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eBook : 5 patterns

‘Paper Hats’ is a collection of five hats inspired by the paper-craft projects I enjoyed as a child: simple crowns, woven heart baskets, soaring airplanes, folded boats and pirate hats, and cut-out snowflakes. I hope you enjoy them too!

eBook : 3 patterns

An ebook containing three honeycomb-inspired patterns by Amy van de Laar: the Beeswax hat, cowl, and mitts.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Hats - Other
‘Paper Boat’ is a knitted version of a simple origami boat. As kids we made large ones out of newspaper to wear as pirate-captain hats, and little ones out of scrap paper to float in the kitchen sink. Warning: this version doesn’t float!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
In the southern hemisphere, we don’t have snow at Christmas-time. But that’s never stopped us making cut-out paper snowflakes to decorate our homes and classrooms - even those of us who haven’t ever seen a real snowflake!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
‘Paper Crown’ is a knitted version of the classic paper hat of birthday-party and Christmas-cracker fame. The crown shape is formed with simple mini-cables, which outline the transition from the ribbed brim to the stockinette top.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
‘Paper Hearts’ is inspired by the little heart-shaped baskets I made as a kid - we would weave them from coloured paper, fill them with sweets and hang them from the Christmas tree. The hearts encircling this hat are outlined with simple mini-cables, and filled with a knit-purl texture to create the woven look.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Paper planes are great fun! There are so many different ways to make them - and some will soar across the room or into the distance, while others take an immediate nose-dive. The ‘Paper Planes’ hat features a ring of classic paper airplanes as seen from above, outlined with twisted stitches for nice crisp edges.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The Beeswax mitts are a pair of cosy, cabled hand-warmers, completing the set of Beeswax hat, cowl, and mitts. They all feature the same double-layered honeycomb pattern, flowing naturally into and out of the ribbing. The stretchy stitch patterns help ensure a good fit, and the shaping around the thumbs blends into the surrounding honeycomb.
Knitting: Cowl
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
** If you have already purchased the matching Beeswax cowl pattern, the ‘Beeswax hat’ is $2 off (and vice versa)! No coupon code needed, just check out via Ravelry. **
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Seaswell is a stripy triangular shawl inspired by the sea. Its wave-patterned border is adapted from a Victorian stitch pattern known variously as ‘shell pattern’ or ‘fan pattern’. I have substituted simple kfb increases instead of yarn-overs for a less lacy look, and included double-decreases to sharpen the crests of the ‘waves’. Put this stitc...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A cosy beanie hat to keep you warm on your wanderings, inspired by the fronds of New Zealand’s native ferns, such as the iconic ponga tree. The fern-frond stitch pattern is formed with simple lace increases and decreases, and both charted and written instructions are provided.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Bubble & Squeak is a cosy cabled beanie hat, with optional pompoms. It’s a remix of my Carrot Top design, which is where it gets its name: in my family, leftover vegetables get mashed up and fried, and called ‘bubble and squeak’. I’m not sure why. But it is delicious!
Knitting: Mittens
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Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
A lightweight textured scarf, designed in honour of my favourite literary wizard, Gandalf the Grey.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
A starry stranded beret to match your Starstuff mitts, featuring a crown of stars around the brim and star-shaped decreases on top.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
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Knitting: Scarf
A long, crescent-shaped shawl with great drape and airiness, inspired by a rainbow appearing on a grey rainy day. Bright colours excite me, and as a sure-fire pick-me-up, beautifully-dyed sock yarn is in a class of its own!
Knitting: Beanie, Toque, Pixie Hat
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Knitting: Beanie, Toque
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Knitting: Scarf
Dyeing your own yarn is wonderful and addictive! Using food-safe dyes in your kitchen and coming up with your own colour schemes is fun, easy, and safe. But what to do with all your crazy-coloured little skeins?
Knitting: Scarf
This is an homage to old-school video games, which I designed for my friend Rowan. It shows a Space Invaders cannon playing Tetris by firing the blocks down the length of the scarf.
Crochet: Scarf
A crocheted scarf that makes the most of yarn with long colour-gradients.
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
A dramatic lace wrap with beads representing the stars of the night sky. The central beaded star-chart covers the zodiac and neighbouring constellations.
Knitting: Scarf
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Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
A starry pair of stranded mitts, named in honour of the astronomer and populariser of science, Carl Sagan.