Designer Spotlight: Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest
Between homeschooling three children, keeping two blogs and publishing knitting patterns, Christine Guest spends a lot of time at her local library. So much time, in fact, that library’s architecture actually inspired a recent design! “I noticed that the windows have the decoration of a square with an x and a cross, so I started developing that as a fabric.”
From that sample fabric, Christine designed her Library Window Watchcap. The close-fitting hat features four sections of ribbing that swirl outwards from the crown. She incorporated the library window design along the brim. Christine used our Vintage yarn for a knitted version and Vintage DK for a crochet hat. Both patterns are being sold to raise money for the Friends of the Attleboro Public Library organization.
Did you make this pattern for anyone in particular?
I made it for knitters/crocheters who want to support the library, while making a useful, quick and fun project. As it turns out, my sons, daughter and husband all wanted the samples. There was a great deal of negotiating about who could wear what before the photos were taken.
Any interesting stories about the process?
At first I wanted to make a women’s sweater in the style of women’s clothing from 1908, the year the library was built. I was planning to ask the children’s librarian to model it. But the s-curve corset was popular in 1908 and she nixed that idea.
Any knitting disaster stories?
When I made my first cable sweater for my boyfriend, I left lots of ease so the cables wouldn’t make it too tight. It was way too big. Three sweaters later I married that boyfriend, so no boyfriend curse that I’ve seen.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
It helps me put life into perspective.