DIY Universal Works pompom hat

knit pompom cable hat

This hat will not leave me alone. I can go maybe eight hours before I find myself looking for the browser tab in which the image is displayed so I can gaze at it again. Equal parts restrained and charming, it’s by David Keyte of Universal Works. And while it’s designed for guys, it strikes me as perfectly unisex in this palette (notwithstanding the pompom). It wouldn’t be too difficult to reverse engineer that diamond pattern*, but you could also go with this simple cable hat pattern and knit it in some nice tweedy yarn — say, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Woodsmoke and Hayloft. I might really have to do that.

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*If anyone knows of an existing pattern closer to this one, please link it in the comments!

DIY Chloe sweater

diy chloe fall 2012 turtleneck

That incredibly great Chloé sweater from the Fall 2012 collection can now be yours — for just $1560 at Net-A-Porter. Of course, if you had the good sense to become a knitter, you can make your own version for a fraction of the price.

Start with a chunky turtleneck pattern, such as Forester, by Michele Wang — knit a size with little to no ease, skip the waist shaping if there is any, and adjust the length to hit you mid-hip. Consult a stitch dictionary or favorite cable-sweater chart and incorporate the stitch pattern of your choosing between the neck and bust-line. (Or start with something like this cabled-yoke Norah Gaughan pattern, knitting full sleeves and again omitting the waist shaping, adjusting the calculations to a chunkier gauge.) Then hold multiple strands of yarn together throughout. The Chloe sweater is 4 strands: mint, baby blue, and pale pink, plus a cobweb mohair in what looks like a golden yellow? For the lower extremes of the body and arms, it’s three strands of just the pink. Forester is designed to be knit with two strands of worsted-weight yarn, so you could simply pick two and then switch to one for the solid sections. Or choose a fingering or lace-weight yarn that would give you the correct gauge when held together as more than two strands. Or, of course, stick to one color. Here’s an all gray, raglan, upper-cables-only turtleneck to die for. (No idea whose work it is.*)

Bonus: Your version needn’t be 10% polyester.

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*Update 11.12.12: Found it — Sunghee Bang FW2012