Winter Berries Design now LIVE

Hello my Magical Friends!

I’m back again! Here with a new a hat and cowl pattern that is now live in my store on Ravelry!

My new Winter Berries Hat and Cowl knitting pattern is perfect for beginners to stranded colorwork. With only two colors used at one time, yarn management is kept to a minimum. It’s perfect for those who may not have experience with multiple yarns at once and a nice simple piece for experienced knitters.

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My sister, Aysha, modeling my hat and cowl while little Lucy tries to get in on the fun!

I used my own hand dyed yarn on my Dense DK base, which you can get in my Sisteresque Fibers shop in any colorway. I loved using my own yarn! The purple color is The Evil Eye colorway; the red is Blood Binding; and the green is The Poison You Picked.

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Peek-a-boo Aysha!

Worked on a US Size 5 needle, this pattern is based on a 12 stitch repeat. This makes it easy to customize the size of the hat or cowl; just add or subtract multiples of 12 stitches when you cast on and follow the pattern as written. Simple!

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I had so much fun knitting this up and designing the charts for the colorwork! I do hope if you choose to support my yarny dreams and purchase my pattern, you will enjoy it, too!

That’s all the self-promotion I have for now 🙂 Until next circle, Fiber Friends!

 

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My Favorite Hat Pattern

Well, my favorite hat pattern at the moment! If you are a true crime fan and have not yet listened to the My Favorite Murder Podcast with Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, you are seriously missing out.

For those not familiar, My Favorite Murder (MFM) is a true crime comedy podcast. How could a true crime podcast be funny? Well the true crimes themselves are gruesome, disturbing and overall not funny. Georgia and Karen, however, are absolutely hilarious! Granted, they each admit some of the laughter and joking is out of the anxiety and terror brought about by the subjects they discuss. This, though, is what makes them just my kind of people.

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My own MFM Hat samples. #ssdgm

As a fun tribute to my favorite ladies of death and despair, I have designed this simple colorwork hat. The MFM Hat is available as a paid for pattern on Ravelry, as well as in my HalesBee Handmade shop on Etsy. Georgia and Karen frequently encourage makers to sell their MFM wares on their podcast, so I like to think its ok!

The hat is knit in my own hand dyed DK weight yarn. I used my HeartBurst colorway as the main color and my Blindfold colorway for the lettering. Both are available in my HalesBee Handmade shop. I used US size 4 needles for the ribbing, and went up to a size 6 needle for the colorwork. The pattern has just two adult sizes, but you can go up or down in yarn weight and needle size to create a larger or smaller hat as desired.

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Again, for those who do not yet call themselves ‘murderinos’ (fans of the MFM podcast and true crime in general), the hashtag SSDGM stands for their now famous tagline “Stay Sexy! Don’t get murdered!”

I have to add here my appreciation for Georgia and Karen, not just for staying sexy, but also for their ability to always maintain focus on the human element. They speak often of their own therapy and anxieties, the fears they have that may well be part of their obsession with true crime. They always make an effort to honor the memory and trauma of victims and survivors, reminding listeners of the various advocacy groups out there trying to make a difference.

Georgia and Karen also remember to consider, difficult though it may be, the humanity of the people who commit awful crimes. Often lamenting the stigma of mental illness, its vast under-treatment and how many who become killers suffer from some kind of mental or emotional illness or distress. And all while finding a way to crack a smile and allow listeners to do the same.

Clearly, I do recommend that you give My Favorite Murder a listen. Even if you are not a true crime fan, you may find yourself just as addicted to Georgia and Karen as this murderino.

And of course, if you are already a fan, I recommend my MFM Hat pattern on Ravelry.

I hope you have enjoyed this entry in the diary of HalesBee’s handmade adventures! Stay sexy!

Love from HalesBee!

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