It’s amazing how much kindness I have seen taking place in our creative little world.
As events around the globe canceled or postponed large gatherings to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, one of the first large events of the year, Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle, had to postpone. This left the designers, teachers and vendors, whose livelihoods are made by attending these gatherings, without an income.
In response to this, Alison and Andrea of Knitrino had a brilliant idea to help these folks by offering a Virtual Knitting Extravaganza (“VKE”)—a marketplace where folks could go to help them out by buying their products or taking their classes online.
I already knew Andrea Cull from sample knitting for Woolslayer Designs in the past, and I wanted to do something to help, so I signed up for one of the live online classes, Design Your Own Hats with Louis Boria. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the man behind Brooklyn Boy Knits. The class was $12. Yes, twelve dollars. That was a no-brainer.
Louis’ class was amazing. Not only is he an energetic and knowledgeable trainer, but his class was well-planned and flowed perfectly for the hour and a half we had with him. Up until now, I hadn’t tried to design hats, but with the information I gained from his class, I felt confident to design the Proximity Hat.
Since the Proximity Hat was created from the desire to help a fellow designer, I thought it appropriate to share this as a free pattern to occupy the hands and minds of fellow knitters during this time of isolation and social distancing.
I knit my sample in Madelinetosh Farm Twist in colorway Elizabeth Taylor. It’s a DK weight yarn, but worsted can be used, too. I love Farm Twist because it has a really interesting texture and is soft, like silk, but not hard on the hands to knit. I purchased this yarn from Eat.Sleep.Knit. in Dallas, Georgia. They have other colorways here.
I would really love to see this hat knit up in a solid yarn. I think the patterning would really shine through.
Only knit, purl and k2tog stitches are used to make this hat, but it doesn’t get boring—just enough going on to keep your interest without requiring too much brain power.
I’m off to knit something in brioche. In the meantime, I wish everyone the best during this difficult time. Be kind to each other.