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Aknitica Has Moved!

Please come check out the up-to-date website at http://www.aknitica.com All my new posts and patterns are done over there, so if you’re subscribing here on the .wordpress blog, you’re missing out!  Honestly, I forgot that this old website was still visible to the public… I stopped paying for the URL to be forwarded, and now […]

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Impunity

When I was a kid, I remember reading a short story called “Impunity Jane.” I don’t know why I always returned to that story; maybe it was because I was a typical girl who loved dolls, and Impunity Jane just happened to be a doll. But really, I think it was the word impunity that […]

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Super Mario Charts

Feel free to use these two charts in any of your knitting projects! I had some fun making them up. 🙂 I have no idea what the copyright is for any of the Super Mario characters, so obviously these are free, and I imagine you should only use them in your own work and not […]

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Mighty Warrior

I just finished up this chemo cap for a small friend of mine. It’s a bit of a merge between Kate Oates’ free Cheery Scrap Cap pattern and my own viking horn design, with some modifications thrown in. I’m pretty pleased with the result. 🙂 If you’re interested in making a similar one, here’s how […]

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Hand-Painted Preemie Hat

I love buying hand-painted yarn, but then I’m inevitably disappointed when I knit it up. The gorgeous, vibrant colours suddenly pool or stripe in weird ways that make the ugliest little hats. But when I use a textural stitch, like seed stitch, suddenly the yarn regains its charm and the hat becomes delightful! You can […]

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How to Knit a Hat

You have yarn. You have needles. You have cold ears on a blustery day. (Or you’re having a bad hair day. It happens to the best of us.) How do you make a hat out of thin air, without a pattern? How do you move from knitter to designer? How do you become the master […]

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Leafalicious Hat Pattern

Here it is, in all its glory: Knit in bulky-weight yarn (shown here in hand-spun, hand-dyed yarn that a friend sent me — isn’t she nice?) with size 9 US (5.5mm) circular needles, the Leafalicious hat is knit in the round from the top down. You’ll use interesting stitches like Judy’s Magic Cast On, LRinc, […]

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Leafalicious Hat and Mittens… A Preview

I’ve just submitted these patterns to Knit Picks as proposals, so if they like them, I’ll be knitting them up in a nice fall Knit Picks yarn and hopefully be getting them published. If they don’t like them… Well, then I’ll just have to publish the pattern myself. Either way, I’m really happy with how […]

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Knotty Baby Hat

This little cutie is available as a Ravelry download for $3 CAD.  It is knit up using a provisional cast on, a hem turn, and stocking stitch.  There is nice, simple  shaping to form the knot appendages, and a little grafting right at the end for finishing. Yarn:  fingering weight sock yarn, about 120 yards […]

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