and Exigencies all come to mind, but there may be others because it’s really fun). It’s one of the very few times I think proper colorwork is worth it!

Even Niftier

Yeah yeah yeah, this is taken all of a few dozen stitches later than the previous pic. Totally true. But really, that’s worth seeing. And in just a second here, it’s going to get Even Niftier.