Simplyteee x H&H: Styling your knits

One of the reasons we got into the DIY business is because we absolutely love making our own accessories and clothes. It’s fun, therapeutic, and rewarding. However, many makers are tempted to just call it a day after casting off their final row (myself included).To take your project to the next level though, you don’t want to forget about styling. As a Toronto-based company that sells DIY knit and crochet kits, how fitting is it to have a local fashion blogger style our finished knits?

Tina Dao is the mastermind behind Simplyteee, a blog she uses as a creative outlet to chronicle her love for fashion, beauty and travel. Basically, a woman after our own heart. We asked her to choose her favourite items out of our sample knits, and style them based on how she’d wear knits in the cold weather. Here are her picks:

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The Joey Sweater can be worn over a dress shirt and torn jeans for a casual day out. This is also a great option for those who may have sensitivities to wool, but don’t want to give up the cozy fibre.

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A little chilly? No problem. The sweater is knit using worsted weight yarn, so it’s light enough to wear under a fitted jacket. Or, thrown over your shoulders 😉 Top it off with the Audrey Headband and your outfit is complete.

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If you don’t wanna go all gray, brighten up your outfit with the Martina Cardigan.

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We love a chunky scarf a la Lenny Kravitz, but chunky on chunky doesn’t always go well and can overwhelm a tiny frame. In the image below, Tina balances our Winter Wonderland scarf with a simple dress shirt and Top Shop boots.

How do YOU style your knits? We’d love to see. Tag us and hashtag #hankandhook on Instagram for us to go ooooh and ahhhh. Oh, and don’t forget to follow @simplyteee on Instagram too for more fashion inspo!

DIY // The Audrey Headband

Hi y’all!!! We’ve missed you so so much. Anna & I have been crazy busy these past few months half year life for the longest time ever, but we’re back at what I’m hoping is close to full force! For one, Anna got freakin’ MARRIED. Yessss, one half of the HANK & HOOK leading ladies is now off the market for good. Ok I digress.

We’ve been all over the place, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to create.. as cheesy as that sounds. And we’re here to share the love with another FREE pattern!

As I’m writing this, it’s freezing rain over here in Toronto and I just want to go home and cuddle with my kitties… and knit. We hope you feel the same way because I’m here to introduce our first knitted headband pattern, the currently unnamed headband (stay with us for the whole post and you won’t be disappointed).

It only takes two balls of Wooly Bully Alpaca to make and it’s a relatively straightforward and quick knit. Aren’t those the best? Work hard for a few hours and the outcome is a fabulous new accessory you’ll get compliments on wherever you go (if I can say so myself, he he he).

We love this yarn because it knits up a fuzzy texture that’s warm and a beautiful contrast to the cables that run along the piece. Without further ado, let’s get to what you’ll need to start the project, shall we?

MATERIALS

  • 2x balls of Wooly Bully Alpaca
  • 5mm knitting needles or whichever size to obtain gauge
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

MEASUREMENTS

All sewn up: 8.5in long and 4.5in wide

ABBREVIATIONS

(US Terminology)

co = cast on

k = knit

p = purl

st (s) = stitch (es)

cn = cable needle

 

GAUGE

3 stitches and 4 rows per 1 inch in garter stitch.

4 stitches and 4 rows per 1 inch in the cable pattern.

 

TECHNIQUES

C4B (Cable 4 back): Slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, K2 from left needle, then K2 from cn

T3F (Twist 3 front): Slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, P1 from left needle, then K2 from cn.

T3B (Twist 3 back): Slip next st onto a cn and hold at back of work, K2 from left needle, then P1 from cn

CR (Cable right): slip 3 sts to cn and hold at back of work, k2 from left needle, then k2, p1 from cn

CL (Cable left): slip 2 sts to cn and hold at back of work, p1, k2 from left needle, then k2 from cn

PATTERN

Cast on 24 sts

Row 1: k3, p1, k2, p4, C4B, p4, k2, p1, k3

Row 2: k4, p2, k4, p4, k4, p2, k4

Row 3: k3, p1, T3F, p2, T3B, T3F, p2, T3B, p1, k3

Row 4: k5, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k5

Row 5: k3, p2, T3F, T3B, p2, T3F, T3B, p2, k3

Row 6: k6, p4, k4, p4, k6

Row 7: k3, p3, C4B, p4, C4B, p3, k3

Row 8: repeat row 6

Row 9: k3, p2, T3B, T3F, p2, T3B, T3F, p2, k3

Row 10: repeat row 4

Row 11: k3, p1, T3B, p2, T3F, T3B, p2, T3F, p1, k3

Row 12: repeat row 2

Row 13: k3, p1, T3F, p3, C4B, p3, T3B, p1, k3

Row 14: k5, p2, k3, p4, k3, p2, k5

Row 15: k3, p2, T3F, p1, T3B, T3F, p1, T3B, k3

Row 16: k6, p2, k1,p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k6

Row 17: k3, p3, CR, p2, CL, p3, k3

Row 18: k6, p4, k4, p4, k6

Row 19:  k3, p2, T3B, T3F, p2, T3B, T3F, p2, k3

Row 20: k5, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k5

Row 21: k3, p1, T3B, p2, T3F, T3B, p2, T3F, p1, k3

Row 22: k4, p2, k4, p4, k4, p2, k4

Repeat rows 1-22 three more times and then bind off, leaving a tail about 15” long (we like to use the tail for seaming).

 

FINISHING

Prepare the piece for joining by lining up the cast-on and cast-off edges together, with the right side facing up. Using the horizontal invisible seaming method, sew the cast-off edge to the cast-on edge with the 15” tail and a tapestry needle. Weave in any loose ends. You are now done!

P.S. We love how you can wear it as a neckwarmer/snood too. Doooo it.

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You can download the pattern as a PDF here.

Wait, don’t go yet! There’s more. We’re doing an awesome giveaway where you can WIN the knitting needles and the yarn used for this project. Remember how I said we’d give you more info on the Unnamed Headband? Well, we need a little help. Head on over to our Instagram and give us your best shot at what we should call this awesome headband. It’s a win-win for everyone.

 

Ciao bella!

 

xx

Joan