Hercynia is the original name of an ancient forest that includes the modern Black Forest region, the setting of Hansel & Gretel. An installment of Woolgirl’s Once Upon a Time: A Classic Fairy Tale knitting club, the story of Hansel & Gretel is the inspiration for this set of accessories - a slouchy hat, which can also be blocked into a beret shape, and a set of fingerless mitts.
The cable pattern mimics the look of huge tree trunks in a deep forest and the slip stitch pattern reflects the look of leafy green canopy while helping to prevent pooling of the gorgeous hand-painted yarn.
Hat: 10” tall, 24” circumference at the widest point (blocked, not stretched)
Mitts: 7.5” long, 6” circumference (blocked, not stretched)
The circumference of the hat and of the mitts can be easily customized by adding or subtracting number of cast on stitches, while the height of the hat and the length of the mitts can be changed simply by working a different number of rounds.
A step-by-step tutorial of the slip stitch pattern can be found here (post #47):
The new Ravelry pdf includes this slip stitch pattern tutorial.
The Hercynia pattern is now available as Ravelry download.
This pattern was originally published as part of the Once Upon a Time: A Classic Fairy Tale Knitting Club from Woolgirl in May 2012.
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