Free Pattern : Steinway Hat

Note 01/03/2014: There has been a wee bit of confusion with a few readers on how to get the pattern so I am making it the link super clear at the top of the post.

Please click   **HERE**  to download the pattern directly.

If you would like to go to Ravelry and save it to your library click **HERE** .

If you are still having technical issues,  please feel free to send me an email at and I will get the PDF emailed to you right away.

But please try downloading it first.  Thank you so much!

Please read on if you would like instructions for the optional PomPom.

DSCN0118Oh, Hi Steinway Street!  Since I was making this hat for myself to replace the one that I had lost, I decided to name it after a place in which I find myself frequently.  The Steinway St. stop on the R & M line is my little slice of the MTA.  Twice a day, five days a week, and sometimes more! The blue of the yarn I used also reminded me of the blue tiles and pillars.


I have long admired the accordion-like ‘Mistake Rib’ stitch. Its squashy, springy, and very forgiving if you can’t get your gauge just right. Its like regular ribbing on steroids. Its super stretchy, and knit in a worsted weight wool its even stretchier. It creates a lovely, thick, warm fabric, with deep valleys and high peaks made by alternating rows of knit, purl and a surprisingly simple combination of each.  Excepting the decreases at the crown, the pattern is only two rows. It honestly doesn’t get much easier than that.

Now that we are getting deeper into November and the winter winds have begun to blow in earnest, a warm squashy hat is something that we all need. Especially me since I had left my old one in a cab!  This hat is very versatile because its pretty much unisex. The texture of the ribbing adds interest but its not overtly masculine nor feminine. It can be glammed up with color to make it more bold, or made in a subtler hue for more conservative types. DSCN0134



But my favorite part of this pattern? Its got interchangeable… POMPOMS!  You can make pompoms in whatever color suits your mood, matches your outfit or makes you grin! And when you want to shake things up, changing it out is as easy as opening and closing a safety-pin.


All you need is a darning needle, and a small safety-pin.  When you make your pompom (I used a clover 65cm pompom maker) and are ready to tie it off,  just cut a length of yarn that’s about 12 inches long. After tying it, don’t trim the ends. Instead thread them through a darning needle.


Use the needle to thread those ends through the little hole at the top of the hat. Pull them all the way through and flip your hat inside out. Steinway_Hat10

I tie my ends off into a big bow, just the loopy part, I skip the first overhand knot to make it easy to untie later. Then I pin the pompom to the hat, making sure I get the pin through both the hat, and through the middle of the knot. You don’t want that baby falling off mid commute.  Steinway_Hat11

And there it is! You can pompom it, or wear it plain. Make matchy pompoms or contrasting pompoms. Big silly pompoms or multiple little ones. Its really entirely up to you.


The Blue Sky Worsted is such a fat snuggly yarn, I can’t even describe how warm it is! It’s nearly the perfect wool.  If only alpaca didn’t make my nose tickle. lol At least it only does it while I’m knitting. Steinway_Hat13You can download your copy of the pattern on Ravelry


Happy knitting!  -Marie

Hat Weather

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I left one of my favorite hats in a cab two weeks ago when I went to my friend’s wedding in the Bronx. I made it up as I went along in a mistake rib, in a fat and squishy Blue Sky Worsted. Such a sad thing. I really, really loved that hat. It was equal parts simple, pretty and warm. OH! It was soo sooo warm.

When I came across the same yarn in this beautiful navy blue the other day when I visited Webs in Massachusetts and knew I would re knit it. This time I’m taking notes and I’ll publish it as a free pattern. This worsted wool knits up so quickly, it won’t be long now.

April Scarf

20131028-100405.jpgI know its October, but I wanted to show you the April Scarf.

April Scarf

April Scarf


I wrote this up a couple of years ago, but recently it got a little makeover and I reformatted the pattern and made it a little more concise and easier to read.  By no means did I invent the chevron stitch, its got many, many, many incarnations in the knitting-verse. But this is my little version of a classic.  I really enjoy how the zig zagginess lets a delicious ombre or variegated yarn really shine. The colors get to play along the hills and valleys and the very simple stitch looks great but it doesn’t require strict attention.  Its great for hanging out with friends and chatting or watching your favorite season premiere while your fingers stay busy. If you have already downloaded this pattern I hope you find the few changes helpful. If its a new pattern I hope you’ll enjoy knitting this slinky beauty up! Download the FREE pattern here.

April Scarf

Introducing Leaf Kerchief & a GIVEAWAY!

Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

I first knitted Leaf a few years ago, I knew I wanted something simple with a touch of detail and it had to be knitted in one of my favourite yarns, Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM). A gorgeous hand painted fingering weight merino. There was no blood, and I don’t recall any sweat, but there were tears. Tears of frustration, tears from the pain of my fingers seizing up and tears of joy when I cast off the last stitch.

I can’t tell you the number of times I pulled down the work, starting over and over because there weren’t enough stitches, or there were too many, or I miss counted, and the decreases weren’t right. I threw down my needles several times, but each time, after a few days of cooling off I’d pick up my knitting determined to see this through. Eventually I found my rhythm.

