Anstruther Hat by Erica

This is the Anstruther Hat by Erica Smith on Ravelry. I loved knitting it and love how many different combinations are available with fair isle. I also purchased the mitten pattern as part of the “E Book” and I have been wanting to knit them. Hopefully soon. I definitely recommend this pattern.

Love this pattern, so much fun to knit!



Fidra hat by the Shetland trader

I purchased this hat pattern this spring after seeing it all over Instagram last winter. This summer I finally got around to knitting it. I love this hat pattern so much! I used the suggested needle sizes- which doesn’t usually happen for me to get gauge. The designer used Brooklyn Tweed Quarry which is what I used too. Definitely said YES to adding the pom pom. This was a quick knit and I finished it in two sittings. This hat features a two inch twisted rib cuff. Wouldn’t this hat make a cute gift? A friend dubbed it a “snow bunny” hat- definitely! This pattern is available on Ravelry from Gundrun Johnston.

Leg warmers

After the holiday season I decided to take a break from knitting as much as possible as fast as possible. I’ve been knitting a lot of new projects like these easy leg-warmers. This pattern would work for sock and fingering-weight yarn.

To knit this pair in a size small I divided the available Madelinetosh “Tosh Merino Light” yarn in two by weight. Cast on 84 stitches using size 1 double-pointed needles. Join work for knitting in the round and continue in a 2 x 2 rib. Knit until enough yarn remains for casting off. Repeat for second piece and use a ruler or count stitches to make sure they are the same length.


Knit Hat Design

This hat was knit using Flicker yarn from Berroco that I purchased at the Knitting Tree in Madison. This is my own pattern using a stitch from one of Barbara Walker’s books (some of my favorites). I knit 3 identical hats and one has already been purchased for a Christmas gift for next year!

This yarn has a subtle sparkle in it which I was drawn to. It’s fun to try out different yarns especially when I knit with the same yarns over and over for my knit business. This yarn is stretchier than most and makes for a very comfortable hat in a refreshing color. This pattern will be available for purchase soon and these samples will be listed in my ETSY shop soon. 


That’s me, Laura. Photographs by Mom.

The Regal Find

The Regal Find in downtown Middleton, WI is one of the several local stores that carries some of my handmade accessories. I took a few photos on a recent visit to showcase my items at this location. My button earrings are creatively displayed in a vintage film holder- probably my favorite display of them. The store looks different every time I go and I love all of the vintage pieces they use to display the handmade items.

Button Earrings on display

So cute! Large table for craft classes that they offer.

Pointelle Design Jersey scarves.

New headband prints for summer


Striped Chunky Hat Pattern


This is a basic hat knit with bulky Brown Sheep company “Burly Spun” yarn in two different colors. To knit this hat I started with 16 inch circular needles in size 10.5 (US) and cast on 40 stitches. Place marker at the beginning of the round. Start working in the round and knit 4 courses of 1×1 Rib. Change to size 11 needles and with your second, accent color knit one course of all knit stitches. At this point you will only be using knit stitches. Switch back to your original color and knit 3 courses. Change back to your second color and knit one course. Continue knitting 3 courses of the main color followed by one course of the accent color until work measures about  5.75 inches from your cast on edge. For my gauge this is always very near to the 5th stripe. Please note that for the decreasing I still switch to the accent color every 3 courses until the very top for a total of 6 accent stripes. One course before the 5th accent stripe begin decreasing as follows: *Knit 6, knit 2 together* repeat this for one round. Next round, knit all. Before the next decrease I switch to size 11 double point needles. Next round: *Knit 5, knit 2 together*. Next round: Knit all. Next round: *Knit 4, knit 2 together*. Next round: *Knit 3, knit 2 together*. Next round: *Knit 2, knit 2 together* Next round: *Knit 1, knit 2 together*. Next round: *Knit 2 together*. Weave in all ends and you have your finished hat.

Finished measurements: 8.25 inches wide by 8 inches high

Please note that your gauge may vary slightly. This gauge is: 4 inches= 9.25 stitches wide and 13.5 stitches high