Heart Vines Hat ~ A Free Knitting Pattern

heart vines hat


Swatching through Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury one day, I was struck by the subtle heart shape inherent in the un-blocked vine stripe pattern and instantly began to think about a special way to use it. To me, one of the most exciting moments in knitting is when your imagination goes wild with ideas and your hands can only follow one stitch at a time. Heart Vines reminds me that good knitting—like good living—needs imagination and heart.

Knit in the round from the bottom up, this lace beret is a simple instant-gratification knit! If you’ve ever struggled with lace, the easy-to-follow pattern will help you break through the barrier. There’s a bonus lace chart at the bottom made by a wonderful reader!





Skills Used
Knitting in the round
Increasing & decreasing
Binding off
Using double-pointed needles




One-Size: to fit the average adult head up to 24″



Finished Measurements
Height: 8 inches
Brim circumference, unstretched: 15 inches (38 cm)
Will comfortably fit head up to 24 inches (61 cm)



Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool Fiber: 55% bamboo, 45% wool; 87 yd/80 m per 50 g ball Color: Twilight; #3845 2 balls

Use Worsted Weight yarn for substitutions.



1 16-inch US #8/5mm circular needle
1 16-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needle
1 set US #8/5mm double-pointed needles



stitch marker
yarn needle

Gauge Gauge Gauge Gauge
16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool
16 sts/22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, Patons Angora Bamboo (discontinued)



Hat Brim
Using larger circular needle, CO 76 sts. Do not join. Slip cast-on sts to smaller circular needle. Pm and join for working in the round. Round 1: *Knit 2, purl 2; rep from * around, slipping marker as you come to it. Repeat Round 1, 8 times more.

Hat Body
Change to larger circular needle. Increase Round: *K2, m1, k3, m1; rep from * around to last 3 sts, k3…105 sts.



Begin lace pattern (see chart for assistance):
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: * K3, (yo, k1) twice, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: * (K3, yo) twice, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 5: Knit.
Round 6: * K3, yo, k5, yo, k1, sl 1 – k2tog – psso, k1, p2; rep from * around.
Round 7: Knit.
Round 8: *K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, (k1, yo) twice, k3, p2; rep from * around.
Round 9: Knit.
Round 10: *K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 (yo, k3) twice, p2; rep from * around.
Round 11: Knit.
Round 12: *K1, k3tog, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3, p2; rep from * around.

Rep rounds 1-12 twice more.

Crown Decreases
Note: Switch to double-pointed needles when you have too few sts to fit around the circular needle.



Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1…53 sts.
Rep rounds 1-2 twice more…14sts.
Round 3: *K2tog; rep from * around…7 sts.
Round 4: Knit.

Break yarn, leaving a 6-inch (15 cm) tail. Thread yarn through remaining live sts and pull tight to close up center. Weave in yarn ends. Block lightly if desired. Gentle steam blocking over a dinner plate will enhance beret’s slouchiness!



CO – cast on k – knit p – purl rep – repeat Sl – slip yo – yarn over
ssk – slip, slip, knit k2tog – knit 2 together K3tog – knit 3 together psso – pass slipped stitch over pm – place marker


Heart Vines Chart

Thanks for visiting me today! I hope you enjoy this free pattern.

Yours In Stitches,


Mon Amie Beret ~ Free Knitting Pattern

Hi Knitting Friends!

I have a free knitting pattern to share today, and if you’d like an ad-free PDF download, you can buy the PDF for $2 in my Ravelry Shop. My Mon Amie Beret is reversible with one nubbly side and one side with a “cracked rib.” It’s knit from super bulky yarn so it’s a speedy make for Fall!

If a favorite hat is like a favorite friend – warm, sweet and multifaceted – why shouldn’t your newest hat be the same?

Mon Amie is a soft and slouchy beret, knit in the round from the bottom up. And it’s reversible! Make one for yourself and your favorite amie!