The thought of publishing hadn’t really crossed my mind until last year.  I received many compliments while wearing it and several people asked if there was a pattern. After proding and encouragement from Marie, I reknitted it and wrote it. Luckily I had a few rough scribbles that I could work from, but there were still a few stumbling blocks and adjustments. Almost a year later I feel that its ready, I’m super excited and a little nervous about putting it out here. It’s an unfussy, and versatile piece,  that’s prefect for chilly days. -Florrie


We are so excited about publishing the Leaf Kerchief pattern that we have gone completely mad and are giving away a Leaf Kerchief Kit which will arrive in a fun FloMa tote filled with woolly  goodness.  The kit includes:

  • One FlorrieMarie “Knit. Eat. Repeat.” cotton tote bag (14″x14″x3″)
  • One printed copy of the Leaf Kerchief pattern on acid free paper in a protective plastic sheet cover.  As well as a code to download the PDF pattern to your Ravelry library.
  • Enough wool to make one Leaf Kerchief (with probably a bit leftover).
  • One set of safety-pin stitch holders.
  • One set of Clover Chibi darning needles in a blue carrying case for finishing work.
  • One measuring tape.
  • One little box from Muji for holding notions

The list of things in the giveaway may grow after we go to Rhinebeck.  Who knows what sort of wonderful goodies we will find. Originally we were going to get more Koigu wool for this giveaway, which the original pattern was knit in and which we adore for its deep variegated dyes and soft hand. But then Florrie had the thought that since Sheep & Wool is such a great place to buy gorgeous hand dyed skeins from small batch artists, that we would wait and pick up something really special from the vendors in Rhinebeck. We’ll post a picture of the kit complete with the Rhinebeck yarn we find tomorrow.

*EDIT* 10/21/13

Posting pictures of the yarn and other goodies included in the giveaway! We’re really happy with the yarn we found. there were soooooo many wonderful colors and fibers to choose from. We hope you’ll love it too!


Northumbria Fingering
A lighter fingering weight than either our Yummy 2-Ply or Cosmic, Northumbria Fingering is spun from the long, lustrous wool of Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Northumbria Fingering has a nice natural shine that enhances the vibrant, rich colors. It’s great for durable, fine-gauge socks, and lovely in crisp lacy shawlettes.
Size: 437 yd / 3.5 oz (400m / 100g) skeins
Content: 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool
Gauge: Fingering weight. 8-10 stitches per inch on US 0-2.


Leaf Kerchief

Leaf Kerchief

We will be at Sheep & Wool both Saturday and Sunday, so if you see us stop by and say hi! We’ll attend both of the Ravelry Meet Ups.

To enter in the drawing, all you need to do is leave a comment in this post about which yarn you would choose to knit a Leaf Kerchief before the end of day Friday October 25, 2013.

-Florrie & Marie

The fine print:  Comments must be posted before 11:59 pm Friday October 25th to be eligible for drawing.  On Saturday 10/26/13 one comment will be picked using a random number generator to receive the giveaway. The winner will be announced at noon on Saturday 10/26/13. The giveaway is not redeemable for cash.  Contents of the kit are non-negotiable. No substitutions. The winner will be contacted by email to arrange for shipping. If the winner fails to reply to the email within 30 days they forfeit the prize and we will randomly select another comment to win the giveaway. Any questions or concerns just ask! 

Autumn Leaves Lessons

In the years since I have published Autumn Leaves Scarflette, my very first attempt at knitting pattern writing, I have learned more than I could ever express in one blog post.


I remember very clearly the night when I uploaded the original pattern. I was too chicken to charge any money for the download.  I imagined myself refunding money left and right if the pattern turned out to be awful.  I’ll never forget the pride and butterflies with which I uploaded my first PDF to Ravelry, and then the crushing disappointment when the negative reviews rolled in. Cringeworthy, yes. But its the reality of it, and I’m laughing at myself as I type this.

I seriously considered throwing in the towel and vowing to never publish again after reading comments like, “very poorly written pattern” and “full of mistakes”.

While those comments stung, they were absolutely not wrong.  My pattern was poorly written, and it was full of mistakes, and I had to face the facts.  One knitter commented in her project notes that she noticed row 29 had wandered off to have a lie-down. Looking back over the pattern it was true!  27, 28, 30… oh boy. How did I miss that? Though I did have quite a laugh at her phrasing.


I came to a crossroads.  I could slink away with my tail between my legs, or I could learn from this feedback and plug on.  After a short pout, I got over myself, and looked at the pattern again with fresh eyes. I poured over patterns from designers that I admired to educate myself on what makes a great knitting pattern, but I craved more information.

I checked out a few local colleges to see if they offered courses in the type of knitting I was interested in learning.  I wanted to know more about pattern writing standards, and grading knitwear sizes, technical editing and clothing shaping techniques.  Color work and cables and how to write cable charts, and how to write knitting charts in general.

Being in NYC I figured these things would be a cinch to find. But boy I was wrong.  F.I.T., nope.  Pratt, no.  Even local yarn shops only had beginner and intermediate knitting classes, nothing for a budding designer.  I found a few books and blogs that were helpful, but my real saving grace was Craftsy.  They offer video classes in exactly what I was craving to know. I was able to shape my knitting education into exactly what I was looking for.  I think Ravelry is definitely my favorite knitting resource and my favorite platform from which to sell my work, but for instructional videos you can’t beat Craftsy. Plus they have a platform for indie designers like myself where they don’t take a cent. And that’s pretty cool.


I’m still reading and knitting and frogging and watching videos, learning all the time.  I have revisited my Autumn Leaves pattern and tweaked it applying all the information I have gathered and now I feel that its finally the best version of itself.    I’m so pleased to be re-launching the pattern and I hope that you’ll knit one and let me know what you think. I can take it. I promise!

Download the pattern for FREE at Ravelry.

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