After quite a lot of work my VERY FIRST PATTERN is now available on Ravelry and in our etsy shop! It is happening a bit later than I had originally planned. Here in New England we are finally feeling spring, but there are still chilly nights ahead. So, I figure it's never too late to put this pattern out into the world! Some of you may have seen this hat available as a finished object in our shop, I still have a few left that are knit up in yarn that I naturally dyed myself. These will still be available until my yarn supplies run out. But, incase you have not seen this hat before or are interested in knitting it yourself, here is a little information about how I came up with the pattern:
The Wood Island Watch Cap was inspired by the traditional knit caps worn by Lighthouse keepers, fishermen, and seafarers. My original inspiration for this pattern came after a visit to Wood Island Light, the Lighthouse near my childhood home in Maine. There, I saw photos of the generations of Lighthouse Keepers and their families, and I began to think about all of the knits that serve a life at sea. My father wears his own Navy-issued watch cap to this day. And I wanted to create a pattern that was just as timeless and functional, a cap that could keep you warm in spite of salt sprays from stormy seas. So, the Wood Island Watch Cap is knit in a Fisherman’s Rib, which adds warmth and a traditional look.
If you are not familiar with the Fisherman's Rib, it is a stitch that created a very thick fabric with a lot of squish and stretch. Perfect for keeping warm! The Wood Island Watch Cap is designed to be One Size Fits Most, but because of its stretchy fabric should fit many sizes. It uses two skeins of Quince & Co.'s Lark a worsted weight 100% wool yarn, and is shown here in their colorway Lichen. It also features an optional pompom (but when given the choice between pompom and no pompom, I always choose pompom!).
AND! If you subscribe to my newsletter by Friday, April 22nd at noon EST, you will be getting the pattern for FREE!
If anyone has any comments or questions about the pattern, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. As I said, this is my first pattern, and I would really appreciate any feedback!