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One size: to fit head circumference up to 24 in/61 cm
Length (center top to brim): 9.5 in/24 cm
Brim circumference (unstretched): 20 in/51 cm

Yarn Requirements
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Blossom #640103, 1 skein
6 oz / 170 g (106 yd/97 m), 80% acrylic, 20% wool

Needle Size
16 in/40.5 cm circular needle: US size 9 (5.5 mm)
16 in/40.5 cm circular needle: US size 15 (10 mm)
Double-pointed needles: US size 15 (10 mm)

9.5 sts and 16 rows = 4 in/10 cm over 2×2 rib on smaller needle
8 sts and 12 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch on larger needle

Detachable stitch marker
Yarn needle

Cm – centimeters
Co – cast on
Dec – decrease
In – inches
Inc – increase
K – knit
K2tog – knit 2 together
Kfb – knit front and back
Pm – place marker
Psso – pass slipped stitch over
P – purl
Rep – repeat
Rnd(s) – round(s)
Sl – slip
St(s) – stitch(es)
Wyib – with yarn in back

Skill Level

CO 48 sts with smaller needles. Pm and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Round 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.
Rep rnd 1 until piece measures 2 in (5 cm) from cast-on edge.

Inc Rnd: With larger needle, *k2, kfb; rep from * around…64 sts.
Begin working in pattern as follows.
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep around.
Rnd 2: *K around.
Rep rnds 1-2 until piece measures 7.5 in (19 cm) from cast-on edge, ending with rnd 1.

Note: Change to DPNs when sts become difficult to work on circular needle.
Dec rnd 1: *K5, sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…48 sts.
Even rnd: *K1, p1; rep around.
Dec rnd 2: *K5, sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…36 sts.
Even rnd: *K1, p1; rep around.
Dec rnd 3: *K1, sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…18 sts.
Even rnd: *K1, p1; rep around.
Dec rnd 4: *Sl 1 wyib – k2tog – psso; rep around…6 sts.

Break yarn, leaving a 10 in (25.5 cm) tail. Thread working yarn through remaining 6 and pull tightly to close the top of the hat. Weave in ends.

Happy Hatting to you, Knitters! Come visit me again soon. As always, if you enjoy this free pattern, please consider clicking some ad links here on my site to support more free designs! Thank you so much.

Yours in Stitches,


Lace Beret, A Free Knitting Pattern

Happy Friday, Knitters!

Red Heart Yarns is offering my lovely lace beret design as a free pattern download! It’s sized for adult Small and Medium: 20 (22)” head circumference.


The skill level on this pretty beret is intermediate because the stitch counts change on certain rows when working the lace, so keep that in mind if you try out the pattern. The beret uses Red Heart’s With Love yarn, which is a plump and soft 100% acrylic yarn. Since it’s not wool, this could be a summertime or winter hat.

Check it out on Ravelry for more details.

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Thanks for visiting me today. I hope you are having fun making whatever you are making! Leave me a comment to tell me about it.

Yours In Stitches,


Fox & Fleur: A Knitting Pattern for All Ages

Hi Knitters!

Today I’m sharing a sweet design for foxy folk of all ages. Fox & Fleur is a stranded colorwork hat available to knit in 6 sizes: newborn, baby, toddler/child, adult small (teen), adult medium, adult large.

I designed the original cap as a baby shower gift for a friend’s baby girl on the way. Foxes and woodland creatures were the mommy’s nursery theme, so I ran with that and added a feminine touch with the tiny flower border (fleurs!) that runs above and below the fox faces.

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Mommy & Baby Twinsies!

I had this design test-knit by some awesome folks on Ravelry, and they helped to refine and enhance the pattern, so I know you’ll have a great experience. The pattern contains complete written instructions, a full colorwork chart, and tips for knitting the stranded colorwork.


Use any aran-weight, smooth worsted yarn that comes in a good range of colors.



It works for all ages, foxes are such a fun motif and so hot right now!


Check out the Ravelry projects page to see how the hat knit up for others!

I hope it makes you smile as you knit it and as you wear it. Whenever my daughter and I wear ours, we always get extra smiles from the people we meet. 🙂

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In Stitches,



My First Aran Sweater

Hi Knitters!

Last summer while sipping coffee at a play date, a dear friend of mine asked me a question. “Do you think you could knit an Aran sweater?”

How that little question changed my life as a designer and as a knitter!

