Santa Cruz Hat and a Gallery Invitation

Check out Maya modeling her new Santa Cruz Hat, made by Thea of Baby Cocktails and Knitting. What a lovely smile!

Girl in a Santa Cruz hat

Girl in a Santa Cruz hat

One of the really fun things about Ravelry is that I’ve been able to see my patterns knit up by other people and to get their feedback on my designs. Of course, not everyone is on Ravelry (yet!), so I’m only hearing from a subsection of the folks who’ve knit my patterns. In the spirit of inclusivity—and, I’ll admit it, because I get a thrill out of seeing my designs knit up by others’ hands—I’ll soon be starting a gallery on this site.

To make things interesting, I’ll turn the gallery into a sort of lucky draw. Every time I receive photos of ten new items for the gallery, I’ll put those knitters’ names into “the hat” and draw out a winner, who will receive a little knitting something: maybe some yarn, maybe a hand-knit dishcloth, maybe some of the patterns I sell through one of my LYSs. To be entered, just send a pic of your version of any one of my patterns to shATwhatifknitsDOTcom (Melissa will be uploading these and asks that you try to keep the documents to a reasonable size). And if you’d like your picture in the gallery to link back to your website, include that address.

Right now, I have the following patterns available free on-line (and more will be coming soon):
Basic Wrist Warmers
Bulky Tam
Point Lobos Hat
Reversible SWS Hat
Sandia Hat
Santa Cruz Hat
Splint Covers
Stripes and Strands Hat
Tamalpais Hats (4 versions)

Enjoy! And please, let me see the results—it does my knitterly heart good.

6 Replies to “Santa Cruz Hat and a Gallery Invitation”

  1. what a lovely little hat and a cute model! It’s always fun to see another hat here. but Night night. It was a long, long day… Snore!

  2. Hi!

    Question about the Santa Cruz hat pattern. I’m using worsted weight and am currently on the decreases following the directions for the sock and worsted weight section. I’m finding that when I’m on the even rows and there is an even number of knit stitches combined with k2tog, I keep coming up one stitch shy at the end for my last k2tog. Am I doing something wrong here…. should I just knit that last odd stitch?

    Any guidance would be most appreciated!

    Thanks very much!

  3. Hi Debbie–

    This shouldn’t be happening. If you begin the decreases with 72 stitches on the needles, you’ll be doing 8 sets of the decreases around on each decrease row, which should always leave you with an even number of stitches for the non-decrease row. (72>64>56>84, etc.)

    The best fix I can offer under the circumstances is that you count how many stitches you have in one decrease set, then do whatever you need to in order to wind up with this many stitches in the final set.

    The only other possibility I can think of is that the odd leftover stitch is a YO that has migrated to the wrong side of the marker. Is this a possibility?

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