Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Patternfish - Salsa Hat & Chile Pepper Ristra

Salsa Hat & Chile Pepper Ristra
Designed by:  Nanette Blanchard
Knit in Cascade 220

"This fun and colorful southwestern hat topped with knitted chile peppers includes a basket weave design," says Blanchard. "Also included are directions for knitting your own chile pepper ristra (which, she points out, also makes a great scarf!-- Ed.)." It's stunning, extra-warm because of the stranded colourwork, and the chiles (on the top of the hat or as an entire scarf) are wittily irresistible. Blanchard is a gifted educator where fair isle (stranded knitting) is concerned, and this pattern reflects her emphasis on clarity and empowerment. First gauge is for adult large, second for adult medium.

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