12 September 2009

1 Across Beanie

Finally, folks, it's up! My 1 Across Beanie pattern is on Knitty! Very exciting day! And welcome if you've popped over from Knitty - lovely to see you here!

Doesn't Dotter look stunning in that white wig? She was actually bald at the time, having recently shaved her head for the Shave for Cure event (Leukaemia Foundation).

You can sew on letter beads to make your very own little crossword, too! OneLook is a great online resource which can help you figure out interlocking words, if you're so inclined.

This is a fast knit, you could do it in an evening or two, and the stranded knitting really isn't that hard - honest! You only have to count stitches for 4 rows, as the second row of each 'line' in the crossword is a duplicate of the one below. Eight rows of Fair Isle all up.

I've also included two chart variations, one for the British-style of crossword, and one for the American-style. What's the difference, I hear you ask?

Well, American-style crosswords have nearly every letter 'checked' - they appear in two words, an across and a down. So these grids are mostly white letters with a few black. British-style crosswords have a lot of unchecked letters – in any given word, generally just half of the letters are cross-referenced by another word. These grids have a lot more black squares.

I hope you enjoy the pattern! I've been playing around with how to effectively knit crossword grid designs for some years now, and am happy with how well this one's come together. Just a bit of fun :)

OK, back to the book - I got the proofs this morning, and have a whole three days (4 weeks is more typical!) to complete the technical and editing review of the book ... but regardless of all this, I refuse to miss Stitch n Bitch this afternoon!

16 comments:

  1. 'tis an exciting day indeed! Straight over to Knitty I went to see your beanie hanging out with all the other cool patterns. Congrats! And I've gotta get me a white wig... hot! yay have fun at snb.

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  2. fantastic! Well done! great photos too!

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  3. Congratulations! So proud of you. :)

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  4. Fabulous!! I hope a bazillion people knit your fabulous pattern!!

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  5. Ah and I knew her when I thought her claim to fame was excellent chilli jam! I still love you for that, but I am VERY EXCITED for you that you got published in knitty!

    Go you!

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  6. Go you! Now here's a test for you - can you spell 'overachiever'? Or 'relax'!!!!

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  7. Congratulations! How exciting!! I love the photos too!

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  8. It is so exciting to "know" such a famous person! Loved learning the diff between American and English puzzles, too, and it brought to mind all kinds of crazy things to say... but most of them involved comments on who was "easiest" so I thought best not, heh heh... Congrats again, missy!

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  9. The beanie rocks! And Dotter would look wonderful wearing a collander on her head or a pair of patterned tights. If anyone could pull it off, Dotter could.

    And three days to edit? Well, if anyone could pull it off, you can. But remember when you pull off miracles, if editors get used to the idea that you can walk on water, they're going to ask you to trot across the bay to fetch another six pack.

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  10. I have never done a hat or for that matter anything using this technique. Still working on my sweater. A bit more on right front and the sleeves I can knit together. I have order some blocking wires but I just remembered I still need to knit the buttonhole band, darn it. Your so good at knocking things out I should send the lot to you!! Dotter is a wonderful model. I love the hair.

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  11. Clever, clever, clever girl. Beautiful beanie. Beautiful photographs. Up on Knitty.

    And another book ALREADY! Show off!

    Clever clever clever girl.

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  12. Jejune, I love your crossword hat design and count me in, as one of the bazillions who will stitch this. You're a Renaissance Woman, with many talents. This design is an instant classic, so cool and "smart" looking . . excellent!

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  13. I saw a sweater today at a sheep show and thought of you. It was a crossword design in brown and beige with knit and sheep related words. Unfortunately it was a child's size or you would have it!

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  14. How cool is that - both the hat and getting published in knitty. Love them both! Your model is pretty cool too.

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  15. That white hair is pretty awesome! Can't decide if I like hat better with black rim or white ... hmmm?

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