I have been talking a little bit on my Instagram and on my Podcast about my newly discovered vision that has become my new driving force behind what I plan to do going forward. The vision is
Everybody Can Knit
My personal mission is to create knitting patterns that are accessible to as wide a range of people as possible and have the necessary tools to support knitters while they gently stretch their skills to complete their project.
What does that mean for the Caonach Hat?
I'm very glad you asked. It means that as of today I am releasing an updated pattern, which has several features added compared to the previous version.
Added a LV version, that has font size 22, no italics, and all instructions are in text format. This is in my opinion a big step towards making the pattern more accessible, the best way I know how today. I'll continue educating myself on this and continue to improve my templates.
In all pattern versions, images are moved to strategic places, so that you can print the pattern without them and still have all the information you need while knitting the hat.
Both versions are available in English and German, so whichever language you prefer, you are able to use it.
There are links to video and picture tutorials throughout the patterns for every technique (e.g. alternating cable cast-on, 1x1 rib, double moss stitch, all decreases used). They don't add any unnecessary bulk to the pattern itself, but the support is right there, if a specific technique has you stumped, so you can get back to knitting with minimal interruption.
I listened to the feedback from people who have already made the hat and included length measurements (metric and imperial!) to every step of the pattern instructions. This helps you get the perfect fit the first time, as I know your knitting time is precious.
As before, the pattern comes in 5 sizes, meaning that you can make a hat for everybody knitworthy in your life.
There is additional information on yarn substitution. Let's be honest, we have this gorgeous stash of yarns we love, but it can be really hard sometimes to know if they will be the right fit for a pattern. When we "shop our stash", it's important to know as much as possible about the yarn properties the designer looked for. At least until we invent a way to feel yarn through the internet, because I'd totally sign up for that.
These were all features that were important to me, because I know that these will make the knitting more relaxing and enjoyable. Is there anything that your favourite pattern has, that I might have missed?