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Amy’s Thread: Fishbones!

I am in love with the Fishbones pattern by Mary Jane Muckelstone for Portfolio Vol. 1, and I’m not the only one. Some of you have been knitting this pattern in multiples.

A new hat is a great way to liven up the a winter wardrobe. Fishbones is a whimsical hat worked in the round with a traditional stranded colorwork pattern and an optional pom-pom on top. The hat uses just 1 skein each of 2 shades of Ultra Alpaca Light (with an optional 3rd color for the pom-pom). Mary Jane’s original color way is quite girly,  I love these beautiful gender-neutral variations from knitters on Ravelry.

Kleewong’s Fishbones in Candied Yam Mix (4268) and Salt and Pepper (4207)

Kleewong’s Fishbones in Redwood Mix and Moonshadow

Kleewong’s Fishbones in Ocean Mix (4285) and Moonshadow

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Shutterhoney’s Birthday Bones in Peat Mix (4277) and Ocean Mix (4285)


Mary Jane’s pattern proves that a well designed simple concept can be the springboard for infinite variations. I am so inspired by these great versions of the pattern that I’m tempted to drop everything and cast on one for my self right now. See more Fishbones projects on the Ravelry page. Have you knit one? We’d love to see it!



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