It’s the beginning of October, time for a new project and video tutorial for A Year of Techniques. Whether you’ve been knitting and learning along with us since AYOT started back in March, or you’re just dropping in for the first time, this month’s project hits the sweet spot of a compelling, short project + a technique that you will use in your knitting all the time.
The Technique: Short Rows!
I’ve knitted short rows before, of course, but as a blind follower of the directions. I don’t have any confidence that I’m doing it “right”; I am mired in low-level anxiety until the short rows are done.
As with every technique in the series so far, I’ve found that Jen Arnall-Culliford’s crystal-clear explanation of short rows (in the video at the top of this post) zaps away that fog. I get it! I get short rows!
I will knit short rows in a house!
I will knit short rows with a mouse!
I will knit them wrap & turnin’!
I will knit them like a German!
What I’m trying to say: in this video you will learn two techniques for short rows: the wrap-and-turn method, and German short rows, which are just as straightforward, but the kind of cleverness that makes you wonder how on earth someone thought of it the first time.
The Project: A Woolly WormheadTM Hat!
Designer Woolly Wormhead describes herself as a Hat Architect, and with good reason. I can think of no other designer who has explored hats so thoroughly: upside-down, inside-out, backwards and sideways. The Woolly Wormhead pattern list requires 18 bundles on Ravelry. (She has a category just for the Pixies and Pointies!)
Ms. Wormhead plays with the three-dimensionality of hats in a truly joyful way. We are thrilled that A Year of Techniques was able to snag one of these inventive designs for this month’s project:
The slipped stitches are fun to work, and a distinctive design element, but the point of this pattern is to practice short rows, and to appreciate how easy short rows are in garter stitch. In garter stitch, you do not have to knit the wraps together with their stitches: who knew?
How to Get in on the Woolly, Wormheady Fun of This Hat
Get the pattern. If you have already bought your Year of Techniques ebook, this new Ruschia hat pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, which includes all 12 patterns, and tutorials for the whole program, it’s available on Ravelry or from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.
Print books are available from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear, and soon—to our great excitement—in the MDK Shop, which is particularly handy for U.S. and Canadian knitters. We are so proud to be a U.S. stockist of this beautiful, useful book. At the moment, we’re sold out! But we will have fresh, fragrant, new copies back in stock soon. (A year into this business, and we still make mistakes when we’re ordering. Sincere apologies, and please bear with! Bear with! This book is worth the wait.)
Get the yarn. Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran is the yarn of choice this month, with just one skein required (per hat). This yarn is aptly named. It is a delectable, extra-warm blend of merino and silk. We’ve got 4 colors in the Shop, in case you don’t have a skein of sufficiently nice Aran weight on hand at the moment.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about the Ruschia hat, in the topic “Technique Number 8: Garter Stitch Short Rows.” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group. It’s a delightfully helpful and encouraging group of knitters.