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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: Beanie, Toque
A unisex beanie with a simple texture perfect for striping. Designed to make the most of a beautiful set of mini-skeins, Ascent is highly customisable.
Knitting: Cowl
‘Field of Stars’ is a drapey, alpaca-rich cowl sprinkled with starbursts. Its orderly array of stars is inspired by Renaissance representations of the night sky in book illustrations and on chapel ceilings. Instead of their glowing blue-and-gold, I’ve used textured stitches to ‘paint’ this cowl with stars.
Knitting: Cowl
The ‘Peacowl’ is a slinky lace cowl inspired by Art Nouveau peacock-feather motifs.
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
** If you have already purchased the matching Beeswax hat pattern, the ‘Beeswax cowl’ is $2 off (and vice versa)! No coupon code needed, just check out via Ravelry. **
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
A pair of colourwork Daleks fight it out on these toasty stranded mittens!
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
Free until autumn 2014!
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
Do you suffer from redhead envy?
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
A tribute to the iconic baddies of Doctor Who! Stylised enough to be mistaken for a geometric design by the uninitiated, stealthy Daleks are stationed right around the hat, to guard your head from the cold.
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
This delicate lace scarf is inspired by the one worn by Amy Pond in the Doctor Who episodes ‘Vampires of Venice’ and ‘Vincent and the Doctor’.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
A starry pair of stranded mitts, named in honour of the astronomer and populariser of science, Carl Sagan.