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May 15, 2009

Note from Sandi: Knitting for a child seems to bring out in us the longing to make something worthy of being passed down through the generations. Here is Lisa Shroyer's contributrion to the staff design challenge for Interweave Knits Summer 2009: "Design an Heirloom."

Sweet Hex Child’s Hood

by Lisa Shroyer

Thinking about heirloom knitting brings up visions of intricate tapestry fabrics, long-loved silk baby items with deteriorating edges, natural colors, bits of lace as seen through a glass display case in a museum. I thought about fine gauges, rich patterning, and traditional techniques for this staff project. But what function for my heirloom knit? Heirlooms tend to collect around the milestones of life—births and weddings and religious ceremonies. None of those celebrations are personal to me at this time, so I was free to think about what I just really wanted to knit. And for me, that’s always stranded colorwork.

This child’s special-occasion hood is worked in two neutral colors in the round with one steek. You can see from the blocking photo how I cut open the steek with the stitches still live, blocked it, then later Kitchener'd the live stitches at the top of the hood to make a pocket-like shape. The steek edges and decorative cords are tucked into facings and tacked down.

In a silk/wool blend, this hood has a luxurious feel and shimmer, but does require machine reinforcement for the steek. It’s not that scary! (The Winter 2006 issue of Interweave Knits has a great tutorial on steeking.)

The hood is intended for a child about 8 years, but the fit is versatile and could work on kids from 5 to 10. You can see we also tried it on an adult model, and it’s really cute! The hood fits her more like a bonnet, but you get the idea. On a smaller head, the back edge will fall closer to the nape of the neck. If you want the hood for yourself, try working in a worsted weight yarn for a larger version.

PS. The title for this project comes from the decorative hex designs of the Pennsylvania Dutch. It’s a loose interpretation, but the motif here is an isolated, self-contained square with elements radiating from the center.

For more great ideas on how to "Design an Heirloom", get your copy of Interweave Knits Summer 2009, or for year round inspiration, subscribe to Interweave Knits today.

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dycarlin wrote
on Nov 14, 2009 1:36 AM

Here's the error:  

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dycarlin wrote
on Nov 14, 2009 1:34 AM

Have tried 5 times over 2 days to download this pattern.  Get's about 25% into the process and stops.  Not additional progress is ever achieved.  This really bites as I LOVE this pattern and want to knit it for my granddaughters.  :(

HaBaHaBa wrote
on May 18, 2009 5:58 AM
I believe, the girl is modelling this lovely hood back side up...
joshanmom wrote
on May 15, 2009 5:45 PM
I tried 5 times to download the hat pattern and my computer told me there was an error in the file and it couldn't be downloaded. Anyone else get this message from Adobe reader?
JuneB wrote
on May 15, 2009 2:37 PM
Hi I just love getting this newsletter. Certainly appreciate everything that is in it. One thing I was wondering ....can we get some machine knitting "stuff" as well as hand knitting?? thanks and keep up the good work JuneB
JoAnnK wrote
on May 15, 2009 11:37 AM
Hi, I have been trying to download the Fairisle chhildrens hat but it comes back with the message invalid password. It is suppose to remember my password. I really would like to have the hat patter of today May 15th. That is the type of knitting that I like to do. JoAnn Klissus.