New Pattern: Wakefield Lilac Slouch

We have a second pattern here at Georgian Bay Fibre Co., this time it is designed by me, Carla, and is my very first published design. And I must say, I couldn't be any happier with my first design. As mentioned in the designer notes below, the design for this hat came from a place of need, for one as a spring hat and two as a reason to play with a BFL/silk blend in the Wakefield Lilac colourway.

Truth be told, this pattern has been done and tested for a while, but I was quite simply dreading getting photos taken of it. Not only was I in a snit that spring wasn't arriving so we were still covered in brown snow and salt but modelling is something that I am not really comfortable doing at this point. Instead, I came across a perfect team for the project here in Parry Sound. First I found myself wanting to work with a beautiful young woman who not only is a great model, but also has her own line of natural, vegan cosmetics, Just for You Cosmetics by Samara. Working with Samara was a dream, she naturally takes to the camera and new how to model the hat perfectly, and is a new aspiring knitter. Contacting Samara and looking at her work lead me to my photographer, Amy of Amy Vincent Photography. Amy already had worked with Samara and taken absolutely beautiful photos. She knew how to photograph the hat and how to work with our dismal very very late spring northern Ontario scenery. If you need a team for an upcoming event, please contact these two, you will not regret it.

So here you have it, the Wakefield Lilac Slouch. With two patterns released so far in April I think a knit-a-long might be in order. Head over to the Ravelry Group to discuss. And P.S. I am a big fan of prizes, so it might be worth your while.


Designer: Carla Pletzer
Publisher: Georgian Bay Fibre Co.
Published: April 2014

Craft: Knitting
Pattern Category: Hat - Beanie/Toque
Demographic: Unisex / Adult
Sizes Available: One size fits most

Suggested Yarn:  Pengallie Fingering
Yarn Weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
Needle Size: US 2.5 - 3.0 mm / US 3 - 3.25 mm
Yardage: 255 - 425 yards (233 - 389 m)

Designer Notes

I wanted the perfect spring hat. I find once about March arrives around here I cannot possibly stand the idea of wearing anything that reminds me of the winter that I am so desperate to end. My winter boots are shed along with my down jacket and hats and mitts. Instead I adopt my rain boots and rain coat and go accessory free. However, this means I spend an awful lot of time cold. As you can see by these photos, we still have lots of snow left around here.

I figured that designing an accessory from Pengallie Fingering would be the perfect fit. It would have been too light weight all winter in the fingering weight yarn and the beautiful lilac colour would be a perfect reminder that spring is in fact going to arrive. The doubled brim with twisted stitch ribbing is warm and dense and maintains is shape with many wears and the slouchy lace and gathered top are accentuated by the drape of the silk in the yarn and are flattering and comfortable.