Jan 20, 2010

Rain Down

While watching football with my brother over Thanksgiving, we were laughing over the newest NFL skull caps that had been handed out. While some of the team colors looked horrid, at best they looked like the top color was “raining down” into the lower color. And with that, the Rain Down Hat was born!


  • One skein Patons Classic Wool in red
  • Remnant of Patons Classic Wool in grey
  • One set size US 6 / 4.00 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
  • One set size US 7 / 4.50 mm bamboo 16” circular needles
  • One set size US 7 / 4.50 mm bamboo DPNs
  • Darning needle


Small, medium, large (8, 9, 10 inches from brim)


Jan 18, 2010

Helping Haiti Hat Pattern

With all the struggles in Haiti, it can seem overwhelming to find a way to connect, to give help. Being a knitter, my first thought is always to knit something, but Haiti is a tropical enough country that woolens aren’t needed. What is needed is a long list of medicines, food, water, and supplies for shelters.

But because I’m a knitter, I wanted to come up with a small way to encourage other knitters to give. We knitters are a tremendously generous bunch, so I knew it wouldn’t take much – enter the Helping Haiti Hat Pattern.

This pattern, perfect for anyone who is ready to knit on circulars and is willing to test out their cabling skills (read: even a beginner can tackle this hat without much trouble!), is available for free to anyone who has donated money to help out the relief efforts in Haiti.

NOTE: For several years, I have sold this hat to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. I am now offering it up for free.


  • One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm circs 
  • One set size US 8 / 5.0 mm dpns
  •  One skein Paton’s Classic Wool in red 
  • One skein Paton's Classic Wool in blue 
  • Darning needle 
  • Three stitch markers in color A
  • One stitch marker in color B


4.5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch in stockinette


One size fits most.