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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.

Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest
Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest (crochet)

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.

Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest (knit)
Library Window Watchcap by Christine Guest (knit)

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