Designer Spotlight: Movie Theatre Hat by Stephanie Engle
You never know when inspiration will hit. For Stephanie Engle, it happened while she was at the movies with her daughter. She saw a cute hat on a woman sitting in front of them and kept the stitch patterns in mind for a future project. It was nearly a year before Stephanie put those ideas to paper, designing the aptly name, “Movie Theatre Hat.”
Get the free pattern: http://ow.ly/tDyxw
The Movie Theatre Hat features six braided cables separated by sections of seed stitch. Stephanie knit it in Berroco Flicker to give it an extra shimmer that’s worthy of a movie star! With one skein, you have enough yarn to knit the hat and add a tiny pom-pom.
Find the yarn: http://ow.ly/tDDa1
Did you design this pattern for anyone in particular?
I teach at my LYS, Knitting Bee, in Portland, OR. Every holiday season, the shop comes up with a “Top Ten Holiday Knits” list to inspire our customers and help them with their gift knitting. The patterns are available with the purchase of yarn. This was the perfect opportunity to get that idea in my brain out into the world.
How did you choose the yarn?
I chose Flicker for several reasons: I already had several colors in my stash and it’s really soft and lovely. Did I say I love this yarn? The colors just keep getting better and better!
Any knitting disasters?
The Tilted Duster (by Norah) was on the cover of Interweave Knits at the time and the Knitting Bee had just started carrying Peruvia. I knit up the sweater in nothing flat. Here’s where things went wrong. It was a Saturday night and I was eager to block the sweater. I put the sweater into my front loader (as I always did) and set it on the gentle cycle. As soon as the machine stopped its cycle and I reached my hand in to retrieve the spun out sweater, I realized the error of my ways. The single spun nature of this yarn could not tolerate even the slightest amount of agitation. It still looks pretty good considering.
What’s your favorite thing about knitting?
I love to knit because there’s always something new to learn, a new yarn to try and a useful quality to what is produced. My list is long, so I’m never bored. I can match my knitting to my mood, my attention span, the amount of light I have available to knit with, whether I’m at work or home, who the recipient will be. The possibilities are endless.