Do you have your copy of The Knitter yet? Issue 63 sees my pattern debut, a sunny yellow lace hat in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, featured in the free “Hats!” supplement.

Lace Fyberspates DK This pattern is a fun lace repeat worked in the round, which is decreased (in my usual stylee) to a flower at the top.  This yarn was absolutely gorgeous to work with, it feels great in your hands and the stitch definition is amazing, which is why I chose to use it for this design.

Fyberspates Vivacious DK

The hat pattern is written for three sizes, from 51-61cm (21-24″) head circumference.  Due to the width of the lace repeat, each size is made with different needles, so make sure you check which size you’ll need.  There is talk of a KAL next month in the Fyberspates group on Ravelry, so make sure you join the group to stay informed!

Fyberspates Vivacious DK

To compliment the pattern I also wrote a big masterclass on designing your own hats.  This covers everything from choosing yarn, finding a stitch pattern that works nicely, adding repeats, whether you want to work it flat or in the round and how much length and ease you want.   If you’ve not quite ventured into design territory yet, this is a great start!

This pattern and masterclass is now available through our free Apple Newsstand app for £2.99.  Just visit on you iPhone or iPad to download.

The Knitter Issue 63 is available as a digital download from Zinio for £4.99.

This is also an exciting issue for my friend Ellen Gill, who is also a featured designer.  Her gorgeous cardigan pattern Tyrolean has had us excited in the office, and our technical assistant Jen has already cast it on.  Celebratory gin and tonics all round!

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