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Designer Spotlight: Seattle Knitters Guild 30th Anniversary Hat by Jessica Rose

Jessica Rose has gone through phases of scrapbooking, quilting, soap making and more. Her husband even once called her “compulsively crafty.” But knitting is one thing she hasn’t phased out.

Earlier this year, the Seattle Knitters Guild asked Jessica to design a pattern in honor of their 30th Anniversary – hence her Seattle Knitters Guild 30th Anniversary Hat. Knit in our Vintage yarn and worked from the bottom up, the hat features x-shaped cables that spiral around the head in groups of three. She wanted to represent the 30 years in Roman numerals but was careful to avoid a design that could be interpreted as triple-X rated!

Get the free pattern on Ravelry: Seattle Knitters Guild 30th Anniversary Hat

How did you decide on the yarn for this project?

I wanted to select a yarn that was easily accessible for all of our members in both availability and price.

Any disaster stories?

My greatest knitting disaster was my Hemlock Blanket. I knit it as a shop project and brought it home to block. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to try the handwash cycle on my new front-loading washing machine. I realized almost immediately that I had made a terrible decision. But, since it was a front-loading washing machine, I couldn’t stop it and get my blanket out. I had to stand there and watch it slowly felt into a ball through the little window.

 Once I got it out I decided to try a trick that a knitting instructor of mine swore by. She had said soaking a felted piece of knitting in a mix of vinegar and water would “unfelt” the piece. I was skeptical but gave it a try. By then I was late for work, so I pulled it out of the vinegar bath and stretched it as much as I could and pinned it in place.

 When I got home, not only had it not really undone any of the felting, the vinegar had rusted all my t-pins and every point of the blanket had a huge orange rust stain! I tried unsuccessfully to remove the rust stains over the next several days until I gave up and tearfully put it in my compost bin.

There are photos…

If you could knit/crochet something for anyone in the world it would be…?

My kids! I have two teenage boys and they could not be less interested in what I make.

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

I can bring it anywhere I go and turn string into beautiful, useful things.

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

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