Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stained Glass Bubble Hat & Scarf

(bubble hat)

Meet the Stained Glass Bubble Hat & Scarf, my second pattern for sale. An example of slipped-stitch or mosaic knitting, this pattern combines the look of two-color knitting with the ease and speed of only ever knitting one color per round. And, of the six rounds of pattern for one row of bubbles, five rounds are plain knitting.

(bubble scarf)

The stitch pattern for this hat and scarf is the “Blister Check, or Coin Stitch” pattern in Barbara G. Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. While Walker’s pattern is written for flat work, my pattern has been rewritten for work in the round.

(detail: top, outside fabric; bottom, inside fabric--look Ma,

no loose threads!)

The hat is worked from hem to crown but begins with a provisional cast on in order to finish the hat with a garter-stitch edge knit in the round and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s super-stretchy sewn cast off. The hat pattern is written for two sizes, S/M and M/L.

The scarf is also worked in the round, creating a tube which hides the inside fabric, and is finished at both ends with a closed hem of garter stitch:

Suggested yarns are Zitron Trekking (XXL) for the variegated color and Vuorelma Satakieli for the solid color, although any fingering-weight (14 wpi) yarn such as Brown Sheep’s Nature Spun Fingering or Louet’s Gems Fingering Wt. could substitute for the Satakieli and another variegated yarn of similar weight could be used in place of the Trekking XXL. Or, pick your two favorite colors and go solid!

For only a hat or only a scarf, one skein of each yarn listed above should be plenty. For a small hat and a short scarf, one skein of each yarn should suffice. For a larger hat and/or a longer scarf, partial second skeins of each yarn may be required.

Suggested needle sizes are US 1/2.5mm and US 0/2.0mm.

Suggested gauge is 28 stitches and 70 rows = 4 inches in Bubble Pattern.

The pattern sells for $6 US. If you are in Portland, Oregon you can pick up a paper version at either Close Knit on NE Alberta or at Twisted on NE Broadway. Or, from the comfort of your own home, you can purchase the pdf either through Ravelry (search for "Stained Glass Bubble" or see my profile under sunnydayknitter) or here:

(Note: clicking the button above will take you to Ravelry's Paypal site. Ravelry will delivery the pdf to your email address. If you have any problems, please let me know! And I'd love to see photos of any finished Stained Glass Bubble hats or scarves--please share!)

If you like the bubble pattern but would prefer knitting it as a pair of socks, I hope to have a Stained Glass Bubble Sock pattern ready later this summer.

Errata, added 7.30.09:

p.5, for hat size M/L, fourth row of 1-st bubbles: Revised round 5 or 11: *make bar, k1*, k1

Also, added 1.27.10:
I have posted a tutorial on the provisional crochet cast here.


Linda said...

Jen- I LOVE this pattern and have knitted for years. However, I do not understand how to make the bar in this pattern. I, too, live in Portland. Where can I go to get help?
Linda N.

Jen said...


I am hoping to have a pictorial description on my blog soon, to help until I can get a YouTube video made. But, since you are here in Portland, I'd be happy to meet up and show you: you'll learn it in about 2 minutes.

I'm unable to see your Blogger profile; could you please email me at and we can figure out where/when?