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Knitter’s Spotlight: Coffee & Yarn Hat by Kathy Ticho

If there are two things Kathy Ticho knows, it’s coffee & yarn. In fact, she owns a combined yarn shop and coffee house called Knitche, which caters to knitters, crocheters and spinners in the Chicago area, who also enjoy a good cup of coffee or tea. So it’s no surprise that her most recent design combines both these passions.

Kathy’s Coffee & Yarn Hat is as cozy as it is cute! The hat uses stranded colorwork to create an alternating pattern of steamy coffee cups and swirls of yarn. She chose Berroco Kodiak for her design. “The lofty nature of this yarn is perfect for colorwork – filling in the gaps without creating heaviness.”

Get Kathy’s pattern (available in two sizes): Coffee & Yarn Hat

How long have you been knitting/crocheting?

I started knitting in the pick-up line at my son’s elementary school.  He’s off to college this year, so it’s been a while!

Coffee & Yarn Hat by Kathy Ticho (worn by Knitche employee, Beth)
Coffee & Yarn Hat by Kathy Ticho
(worn by Knitche employee, Beth)

How did you come up with this design?

Here at Knitche, we think yarn and coffee go hand-in-hand. Each year, we develop an exclusive store pattern for the Chicago Yarn Crawl, and this year I was inspired by the softness and delicate colors of Berroco Kodiak.

What’s your favorite thing about knitting/crochet?

I love that knitting has made me patient.  Like most knitters, I bring a project (or 2 or 3) with me wherever I go.  This way, when I’m forced to wait (airports, doctors’ offices, freight train crossings, etc.) I happily pull out my yarn and get a few rows in.  I often observe the hectic nature of the world around me and am thankful that I have my knitting or crochet to keep me above the fray!  

Do you have a cool design you want to share?  Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn?  You can email Ashley: or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

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