I hesitated as I thought. “I don’t know.” I said. “I…think I could…”

The unspoken end of that sentence was “if I were good enough” or “if I weren’t too scared to try” or “if I could see it through” but as she waited for a reply, I skipped past  my automatic self-doubt and thought, “maybe I could.”

Maybe I could!

I had never attempted an Aran, had knit cables just a handful of times, and had never worked with more than one cable pattern at a time.

Our mommy conversations moved on, but I was still thinking about Arans.

Later as we packed our kiddos up in their car seats, I brought up the Aran sweater again. I found out that she especially loved Arans because she had lived in Ireland. She had loved it there and wished to bring home one of the amazing Aran sweaters she had seen, but never bought one because they were quite expensive.

I said, “Well, I’ve always wanted to make one, maybe I could do it as a design challenge for myself…it would probably take me a long time, but if I got through it and made one, would you like to have it?” She was very excited and said she would pay me, of course.

She is a rare gem who values handmade, and is willing to pay for it. I was grateful but declined the offer because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my creative life, it’s that payment = pressure. And pursuing creative passions under pressure can cramp the creativity and kill the passion. She kindly kept insisting, so we left it undecided.

Weeks went by.

I had Arans on my mind and worked to clear my plate of other projects, ordered some cream-colored yarn, and began doing research in earnest.

I used Alice Starmore’s Aran Knitting, borrowed from my local library, as my tutor and started working on the design.

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At first, I puzzled over the hundreds of different cable patterns I found in stitch dictionaries and on Pinterest. How would I choose? What look was I going for? I studied many Aran sweaters, and decided I liked the strong look of a wide center panel. After a couple of false starts and struggling to swatch tricky but beautiful cables, I realized something important for all design and maybe for my life: I didn’t have to make it so difficult for it be beautiful.

Now on the lookout for simple cables, I landed on three that I had passed by in my earlier searches. I liked them and they were easy, so I adjusted two of them to mirror one another, and sequenced them to create seven panels across the front and back of the sweater.

Here is the chart I created in Excel for a single repeat of the front/back body.

Miss Clare’s Aran Sweater: single repeat of back and front body pieces (excluding neck shaping)

Chart Keys

If you look closely at the chart, you’ll see that the entire sweater is made up of knits, purls, 6-cross cables and 8-cross cables. It’s the strategic placement of the cables to create the central horn cable, the plaits, and the twists that gives intricacy to the entire sweater.

I was tickled pink by the fact that the cables coordinated with one another in 4-row and 8-row repeats. This also simplified the puzzle of remembering which cables to work on which row. Once I had my sea legs, the cables told me what to do next. Well, they didn’t start talking or anything, but I could just look and see what should happen next.

That said, I did mis-cross a cable early on, but I caught the mistake before too many rows got away from me, and was able to fix it.

Setting out on uncharted waters…with my trusty knitting chart and Little Sweater Girl nearby!

I worked on this project for about 6 weeks finishing in mid-November. Once the knitting was done, those separate sweater pieces sat on my dining room table for nearly a week.

Because I was scared.

Totally cowed.

Terrified is not too strong a word.

of Finishing.

In the past, I felt triumph and heartbreak at completing the knitting and virtually ruining the finished product because of sloppy seaming.

But as before when the designing got hard, I was spurred into action by thinking of my friend and her excitement over the sweater. I just had to get over it and make it for her.

Finally plucked up my courage and committed the sweater pieces to the laundry tub for a wash.
View of the sweater in process, being blocked and sewn together.
Thar she blows! My First Aran design and knit.
Proud designer selfie.
My lovely friend, Miss Clare, wearing the sweater for holiday, 2016.

What a great experience it turned out to be. What a confidence-building adventure. What a reward to see my friend wearing and loving her sweater that she told me reminds her of one of the happiest times in her life. Thank you for asking, Miss Clare.

So when’s the last time you thought, “maybe I could…

If you think maybe you could, you should!

For the love of trying, and learning, and making your dreams come true however big or small they may be, you should.

In Stitches,


p.s. If you would like to use my charts to make an Aran, leave me a comment and I can share some more details like a chart for neck shaping and my sleeve pattern. You should also check out the Alice Starmore book, Aran Knitting.